Epsom residents turned out en-masse for a fundraiser in support of horse racing workers at Epsom Downs Racecourse on Monday (August 26).

Organised by Racing Welfare, the event saw a strong crowd of families and racing fans descend on the world-famous racing venue in glorious bank holiday sunshine.

Attendees gathered at Epsom’s gallops from 8.30am that morning, where ITV Racing’s Rishi Persad interviewed Epsom trainers.

The yards then opened to the public from 9.30am, with visitors shuttled around free from yard to yard to meet the horses thanks to a specially laid on bus service.

Trainers Jim Boyle, Michael Attwater, Pat Phelan, Roger Ingram, Simon Dow, Mark Pattinson and Adam West all gave a warm welcome and helped the crowds get up close with Epsom’s equine residents throughout the morning.

Racing Welfare’s Head of Fundraising, Mark Loades, said he and his team were "delighted" with the event and thanked everyone for their support.

"We were delighted to see so many people at Epsom yesterday; to have so many visitors coming to take in all that the centre has to offer is fantastic.

"My most sincere thanks to all of the trainers and their teams for making the event possible, along with Rishi for joining us at the gallops.

"A huge thanks also to Jockey Club Estates and Epsom Downs Racecourse, with whom we are very proud to work to bring this wonderful event to the public each year."

Funds raised at the event went to Racing Welfare, which has a dedicated welfare officer based in Epsom.

The charity organises regular sporting and social events for working staff around the country.

It helps raise funds for current and retired racing staff, and their families, and supports workers in the industry with guidance, in particular stud, stable and support staff.