Alner to visit stable for first time since accident
OPEN days are an important date in any jumps trainer's calendar at this time of year, but for Robert Alner it will be ofeven greater significance when his yard at Locketts Farm Stables plays host to the general publicon Sunday morning.
The Gold Cup-winning trainer is planning to welcome his guests on what will be his first visit to the yard sincea car accident last November left him with serious spinal injuries.
Alner's stable jockey Andrew Thornton said: "Robert is planning to go down to the yard for the open day and we are all delighted that he will be able to attend. Everyone is welcome and, with the weather apparently set fair, we are looking forward to a great day."
The Alner team have organised a number of events to entertain their guests. Centrepiece will be the parade of horses featuring all the stable stars, plus a guest appearance from Cool Dawn, who won the Gold Cup for Alner in 1998.
There will also be some racing on the menu. Terriers will be put through their paces - and so will several sheep.
Thornton added: "We're planning to have some sheep racing, and my advice is to avoid the ones with the woolly coats and keep an eye on the bloke chasing one of the field with a jar of mint sauce. It might well be me and might well be the sheep I've backed!
"There's plenty of other entertainment on offer and there'll also be a hog roast."
Gates are open at 11am and admission is £5 for adults, with senior citizens and under-16s free.
Locketts Farm is situated near the hamlet of Droop, which is about five miles south of Sturminster Newton.
All proceeds from the day go to the Dorset Air Ambulance.