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Race named after Tobefair at Ffos Las on Easter Sunday.

Race named after Tobefair at Ffos Las on Easter Sunday.

Tobefair, the best horse to be trained in Carmarthenshire for many a long year, will have a race named after him at Ffos Las on Easter Sunday.   The ‘Congratulations Tobefair Handicap Chase’ will be run in honour of a horse who has proved that in jump racing humble beginnings don’t necessarily prevent you from playing, and winning, in the big league.   He’s nine years old now.  As a foal he had been given …

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Sean Bowen Blog – My first Grade 1 and Ayr this weekend

Sean Bowen Blog – My first Grade 1 and Ayr this weekend

Last weekend was questionably the best days racing I’ve ever had. I rode my first Grade 1 winner in Aintree on Grand National Day. I rode If The Cap Fits for Harry Fry and the Rooney family in the Ryanair Stayers Hurdle. The horse shown a lot of guts to get his head back up on the line to win, I thought we’d lost it after jumping the last hurdle but he stuck his neck …

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Raceday Report – 7th April

Raceday Report – 7th April

A good crowd flocked to Ffos Las for its first fixture for over a month, encouraged by warm hazy sunshine and a Food and Drink Festival of enticing local produce. The going was soft. Although the 15-runner handicap hurdle over 2m4f looked quite competitive, Dai Rees’s Gone Platinum turned it into a procession. In the frame five times in 11 outings here, he was allowed to go off at 11/1. His jockey Lorcan Williams bided …

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Sean Bowen: Busy at Aintree

Sean Bowen: Busy at Aintree

This weekend all eyes are on Aintree and the Grand National festival. Yesterday, I was there with 4 rides with Bags Groove for Harry Fry who finished fourth in the Devenish Manifesto Novices’ Chase (Grade 1), Kalashnikov won the race well for Amy Murphy and Jack Quinlan, and she is another young trainer who is making her mark. Today is Ladies Day, the racecourse will have a great buzz about it today even though the …

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Sean Bowen Becomes Official Ambassador to Ffos Las Racecourse

Sean Bowen Becomes Official Ambassador to Ffos Las Racecourse

Welsh jockey Sean Bowen is to become an official ambassador for Ffos Las Racecourse near Llanelli. 21-year-old Sean, who originates from Little Newcastle in Pembrokeshire, has risen up the riding ranks in the last five years and is now one of the top ten jump jockeys in the country. He comes from a family who have been making a big impression on jump racing for many years. His father, Peter, is a leading racehorse trainer …

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Raceday Report – 26th February

Raceday Report – 26th February

This was an extra meeting, helping to make up for the six days without racing due to equine flu.  It was a sunny day, and the going was good to soft, soft in places. Venetia Williams’s mare Arqalina (5/1) has been slow to come to hand, but today she showed that her close third in her penultimate race was no fluke by taking the 3m hurdle comfortably.  She breezed into the lead at the third …

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New Management Team For Ffos Las & Chepstow Racecourses

New Management Team For Ffos Las & Chepstow Racecourses

The two racecourses in South Wales have a new senior management team. Both Chepstow and Ffos Las are now owned by the Arena Racing Company (ARC) after the West Wales course near Llanelli was purchased from businessman Dai Walters last year. ARC owns and operates 16 racecourses in the UK including Doncaster, Uttoxeter, Newcastle and Windsor as well as a number of greyhound tracks, hotels and golf courses. Phil Bell is the Executive Director of …

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Raceday Report – 14th January

Raceday Report – 14th January

With rain lacking in much of the country, most of today’s races at Ffos Las contained a good-sized fields that had come in search of soft going. Tim Vaughan sponsored the first on the card, a 2m6f hurdle, and in hindsight we wondered why his runner Briac was allowed to start at 16/1. Ridden patiently by Alan Johns, he came through to lead on the long run to the second last, jumped it well and …

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ARENA RACING COMPANY LAUNCHES YOURVENUE

ARENA RACING COMPANY LAUNCHES YOURVENUE

Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) is delighted to announce the launch of YourVENUE, a new events and hospitality brand linking the group’s sixteen racecourse venues around the country. ARC operates sixteen venues around Britain, including Doncaster, Chepstow, Newcastle and Royal Windsor Racecourses, and is able to cater for all types of venue, from weddings and parties to business meetings and conferences. For the first time, all sixteen racecourse sites will now fall under a single brand, …

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Raceday Report – 17th December

Raceday Report – 17th December

A cloudy, blustery day. The going was heavy, which caused the omission of the first hurdle in the home straight and both open ditches. Big Picture (8/1) led throughout the 2m4f hurdle for conditional jockeys. Going much the best on the turn into the home straight, he responded well when asked to extend his lead there and finished full of running six lengths ahead of Urbanist. He showed nothing on two previous runs on heavy …

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