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Baboin wins at Uttoxeter

Baboin wins at Uttoxeter

The Chepstow and Ffos Las Racing Club horse Baboin delighted his owners when he won at Uttoxeter on Saturday 8th February. Ridden by Charlie Price, for trainer Tim Vaughan, the six year old gelding took the Best Odds Guaranteed At MansionBet Maiden Hurdle over two miles. The winning distance over Clondaw Promise was a length and a quarter. It was Baboin’s second appearance in the club’s colours following his debut third place at Lingfield in …

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Raceday Report – Thursday 30th January 2020

It was a day for diehard jump race fans, due to persistent fine rain and fog obscuring visibility all afternoon.  However, they were cheered by favourites winning five of the six contests.  Welsh runners accounted for three quarters of the fields in four of the races, and local trainers won three on the card.  The going was heavy. The first was a 2m hurdle.  David Pipe’s Main Fact (5/4 fav) won two races last week …

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Raceday Report – Monday 16th December

Ffos Las’s pre-Christmas race day survived an inspection and went ahead with the going heavy.  One fence and one hurdle on each circuit were omitted. A violent downpour moved away just in time for the first race, a 2m4f hurdle.  Debra Hamer’s Out The Glen (3/1 fav) was going best turning into the straight and kept on stoutly to hold off Ring The Moon, who challenged valiantly but to no avail. This length and three …

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WELSH HORSE RACING AWARDS WINNERS

WELSH HORSE RACING AWARDS WINNERS

The Jockey of the Year award, sponsored by Cotts Equine, went to David Probert. David has ridden well over a hundred winners in the last year, earning over £1.2m of prize money, and is on course to beat his personal best for the 2019 calendar year. The Trainer of the Year category, sponsored by Gain Equine Nutrition, was awarded to Evan Williams. He earned the most prize money, over £660,000, mainly due to the exploits …

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Raceday Report – Thursday 28th November

This was an extra meeting, arranged to help compensate for the wet-weather abandonments of so many fixtures around the country in the last month or two.  The first hurdle and the second fence in the home straight were omitted on account of the heavy going.  Any punters who piled into the first six winning favourites were not complaining, though. Harry Whittington’s Stick With Bill (8/11 fav) made virtually all the running in the opener, a …

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Raceday Report – Friday 22nd November

Stamina and determination were necessary on a damp, windy day where the going was soft, heavy in places.  Nevertheless, there were some good performances to note for future reference. The favourite won the first race of the day, a 3m chase.  Heavenly Promise (3/1 fav) was travelling well before cruising into the lead after the third last.  She was not hard pressed to score by five lengths from Misty Mai. The winner has been rejuvenated …

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THE NOMINATIONS FOR THE WELSH HORSE RACING AWARDS SPONSORED BY THE RACEHORSE OWNERS ASSOCIATION

THE NOMINATIONS FOR THE WELSH HORSE RACING AWARDS SPONSORED BY THE RACEHORSE OWNERS ASSOCIATION

The panel was spoilt for choice regarding the nominees for Jockey of the Year sponsored by Cotts Equine. James Bowen rode the winner of the Midlands Grand National, adding to his victory in the Welsh equivalent a year earlier.  His brother Sean achieved his breakthrough first Grade 1 win at the Aintree Grand National meeting, on If The Cap Fits in the Ryanair Stayers Hurdle.  18-year-old conditional Connor Brace won the Scottish Champion Hurdle on …

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Raceday Report – Sunday 10th November 2019

The going was soft on this fine late autumn Sunday, with some good racing and a couple of Welsh-trained winners. The card began with a 3m chase.  At eleven years of age it looked like Horatio Hornblower’s best was behind him, yet he simply cruised alongside the leaders four out.  When one of the others made a terrible blunder and another ran out of steam Horatio was left in front.  Then Frankly Speaking tried to …

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Raceday Report – Saturday 19th October 2019

The going was soft, heavy in places on Welsh Champion Hurdle day, which was mainly sunny.  Several promising types won or filled the places in the supporting card.  In the chases, the open ditch in the home straight was omitted. The new Ffos Las jumps season under way with a 3m hurdle and a locally-trained winner.  Rebecca Curtis’s strike rate over the summer has been exceptional and Special Princess (11/4 jt fav) was having her …

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Chepstow and Ffos Las to launch Racing Club

Chepstow and Ffos Las to launch Racing Club

Chepstow and Ffos Las Racecourses are launching a Racing Club this month and will have a horse in training this winter. The five-year-old gelding, Baboin, will be under the care of Vale of Glamorgan trainer Tim Vaughan. The horse, formerly trained in Ireland by Joseph O’Brien, has run nine times winning once and being placed on four other occasions. The club is aimed at anyone who would like to experience the thrill of racehorse ownership …

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