Horse Racing Event News

A Landmark Result for Eventmasters with Party Business

Eventmasters Racing enjoyed their 30th winner at the Ascot pre-Christmas Meeting when Party Business won the Howden Maiden Hurdle in good style. The impressive win has earned the 5-year-old a crack at the Prestigious Grade 1 MansionBet Challow Novices Hurdle at Newbury on Wednesday.

Party Business is the first Grade 1 runner for Eventmasters, the previous best over jumps being Monbeg Legend who finished 2nd at Chepstow in a Listed Novice Chase in 2018.

Denise Sheasby CEO of the Eventmasters Group said:

“It’s been quite a journey since our first winner back in 2011, it all started with Colourful Event winning a Maiden Auction Fillies race for us over 5F at Bath.

We have been very lucky over the last 10 years, 11 horses have secured 30 wins for us across both codes. It hasn’t always been plain sailing and we have had our share of setbacks, it’s part of the game; however, all of the winners have been great ambassadors for the business and each one has been very special.”


Stuart Parsons Sales Director of Eventmasters said:

“Denise and Mark (Sheasby) the Owners of the Business have enjoyed a long and successful association with the trainer of Party Business, it goes right the way back to 1997 when they were part of a syndicate that owned Latchford, the winner of 3 races himself. Ian Williams has done a great job with the horse and we are keeping everything crossed that he goes well. Hopefully, he can do the business, either way, we will all have a party!”

The Roll of Honour

Colourful Event

Bath Racecourse 2nd August 2011

bet365 Maiden Auction Fillies Stakes

Trainer David Arbuthnot

Jockey Frankie McDonald


Windsor Racecourse 27th May 2013

Happy Birthday Paul Maiden Auction Stakes

Trainer J S Moore

Jockey Liam Jones


Lingfield 23 November 2013

32Red On The App Store Selling Stakes

Trainer J S Moore

Jockey Liam Jones

Gambol (3 Wins)

Stratford 25th March 2017

Support Your On Course Bookmaker Conditional Jockey’s Selling Handicap Hurdle

Trainer Ian Williams

Jockey Stan Sheppard


Exeter 11th April 2017

Finlake Devon’s Premier Holiday Resort Novices’ Selling Hurdle

Trainer Jockey Stan Sheppard


Bath 26th May 2017

E&H Drylining Handicap

Trainer Ian Williams

Jockey Adam Kirby

Turanga Leela (8 Wins)

Chester 31st July 2016

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at The Lowry Nursery Handicap

Trainer Ian Williams

Jockey Silvestre De Sousa


Chester 27th May 2017

Corinthian Sports Fillies’ Handicap

Trainer Ian Williams

Jockey Phillip Makin


Wolverhampton 20th October 2018

Benjamin John Buckley Is 40 Fillies Handicap

Trainer Ian Williams

Jockey Stevie Donohoe


Wolverhampton 17th December 2018

Betway Herd Your Hunch Handicap

Trainer Ian Williams

Jockey Stevie Donohoe


Wolverhampton 29th January 2019

The Betway Handicap

Trainer John Mackie

Jockey Stevie Donohoe


Wolverhampton 13th November 2020

Read Katie Walsh On Betway Insider Handica

Trainer John Mackie

Jockey Stevie Donohoe


Wolverhampton 1st December 2020

Play 4 to Win at Betway Handicap

Trainer John Mackie

Jockey Joe Fanning


Kempton 27th January 2021

Unibet Extra Place Offers Every Day Fillies Handicap

Trainer John Mackie

Jockey Stevie Donohoe

Monbeg Legend (6 Wins)

Southwell 6th June 2017

Next PLC Leicester National Hunt Maiden Hurdle

Trainer Nicky Henderson

Jockey Nico De Boinville


Worcester 28th June 2017

Stunning Resin Stone Patios Novices’ Hurdle

Trainer Nicky Henderson

Jockey Nico De Boinville


Worcester 27th July 2017

Local Parking Security Ltd Fixed Brush Hurdle Series Novices’ Hurdle

Trainer Nicky Henderson

Jockey Mr Hugo Hunt


Ludlow 8th May 2018

Shukers Land Rover Retailer of the Year Awards Chase

Trainer Nicky Henderson

Jockey Nico De Boinville


Uttoxeter 29th July 2018

Gordon Banks – Celebrating his 80th Year Novices Chase

Trainer Nicky Henderson

Jockey Jeremiah McGrath


Stratford 8th September 2018

George Pragnell Gold Cup Handicap Chase

Trainer Nicky Henderson

Jockey Nico De Boinville

Bomb Squad (3 Wins)

