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Irish Trainers to open their doors to racing fans for a rare look behind the scenes

Sponsored by Horse Racing Ireland With Irish horses winning big prizes at home and abroad, you can have a rare opportunity to get behind the scenes of racehorse trainers across the country. For Horse Racing Ireland's inaugural Open Morning, trainers are opening their stable doors for a chance to meet your favourite horses, trainers, and the team who prepare them for action. The likes of Gordon Elliott, Henry De Bromhead, and Joseph O’Brien are among 30 trainers nationwide welcoming members of the public on the morning of Saturday, May 18.

Racing fans and potential owners alike can come along for a morning which will provide unprecedented access and insight into how trainers' yards work and the many ways to get involved in racehorse ownership. Depending on the trainer you decide to visit, you will get a tour of the yard and facilities, a chance to watch the racehorses on the gallop, meet the skilled team that look after the horses 365 days a year, and get to ask the trainer any questions they may have about the business of horse racing. The morning's entertainment is available free of charge, but if you wish to attend, you must register here. You can see a map of participating trainers below. “Generally speaking, a race meeting is the sole opportunity for racing fans to get close to racehorses, however, it provides little to no insight in to what actually happens at a professional racing yard in the build up to the all-important race days,” said Waterford trainer Henry de Bromhead. “I am delighted to be one of the trainers taking part in this initiative and would encourage anyone interested in horse racing to participate in the open morning.” Co Kildare trainer Tracey Collins said: “Horse racing is no different to any other sport, it’s great to be a spectator at a big race day but getting behind the scenes is a rare and unique opportunity. “It will be a morning that the whole family can enjoy.” Availability is limited so register today to avoid disappointment.

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