Superstar racehorse Monet’s Garden will be one of the retired racehorses to perform a display at the Betfair Malton Stables Open Day which takes place on Sunday, August 25.
The gallant grey will be based at the yard of Tim Fitzgerald throughout the morning and will take part in a display along with Mr McGoldrick, from the New Beginnings Racehorse Rehoming Centre.
Karon Brown, a member of the Malton Racing Association said: “Monet’s Garden is a true hero of jump racing and a horse so many people took to their hearts throughout his career. If they come along to Norton Grange Stables they’ll be able to meet him, and watch him take part in a display along with other retired racehorses.”
The gelding was a winner of 17 of his 32 races and nearly £700,000 in prize money. But it was at Aintree where he became a household name winning the Old Roan Chase in 2007, 2009 and 2010 and the race has since been named Monet’s Garden Old Roan Chase in honour of the old-timer.
Through the open day, visitors will be able to visit more than 20 training yards based in and around Malton, meet their favourite horses, watch a number of displays from farriery to breaking and training young horses, and watch a special question and answer session with racing celebrities Mike Cattermole, John Francome, Jim McGrath, Jack Berry (MBE) and David Elsworth which takes place in the Milton Rooms in Malton Market Place at 2pm.
Four charities, Malton Hospital, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Jack Berry House and Racing Welfare, and set to benefit from the open day and organisers hope it will become firmly established as an annual tradition.
“It should be a really wonderful day out for everyone to enjoy. The support from the trainers in the area has been fantastic and the day will provide a rare opportunity to visit the various yards and meet everyone involved in a wonderful community here in North Yorkshire,” said Karon.
The yards open from 9am until 1pm, with Tim Easterby’s opening half an hour earlier, and David O’Meara’s yard will open from 8am until 11.30am. Admission is £10 per adult with under 12s 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.
Our very own racecourse photographer Louise Pollard will have an exhibtion of some of her work on show on the day.
Keep an eye out in your Malton Open Day programme for a special £5 off coupon to our meetings on Bank Hol Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th August
For more details visit Maltonstablesopenday.co.uk.