The return of Racing Welfare’s Epsom Open Day on Sunday 12th September, saw the inaugural National Racehorse Week start with a bang.  Following a year of virtual events due to the pandemic, record numbers of racing fans and families alike were clearly delighted to be back at this popular in-person event.

As well as the opportunity to go behind the scenes of the many racing yards that opened their doors to the public, there was plenty on offer to keep the more than 600 people who attended the day entertained.  The morning was kicked off by ITV Racing Presenter, Rishi Persad who interviewed some of Epsom’s esteemed trainers, Simon Dow, Pat Phelan, Roger Ingram and Michael Attwater, while their horses cantered up the historic Downs.

Later in the day, Racing Welfare beneficiary and race day presenter Anthony Kemp interviewed Jim Boyle at his yard about his plans to expand from 25 to 50 horses. There were even a few dark horses unearthed for the crowd to follow. The full interview can be viewed on the Racing Conversation Facebook Group.

It was a great day, everyone was in high spirits, lots of happy children and happy horses. The sun also shone on the magnificent Epsom straight – home to the greatest Flat race in the world.

The day raised over £3,000, with all the proceeds going to Racing Welfare, who have had a dedicated presence in Epsom since 2016, recognising the significance of the training centre within the fabric of UK horseracing.

Dawn Goodfellow, Racing Welfare Chief Executive, said; “I would like to say a huge thank you to all the sponsors and volunteers who made this open day so special – without their support, it would not be possible to hold these events which are not only fantastic showcases of our sport and it’s workforce but are also such important fundraisers for Racing Welfare. It’s great to be back and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2022”