• Nigel Cole, from Bury St Edmunds, said; “We just enjoyed it so much last year, seeing all the horses, that we decided to come back this year. We wanted to see Roger Varian’s yard as it is in top form at the moment and is having plenty of winners. Meeting the different trainers and getting around as many yards as we canis great. We will definitely come back in 12 months.”
• Matthew Sharpe and Hannah Spencer, from Scunthorpe, said: “We are both racing geeks and are big fans of this open day as we came here last year, too. The big pull for us is the town itself as it is fantastic that there are so many yards to visit in one town. We went racing yesterday and we bought the deal for the day at the races and the open day, which we thought was a great idea as it allows people to make a real weekend of it.”
• Lester Allen, from Cambridge, said: “This is a great opportunity to see the inner works of the racing industry. It is nice to meet the trainers and ask them questions you wouldn’t be able to at the races. One of the highlights of the day was seeing Snow Fairy and Red Cadeaux at Ed Dunlop’s yard.”
• Hugo Palmer, trainer, said: “It is really great to see so many people come through the gates. Hopefully they will be back next year and bring some friends along with them, too. For a lot of people the only racing they see is on television, so for them to come along this morning and ask questions interviewers would normally only get the chance to do is fantastic. This is a great opportunity for us to give a little back and raise money for charity.”
• Mike O’Brien, from Hockwold, said: “As a punter I just love seeing the horses. To be able to get so close to the horses that have won me money is really nice. I have seen so many of my equine heroes today.”
• Marco Botti, trainer, said: “We have been very busy today. It is great to see so many people come to the yard. I think a lot of people came to visit as they were interested in the new building.
“I thought we had a lot of people visit us last year, but looking around today there is definitely an increase on the numbers.”
• Ed Walker said: “It has been a very successful day and people have really enjoyed visiting the yard. They all seemed very grateful for the opportunity and I definitely think it was worthwhile doing.”
• Rae Guest, trainer, said: “Last year we had hardly anyone come to visit us, but this year we have had more than 200 people through the gates, with people visiting from as far away as Wiltshire and Yorkshire. If it had been quiet again this year it would have been doubtful if we would do it again – but after this turnout we will open again next year.
“A big thank you goes out to my staff, as a lot of people have said just how good a job they have done.”