Dai gets set to take over Ffos Las helm
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.