Vicky wins Malton Stables Open day staff race at Beverley

Vicky Pears on her way to victory in the Betfair Malton Stables Sprint staff race    Pictures: Louise Pollard
Vicky Pears on her way to victory in the Betfair Malton Stables Sprint staff race Pictures: Louise Pollard

The Betfair Malton Stables Sprint staff race was a huge success at Beverley Racecourse, with Vicky Pears, on Noodles Blue Boy, trained by her husband Ollie, winning the race.

A fantastic crowd stayed on after the race meeting to watch and cheer on the jockeys. Billy Hardy was second in the race, with Georgia Dukes third, and Jaimie Kerr fourth.

The event is believed to have raised approximately £5,000 for the four charities supported by Sunday’s open day.

Superstar racehorse Monet’s Garden will be one of the retired racehorses to perform a display at the event.

The gallant grey will be based at Tim Fitzgerald’s Norton Grange Stables throughout the morning and will take part in a display along with Mr McGoldrick, Golden Hello and Mr Freddy from the New Beginnings Racehorse Rehoming Centre.

Monet’s Garden was a winner of 17 of his 32 races and nearly £700,000 in prize money.

But it was at Aintree where he became a household name, winning the Old Roan Chase, now named the Monet’s Garden Old Roan Chase in honour of the old-timer, in 2007, 2009 and 2010.

The open day is sponsored by Betfair and is staged as a fundraiser for four charities - Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Malton Hospital, Jack Berry House and Racing Welfare.

With 20 yards opening their doors to the public, it provides a unique opportunity to visit top racing stables during the morning and meet equine heroes, jockeys, trainers and stable staff.

A series of demonstrations are also scheduled to take place including horse whisperer Gary Witheford’s popular natural horsemanship demonstration will take place at 10.30am, 11.30am and 12.30am at Tim Etherington’s Wold House Stables.

Afternoon events will be centred around the Milton Rooms in Malton Market Place where the British Horseracing Education and Standards Trust will provide an interactive area for children to learn about horse racing.

There will also be a celebrity quiz with a guest panel starting at 2pm. Jack Berry MBE will lead the Injured Jockeys’ Fund’s team which includes Tim Richards and Dale Gibson; a trainers team will be led by Brian Ellison and a jockeys team led by Barry McHugh. Horseracing memorabilia from the National Horseracing Museum and Great British Racing’s Kids Love The Races Roadshow will be in the Milton Rooms.

Karon Brown, of the Malton Racing Association, said: “The open day is a really fantastic opportunity to come along to Malton, visit the various different yards and meet the horses, jockeys and trainers and watch some brilliant demonstrations.

“The question and answer session should be really interesting and draw a large crowd to the Market Place, we hope that the day will raise awareness of what Malton has to offer and raise plenty of funds for four fantastic charities.”

The yards open from 9am until 1pm, with Suzanne France’s yard open until 3pm and David O’Meara’s until 11.30am. Admission is £10 for adults and under-12s go free.

Admission includes a free park and ride system with a bus every 15 to 20 minutes taking visitors to all the yards in Malton and Norton.

The Talbot Hotel are having a stand outside the Milton Rooms which will be selling cakes and biscuits, and also signed cookery books, with all proceeds going to Jack Berry House.

Brown added: “We are also having a raffle on the day, tickets £1 each, and have an original watercolour painting by Alan Jones featuring Kauto Star, Long Run and Master Minded which has been very kindly donated by Alan Jones. Other prizes include a Family Day Pass to Castle Howard and two tickets to Flamingoland.

“The New Brew Tearoom is serving cooked breakfasts and Sunday Lunch, with all profits going to Jack Berry House.

“Jack Berry House will be open for people to see the progress of the building work, with a minibus leaving Malton Market Place and stopping there before continuing to Rainbow Equine Hospital.

“Buses are once again coming from Driffield on the morning of the Open Day, to bring any visitors who do not have their own transport.”