Classic winning mare to star at Open Day

Ouija Board winning the 2004 Oaks ANL-141108-125427001
Ouija Board winning the 2004 Oaks ANL-141108-125427001
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Classic winning mare Ouija Board is to be one of the star attractions on show at next month’s Betfair Newmarket Open Day.

The 2004 Oaks winner, and mother to this year’s Investec Derby winner Australia, will be paraded at her home at Stanley House Stud during the event on Sunday, September 21.

As in the previous two years the open day will start at 9am with a number of horses from yards in the town exercising at Warren Hill, before more than 25 yards from across Newmarket and Exning open their doors to the public.

Included among the list of those trainers’ set to take part in the event are Clive Brittain, Luca Cumani, James Fanshawe, Ed Dunlop and Marco Botti.

“We are delighted to be part of the Newmarket Open Day,” said Botti.

“It is a great opportunity to open up the yards to see the action that happens behind the scenes.

“We are thrilled to be involved in such a good fundraising initiative and to give the general public a rare glimpse of what happens on a daily basis.”

While not opening up his yard current trainers’ championship leader John Gosden will join Tom Goff from Blandford Bloodstock in the sales ring at Tattersalls to reveal what they look for when buying a horse, while Yogi Breisner, performance manager of the British Eventing Team, will hold schooling sessions at the British Racing School.

Visitors will also have the chance to view a the state-of-the-art seawalker at Darley’s pre-training operation at Charlcombe Lodge Stables in Hamilton Road.

The seawalker, which is just one of a handful in Britain, is used to recreate the healing effects of walking horses on the seashore.

In the afternoon activities will turn to the Rowley Mile Racecourse, with the feature event being that of a four-team football tournament made up of teams representing jockeys, trainers, The Racing Post and At The Races.

Gary Witheford, one of the country’s leading horse whisperers, will be holding a demonstration, along with launching his new book If Horses Could Talk

Tickets for the event cost £15 per adult, with children under-12 admitted free. Advanced tickets can purchased up until September 14 at a discounted price of £13 by visiting

Money raised from the event is to be split between Newmarket’s New Astley Club, The Injured Jockeys’ Fund, Racing Welfare and the National Horseracing Museum.