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 31.
The gallant grey will be based at Tim Fitzgerald’s Norton Grange Stables throughout the morning and will take part in a display along with Mr McGoldrick, Golden Hello and Mr Freddy from the New Beginnings Racehorse Rehoming Centre.
Monet’s Garden 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.
The Open Day is sponsored by Betfair and is staged as a fundraiser for four charities - Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Malton Hospital, Jack Berry House and Racing Welfare. With 20 yards opening their doors to the public, it provides a unique opportunity to visit top racing yards during the morning and meet equine heroes, jockeys, trainers and stable staff.
A series of demonstrations are also scheduled to take place including with ‘Horse whisperer’ Gary Witheford’s popular natural horsemanship demonstration will take place at 10.30, 11.30am and 12.30am at Tim Etherington’s Wold House Stables.
Afternoon events will be centred around the Milton Rooms in Malton Market Place where the British Horseracing Education and Standards Trust will provide an interactive area for children to learn about horse racing. There will also be a celebrity quiz with a guest panel starting at 2pm. Jack Berry MBE will lead the Injured Jockeys’ Fund’s team which includes Tim Richards and Dale Gibson; a trainers team will be led by Brian Ellison and a jockeys team led by Barry McHugh.
Horseracing memorabilia from the National Horseracing Museum and Great British Racing’s Kids Love The Races Roadshow will be in the Milton rooms where the will also be exhibitions by the Injured Jockeys’ Fund and Racing Welfare.
The yards open from 9am until 1pm, with Suzanne France’s yard open until 3pm and David O’Meara’s until 11.30am. Admission is £10 for adults and under 12’s go 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.
Further details can be found at www.maltonstablesopenday.co.uk.