The Betfair Malton Stables Open Day

A very warm welcome – if this is your first visit to the Betfair Malton Stables Open Day.  For those of you who are paying a repeat visit, thank you for returning  and reinforcing your support on our special day of celebrating racing, racehorses and Malton’s significant contribution to the racing industry, all in the name of charity.
The good news is, whichever category of guest you are, quite simply you are spoilt for choice. A total of 20 stables will be flinging open their doors to allow you to look and listen, to probe and wander, to meet trainers, jockeys and stable staff, and to take full advantage of being able to go behind the scenes of some of the best-known yards in Britain, let alone in Yorkshire.
Take note that David O’Meara, based at Nawton, which is nearer Helmsley than Malton, is opening from 9am only until 11.30 am, so if your plan was to view some of his prolific winners, including multiple Group and Listed-race winner Penitent and the highly-talented G Force and That’s The Spirit, then don’t  leave it too late.
All the other yards will remain open until 1pm, and with a whole host of added attractions thrown into the mix. Peruse the brochure available to buy at any yard, and you’ll discover timings at certain stables for displays and demonstrations by farriers, equine dentists, vets and saddlers, to name just four of the committed professions locally represented here today.
Malton and horse racing go together like a famous double-act. It’s been that way for centuries. We are proud of the tradition and heritage of the sport within our boundaries and even more proud that in 2014 our highly skilled and dedicated racing fraternity continue to keep Malton firmly on the racing map by sending out hundreds of winners each year.
What you will discover during the course of your travels today is that lots of the yards you can visit are not in Malton at all – Richard Fahey is the exception – but are situated in Norton, the twin town, on the other side of the River Derwent and the York to Scarborough railway line. That little nugget of information will not, hopefully, be the only thing you learn today.
There is much to see. If you want to get close-up and personal with a recent Group 1 winner then Richard Fahey’s Musley Bank yard (only accessible by bus from Malton Market Place) is the place to be. Garswood, hero of the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville in France earlier this month, will be on show, along with major handicap winners like Angel Gabrial, Heaven’s Guest and Baccarat at the biggest establishment in the area, with some 160 horses impressively housed in numerous barns.
John Quinn, who trains jumpers and Flat horses, had a juvenile winner at Royal Ascot this year in The Wow Signal. Visit him at his picturesque Highfield Stables, one of the most famous yards in Britain, and situated in a vastly trainer-populated area of Norton. On one side of Highfield is Malcolm Jefferson’s Newstead yard, home to numerous talented jumpers, including the well-known Cape Tribulation, while directly across the road is a veritable village of trainers. Ollie Pears, Kristin Stubbs, Suzzanne France, Tony Coyle, John Wainwright and Brian Ellison all have yards there.
Ellison, another trainer who handles Flat horses and jumpers with equal success, has his main yard at Spring Cottage, where he will be displaying his new ‘Water Walker’ on Langton Road, just below Tim Etherington’s Wold House establishment, which will play host to the renowned Gary Witheford, who specialises in ‘natural horsemanship’.  Gary will be giving demonstrations during the morning (check the brochure for timings).
Take a look at Mark Campion’s historic Whitewall Stables, once the home of John Scott – the “Wizard of the North” – who trained a record 40 Classic winners between 1827 and 1863, while a warm welcome is also assured at Julie Camacho’s Star Cottage yard and likewise at Tim FitzGerald’s Norton Grange – also the base of trainers Brian Rothwell and Sara Ender - where New Beginnings Racehorse Re-Homing centre and the Northern Racing College will be holding demonstrations. Plus there’s the added attraction of seeing and posing with (a photo opportunity here!) the magnificent Monet’s Garden, the former celebrated hurdler and steeplechaser and a hugely-popular horse.
Among the outlying stables, Tim Easterby, one of this area’s best-known trainers, is opening all three of his yards. Two are in the village of Great Habton, six miles from Malton, and also the base of Lawrence Mullaney, while the other is at Easthorpe, near Coneysthorpe on the Castle Howard road out of town.
At Barton Le Street (on the Hovingham-to-Malton road), you’ll find former record-breaking jump jockey Peter Niven, trainer of the high-class Clever Cookie, among others. And do remember that Rainbow Equine Hospital in Old Malton will be open from 10am until 2pm, along with Minster Vets and White Rose Saddlery, which are situated at Wold House Stables.
This afternoon’s entertainment, sponsored by Great British Racing, at the Milton Rooms, will take place from 1pm until 4pm and will include a ‘Kids Love The Races’ Roadshow,  an exhibition of the progress of Jack Berry House (due to open early next year), a display of horse racing memorabilia from the National Horseracing Museum, various trade stands and (beginning at 2pm) a celebrity quiz, featuring teams of trainers and jockeys taking on the brains of the Injured Jockeys’ Fund, we have 3 teams and the IJF team is headed by Jack Berry MBE, with Tim Richards and Dale Gibson.
It is worth remembering that your attendance here today will benefit four very worthy causes, Malton Hospital, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Racing Welfare and the aforementioned Jack Berry House, the Injured Jockeys’ Fund rehabilitation centre currently being built at Old Malton. Next year, this truly wonderful facility, which will further cement Malton’s reputation in the racing world, will be included in the many must-visit places on this day.
A heartfelt thank-you goes out to all our sponsors, supporters and helpers, particularly trainers and stable staff for their major input today.
And, of course, we thank you most sincerely for your attendance and hope you all enjoy a special day in what we regard as a special place, where horses come first – in more ways than one..

Sunday 31st August 2014

Malton Open Day Stable Staff Sprint


The stable staff race is being run at Beverley Racecourse on Sunday 24th August, sponsored by Betfair, and is the first race ever run in this country just for stable staff to ride in. All of the riders have never ridden a winner, and they are a wide variety of ages, the youngest being 17!

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