Dai gets set to take over Ffos Las helm

Llanelli Star - - RUGBY/HORSE RACING - Phil Bell

A QUAL­I­FI­CA­TION gained, more win­ners and an ex­tra fix­ture — there is plenty of news from the world of Welsh rac­ing this week.

Trainee clerk of the course Dai Jones of­fi­cially com­pleted his in­dus­try qual­i­fi­ca­tion last week and will soon take over at the helm of Ffos Las.

He will fol­low in the foot­steps of pre­vi­ous clerks Tim Long and Keith Otte­sen, who both spent sev­eral years at the Gwen­draeth Val­ley track.

Dai is well known in Wales hav­ing spent many years as a suc­cess­ful point-to-point rider and his son Ben is now an up-and-com­ing am­a­teur jockey based with lead­ing Na­tional Hunt trainer Philip Hobbs.

On Sun­day, Ben rode King Al­fonso to vic­tory at Strat­ford for Welsh trainer Dai Burchell.

Pink Eyed Pe­dro gave David Brace, whose com­pany Dun­raven Win­dows have been a great spon­sor of Welsh horse rac­ing, a per­fect 100 per cent record — three win­ners from three run­ners in the last two weeks — with the horse’s sec­ond win in a week in the opener at Ffos Las on Fri­day night.

It was also an­other win­ner for his grand­son Con­nor Brace, who is mak­ing a name for him­self in the sad­dle.

Ear­lier this year Pink Eyed Pe­dro won the pres­ti­gious Dun­raven Bowl at Chep­stow.

Also on Fri­day night, the Peter Bowen Rac­ing Club con­tin­ued the theme of Welsh fam­ily win­ners as James Bowen guided his only ride of the evening, Dr Robin, to suc­cess.

It was a sec­ond win in as many weeks for the horse.

Fa­ther and daugh­ter Evan and Is­abel Wil­liams com­pleted a Welsh fam­ily tre­ble on the evening as On The Quiet took the last race of the meet­ing.

There is an ad­di­tional meet­ing at Ffos Las to­mor­row evening (Thurs­day) with the first race due to get un­der way at 5.50pm.

Tick­ets are avail­able in ad­vance for £10 in­clud­ing a drink.

Book by visit­ing www.ffos­las­race­course.co.uk

Al­ter­na­tively, gen­eral ad­mis­sion will be £15 on the turn­stiles.

The next meet­ing at Ffos Las af­ter that is on Mon­day, July 29.

It is an evening fix­ture and ad­vance ad­mis­sion is free of charge.

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