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.
Three in a row for Kidwelly
KIDWELLY Town earned their third straight win in Carmarthenhire League Division 1 on Saturday (Oct 16) as they came from behind to beat Tumble 4-1.
Tumble had lost their last three matches prior to Saturday’s game and it was they who took the lead when Garin Morris scored in the tenth minute.
Chris Cray equalised for Kidwelly and it remained 1-1 until half time.
Both sides knew the next goal would be crucial but it was the home side who got it as Rob Davis set up Alex Kay to score.
And just a minute later it was 3-1 as Connor Howells scored.
That all but won the game for the home side who made sure of the points in injury time as Kay fired in his second goal of the game from the penalty spot.
Their fourth win of the season sees them stay in eighth place but they are now only three points behind third placed FC Carmarthen.
On Saturday, October 23, Kidwelly travel to Llangennech who sit just a point and two places above them in the table.
Photo by Darren Harries
Llangennech youth go top
LLANGENNECH Youth moved to the top of the South East Carmarthenshire league on Saturday (Oct 16) as they thrashed Ammanford 47-0.
The home side ran in seven tries, six of which were converted, as they earned a third bonus point win in a row.
Rhys Harris scored a hat trick of tries and Kyle North also crossed the whitewash twice.
There were also tries for Ryan Guard and Kallum Morgan as the home side ran out comfortable winners.
Cameron Mills scored four of the conversion while the other two were scored by Tyler Payne.
The win sees Llangennech leapfrog Ammanford into top spot.
Llangennech will look to keep hold of their 100% record on Saturday, October 23, when they travel to Brynamman.
Photo by Darren Harries
Felinfoel thump Llandeilo
FELINFOEL continued their unbeaten start to the season as they thumped Llandeilo Town 8-1 on Saturday (Oct 16).
Jordan Badman opened the scoring for the home side after six minutes but their lead only lasted eight minutes.
Harri Morgan set up Will Garrard to score but Felinfoel were soon ahead once more.
Badman scored his second of the game midway through the half before Chris James made it 3-1 from the penalty spot.
Seven minutes into the second half Badman made it 4-1 as he completed his hat trick to all but end any hopes Llandeilo had of getting back into the game.
Tom Roberts scored three minutes later and four minutes after that it was six as Badman scored his fourth of the game.
Matthew Ellis scored with twenty minutes to go and the scoring was complete nine minutes from time as Lloyd Francis made it 8-1.
The win for Felinfoel is their ninth in ten games and maintains their unbeaten start to the season.
On Saturday, October 23, they will put their unbeaten run on the line again as they travel to fifth placed Pwll Athletic.
Photo by Darren Harries
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