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All-Welsh success in the Llanelli Herald Handicap Hurdle

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THE LLANELLI HERALD sponsored Saturday’s (May 25) race day at Ffos Las, which was then followed by an open air concert, headlined by iconic British ska band Madness.

The going was good, good to firm in places, and there was an all-Welsh success in the Llanelli Herald Handicap Hurdle, the first race of the evening.

Buck Bravo was trained by Dai Rees and ridden by Sean Bowen, and won by a length and a half, ahead of Boethius and Trumps Benefit. At the end of the race, Llanelli Herald Editor Thomas Sinclair presented the prizes to the winner.

The second race, a two mile chase, was won by Khairagash, trained by Venetia Williams and ridden by Lucy Turner. Khairagash came home 13 lengths in front of Mr Lando and Jonagold. In the two mile novices hurdle, West Coast Flyer finished 12 lengths ahead of Toshima, with Grey Diamond third. The winner was trained by Oliver Sherwood and his jockey was Leighton Aspell. Tom George’s Forgot To Ask came out victorious in the two mile four furlong chase, with Jonathan Burke riding the horse to a win by four lengths.

Precious Bounty came in second and third place went to Atomic Rumble. The two mile handicap hurdle proved a close race, with Chapmanshype winning by a neck, ahead of Nabhan and Delface. The victor was trained by Jamie Snowden and ridden by Gavin Sheehan. The two mile four furlong hurdle race had each of its seven runners trained in Wales, and Dai Rees got his second win of the evening, with Gone Platinum coming home by a length and three quarters. Ridden by Lorcan Williams, the horse finished ahead of Master Dancer and Arty Campbell. The final race of the evening saw Debra Hamer’s Jac Brown winning by four lengths. The Carmarthenshire-trained winner was ridden by Ben Jones, with Pebbly New Moon finished in second place and Twilight War in third.

After the racing, 8,000 people in attendance plus additional ticket holders enjoyed a concert from Madness.

The band has had 15 singles reach the UK top 10, and spent 214 weeks on the UK singles charts over the course of the 1980s, holding the record for most weeks spent by a group in the UK singles charts for the decade.

The performance was part of a series of outdoor racecourse shows that the band are performing at during the 2019 summer season.

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Scarlets’ grassroots clubs show community spirit in delivering vital food packages

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Scarlets community clubs have been working together to help deliver vital food packages across the region.


Volunteers from grassroots clubs and WRU girls hubs across Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire have been helping take the food packages to vulnerable members of society who are self-isolating during the Covid-19 pandemic.


The clubs have teamed up with the Scarlets Community Foundation — the charity arm of the Scarlets — and Carmarthen-based food wholesaler Castell Howell, while Scarlets players Osian Knott, Kieran Hardy, Ryan Conbeer and Jac Morgan have also lent their hand to the operation.


More than 300 packages were due to be delivered on Monday and Tuesday (April 6 & April 7), with the initiative highlighting that even without any action on the field, rugby clubs remain at the heart of their community.
Scarlets Community Foundation manager Caroline Newman said:  “We have been overwhelmed with the support that we have received from local clubs, the number of people prepared to volunteer to help the most vulnerable in our communities has been touching.


“People’s reasons for requesting packs have often been heart-wrenching and it really has made us appreciate what we have.


“The foundation has worked closely with Castell Howell to make sure the packages are ready to go to those whose need is greatest, managing to turn things around pretty quickly and I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in making this happen, our funder, Castell Howell, all the clubs, our helpline volunteer and the foundation members.
“Great teamwork which has made me proud to be part of the fantastic community that rugby creates.”

Here are the rugby clubs and WRU girls rugby hubs taking part in the initiative

Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Amman Utd, Ammanford, Burry Port, Betws, Bynea, Cardigan, Cefneithin, Felinfoel, Fishguard & Goodwick, Furnace Utd, Haverfordwest, Kidwelly, Llandeilo, Llandovery, Llandybie, Llanelli Wanderers, Llangennech, Llangwm, Merched Mynydd Mawr, Milford Haven, Narberth, New Dock Stars, Newcastle Emlyn, Neyland, Penybanc, Pontyates, St Clears, Stradey Sospans, Tenby Utd, Tumble, Tycroes, Whitland, Yr Hendy.

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Wales v Scotland postponed

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WALES’ Six Nations match at home to Scotland on Saturday has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The two other Six Nation fixtures had already been postponed and no date has been confirmed to complete the 2020 Championship.

The Welsh Rugby Union had insisted earlier on Friday the game would “go ahead as planned”.

A WRU statement read: “The Welsh Rugby Union has maintained an open dialogue with, and continued to seek advice and direction from, the National Assembly for Wales and other stakeholders, including the Six Nations, on this fast-moving issue.

“Whilst medical advice remains consistent, we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the UK and global sports industries.

“The WRU would like to thank all parties for their counsel on the subject and will make further announcements with respect to rescheduling the fixture in the coming days.

“Every effort has been made to stage this game and we appreciate that individuals will have been inconvenienced. Given the fluid and unprecedented nature of this issue a postponement became the only viable option.”

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Domestic football at all levels in Wales suspended

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THE FOOTBALL Association of Wales has today (13 March) taken the decision to suspend domestic football at all levels in Wales with immediate effect until April  4 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The intention at this time will be to resume the football schedule depending on the medical advice and conditions from the relevant authorities at that time.  

The FAW is fully aware of the impact this will have on the domestic game but the health and safety of all fans, players, volunteers and stakeholders are of paramount importance. 

The FAW will continue to monitor this situation on a day-by-day basis and will continue to provide updates when appropriate. 

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