GB: A blessing from the clergy at the Gloucestershire stables of trainer Richard Phillips on Sunday [September 12] marked the start of National Racehorse Week, seven days that will celebrate the racing industry with a series of events expected to attract over 10,000 members of the public.
The first-ever National Racehorse Week involves 131 racing yards across Britain opening their doors while also incorporating open days in the Malton and Epsom racing centres to offer a first-hand glimpse of the care and attention afforded the thoroughbred.
National Racehorse Week has been organised by Great British Racing and the National Trainers Federation, with support from the Racing Foundation and the Peter O’Sullevan Charitable Trust plus endorsements from Oscar-winning actress Dame Judi Dench and Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden.
Dowden described the sport as “part of the rich fabric of British culture and an integral part of our rural economy”.
He added: “At the heart of the sport are the thoroughbred racehorses themselves and it is wonderful that members of the public will be able to visit racing yards in their communities.”
Phillips, who came up with the idea of a nationwide event, greeted members of the public to a special church service held at his Adlestrop Stables, which included a special blessing for the racehorses at the yard.
• Read more on the National Racehorse Week website