Great Start to the Flat

Posted on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Monday 30th June saw an exciting start to the Flat season at Ffos Las. Top Jockey Paul Hanagan rode a treble- two for his boss Hamdam Al Maktoum and one for West Country trainer Bill Turner. Dave Evans trains near Abergavenny and is a proper supporter of the course; he was in the winners enclosure with Decision By One. Dave is a real character, great fun and a shrewd trainer too. A young horse to watch next time is Aussie Ruler, trained at Chepstow by Ron Harris. Making his racecourse debut, he ran on really well to finish second. Having bound to have learned plenty from this he looks a surefire winner.

We race next on Thursday 31st July and stage a good Flat card. Clogau Gold are with us celebrating their 25th Anniversary and a cracking Elvis tribute rounds of the party once racing concludes.

Look forward to seeing you at Ffos Las.

Flat Out for the Summer

Posted on Friday, June 20th, 2014

 

It was a great night celebrating our fifth anniversary and the crowds enjoyed some excellent jump racing as well as some lovely sunny weather – as they did back in June 2009. Evan Williams trained the first ever winner here and he was on the mark again. As was AP McCoy who rode two winners, one of these for the guvnor, Dai. The horse is called Whisky Yankee and keep a watch on him- the way he won last night it would surprise me if he didnt win again next again next time. 

The anniversary night sets us up nicely for our summer season of Flat racing between the end of June and mid-September. We race six times on the Flat – and there’s also a mixed fixture of Flat and jumps action and a jumps only card in late August.

 Monday evening 30th June (F) 

Thursday evening 31st July (F) – Clogau Gold 25th anniversary Summer Party night, including music from Darren Graceland Jones as Elvis

Tuesday 5th August (F) – admission just £10 in advance

Tuesday 12th August (F) – admission just £10 in advance

Thursday 21st August (J) – Family Fun Day, including the Panic Circus with free entertainment for children, plus golf taster sessions from Glyn Abbey golf club and mini-tennis from Swansea Tennis Centre

Friday 22nd August (M) – Ladies’ Day, including music from Fat Barry’s soul band, plus best dressed lady, gent and best hat competitions

Thursday 28th August (F) – admission just £10 in advance

Sunday 14th September (F) – Real Ale Festival

Look forward to seeing you at the course!

Big Celebrations on 19th!

Posted on Friday, June 6th, 2014

Racing on Thursday 5th June was a really enjoyable evening with warm, sunny weather and some good racing. Supported by the Eisteddfod, there was a lovely atmosphere around the track. We’re very lucky here with top jockeys and trainers running good horses. What happened? Well, doubles for jockeys Tom O’Brien and Richard Johnson, two top class riders who work incredibly hard and are a credit to their profession. Nice locally trained winner in ”Who Am I” from Debra and Paul Hamer’s yard near Carmarthen. Good people who know how to land the money with horses that havent cost megabucks!  A double for trainer Paul Henderson from Wiltshire, whilst Anthony Honeyball’s quirkily named The GeeGeez Geegee took the concluding bumper. Anthony is most definately a trainer to watch in the coming years, he’s talented and immensely dedicated. The horse to remember is Henllan Harri, winning the first race for owner Einsley Harries and trainer Peter Bowen (Ffos Las’ top trainer with 54 winners incredibly); he looks like a staying novice hurdler with plenty of ability and could land bigger prizes.

So amazingly, 19th June marks the racecourse’s Fifth Birthday. For us here, its hard to believe at times that it’s five years since the tapes went up and 12,000 people cheered the horse Plukett to win the first ever race at Ffos Las (trained in wales by Evan Williams). Its amazing to think of all the memories amassed since then. Ultimately though, having been here throughout, it remains with me what an achievement by my boss Dai Walters, his family memebers and fellow Directors to have the vision and absolute resolution to build the course and to remain totally committed to its ongoing success. And what a success- for the racing industry and its many employees, for the many and various local business’ that have benefitted, for employment opportunities and simply for the enjoyment it has given thousands of visitors. And it will continue to do so, of that there is no doubt. 

So on to the 19th June when the first race is at 6.10pm and, as usual, gates are open two hours before at 4.10pm. There is music after the last race at 9.20pm from The Valli Boys; so its all set to be a cracking night. Remember the huge range of benefits and offers we have- take advantage of the free bus from the station, reduced ticket prices in advance and a special deal on hospitaity in our restaurant for an extra special experience. Be a part of history and say you were here five years on…….

Looking ahead, I do try and pass on any racing information I hear and will continue to do so. My guvnor, Dai, will again have a good number of horses in training with the top trainers in the country. My favourite Whisper was a superstar last year and won The Coral Cup at The Cheltenham Festival. Hope you followed him as you’d be quids in. I believe he will go Chasing this year and from what I have heard, he has already shown a great aptitude for jumping the larger obstacles. Get on Whisper. A novice hurdler to watch this year is West Wizard. I do know trainer Nicky Henderson and the boys in the yard really like this fellow and expect him to be top class in Novice Hurdles.

