The return of the ARC Malton Open Day last Sunday saw a bumper crowd of over 1,260 touring the yards of some of the region’s best trainers.

The also event raised over £14,000 for organising charity Racing Welfare, who provide vital support to anyone working in or retired from horseracing.

There were plenty of equine superstars on show across the 12 yards opening, including John Quinn’s Royal Ascot winner Highfield Princess, Richard Fahey’s Group 1 Prix Morny winner Perfect Power and Julie Camacho’s fan favourite, Judicial.

Tim Fitzgerald, trainer at Norton Grange Stables and vice chairman of the Malton Open Day committee said: “I’m absolutely delighted with how it went. We had good crowds and they all seemed to enjoy themselves.

“It’s good to give the public a view of behind the scenes, and also a great opportunity to get people interested in syndicate ownership. Because it’s such a great day out for families, it also gives us the opportunity to get the next generation of racing fans interested. They have a nice day and then they want to go back.

"We’re lucky here in that there are nine racecourses nearby so there’s plenty of opportunity to go racing.”

Racing Welfare Regional welfare manager Adam Ferguson said: “We’re so grateful to all of the trainers and sponsors who generously supported the event, as well as the stable staff who got the yards and horses ready for visitors.

"The funds raised on the day will make a big difference to people working in the racing industry.

He added: "Last year we supported more than 200 people in Malton alone and these events play an important part in helping us to provide that support.”