The racing yards of Malton and Norton were flooded with visitors yesterday (15th September), with people taking their chance to visit some of the sport’s most historic training locations and meet the shining stars who reside within them. Amongst the horses on show were John Quinn’s star filly Liberty Beach; Nigel Tinkler’s top performer Kaeso; the Group 3 winning Copper Beach (Tim Easterby), top class chaser Definitely Red (Brian Ellison), and the Richard Fahey trained Sands of Mali, who triumphed in the Group 1 QIPCO British Champions Sprint at Ascot last Autumn.
The trainers and teams behind all 13 open yards had put a huge effort into preparing for the arrival of the public en-mass and the training centre looked resplendent as visitors toured from yard to yard. The Injured Jockeys Fund’s Northern base, Jack Berry House, enjoyed a constant stream on interested onlookers throughout the day also. Racing Welfare is enormously grateful to everyone across all of the 14 locations for their time and effort in making this year’s open day such a huge success.
Highfield Gallops once again provided the backdrop for an afternoon of entertainment which kicked off with a fabulous demonstration from the Ravensdale Flyball team in the main arena. The White Rose Saddlery Mini Agility Relay saw a maximum entry and was won by Pony Club members Harry Robinson and Tilly Mason who teamed up with jockey duo Rachel Richardson and Rhona Pinder. Harry Robinson enjoyed a double across the card, partnering with jockey Nathan Evans later in the day to take victory in the Moneyweb Showjumping Relay also.
The Linton Pet Shop dog show attracted a huge number of spectators complete with their four legged friends and is a real highlight of the open day each year. The whole event was capped off brilliantly with a hog roast and live DJ in the gallops marquee, ensuring that everyone had the chance to catch up over a drink and see the day out in style.
Mark Loades, Racing Welfare’s Head of Fundraising, said “Yesterday’s ARC Malton Open Day was absolutely fantastic. There was a superb atmosphere everywhere you visited and a great crowd gathered throughout the afternoon to watch and take part in the activities at Highfield Gallops. A huge thank you from all of us at Racing Welfare to everyone who supported the event this year, including the trainers and their teams of staff, the team at Jack Berry House, our generous sponsors and event partners, those who attended with trade stands and most of all to the public for turning out in their droves to experience everything that this fabulous training centre has to offer.”
Money raised by the event will go towards funding Racing Welfare’s projects in the local area. Each year the charity organises a large number of social and sporting events for people working in racing, alongside monthly coffee mornings, day trips and outings aimed at those who have retired from the sport. Racing Welfare’s team are based at the charity’s offices at Old Maltongate and are on hand to offer support, advice and guidance to all of racing’s people.