Bowen stars, but now flat takes con­trol

Llanelli Star - - RUGBY AND RACING - Phil Bell

FLAT rac­ing takes cen­tre stage at Ffos Las be­tween now and the mid­dle of Septem­ber.

So far this year, all of the fix­tures have been over jumps, in­clud­ing an ad­di­tional meet­ing which took place last Thurs­day fol­low­ing the aban­don­ment of Worces­ter.

Race­course am­bas­sador Sean Bowen rode a win­ner on Buck­eye Shan for his fa­ther Peter and cham­pion jockey Richard John­son en­joyed suc­cess in the last race aboard Braid Blue for Ir­ish trainer Gor­don El­liott.

It’s been a pos­i­tive first six months of the year for Ffos Las with at­ten­dances up year on year.

The weather has played its part with barely a drop of rain fall­ing on a race­day, but events such as Mad­ness Race Night have brought sig­nif­i­cant num­bers of new cus­tomers through the gates.

A crowd of just un­der 8,000 packed into the en­clo­sures to see Suggs and the leg­endary band play through their ex­ten­sive ar­ray of hits.

The first flat meet­ing of the year is next Mon­day, July 29. It’s an evening fix­ture with ad­mis­sion com­pletely free of charge if you book in ad­vance.

There is a din­ner pack­age in the restau­rant for just £35 per head in­clud­ing a two-course meal and ad­mis­sion.

Welsh rac­ing con­tin­ues in rude health. Sean Bowen rode Mc­groarty to vic­tory at Stratford on Sun­day for in-form trainer Dr Richard New­land, while his brother James was also in the win­ner’s en­clo­sure at the same meet­ing af­ter Game Line won for Brid­gend-based trainer Chris­tian Williams.

Con­nor Brace rode a big-priced win­ner at Mar­ket Rasen on Satur­day. He took the Listed Sum­mer Hand­i­cap Hur­dle aboard the 25-1 chance Grapevine for trainer So­phie Leech. It was his 13th win­ner of the sea­son and came a day af­ter he cel­e­brated his 18th birth­day.

Alan Johns and Tim Vaughan were an­other Welsh duo to have a win­ner on Sun­day with Dan­boru at New­ton Ab­bot.

There’s rac­ing at Chep­stow this Fri­day. It’s Caribbean Race Night with seven races and a per­for­mance af­ter rac­ing from Bob Marley trib­ute band The Trench­town Ex­pe­ri­ence. Tickets start from £20 in ad­vance.

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