Sprinter Sacre
Image supplied by The Jockey Club

Lambourn kicks off Easter Weekend in style this Friday, by opening its doors to the public for 29th The Peter O’Sullevan Lambourn Open Day. This annual Berkshire charity event gives visitors the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes at some of Britain’s top racehorse training establishments where they can meet the trainers, staff and, of course, their equine heroes.

The line-up for the Camel Racing has been confirmed. Melbourne 10, the sponsors have assembled a team consisting of AP McCoy, Jamie Osborne, Lucy Barry and Andy Llewellyn and they will take on Noel Fehily, Nico de Boinville, Brendan Powell and John Francome. The Show Jumping competition between AP McCoy, Jamie Osborne and Mark Bradstock’s wife Sara will be very keenly fought. Other events include a thrilling show by the Stannage Motorcycle Team, a Windsor Clive sponsored Parade of Equine Heroes to include Sprinter Sacre and Coneygree, and a Retraining of Racehorses dressage display.

The Parade of Equine (and non-equine!) Heroes this year will include Sprinter Sacre, Coneygree, Buveur D’Air, Bobs Worth, La Bague Au Roi, Toast Of New York, Pentland Hills and last but not least, Bobby (Jamie Osborne’s whippet).

More than 25 racing yards and horse exhibitions will open on the morning of Good Friday, 19th April to give the public the opportunity to get first-hand experience into the running of top yards such as: Champion Trainer Nicky Henderson, Charlie Hills, Clive Cox and, of course, Grand National winning trainer, Oliver Sherwood.

The Lambourn Open Day also gives an opportunity to check out the brilliant facilities at the Lambourn Valley Equine Hospital There will also be a vast array of trade stands and food stalls to add to what is a great fun Easter day out for all the family, whilst for the first time The Outside Chance Bar will be present, and there will be a live band playing there from 4.30.

Mark Smyly, Peter O’Sullevan Lambourn Open Day Chairman and organiser, said:

“The Open Day is a fantastic way to showcase Lambourn and horseracing to the public, whilst also raising much needed funds some very worthy causes. More than 25 racing yards and horse exhibitions will open in the morning before a host of other exciting attractions and entertainment in the afternoon! To have the likes of AP McCoy and John Francome involved and equine legends Sprinter Sacre, Altior and Bobs Worth present on the day is fantastic and very exciting.”

“The sunny weather forecast is also very welcomed after rain meant only Seven Barrows opened last year and we are very much looking forward to welcoming you all to Lambourn.”

Tickets cost £15 on the day for the whole day, £10 for afternoon entertainment only. Children under 12 can enter for free. Car Parks are free and open at 7.30 a.m. Yards will open from 8.30am until 1 p.m. All money raised goes to Lambourn’s registered charity, The Lambourn Valley Housing Trust, which works tirelessly for the welfare of its stable staff, The Air Ambulance and worthy local organisations.

Full coloured programmes, featuring all information on the day including a map, information on all trainers and timings of events will be available in all car parks and yards.

Visit www.LambournOpenDay.com for more information.