The Racehorse Owners Association To Sponsor Virtual #Epsom Open Day, Now Including Live ‘Behind The Scenes’ Features @Racehorseowners @RacingWelfare
27th August 2020
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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. 

Charlie Liverton, Chief Executive of the Racehorse Owners Association, said: “The ROA are delighted to support the Epsom Open Day. Under the current restrictions it’s great that a virtual format this year will showcase Epsom, its horses and people to a wider audience. 

“Bringing an audience in to the world of racing through behind-the-scenes tours of local yards, watching horses being exercised, and meeting trainers and staff is something we’re keen to support as part of the industry’s efforts to share insights into the sport we love. 

“Epsom’s August bank holiday open day has become well established. It’s terrific that this year’s event will be accessible to all online.” 

Dawn Goodfellow, Chief Executive of Racing Welfare, said: “We are excited to be working with the ROA on the Virtual Epsom Open Day. The day is sure to include content for everyone, and the addition of the live broadcasts hosted by Tommo and Rishi add another dimension to the event.”    

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




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