Windsor 17th August 2020

Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Nursery Handicap

Trainer J S Moore

Jockey Liam Keniry


Redcar 26th August 2020

Best Flat Races Live On Racing TV Nursery Handicap

Trainer J S Moore

Jockey Laura Coughlan


Kempton 20th October 2021

6F Handicap

Trainer J S Moore

Jockey Sophie Jones


Hereford 21st October 2020

Star Sports On 08000521321 Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race

Trainer John Mackie

Jockey Brian Hughes

Polyphony (3 Wins)

Doncaster 15th August 2020

Final Furlong Podcast Apprentice Handicap

Trainer John Mackie

Jockey Finley Marsh


Wolverhampton 27th December 2020

Betway Handicap

Trainer John Mackie

Jockey David Probert


Newmarket 30th July 2021

Rich Energy Powering You Fillies Handicap

Trainer John Mackie

Jockey Kevin Stott

Vaxholm (2 Wins)

Kempton 29th October 2021

1M Nursery Handicap

Trainer J S Moore

Jockey Laura Coughlan


Wolverhampton 8th November 2021

Watch Racing Free Online At Coral Nursery Handicap

Trainer J S Moore

Jockey Laura Coughlan

Party Business

Ascot 17th December 2021

Howden Maiden Hurdle

Trainer Ian Williams

Jockey Charlie Todd

Windsor Racecourse Trophy

Paul Gascoigne presenting the trophy to Denise Sheasby after Tableforten’s sole win at Windsor in 2013. He was a very successful horse for Eventmasters Racing, reaching the frame on 10 separate occasions and running as 2-year-old at Royal Ascot, Newmarket’s July Festival and Glorious Goodwood.

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The York Ebor Festival: A Racegoer’s Dream

Eventmasters are delighted to provide official York Ebor Festival corporate hospitality packages at the illustrious York Racecourse for 2022. This fabulous festival represents one of the final major meetings of the tremendous flat racing season and features Europe’s most affluent flat handicap race – The Ebor. Treat your valued clients and guests to one of the greatest racing events with the Dante Suite, Roberto Pavilion and Knavesmire Stand Private Box facility, all providing an outstanding VIP experience to savour.

When is the York Ebor Festival?

The York Ebor Festival takes place annually each August and is undoubtedly one of the British summer’s finest sporting and social events. The Ebor Festival features world-class horse racing action across four glorious days on the venerable York Racecourse. The splendid York Ebor festival attracts the very finest horses year-on-year-out along with some of the most decorated jockeys in the business, all vying to compete on the Knavesmire for the ultimate sporting accolade.

What races take place at the York Ebor Festival?

Taking place over four fabulous days, there are several fantastic races and events to look out for during the York Ebor Festival. Avid racegoers can indeed relish a delightful day of unrivalled racing, with the feature races in particular sure to catch the eye.

Juddmonte International Day

The feature race on day one of the Ebor festival, Juddemonte International Day, is, without a doubt, Juddmonte International. The race has been ranked as the singular best horse race in Britain by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities since 2015. Some of the sport’s finest specimens have won this outstanding contest, including the seemingly invincible Frankel, who soared to victory in 2012. The stunning win signified the colt’s thirteenth straight win, enhancing his reputation as one of the greatest horses in the sport’s colourful history.

Another year to remember was 2016, when Postponed continued his fantastic season as he took the Group One race in stunning style, a moment that trainer Roger Varian reflected as the highlight of his career.

But Juddmonte International Day not only comprises one signature race as fans also take an avid interest in the Great Voltigeur Stakes, a competition that has produced 13 winners of the final classic of the season – the St Leger Stakes.

York Ebor Festival Ladies Day

York Ebor Ladies Day takes place on the second day of the festival and represents one of the most splendid events in the social and sporting calendar.

This sumptuous social occasion is synonymous with class, elegance and sophistication and is the signature event combining the very best in fabulous fashion and riveting horse racing. Ladies will once again flock in their thousands to York Racecourse for this beautiful day out as they compete furiously for the coveted prize of ‘Best Dressed Lady’.

Some might say that this wonderful day of revered fashion is just as important as the occasion itself. But the finery and luxury of the social event of the British summer belie the fact that it merely provides the backdrop for world-class, high octane action on the racetrack.

The sporting highlight of the day is undoubtedly the Group One Yorkshire Oaks which takes centre stage on the sun-splashed second day.

