Malton stables throw open their doors to public

Malton Racing Association chairman Tim Fitzgerald and Karon Brown with racehorse Connection Francais at Wold House Stables, in Norton, promoting this Sunday’s open stables event

Malton Racing Association chairman Tim Fitzgerald and Karon Brown with racehorse Connection Francais at Wold House Stables, in Norton, promoting this Sunday’s open stables event

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SUPERSTAR Monet’s Garden will be one of the retired racehorses to perform a display at the Betfair Malton Stables Open Day which takes place this Sunday.

The grey will be based at Tim Fitzgerald’s Norton Grange Stables throughout the morning and will take part in a display along with Mr McGoldrick, Golden Hello and Mr Freddy from the New Beginnings Racehorse Rehoming Centre.

Monet’s Garden was a winner of 17 of his 32 races and nearly £700,000 in prize money, but it was at Aintree where he became a household name winning the Old Roan Chase in 2007, 2009 and 2010.

The race has since been named Monet’s Garden Old Roan Chase in his honour.

Sponsored by Betfiar, the open day is fundraising for four charities - Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Malton Hospital, Jack Berry House and Racing Welfare.

With 20 yards opening their doors to the public, it provides a unique opportunity to visit top racing yards during the morning and meet equine heroes, jockeys, trainers and stable staff.

A series of demonstrations are also scheduled to take place including ‘Horse whisperer’ Gary Witheford’s popular natural horsemanship demonstration will take place at 10.30, 11.30am and 12.30am at Tim Etherington’s Wold House Stables.

Afternoon events will be centred around the Milton Rooms in Malton's Market Place where the British Horseracing Education and Standards Trust will provide an interactive area for children to learn about horse racing.

There will also be a celebrity quiz with a guest panel starting at 2pm. Jack Berry MBE will lead the Injured Jockeys’ Fund’s team which includes Tim Richards and Dale Gibson, while a trainers team will be led by Brian Ellison and a jockeys team by Barry McHugh.

Memorabilia from the National Horseracing Museum and Great British Racing’s Kids Love The Races Roadshow will also be on display along with exhibitions by the Injured Jockeys’ Fund and Racing Welfare.

Karon Brown, a member of the Malton Racing Association, said: “The Open Day is a really fantastic opportunity to come along to Malton, visit the various different yards and meet the horses, jockeys and trainers and watch some brilliant demonstrations.

"The question and answer session should be really interesting and draw a large crowd to the Market Place and we hope that the day will both raise awareness of what Malton has to offer and raise plenty of funds for four fantastic charities.”

The yards open from 9am until 1pm, with Suzanne France’s yard open until 3pm and David O’Meara’s until 11.30am. Admission is £10 for adults and under 12’s 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.

Further details can be found at www.maltonstablesopenday.co.uk

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