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Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Henderson heroes set to be star attraction with big crowd expected

Nicky Henderson's Seven Barrows will be one of more than 25 yards open
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A parade of Cheltenham champions including Sprinter Sacre, Bobs Worth, Long Run and Buveur D'Air is among the attractions as Lambourn gets ready to host its popular open day on Friday.

They will be joined by My Tent Or Yours as part of the afternoon entertainment, while riders Noel Fehily and Nico de Boinville will take on legends of yesteryear Sir Anthony McCoy, John Francome and Jamie Osborne in the showjumping.

Those five will be joined by Leighton Aspell and Gavin Sheehan in a schooling session, while paralympian Ed Chanin, who was left paralysed on his right side after a fall when he was 18, will take part in a dressage exhibiton.

There will also be farrier demonstrations, a lurcher display and parade of Vine and Craven Hunt Foxhounds.

Nicky Henderson's Seven Barrows yard is likely to be a popular stop and Sprinter Sacre is sure to draw a big crowd, along with Cheltenham aces Altior and Might Bite on show.

Lambourn open day chairman Mark Smyly said: "It's been another very strong year for Lambourn. Over jumps, Nicky Henderson continues to dominate; Altior, Buveur D'Air and Might Bite should only improve next year.

"On the Flat, Clive Cox won two Group 1s at Royal Ascot and Mrs Danvers was one of the Flat stories of 2016. The day is a wonderful chance for Lambourn to show off their yards to the public."

The day, which raises money for the Lambourn Valley Housing Trust and Thames Valley Air Ambulance, begins at 8.30am when more than 25 yards will open their doors to the general public.

"I'm very much looking forward to it and it's for a great cause," said trainer Harry Dunlop.

"We normally get a really good crowd coming from the car park opposite our yard and with the attraction of Nicky Henderson's Cheltenham horses we'll get another big crowd. I think the weather will be lovely too."

The open day will honour Many Clouds, the star of Oliver Sherwood's yard who died after beating Thistlecrack in Cheltenham's Cotswold Chase in January.

His finest hour came when he won the 2015 Grand National and along with Sprinter Sacre he was one of the village's most popular horses.

Sherwood said: "It's a lovely tribute that the day is named in honour of Many Clouds. There was a huge crowd at Rhonehurst to see him at last year's open day and we will never forget the scenes as he paraded through Lambourn the day after he won the National."

Entry to the yards is £15 per person – free for children under 12 – or £7 from 1pm for the afternoon entertainment.

North Yorkshire training centre Middleham hosts its open day on Monday.

With the attraction of Nicky Henderson's Cheltenham horses we'll get another big crowd
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