Nunthorpe Day

Friday represents a fabulous day the at prestigious York Ebor Festival with Nunthorpe Day, offering distinguished guests the chance to witness one of the fastest and most exciting sprints of the season – The Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes. This five-furlong race is a quintessential element of the British Champions Series and often determines the finest sprinter in the country.

Ebor Day

Ebor Day is the final day of the York Ebor Festival features one of the greatest races in Europe – The Ebor Handicap. The race has been a permanent fixture on the Knavesmire since the 1840s and it continues to hold the title as Europe’s richest flat handicap race. The fantastic air of this momentous occasion is genuinely like no other; the electrifying atmosphere that reverberates throughout the crowd as the horses’ thunder towards the finishing post is undoubtedly an experience that will live long in the memory of any racegoer. It certainly promises to be another splendid event this term.

York Ebor Festival Hospitality 2022

Eventmasters’ wide range of York Ebor Festival corporate hospitality packages are the perfect way to treat your valued clients and guests to a luxurious day of hospitality at one of the UK’s leading horse racing events. Experience the fantastic atmosphere and superb racing in VIP style from inside the Dante Suite and Roberto Pavilion – the two finest corporate hospitality facilities at York Racecourse.


York Ebor Festival: A Beginner’s Guide

York Ebor Festival: 2022 Guide

The York Ebor Festival is a scintillating horse racing meeting held over four days at York Racecourse in late August each year. The prestigious meeting was first established in 1843, which saw the first running of the Ebor Handicap race. Find out more about the Ebor festival below with our handy guide!

When is the York Ebor Festival?

The Ebor Festival usually takes place in late August. In 2022, it will be held from Wednesday 17th August until Saturday 20th August.

When does the York Ebor Festival start?

The gates at the York racecourse open at 11am for a Welcome to the Yorkshire Ebor Festival. Following this, the first race commences between 1:30pm and 2pm.

What do I wear to the York Ebor Festival?

Guests at the York Ebor Festival dress exquisitely, as though attending a fine formal occasion. Within the County Stand, there is a dress code to adhere to. Men are encouraged to way a shirt with a collar paired with a jacket and a tie. Short sleeves, bow ties and shorts are acceptable for men. Ladies usually opt for formal dresses paired with heels and a hat or fascinator.

Outside of the County Stand Enclosure, there is no formal dress code; however, most racegoers do enjoy dressing in formal attire. Guests should aim for comfort just as much as style, allowing for a greater race day experience. Ladies Day at York Ebor Festival is one of the most anticipated days of the entire meeting, celebrating glamourous race day style. All who attend are eager to take home the best-dressed lady and gentleman award on the Ebor fashion lawn.

Guide to the four days

As one of the final key race meetings of the flat racing season, the York Ebor Festival is a unique event itself! Without a doubt, the event features the oldest, richest, most famous races within the UK. Gathering horse racing fans from all over the globe, enjoying four days of thrilling horse racing action. Find out more about each day below.

Juddmonte International Day – Wednesday 17th August 2022

The phenomenal opening day boasts the Group One race Juddmonte International. This is the richest race held at York Racecourse and was rated number one of all thoroughbred horse races during 2012-2014. Indeed the race was won by one of the greatest – Frankel!

Ladies’ Day – Thursday 18th August 2022

Ladies’ Day at York racecourse is without a doubt the social highlight of the festival. All are dressed to impress with prizes even being allocated on the Ebor Fashion Lawn!

What’s more, the racing on Ladies’ Day is of the finest standard, with the Group One Darley Yorkshire Oaks race taking centre stage. In 2017 this was won by the highly acclaimed horse Enable.

Coolmore Nunthorpe Day – Friday 19th August 2022

Racing continues at York well into the weekend, with Nunthorpe Day taking place on Friday. The stand out race on this day is another Group One race, the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, which is one of the fastest races in the entire world! Get set to witness some of the most thrilling horse racing action.

Sky Bet Ebor Day – Saturday 20th August 2022

The grand finale of the York Ebor Festival takes place on Saturday. The oldest and most famous race – the Ebor – takes place on this day. Since it was first run in 1840, the race continues to make history each year and is undoubtedly missed.


You can enjoy both the York Ebor Festival and the York Dante Festival with our luxurious York Hospitality Packages in 2022. Secure your VIP place today and enjoy an extraordinary race day at York!

Epsom Derby Winners History

The world-renowned Epsom Derby, or ‘the Derby’, is a race notable for many prominent reasons. It‘s where suffragette Emily Davison brought down the King’s horse in 1913, Britain’s richest horse race and regarded as ‘the greatest flat race in the world’.

Each year thousands flock to Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey to witness some of the nation’s most refined and exhilarating horseracing.

