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Racing Welfare is set to host a ‘Virtual Yorkshire Open Day’ on Sunday 13th September.  The showcase of racing in Yorkshire is being held in place of Middleham and Malton Open Days which were cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thanks to the continued support of Arena Racing Company (ARC), the Virtual Yorkshire Open Day will feature racehorse trainers from across the county providing video tours and other insights into their training operations. We’ll meet a selection of equine superstars along the way and look ahead to ‘horses to follow’ for the Doncaster St Leger Festival and the Ayr Gold Cup Festival.  The day will also air interviews with racing personalities to give a flavour of what makes racing so special in Yorkshire.

Tim Fitzgerald, Vice Chairman of the Malton Open Day Committee, said: “The COVID-19 outbreak has given Malton Open Day the opportunity to develop into a virtual showcase of racing in Yorkshire. We are delighted to be able to share the array of amazing facilities available across the whole of the county and very much look forward to giving the public a behind-the-scenes experience.”

The event will deliver an opportunity for viewers to participate from home by entering an online dog show, with the winner of each class decided by public vote. New for this year will be an art competition with entries judged by Racing Welfare ambassador and artist Darren ‘Birdie’ Bird.

Racing Welfare is running a national online auction to assist in fundraising efforts, which will go live on 27th August until 24th September.  The fantastic lots on offer include a private tour of the National Stud in Newmarket complete with an overnight stay at the historic Jockey Club Rooms, and a 2021 share in a racehorse with the Hot to Trot syndicate.

Dawn Goodfellow, Chief Executive of Racing Welfare, said: “Combining Middleham and Malton Open Days in a virtual form gives us a platform to promote racing in Yorkshire to a larger audience than we have ever been able to before. These occasions are hugely popular and important in promoting Yorkshire racing and for our fundraising efforts throughout the year.  We hope everyone will follow the events of the day on Sunday 13th September and enjoy the fabulous insight on offer.”

Proceeds generated from the Virtual Yorkshire Open Day will be used to provide a full range of support services to all of racing’s people and will aid in developing local projects such as Hill House in Middleham, which will incorporate 12 units of accommodation for people aged 16-24 years old.

To register for the event and receive your free online programme or for more information on the Virtual Yorkshire Open Day please view