Malton Open Day, sponsored by Arena Racing Company (ARC) and organised by Racing Welfare, is set to make a spectacular return on Sunday 12th September, tying in with the start of the first ever National Racehorse Week which aims to celebrate both the racehorse and the staff responsible for the high levels of care they receive on a daily basis.
The popular event will see 12 training yards in and around Malton open their doors to the public, offering the opportunity to see behind the scenes at one of the most prominent and historic racing centres in the UK. A wealth of equine stars will be on show, along with a chance to speak to the trainers and the stable staff who provide their day-to-day care.
Tickets are on sale now at www.maltonopenday.co.uk, with the opportunity for buyers to take advantage of early bird ticket prices before the end of July. Tickets are priced at just £10 for adults and £6.50 for concessions (over 65’s) including a programme. Any tickets booked online after 31st July will be priced at £12.50 for adults and £8.50 for concessions. As always, under 16s are welcome to attend for free.
Yards will open from 8.45am until 12noon, with buses provided to transport attendees between the various yards. Among the horses in the spotlight this year are a number of Royal Ascot winners, including the Richard Fahey trained Perfect Power who won the Norfolk Stakes this year, as well as John Quinn’s Buckingham Palace Stakes winner Highfield Princess.
The full list of trainers opening for ARC Malton Open Day this year are: Julie Camacho, John Wainwright, Sara Ender, Richard Fahey, Ollie Pears, Adrian Keatley, Mick & David Easterby, Roger Fell, John Quinn, Tim Easterby, Suzanne France and Nigel Tinkler.
Visitors will also have the chance to look around the Injured Jockey’s Fund northern rehabilitation and fitness centre, Jack Berry House, which is open for tours from 11am – 1pm.
A full programme of entertainment follows at Highfield Gallops in the afternoon, including the ever popular Linton Pet Shop dog show, alongside several family activities and a selection of retail stands. New for this year is the Advance Grass Solutions Ltd Pony Club Mounted Games and inter-yard team competition involving racing yard teams battling for victory, which promises to add excitement and healthy rivalry.
The event will be raising vital funds for organisers Racing Welfare, who have a strong local presence in and around Malton. The charity provides a wide range of advice and support services for people working in or retired from racing, and organises a range of events, trips and activities both in the local community and virtually. Last year saw Racing Welfare support more people than ever before due to the impact of Covid. In addition to its usual services to support physical and mental wellbeing, the charity also provided check-in and chat calls and community outreach to reduce loneliness and isolation during lockdown, as well as providing crucial grants for those financially impacted by the pandemic.
1,019 individual beneficiaries from the Northern region received support from Racing Welfare last year, while in Malton alone 207 people were supported with a staggering 1,676 instances of various support and assistance provided.