Virtual Epsom Open Day Showcases ‘The Home Of The Derby’

Racing Welfare is set to host a ‘Virtual Epsom Open Day’ on Bank Holiday Monday 31st August. 

The Racehorse Owners Association (ROA) has been confirmed as headline sponsor of Racing Welfare’s Virtual Epsom Open Day on Bank Holiday Monday 31st August. The FREE to access online event has been created in replacement of the usual Epsom Open Day and race meeting on the August Bank Holiday, which has been cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Virtual Epsom Open Day – sponsored by ROA – will feature video tours emulating the visitor’s perspective making viewers feel like they are really at the yard. Content on the day will also include Derek Thompson’s ‘Morning Line Reborn’ broadcast live from the Epsom Downs training grounds from 9 – 9.30am, with interviews from trainers and racing staff based within the town. A further live segment giving an insight into what goes on at ‘evening stables’ will be aired from 4pm, hosted by ITV and Racing TV’s Rishi Persad at a local racing yard. Follow Racing Welfare on Facebook to view the live features, as well as other virtual content throughout the day.

Jim Boyle, racehorse trainer at South Hatch Stables, said: “Whilst it’s incredibly disappointing not to be welcoming visitors for the annual Epsom Open Day, we’re delighted to be able to join our fellow trainers in a Virtual Epsom Open Day.  We’re very grateful to Racing Welfare and local councillor Steven McCormick for facilitating this, and hope that members of the public find the virtual tours an enjoyable and informative replacement during these difficult times.”

Running alongside the Virtual Open Day will be a national online auction, which will go live on 27th August until 24th September.  The fantastic lots on offer include a private tour of the National Stud in Newmarket complete with an overnight stay at the historic Jockey Club Rooms, and a 2021 share in a racehorse with the Hot to Trot syndicate. Funds raised will go towards Racing Welfare’s Emergency Appeal, donations to the appeal can be made here:

Dawn Goodfellow, Chief Executive of Racing Welfare, said: “We are thrilled that, despite being unable to hold the Epsom Open Day in its usual format this year, we are still able to showcase this fantastic racing centre. It is an excellent opportunity to promote the home of the Derby to a much wider audience, I hope everyone enjoys the online offering with interest.”

To register for the event and receive your free online programme or for more information on the Virtual Epsom Open Day please view

Images From Last Years Open Day


Racing Welfare

Racing Welfare is the only charity that supports all of racing’s people – including stud, stable and racecourse staff, alongside those working in associated professions – from their recruitment right through into retirement. The charity provides a wide range of advice and guidance services, all of which are completely confidential and non-judgmental.  Support is available for a wide range of life’s challenges, including physical health, mental health, bereavement, careers advice, housing, money advice, illness, addiction, relationships and retirement. Racing Welfare’s services are nationally accessible with offices in all of the main racing centres and roving Welfare Officers covering the whole of the country. 

The charity owns 164 units of accommodation across the UK, with a focus on providing housing for young people working in racing and those who have retired from the industry which are managed by its housing arm, Racing Homes.

Racing’s Support Line, a multi-channel support platform, allows people to contact the charity online as well as through a 24hr telephone line.  


Racing’s Support Line: 0800 6300 443

Online self-help resources:

Racing Welfare’s Covid-19 Emergency Appeal

Due to the cancellation of planned fundraising events, Racing Welfare needs to raise £500k this year to fill the income deficit from this source. 

Donate to the Emergency Appeal here:

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