Ludlow racecourse. A general view as runners clear the fence in front of the grandstands at Ludlow racecourse on January 12, 2016 in Ludlow, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Porthcawl’s Connor Wins At Ludlow Plus News And Previews From Chepstow And Ffos Las Courses

Conditional jockey Connor Brace from Porthcawl came in for plenty of praise when scoring on Fergal O’Brien’s Carrolls Milan at Ludlow (writes Brian Lee).

Connor, a former national champion novice point-to-point rider, got his mount home by a length from Gold Chain in the mares’ handicap hurdle much to the delight of O’Brien, who trains in the heart of the Cotswolds.

Carrolls Milan was O’Brien’s 35th winner of the season and was returned at odds of 5-1.

Ludlow fixtures 2019


Thursday 21 First race 2.30pm, seven races (Charity Meeting)


Monday 1 First race 2.15pm, seven races

Tuesday 23 First race 2pm, seven races


Sunday First race 2pm, seven races (Scott & Newman Centenary Race Day)


Wednesday 9 First race, 2.10pm, seven races

Thursday 24 First race, 2.10pm, six races


Thursday 14 First race 1.05pm, six races

Monday 25 First race 1.10pm, seven races


Wednesday 4 First Race 12.30pm, seven races

Wednesday 18 First Race 12.40pm, seven races (Tanners Christmas Meeting)

Gates open two hours before the first race.

Welsh courses

A large crowd packed into Chepstow to watch seven races.

The card began with a 2m hurdle.  

Highest Sun (15/8 fav), trained by Colin Tizzard, won by three and a half lengths.

The next was a 2m4f maiden hurdle and Nicky Henderson’s Dickie Diver (30/100) was favourite and won two and a quarter lengths.

Two of the four horses competing in the 3m2f novice chase stood out on form.  

Jammin Masters set out to make all the running and enjoyed a five or six length lead for most of the race. Chef Des Obeaux (11/10) had to work hard to halve the deficit on the far bend, but then his superior stamina came into play and he gradually wore down his rival to take the lead three out.  

From there it was plain sailing and he came in 18 lengths ahead to give Nicky Henderson and Aidan Coleman a double.

Philip Hobbs’s course and distance winner Samburu Shujaa had been heavily backed (3/1 overnight down to 5/4 fav) for the 3m hurdle and repaid his followers handsomely.  

Richard Johnson took him into the lead at the outset and had them all in trouble before a big jump at the second last gave him a clear advantage and the win.

Carmarthenshire-trained Tobefair ran his best race for a long time, staying on well to finish just over two lengths behind.

A good quality 2m chase followed, won by Eamon An Cnoic. David Pipe trained the winner and David Noonan rode him.

Another 2m chase came next, won by Lickpenny Larry (6/1). Seven-pound claimer Edward Austin rode the winner for Tom Gretton.

The final race was a bumper. The Nigel Hawke-trained Some Detail (10/1) was at the back of a group of nine who broke away in the home straight and made up ground steadily under pressure to take the lead with a furlong to go.

A Paul Nicholls horse, Golden Gift, was two lengths back in second. 

Chepstow Races next meetings

Wednesday, March 20 National Federation of Roofing Contractors Spring Afternoon Racing

This meeting is sponsored by

Jump meeting with seven races on the card.

Tickets for this one enclosure meeting can be bought in advance for £16. These tickets will be £21 on the gate.

Children aged 17 & under go free, parking free.

Faucets Spring Afternoon Raceday

Thursday, March 21 Faucets Ltd Spring Afternoon Jump Meeting

Seven races on the card.

Tickets for this one enclosure meeting can be bought in advance for £16. These tickets will be £21 on the gate.

Children aged 17 & under go free and parking is free.

Los Fas Races, West Wales

Ffos Las held an extra meeting, helping to make up for the six days without racing due to equine flu. A sunny day and the going was good to soft, soft in places.

Venetia Williams’ mare Arqalina (5/1) won the 3m hurdle comfortably. With the minimum of fuss she came in five lengths ahead of Cornelius Socks, a nine-year-old having only his sixth race.

Another Williams mare, Top And Drop (9/2), sauntered into a clear lead on the bend under Charlie Deutsch and seemed to be in control up the straight.

The Nigel Hawke-trained Alminar (4/1 jt fav) had other ideas. He was seventh, 15 lengths behind the leader at the third last fence, when starting to run on strongly.

He made remorseless progress and, though Top And Drop rallied, they passed the post together.

The judge could not separate them, and called a dead heat.

The Williams-Deutsch combination was in the winner’s enclosure yet again after the 2m hurdle. Nine months off the track had done Bonne Question (17/2) some good and he recorded his first victory for almost three years.

He moved quickly from midfield into the lead on the run to the third last, and easily drew 19 lengths clear of Global Thrill.

Dr Sanderson (2/1) won the 2m novices hurdle, while Molly Carew (4/1 fav) won the 2m3f chase

The bumper went to Harry Fry’s King Roland. The 4/9 favourite made quite heavy weather of it, only getting to the lead with a furlong to go and having to being driven out by Noel Fehily to win by a length.

Race meetings coming up

Sunday, March 17

St Patrick’s Day racing with seven races on the card.

Irish band Henry Marten’s Ghost will be playing. Tickets are £15 in advance and will be £20 on the gate. 

A bus will operate from Llanelli train station to the racecourse. £1 per journey on a first come, first served basis. 

The bus will leave Llanelli at 11.40am and return from the racecourse at 5.35pm.

Sunday, April 21

Easter Sunday Family Raceday. Seven races on the card plus fairground rides, face painting, go-karts, donkey rides, a rEd Sheeran and Taylor Swift tribute act.

Entertainment will be in the undercover McCoy’s building. Family tickets (2xadults, kids go free) are £25.

Feature race is the West Wales National over three and a half miles, won in 2018 by the Peter Bowen trained Henri Parry Morgan.

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