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Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Poldark star Tomlinson at Adlestrop show for Phillips open day

Poldark star Eleanor Tomlinson: judged the fun dog show at invitation of Richard Phillips
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Poldark fans itching for the new series to begin on BBC1 on Sunday evening have an opportunity to see Eleanor Tomlinson earlier in the day when she judges a 'fun dog' competition at Adlestrop in Gloucestershire at the invitation of trainer Richard Phillips.

Tomlinson, who plays Demelza in the mega-popular BBC series, is the daughter of racing commentator Malcolm Tomlinson, an old friend of Phillips who was on duty at Beverley on Saturday.

She has been to the Derby and Royal Ascot, and has presented an award at the Horserace Writers & Photographers' Association lunch.

Phillips, who opens his stables as usual as part of the Cotswold village's annual open day, said: "Malcolm's an old mate and he's bringing Eleanor, who has kindly agreed to judge the fun dog show after lunch.

"Eleanor is a lovely girl and came to my yard with her dad when she was little, but I wasn't here in those days and this will be her first time at Adlestrop.

"It's a wonderful village, with a great history and connections to Jane Austen, and we've had Jilly Cooper, Robert Hardy and Alexander Armstrong as previous show judges.

"It should be a good day, and proceeds all go to local charities including Adlestrop Church, the Great Western Air Ambulance, Adlestrop Cricket Club and our local broadband fund."

It's a quiet time of year for Phillips, who added: "There should be around a dozen horses on show, including three two-year-olds I bought at the breeze-ups. The others are on their holidays, enjoying a bit of summer grass."

Malcolm is an old mate of mine and he's bringing Eleanor, who has kindly agreed to judge the fun dog show after lunch

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