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Elly Fiorentini, the award-winning presenter with BBC Radio York, is to open the Middleham and District Trainers Stables Open Day on Good Friday, April 18.
The Ceremony starts at 9.15 in the Market Place and Elly will be joined by 'Trooper Middleham' .
Elly presents the Weekday Drive-time show on Radio York and won the O2 Radio Broadcast Journalist of the Year award last year.
Elly said: “I am both delighted – and honoured – to be launching the Stables Open Day, especially in its 21st anniversary year. I love horses, and racing, and so will be visiting a number of the top trainers whilst I'm in Middleham.”
Elly will officially launch the Open day at 9.15am in Middleham’s Market Square. She will be helped by “Trooper” Middleham, the popular cavalry horse, who was named after the town. “Trooper” Middleham will then tour the town, before resting at the Manor House Stables of Jason Ward.
Trooper Middleham (centre) & Almaty Express
Another highlight of the day will be to see legendary Almaty Express, who will be paraded at John Weymes Racing at Ashgill Stables at 11am and 12.45pm.
Almaty Express is one of the most genuine racehorses the North of England has ever seen.
He was bought for less than £4,000 after a selling race at Catterick 10 years ago, and during 143 starts, he won 22 and finished in the first three in a third of them.
His owners have really lived the dream but he is now enjoying a well-deserved retirement.
William Hague, Conservative MP for Richmond and the Foreign Secretary, said: “Middleham is a tremendous success story and fully deserves its reputation as the finest racing centre in the north of England. We have some phenomenally successful trainers and it is wonderful that they open their yards to so many people. This is a very special day in the racing year”.
Tickets cost £10 per adult, including a souvenir brochure and a chance to win a prize in the programme draw, which includes a signed photograph of top jockey and the 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year A P McCoy. Admission for accompanied children under 12 is free.
9.30am until 1.00pm: Chris Fairhurst, Micky Hammond, Ben Haslam, Mark Johnston, Phil Kirby, George Moore and Jason Ward.
Karl Burke (closing at 1.00pm), James Bethell, Andy Crook, Patrick Holmes, Jedd O’Keeffe, John Weymes and Noel Wilson. Until 2.00pm and Ann and George Duffield (12.00 until 4.30pm).
PARKING IS INCLUDED - COACH TRANSFERS INCLUDED - FREE TO ENTER COMPETITIONS - BIG SCREEN TELEVISION
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