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Lambourn trainer Jamie Snowden welcomes crowds as National Racehorse Week takes centre stage

National Racehorse Week kicks off on Sunday and it gives an opportunity for members of the public to see what goes on at a yard.

The nationwide annual celebration enables people to see first-hand the love, care and attention that goes into looking after horses.

Trainer Jamie Snowden, who is based in Lambourn, is one of many who will be opening his yard up for people to visit.

Jamie Snowden at Folly House
Jamie Snowden at Folly House

The Folly House handler will host a small crowd at his yard on Sunday, between the hours of 9.30am-11am and he explained why he signed up for the initiative.

“I think it’s very important that the general public do understand that the racehorses live in five star accommodation.

“They are the most pampered of all the horses in the world and I think it’s important to show that to people.

“It has been in the pipeline for some time and covid didn’t allow it to happen last year, but it’s great that it’s happening this year and hopefully people can embrace it.

“I think it works hand in hand,” admitted Snowden. “I think people enjoy racing and they might not necessarily have the opportunity to go behind the scenes which shows the goings on in a yard.”

It’s been a progression season for Snowden and his Folly House team and with the middle of the national hunt season approaching, he’s hoping for more winners on the board.

“We have had 17 winners on the board already and it’s great to get a good start into the season.

“The core season is just around the corner now and we have about 50 horses to go to war with and we’re in a lovely position.

“We have some nice young horses and some older ones too in amongst them, so hopefully they can fly the flag while the younger ones improve.”

Snowden is not the only local trainer who is taking part in the week.

Harry Whittington, Pat Murphy, Roger Teal, Mark Usher, Denis Coakley, Oliver Sherwood, Warren Greatrex and Oliver Signy are also involved.

For more information on National Racehorse Week, visit https://nationalracehorseweek.uk/

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