Sponsored by Arena Racing Company (ARC) and organised by Racing Welfare, this year’s Malton Open Day will take place on Sunday 15th September. Malton is one of the most prominent and historic racing centres in the UK, and 13 yards in and around the town will welcome visitors on the day to meet the equine residents, alongside their trainers and teams of staff who keep the cogs turning on a daily basis.
Yards will open from 8.45am until 12noon, with buses sponsored by AFS Equine, Betdaq, Careers in Racing, Go Racing in Yorkshire, Parnaby’s and Wm McIvor & Son to ferry people from yard to yard. Racing superstars on show include this year’s Acomb winner Valdermoro, whom the public will have the chance to meet alongside Richard Fahey’s other star turns at his Musley Bank yard. These include the Group 2 winning Forest Ranger, Royal Ascot winner Space Traveller and the promising 2yo Show Me Show Me, making Fahey’s impressive base a must to visit on the day.
Fans of the Jumps shouldn’t miss the chance to meet top dual-purpose trainer Brian Ellison, who welcomes visitors to Spring Cottage Stables again this year. Winner of both the Charlie Hall Chase and Cotswold Chase in 2018, Definitely Red will be amongst Ellison’s esteemed charges in residence on the day, joined by the 2018 Cheltenham Greatwood Handicap Hurdle victor Nietzsche. Also enjoying a great season is Tim Easterby, and visitors will have the chance to meet Group 3 winner Wells Farhh Go alongside Listed winners Copper Knight and Vintage Brut amongst his team of horses.
The full list of trainers supporting Malton Open Day this year are:
Julie Camacho Brian Ellison Michael Herrington
Mark Campion Richard Fahey Ollie Pears
Mick Easterby Roger Fell John Quinn
Tim Easterby Suzzanne France Nigel Tinkler
Visitors will also have the chance to look around one of racing’s crown jewels in the form of the Injured Jockey’s Fund northern rehabilitation centre, Jack Berry House, which is open for tours from 10.00 – 14.00.
A full programme of family entertainment follows at Highfield Gallops in the afternoon, featuring the return of the ever-popular Linton Pet Shop dog show, which is open to all. Also back this year is the Moneyweb jockey and Pony Club relay show jumping competition and terrier racing. New for 2019 is a high octane flyball demonstration and Crombie Wilkinson and White Rose Saddlery jockey and Pony Club agility competition. The entertainment carries on from 5pm until dark with a party in the gallops marquee. Sure to deliver a friendly atmosphere and featuring a live DJ and hog roast sponsored by McClarrons Insurance, all are welcome to see the day out in style. Entry is free to the gallops marquee is free from 5pm onwards.
As the organisers of the event, Racing Welfare will be the main beneficiary charity of the day. The charity is very active in Malton, organising a number of social and sporting events for people working in racing throughout the year. The area has a vibrant retired racing community also, well catered for with monthly coffee mornings and day trips and outings, including a popular racing reminiscence group, all of which aim to prevent loneliness and social isolation within the local community.
Lucy Miller, Racing Welfare’s Regional Welfare Manager for the North, said “This year’s Malton Open Day is jam-packed with family entertainment and we’re all set for a fantastic day. We are very grateful to all 13 trainers who will be welcoming in the public on the day, their support really is crucial to the success of the event. Malton is a fabulous training centre and the open day not only delivers the warm welcome that you would expect in this part of the world, but also provides a showcase for racing in the area by offering a fabulous variety of yards for people to visit on the day”.
Tickets for the event are on sale now at www.maltonopenday.co.uk. Adult passes are £12.50 and include a programme, with concessions at £8.50 and under 16s go free of charge all day.