Stable doors left open today

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With racing taking its traditional break in Britain and Ireland for Good Friday, two of the leading training centres -Lambourn and Middleham -throw open their gates to the public.

In Lambourn - where visitors are advised to arrive early to avoid traffic congestion - the main yards are open from 8.30am until 1pm, while the remaining stables open at 9.30am.

In the afternoon there will be various attractions on the downs including Tracey Bailey performing a bungee jump. Cost for the whole day is pounds 5 per person but is free for children under 12.

The same prices apply at Middleham, where all 15 yards are open from 9.30am to 1pm. Equine celebrities will include Desert Orchid, Hallo Dandy and the showjumper Milton.