BOLD SHOW FROM CALYPSO CHOIR

KIRK HOPING FOR A BOLD SHOW FROM CALYPSO CHOIR IN EBF BREEDERS' SERIES FILLIES HANDICAP

 
Thursday July 14th 2016 – The new EBF Breeders’ Fillies’ Series continues on Saturday (July 16th) with races at both Newbury and Newmarket.

Eight runners have been declared for the Bathwick Tyres EBF Breeders' Series Fillies' Handicap over a mile worth £30,000 with trainer Ralph Beckett who recorded five winners last Saturday looking for more success. He saddles Golden Stunner who is bidding to land her hat-trick after wins at Nottingham and most recently at Newmarket.  

Calypso Choir is one of 15 declared runners for the EBF Breeders' Series Fillies' Handicap at Newmarket worth £20,000 over six furlongs. Her rivals include Silver Rainbow who will be looking to follow up on her recent success at Newbury for trainer Charlie Hills.

Calypso Choir finished a close up second on her latest start at Goodwood back in June and her trainer Sylvester Kirk is hoping she can double her winning tally on her seventh start on Saturday.

Sylvester Kirk, trainer of Calypso Choir, said:

"She is in great form, but we have just been waiting for the ground to dry up for her. It is an extremely competitive race but she should give a good account of herself. The faster the ground the better, so I am hoping the rain stays away. The prize-money is great in these EBF Fillies’ Series races so that always helps.”

David Bowe, manager of Littleton Stud, owned by Calypso Choir’s owner, Jeff Smith said:

"The EBF have been instrumental with prize-money and sponsorship over the years and I believe the new EBF Breeders’ Fillies’ Series launched this year is a fantastic idea.  Something like this has been badly needed for a long time, as in the past there have been limited opportunities for three year old and upwards fillies. The prize-money is exceptional and I cannot emphasise enough how much of a success the series has been so far.”

The EBF Breeders’ Fillies’ Series boasts overall prizemoney of £625,000 and has been specifically designed to give valuable opportunities to those fillies that fall just below black type level, encouraging their owners and owner-breeders to keep them in training rather than sell them or retire them.

For further information please contact:
Kerry Murphy, CEO of the European Breeders’ Fund
Phone:  01638 667960 or 07788 497644

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ACROBATS FORM 6FT HUMAN RACEHORSE RIDDEN BY STEFFI HOFER PASSING THE WINNING POST AT ASCOT RACECOURSE TO CELEBRATE THE DUBAI DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP

 

Key Facts

·        10 = number of acrobats to make the human racehorse  

·        5 = number of hours for hair and make up

·        7 = number of hours to create the figure

·        6ft = final height of the horse

 

 

London, 31st July 2014: To celebrate the World's premier international jockeys' competition, the upcoming Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, a giant racehorse cleverly created out of contortionists, has been unveiled today at Ascot Racecourse.

 

Painted in elaborate body art, the 6ft figure is made up of 10 contortionists and it took seven hours to create the striking image of a racehorse ridden by German jockey, Stefanie Hofer passing the winning post at the famous racecourse. Hofer will be making her debut at the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup this year as part of The Girls team, alongside Canadian, Emma-Jayne Wilson and Brit, Hayley Turner.

 

Ascot Racecourse enlisted a team of talented contortionists courtesy of Scarlett Entertainment, and used make-up artists, Civilised Mess, to transform the human bodies using detailed animal artwork. It took the make-up artists five hours of intricate work to fully complete the body paintwork. Civilised Mess has previously created designs for Cirque Le Soir and Slamboree. 

Link to the making-of video:

 

 

Now in its 14th year, the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, to be held on Saturday 9th August 2014, is one of Ascot's most loved race meetings. As the only team-format raceday in the UK, groups of friends and families turn out in their thousands to pledge their allegiance to one of four teams of top international jockeys seeking victory by collectively acquiring the most number of points for their team through success across the six-race card.

 The four teams are Great Britain & Ireland, Europe, the Rest of the World and The Girls. Other stars of the track to watch out for include Frankie Dettori and Andrea Atzeni riding for Europe, and South African superstar S'manga Khumalo who has ridden to prominence in his homeland recently and will be making his UK debut at the event.

 Racing is followed by a free evening concert for racegoers, Ascot Live!, hosted by TV personality and former BBC Radio 1 DJ Vernon Kay and featuring The Stars From The Commitments, Scouting for Girls, B*Witched, Bjorn Again and the one and only, Chesney Hawkes.

 Nick Smith, Head of Communications and International Racing at Ascot Racecourse said: "This year we wanted to do something genuinely different to celebrate our renewed and enhanced partnership with Dubai Duty Free, who have extended their support of the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup by becoming sole sponsor from this year. The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup is a unique competition and deserved something striking to mark its place on the calendar. The acrobats and Steffi performed miracles to produce this pose and we hope everyone will agree that it is fascinating to see them transformed into the image of a winning racehorse passing the post at Ascot.”