Lambourn Open Day renamed in honour of Many Clouds
The 2017 Lambourn Open Day will be renamed in honour of its former star attraction Many Clouds to celebrate the life of the late, great chaser.
Hosted on Good Friday, the yards of Lambourn annually open their doors to the public, with thousands previously flocking to Rhonehurst, home of trainer Oliver Sherwood, to see the 2015 Grand National winner.
Having run his last race when gallantly defeating Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Thistlecrack in January, the absence of Clouds will be hard felt, but Lambourn Open Day chairman Mark Smyly hopes this will be a fitting tribute.
“What Many Clouds achieved for Oliver Sherwood was remarkable. He was everything a top chaser should be; a bold, impeccable jumper who stayed forever,” said Smyly.
“The affection with which the team at Rhonehurst held him epitomises why people work in racing. The Lambourn Open Day is a day for everyone that works in the village to show off their yards and horses to the public; they are an essential part of Lambourn and the people involved with Many Clouds exemplified that.
“The day raises valuable money for two charities. One of these is the Lambourn Valley Housing Trust which provides welfare for both our retired and working stable staff; thus naming the day after Many Clouds this year makes perfect sense.”
More than 30 yards will open their doors to the public this year, including Sherwood and the team at Rhonehurst, who will be joined by the likes of Nicky Henderson, Clive Cox, Warren Greatrex and Charlie Hills.
As well as this there will be the chance to go behind-the-scenes at fantastic facilities such as the Lambourn Valley Equine Hospital and Oaksey House, home of the Injured Jockeys’ Fund rehabilitation centre.
Sir AP McCoy and John Francombe will are also amongst celebrities who will be taking part in the equine shows and demonstrations throughout the day.