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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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Lasting Legacy For Welsh Longshot That Caused One Of The Biggest Shocks in Horse Racing History

Lasting Legacy For Welsh Longshot That Caused One Of The Biggest Shocks in Horse Racing History

A lasting tribute is to be made at Ffos Las Racecourse this October to the unlikely Welsh racehorse that beat a household name to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup at odds of 100-1. Norton’s Coin, trained 20 miles from the track, shocked the nation when he defeated superstar racehorse Desert Orchid in the 1990 Cheltenham Gold Cup, the most prestigious event in the jump racing calendar. Driven to the race by his farmer owner and …

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LOW COST VANS TO SPONSOR TWO BIG RACES IN WALES

LOW COST VANS TO SPONSOR TWO BIG RACES IN WALES

Two of the biggest horse races of the year in Wales have a new sponsor – the Neath based company Low Cost Vans, one of the UK’s leading providers of commercial vehicles. The company has agreed to support the £50,000 Welsh Champion Hurdle on Gentleman’s Day at Ffos Las and the £22,500 Robert Mottram Novices’ Chase at Chepstow. The races are schedule for Saturday 19th and Saturday 12th October respectively. The Welsh Champion Hurdle is …

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Raceday Report – Sunday 15th September

Raceday Report – Sunday 15th September

There were two Welsh and two Irish-trained successes at Ffos Las’s final flat meeting of the season, and a treble for Cieren Fallon, who is well on the way to losing his three pounds claim. The going was good, good to soft in places. County Kilkenny trainer Andrew Hughes sent two runners across the Irish Sea today and the first of them, Rominintheglomin (16/1), took the 6f nursery. She made most of the running and …

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Sean Bowen – September Blog

Sean Bowen – September Blog

I’m really looking forward to the season getting underway, in particular – the return of jumps racing at Ffos Las – with the Welsh Champion Hurdle. It is of course my favourite racecourse to ride at – and I’ve really missed not having jumps racing there over the summer. It is still a little too early to know for definite, whether I’ll have a ride in the big race – but dad always takes plenty …

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Raceday Report – Thursday 29th August

Raceday Report – Thursday 29th August

Bright periods enlivened a breezy day when most racegoers should have been able to find at least one winner. The going was good.   The opener was a 6f nursery, in which the first two pulled well clear. Oisin Murphy had Endless Joy (5/2) in front soon after the start, and she was still bowling along at the business end of the race. Jump The Gun was the only one who could stay anywhere near …

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Raceday Report – Ladies Day – Friday 23rd August

Raceday Report – Ladies Day – Friday 23rd August

Ladies Day at Ffos Las could not have been better weatherwise. It was sunny and warm and the going was good, good to soft in places. Some of today’s winners are destined to compete at some of the bigger meetings. The card began with a 7f nursery. Mac McCarthy, a 7/1 shot despite winning last time out, made it two in a row. Jungle Book set a good gallop, but couldn’t sustain it into the …

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Raceday Report – Tuesday 13th August

Raceday Report – Tuesday 13th August

Picnic Raceday was suitably sunny and warm. The going was good to soft, good in places. The opener was a ten furlong contest for maiden fillies. The first five finished in a heap. James Fanshawe’s Sincerity (11/4 fav) was pushed and shoved along in fourth place to little avail by Tom Marquand for some time. However, she appreciated the tenth furlong most and went ahead with a hundred yards to go, finishing three quarters of …

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