Racing fans flock to Lambourn

Lambourn’s Open Day was hailed a success by the organisers after racing fans turned up in their thousands in the spring sunshine for the annual Good Friday event.

Lambourn’s Open Day was hailed a success by the organisers after racing fans turned up in their thousands in the spring sunshine for the annual Good Friday event.

Mark Smyly, chairman of the organising committee, said: “People have flocked from all over the country to give us their support and the weather has been very kind to us.

“This is another great day in the history of the Lambourn Open Day and long may it continue.”

People from all corners of Britain arrived to visit the yards which were open to the public during the morning and followed on to the Downs for a sustained burst of entertainment in the afternoon, which involved a parade of equine heroes, a show jumping exhibition and a polo demonstration as well as a celebrity bungee jump.

There was a poignant moment during the activities when a minute’s silence was held at 2.30pm in respect of Fred Winter, the legendary National Hunt jockey and trainer who died earlier in the week.

Throughout his training career, Winter was based at Uplands Stables in Upper Lambourn.

There was concentrated interest on the Downs during the afternoon on Tony McCoy, the champion jump jockey, and Mick Fitzgerald, who participated in a puissance show jumping competition.

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