Posted on Monday, December 9th, 2013
Full steam ahead here for a festive period to remember with two racing days either side of Christmas. The horses are racing not only on Monday 16th – the racecourse’s Christmas Party Race Day – but also on Boxing Day. It is the third time that we have had a meeting on 26 December which is just about the most popular day for horse racing across Britain.
On Monday 16th December our Chairman Dai Walters will present the £100,000 raised at the racecourse last month for paralysed jockey JT McNamara to Lisa Hancock, the chief executive of the Injured Jockeys Fund. It is wonderful that, through the generosity of our supporters, we are able to give £100,000 for the continuing care of JT McNamara who was paralysed as a result of a fall at this year’s Cheltenham Festival.
Boxing Day horse racing is as Christmassy as mince pies, carols and unwanted sweaters. It’s very much a tradition in Britain for people to get out and watch some sport on Boxing Day and we are delighted to be offering that chance to the people of south and west Wales at Christmas. The local derby will be on the screens too. With free admission for accompanied under 18s, I reckon we offer a very affordable family day out in December.
Meantime, Ffos Las annual badges for 2014 would make fantastic presents for followers of horse racing. They cost just £135 until the end of the month and offer admission not only to Ffos Las but also to the 14 racecourses in the Arena Racing Company group including Chepstow. The price is £150 from 1 January so get in before Crimbo. Annual badges offer discounts on refreshments; reciprocal visits to other racecourses outside the Arena Racing Company group; 10% off hospitality prices; admission to annual badge holders bar; a walk the course or behind the scenes tour with me (thats not be missed on its own!); and two complimentary admission badges for family or friends. BARGAIN.
Not too much news on the horse grapevine but a good friend of Ffos Las’, Mark Williams, is hoping to run his horse, Comehomequietly, here on Boxing Day. He’s had his problems (the horse that is) but is well handicapped as a result; so as a previous course winner it may be worth keeping an eye on him.
Anyway, best of luck and a very happy festive season to you.