Connor is just cham­pion af­ter tak­ing Scot­tish glory

Llanelli Star - - BOXING AND RACING -

PROMIS­ING Welsh jockey Connor Brace recorded the big­gest vic­tory of his short ca­reer when he cap­tured the £105,000 Scot­tish Cham­pion Hur­dle at Ayr on Ver­dana Blue.

It has been a fan­tas­tic first sea­son for the teenage rider, whose fam­ily own Dun­raven Win­dows. He has rid­den winners for many lead­ing jump train­ers, hav­ing served his ap­pren­tice­ship rid­ing winners on the pointto-point cir­cuit around the coun­try.

It was Connor’s sec­ond ride for cham­pion trainer Nicky Hen­der­son and given the pol­ished ride he gave his mount, there could be more op­por­tu­ni­ties to fol­low.

An­other Welsh rider knock­ing in the winners is Lor­can Wil­liams. He rode a tre­ble at Fon­twell Park on Fri­day for for­mer cham­pion trainer Paul Ni­cholls. Then on Satur­day, he scored on Gone Plat­inum at Ban­gor for Pem­brokeshire trainer Dai Rees. It was the horse’s sec­ond vic­tory in­side a week, hav­ing won at Ffos Las the pre­vi­ous Sun­day – again with Wil­liams in the sad­dle.

Sean Bowen con­tin­ues in a rich vein of form and he was suc­cess­ful aboard Sero­sevsky at Win­can­ton on Sun­day. Sean is the am­bas­sador for Ffos Las Race­course and among his du­ties are meet­ing cus­tomers on race­days in the restau­rant and the an­nual mem­bers’ mar­quee. An­nual mem­ber­ship is ef­fec­tively a sea­son ticket for the year and in­cludes ad­mis­sion to all meet­ings at Ffos Las and hun­dreds of other fix­tures across the Arena Rac­ing Group. Cour­ses in­clude Chep­stow, Bath, Here­ford and Worces­ter.

If you are in­ter­ested in join­ing, tele­phone Ly­dia Rosser on 01554 811092.

The next meet­ing at Ffos Las is on Easter Sun­day. There are six races start­ing at 2.15pm. Gates open at 12.15pm. Chil­dren aged 17 and un­der go free and there’s plenty of free park­ing.

We have ar­ranged lots of free fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment in­clud­ing Ed Sheeran and Tay­lor Swift trib­ute acts, face paint­ing, go-karts and a fair­ground ride. In­for­ma­tion is avail­able on www.ffos­las­race­course.com

Phil Bell

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