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Malton Stables Open Day held this weekend
VISITORS will have a unique opportunity to see behind the scenes of Malton’s successful racing industry this weekend.
The Betfair Malton Stables Open Day is being held on Sunday following the popularity of last year’s event which was reintroduced after a 10-year break.
More than 20 trainers will open their doors to the public as well as offering a number of demonstrations and displays.
New for this year is a range of events and activities in Malton town centre, including a display of local racing memorabilia and horseracing photography and a children’s section at The Milton Rooms in Malton as well as stalls and refreshments in the Market Place.
Following the open morning, an all-star line will take centre stage at 2pm in the Milton Rooms for a question and answer session.
Those involved include seven-times champion jockey John Francome, leading pundits Jim McGrath and Mike Cattermole, Jack Berry, vice-president of the Injured Jockeys Fund, and trainer David Elsworth.
Funds raised will be donated to four charities: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Malton Hospital, Jack Berry House and Racing Welfare.
Malton Racing Association chairman Tim Fitzgerald said the area had been associated with the training of thoroughbreds for more than 300 years and was the third largest training centre in the UK, after Newmarket and Lambourn.
“The area is home to more than 1,000 racehorses who last year were the winners of 600 flat races and, 150 jumps races and more then £4 million in prize money,” he said.
“The opening of the local training stables offers a unique first-hand perspective of what happens in the world of horseracing.”
Karon Brown, a member of the association and one of the event organisers, said: “We were absolutely delighted with the turn-out for last year’s open day after such a long break, and hope we have succeeded in making this year’s event a great day out for everyone.
“We look forward to meeting all of our visitors, and to raising funds for the charities we are supporting.”
Yards will be open from 9am until 1pm, with Tim Easterby’s opening half an hour earlier. Admission is £10 for adults, under 12s go free.
Admission includes a free park and ride system with a bus every 15 to 20 minutes taking visitors to all the yards in Malton and Norton. Included in the price is a £3 discount off admission to Beverley Races in the afternoon.
Anyone with items of memorabilia to display should phone Karon Brown on 07794 896538.
Chance to be a winner
BUY a programme for the open stables event and you could win a fantastic VIP racing break worth £572 in a prize draw.
After a full breakfast, they will head off to the Coral Sprint Trophy meeting at York Races for a day in the County Stand with lunch, canapés and afternoon tea.
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