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Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Cheltenham winners top bill as Middleham open day returns

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Middleham yards throw open their doors to the public on Monday morning with the return of the town's popular open day.

Karl Burke and Mark Johnston are among the trainers offering a look behind the scenes in an event staged for the first time since 2015 and now switched to Easter Monday from its former Good Friday date.

More than 500 horses are trained in Middleham and they will be joined for the day by some special guests, with former Cheltenham Festival winners Peddlers Cross and Cinders And Ashes on show at Ann Duffield's Sun Hill Farm.

Visitors to Barry Keniry’s Warwick Lodge pre-training stables will be able to meet Junior, a winner at Cheltenham and Royal Ascot, and the enigmatic Mad Moose.

Mark Johnston’s Park Farm will put on an equine spa demonstration and there will be a water treadmill display at Duffield's yard.

In the afternoon there will be a schooling demonstration featuring jumps horses on Low Moor, then an inter-yard stable staff competition, which will include showjumping, gymkhana games and a tug-of-war.

The event, which is being held for a 23rd year, is sponsored by Arena Racing Company and proceeds will go to organisers Racing Welfare, with a share of the money raised also allocated to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance charity.   

Adult tickets are £10, with admission free for under-16s.

More than 500 horses are trained in Middleham and they will be joined for the day by some special guests
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