 

Good Luck All.

Big Celebrations on Thursday 19th June!

Posted on Friday, June 6th, 2014

Racing on Thursday 5th June was a really enjoyable evening with warm, sunny weather and some good racing. Supported by the Eisteddfod, there was a lovely atmosphere around the track. We’re very lucky here with top jockeys and trainers running good horses. What happened? Well, doubles for jockeys Tom O’Brien and Richard Johnson, two top class riders who work incredibly hard and are a credit to their profession. Nice locally trained winner in ”Who Am I” from Debra and Paul Hamer’s yard near Carmarthen. Good people who know how to land the money with horses that havent cost megabucks!  A double for trainer Paul Henderson from Wiltshire, whilst Anthony Honeyball’s quirkily named The GeeGeez Geegee took the concluding bumper. Anthony is most definately a trainer to watch in the coming years, he’s talented and immensely dedicated. 

So amazingly, 19th June marks the racecourse’s Fifth Birthday. For us here, its hard to believe at times that it’s five years since the tapes went up and 12,000 people cheered the horse Plukett to victory. Its amazing to think of all the memories amassed since then. Ultimately though, having been here throughout, it remains with me what an achievement by my boss Dai, his family memebers and fellow Directors to have the vision and absolute resolution to build the course and to remain totally committed to its ongoing success. And what a success- for the racing industry and its many employees, for the many and various local business’ that have benefitted, for employment opportunities and simply for the enjoyment it has given thousands of visitors. And so will it continue to do so, of that there is no doubt. 

The first race on the 19th is at 6.10pm and as usual, gates are open two hours before at 4.10pm. There is music after the last race at 9.20pm from The Valli Boys; so its all set to be a cracking occasion. Remember the myriad of benefits and offers we have- take advantage of the free bus from the station, reduced ticket prices in advance and a special deal on hospitaity in our restaurant for an extra special experience. Be a part of history and say you were here five years on…….

Looking ahead, I do try and pass on any racing information I hear and will continue to do so. My guvnor, Dai, will again have a good number of horses in training with the top trainers in the country. My favourite Whisper was a superstar last year and won The Coral Cup at The Cheltenham Festival. Hope you followed him as you’d be quids in. I believe he will go Chasing this year and fro what I have heard, he has already shown a great aptitude for jumping the larger obstacles. get on Whisper. A novice hurdler to watch this year is West Wizard. I do know trainer Nicky Henderson and the boys in the yard reall like this fellow.

 

Good Luck All.

Eisteddfod Race Night

Posted on Thursday, June 5th, 2014

The National Eisteddfod is famous all over the world so we are thrilled to be welcoming the organisers to our race night this week. With trainer Jonjo O’Neill having runners in the races, its fantastic that race goers will see the champion jockey Tony McCoy in action.  ‘AP’ has had his best ever start to a new jumps season – and he would be making his first appearance at Ffos Las since being crowned champion for the 19th time at the end of April. The feature race, The Parker Plant Eisteddfod Handicap Chase, is a really competitive affair and several horses have a good chance. I reckon Danandy could land this for trainer Philip Hobbs but would be wary of Strumble Head representing the tracks leading trainer Peter Bowen. Not unusually, I think Peter will have a good night and be taking home winners. Good Luck All!

 

 

 

Revving up for a busy May!

Posted on Monday, April 28th, 2014

SUMMER is approaching … and that means a May Bank Holiday family fun day at Ffos Las Racecourse.

The longer days means that evening horse racing is getting started – that’s on Thursday 1st May – and then four days later it’s holiday entertainment all the way.

As well as the horse racing on Monday 5th May, the children – who are all admitted free of charge – will be kept well entertained throughout the afternoon.

The Panic Circus will be at the Carmarthenshire racecourse with their big top.  Youngsters can learn to juggle, unicycle and create their own Punch and Judy Show.

There will be inflatable skill sessions with the Scarlets, so visitors can test their rugby skills.

As well as face painting, balloon modelling, bubble mania and Disability Sport Wales providing Paralympic sporting activities such as wheelchair basketball and table tennis.  There is also boccia – a sport similar to bowls – which is played on a long, narrow court and rewards accuracy with competitors battling to beat each other by throwing balls as close as possible to the target jack.

Racing gets under way at 2.10pm on 5th May and the feature race is the £10,000 Cotts Farm Veterinary Hospital Handicap Hurdle.

We didnt welcome back a Grand National winner to West Wales but a huge well done to the Peter Bowen yard for winning the Scottish equivalent with Al Co. Wish I was on at the SP of 40-1! This rounded off a fantastic season for jockey Jamie Moore who has enjoyed well deserved success aboard the seasons top horse Sire De Grugy, winning six top class chases this season. He’s a real grafter Jamie and a fine jockey too.

