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Racing experts turn out for Malton stables spectacular
SOME of racing’s greatest minds will be taking centre stage at the Betfair Malton Stables Open Day on August 25.
A star-studded line up, including seven-time champion jump jockey John Francome, leading pundits Jim McGrath and Mike Cattermole, along with Jack Berry and Desert Orchid’s esteemed trainer, David Elsworth, will host a question and answer session at the Milton Rooms, in Malton Market Place, at 2pm.
The open day, which is being staged as a fund raiser for four charities – Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Malton Hospital, Jack Berry House and Racing Welfare – involves more then 20 of Malton’s trainers who will be opening their doors to the public.
There will also be a series of activities, including a display of a farriery at Richard Fahey’s Musley Bank yard, while an equine dentist will be demonstrating his skills at Lawrence Mullaney’s yard.
Celebrity equine honours go to April’s John Smith’s Grand National winner Auroras Encore, who will be paraded by his Bingley-based trainer Sue Smith.
Malton has been associated with the training of thoroughbreds for more then 300 years and is 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, 150 jumps races and more than £4 million in prize money.
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 are open from 9am until 1pm, with Tim Easterby’s stables at Great Habton opening half an hour earlier, and 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.
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