The Derby stands as one of the five classic Group 1 horse races run in Britain alongside Epsom Oaks, 2,000 Guineas, 1000 Guineas and St Leger Stakes.

Discover the aristocratic origins of the Derby and some of the most iconic Derby winners over the years.

How old is the Epsom Derby?

The Epsom Derby dates back to 1780, with the 12th Earl of Derby and Sir Charles Bunbury supposedly flipping a coin to determine whether the race would be named Derby or Bunbury Stakes. The ‘Derby’ name has since been adopted by other renowned horse races around the world, most notably the Kentucky Derby in the United States.

Though Bunbury may have lost the coin toss, his name would later be featured the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket.

The Derby first commenced on Thursday 4th May 1780 and was won by a Charles Bunbury owned colt named Diomed, with prize money of £1,065 15s. The race distance began at 1 mile and was eventually amended to 1 and a half miles, which remains the distance today. The Derby tends to be run by three-year-old colts but is also open to fillies.

During its first 50 years, the Epsom Derby thoroughly established itself as a premier racing event, becoming a much-loved day out for Londoners. Derby Day sparked immense excitement throughout the nation, becoming an experience in which both aristocracy and the working class united in the name of horseracing.

Naturally, the Derby is steeped in Royal affiliations. Queen Elizabeth II famously has an extensive passion for horseracing and loves to be in attendance for both the Epsom Derby and Royal Ascot each year. She is yet to produce a Derby winner but has come a close second in previous years. 

Those close to The Queen have revealed that an Epsom Derby winner would mean everything to her. Hopefully, next year will deliver a champion for her majesty!

When is the Epsom Derby?

The Epsom Derby opening day has altered numerous times over the years. The Derby initially began running on a Thursday during late May to early June. However, it wasn’t until 1995 that it altered to become the first Saturday in June.

How much is the Epsom Derby worth?

There’s a reason why Epsom Derby is known as Britain’s richest horse race! The prize money stands at £1.5million, with £850,650 awarded to the Derby winner.

Epsom Derby winners through the years

Considering the Epsom Derby has been running since 1780, it’s fair to say that there has been an abundance of notable winners over the years! Here are just a few of them:

Epsom Derby winner 1970 – Nijinsky 

Of course, Nijinsky has to be mentioned in an Epsom Derby winners list! 1970 saw Nijinsky make his spectacular Epsom win, having already been victorious at 2000 Guineas at Newmarket Racecourse. Nijinsky eventually won The Triple Crown, the first horse in 35 years to achieve this and a feat which has yet to be repeated.

Epsom Derby winner 1981 – Shergar

1981 was the year that jockey Willie Carson believed he could win the Derby for the Queen, riding Church Parade. Sadly, this was not to be as he ended up in fifth place. Instead, the Derby winner was none other than the mighty Shergar! 1981 was a winning year for Shergar, taking the crown at Guardian Newspaper Classic Trial, Chester Vase, Derby Stakes, Irish Sweeps Derby and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes.

Epsom Derby winner 2001 – Galileo

Galileo secured a triumphant Derby win in 2001, beating rival Golan in what was a nail-biting dual. However, Galileo was full speed ahead, claiming victory by three and a half lengths. The Epsom champion has set a record for the number of Derby winners sired at five.

Epsom Derby winner 2007 – Authorized

2007 saw top jockey Frankie Dettori claim his first Epsom Derby win. Authorized took the lead by five lengths and, as you can imagine, the crowd roared with excitement. Dettori experienced victory again in 2015 on Golden Horn, but the first win is always the most meaningful.

Epsom Derby winner 2011 – Pour Moi

Pour Moi’s victory alongside 19-year-old jockey, Mickael Barzalona, really was a standout moment in the Epsom Derby winners timeline. Struggling to take the lead for the majority of the race, Pour Moi miraculously burst forth during the final furlong as Barzalona, stood up in celebration of the win.

When is the Epsom Derby 2021?

The Epsom Derby 2021 will take place between Friday 4th June – Saturday 5th June 2021. The Derby opens with the spectacular Ladies Day which sees both ladies and gentlemen adorn their finest attire in a bid to claim the Style Award. Day two is one of the most anticipated race days within the entire horseracing calendar, Epsom Derby Day.

We cannot wait to return to Epsom Downs Racecourse in 2021 to welcome back our clients to one of the world’s most iconic flat racing events. Want to be part of the action? Head on over to our Epsom Derby hospitality page to view the exquisite hospitality packages we have on offer for this historic meeting. We wouldn’t want you to miss out on one of the most prestigious meetings within the racing calendar!

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