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Lambourn Open Day re-named in honour of Many Clouds

Lambourn Open Day 2016: Many Clouds - led by his groom Chris 'CJ' Jerdin - parades through the crowds

The 2017 Lambourn Open day is being renamed in honour of the racehorse Many Clouds who was trained at Oliver Sherwood's Lambourn yard.

The event on Good Friday (April 14) will be known as the Many Clouds Lambourn Open Day.  

Many Clouds - known across the nation for his remarkable Grand National victory in 2015 and for his Hennessy Gold Cup victory - died on 28 January a minute after beating Thistlecrack in a very tight race at Cheltenham.

Trained at Sherwood's Rhonehurst yard, Many Clouds became a favourite in the village of Lambourn and was greeted at last year's Open Day by an admiring crowd.

A spokesman for the Open Day said: "The scenes of adulation as thousands lined the streets of Lambourn when he was paraded through the day after winning the Grand National will live long in the memory.

The Open Day opens its doors at 8.30am and attracts huge crowds - 10,000 people are expected for this year's event.  More than 30 trainers open their yards to the public and so visitors can meet the horses, the trainers and to get a first hand view of the Lambourn racing industry.

Visitors can see round the yards of trainers such as Nicky Henderson, Warren Greatrex, Clive Cox, Charlie Hills and Oliver Sherwood.  The Open Day raises money for charities - especially to provide housing for past and present stable staff.

In the afternoon the huge events field with its central arena has a full programme of equestrian and country shows and demonstrations of country skills. Trade stands offer all manner of goods and services generally connected to country pursuits.   There are children's activities and many different places where food is available.


There is more information on the Open Day website.  Entry is £15 - children under-12 go free.  And £7 after 1.00pm for the Afternoon Events Arena only.  Tickets can be bought in advance via the Newbury Racecourse website.

Oliver Sherwood with Many Clouds after a racecourse gallop at Newbury (November 2016)Oliver Sherwood with Many Clouds after a racecourse gallop at Newbury (November 2016)

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