La Bague Au Roi and Buveur D'Air are just two of the equine superstars on show as Lambourn kicks off Easter weekend in style with their annual Good Friday Open Day.
Lambourn opens its doors to the public for the 29th Peter O'Sullevan Lambourn Open Day this weekend with more than 25 racing yards and horse exhibitions open for the public.
The racing yards participating including champion trainer Nicky Henderson, Charlie Hills, Clive Cox and Oliver Sherwood.
In the afternoon, the central arena opens with a full programme of equine shows and demonstrations, featuring:
- Show Jumping competition between AP McCoy and his daughter Eve, Jamie Osborne and his daughter Saffie, and Mark Bradstock’s wife Sarah and their son Alfie
- AP McCoy, John Francome, Brendan Powell and Nico de Boinville and other celebrities will be taking part in the Melbourne 10 sponsored Camel Racing and the always popular schooling
- Parade of Equine Heroes to include Sprinter Sacre, Coneygree, Buveur D’Air, Bobs Worth, La Bague Au Roi, Pentland Hills
Warren Greatrex’s stable star La Bague Au Roi is finished for the year following her second behind Kalashnikov at Aintree but the trainer has identified the King George at Kempton as her principle target for next season.
Greatrex said: “She probably wasn’t quite at her best and felt a little bit flat on the day. Like anything really, until you run them they can look good at home and she was in tremendous shape but possibly wasn’t at her peak. Normally she’s pressing on from the third last but she just flattened out before running on again.
“We thought she might still get there at the last but she’s had a good season nevertheless and will parade at the Lambourn Open Day on Friday before heading off for the summer with a view to next season.
“I think the King George has got to be her early-season target still, she was so good that day at Kempton this season, and after another summer there’s no reason why can’t improve a bit more. She'll still have the 7lb mares' allowance and it’s been a remarkable season, winning two Grade Ones and finishing second in another, and she’s really franked what I sort of said all along about her."
Meanwhile, dual-Champion Hurdle hero Buveur D’Air could make his first appearance on Irish soil at Punchestown.
Henderson said: "Buveur D'Air only ran at Aintree last week, but he has come out of the race very well and we've made an entry for him at Punchestown.
"He is of an age now that he can do these sort of things and run at Punchestown and if Buveur D'Air tells me in a fortnight that he is in good form, he will hopefully go.
"With the meeting being in May this year, we do have extra time between Aintree and Punchestown which is a big help.
"He’ll be at our yard for the Lambourn Open Day on Friday, along with all our other stable stars. We also have Sprinter Sacre, Bobs Worth and Hunt Ball for the day and they’ll be parading."