 

What a great weeks racing- Round it off at Ffos Las on Sunday

Posted on Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Here at Ffos Las we round off the biggest week in the jump racing calendar in 2014 with our meeting on Sunday (16 MARCH). It’s ‘Super Irish Sunday’ – the eve of St Patrick Day – with live entertainment before and after racing from The Wild Murphy’s, the three-piece group who play a mix of traditional and not so traditional Irish music! We hope many Irish visitors to Britain for the Cheltenham Festival may also drop in for another exciting day’s racing as they make their way home. We have already been a stopping off point for horses from the Emerald Isle on their way to the National Hunt Festival. Racing gets under way at 2.15pm.

Anyone who has read the blog before will know how I often mention one of the boss’s horses, Whisper. He’s already been a good winner of several races but surpassed this by winning The Coral Cup at the Cheltenham Festival this week. He’s a star and with 25-1 available in the morning of the race and a starting price of 16-1, I certainly will be giving him a pat and a few polo mints when I see him next.

Hope to see you at the track soon.

Tim  

 

 

Super Irish Sunday

Posted on Monday, February 24th, 2014

Well, here’s hoping the worst of the foulest weather I can ever remember is behind us! The track is drying out and it won’t be long before the grass picks its head up and starts growing.

As the Cheltenham Festival draws close, its exciting times for the racing enthusiast. Waiting for that horse you have been following all year, and sometimes for longer, to step up and win a major race. It has been great to see horses that have won races at Ffos Las go on to win at both Cheltenham and Aintree- Sprinter Sacre, At Fishers Cross, Oscar Whisky and Medinas to name but a few. As a fair, open and galloping track, Ffos Las dictates that good horses win here and the form is generally worth following.

We race again on Sunday 16th March- Super Irish Sunday when the band The Wild Murphys will be providing musical entertainment both before and after racing. A seven race card that usually draws plenty of runners should keep us all well entertained with the first race at 2.15pm.

Not too sure of the boss’s horses going to Cheltenham but hope good old Oscar Whisky can cover himself in glory if he runs. I think his jumping of fences has improved on every run this year, and consequently, so has his confidence. He’s an admirable type and deserves success.   

See you for a Guinness on Super Irish Sunday

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Super Irish Sunday!

Posted on Monday, February 24th, 2014

Well, here’s hoping the worst of the foulest weather I can ever remember is behind us! The track is drying out and it won’t be long before the grass picks its head up and starts growing.

As the Cheltenham Festival draws close, its exciting times for the racing enthusiast. Waiting for that horse you have been following all year, and sometimes for longer, to step up and win a major race. It has been great to see horses that have won races at Ffos Las go on to win at both Cheltenham and Aintree- Sprinter Sacre, At Fishers Cross, Oscar Whisky and Medinas to name but a few. As a fair, open and galloping track, Ffos Las dictates that good horses win here and the form is generally worth following.

We race again on Sunday 16th March- Super Irish Sunday when the band Wild Murphys will be providing musical entertainment both before and after racing. A seven race card that usually draws plenty of runners should keep us all well entertained with the first race at 2.15pm.

Not too sure of the boss’s horses going to Cheltenham but hope good old Oscar Whisky can cover himself in glory if he runs. I think his jumping of fences has improved on every run this year, and consequently, so has his confidence. He’s an admirable type and deserves success.   

See you for a Guinness on Super Irish Sunday

National Hero Aims For More Welsh Glory

Posted on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Welsh National winner Mountainous is targeting more glory here at Ffos Las on Burns Pet Nutrition Welsh Champion Hurdle Day on Saturday (1 FEBRUARY). The hero at Chepstow Racecourse at Christmas time is poised to go for the West Wales National, a race also sponsored by the Carmarthenshire pet food business.

 And it could take the nine-year-old – owned by our guvnor Dai Walters – all the way to Aintree Racecourse in April because he’s being entered for the Grand National which this year is worth £1 million for the first time.

Strong entries have been received for both the big races with Medinas – last year’s winner of the Burns Pet Nutrition Welsh Champion Hurdle who also went on to win at the Cheltenham Festival in March – bidding to retain his title in the £50,000 event. If you’ve read my blog before you’ll know how much I think of the guvnor Dai’s horse Whisper and I reckon he could win this and follow in Oscar Whiskey’s hoofprints, the winner in 2011. Trained by Nicky Henderson, how many times has Whisper ran here at Ffos Las? Answer- Three. And how many times has he won here? Answer- Three. And yes, on heavy ground too.

 Among 17 horses entered to oppose the Welsh Grand National winner Mountainous in the big steeple chase over three and a half miles is former Hennessy Gold Cup winner Carruthers. He is a course winner too and although in the veteran stage of his career, is in fine form and has been handled with great skill by his connections. I hope and expect him to run well.

We’re delighted with all the enties, especially for our new sponsor Burns Pet Nutrition, and there’s plenty of interest in some of the big names entered to run.  The cameras of Channel 4 Racing are here too such is the national interest in our racing. I’m absolutely thrilled that Burns Pet Nutrition, not only a fantastic Welsh business that is renowned in its field throughout the British Isles but one that is located just down the road from the racecourse, is to sponsor our most high profile races from this year.

Hope to see you at Ffos Las. 

Tim

 

 

 

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