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Start of new Season

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The Llangadog committee who hosted the race meeting at the newly refurbished Tairgwaith all-weather track on Easter Monday could congratulate themselves on not only good racing but also on a wonderful sunny day even if the wind was cold. With the earliest season’s start for many years no races were split but there was plenty of action in the six races with an average field of six runners for the punters to choose from.

Experience was the key to the Nursery race as Sam the Man who had more than ten races under his belt last year, stormed home much to the joy of the Tromans family from Newcastle Emlyn, True Grit and owner Janet Thomas from Tregroes with only half that number of runs was second while first time out Wellfield Inspired (Edwards Bromfield) ran promisingly to be third.

The Novice race was the first race for the punters and proved a worthy opener with the favourite Family Circle a new horse bought by the Barton family from Clunderwen, driven by son Robert roaring home, from Lyons Frank (Langford Pontardawe) with the grey Ayr Force One (Evans Newcastle Emlyn) in third.

The Grade B produced another good race with Robert Barton hoping for a repeat with his other horse Blackfield Willy leading out, but the Weigel family favourite Bon Bethan driven by daughter Louisa Myers bolted around the track after him, beating Wellfield Xpense and Melanie Langford from Ludlow into second, with Blackfield Willy hanging on for third.

The Grade A was a tactical race with Master Chance setting the pace from pole position, but on the final lap Believe and Derek Pritchard ‘stepped on the gas’ while Purple Rain with Melanie Langford took up the challenge and they battled non-stop to the winning line. It was the little chestnut mare Believe belonging to the Crowther family from Llanidloes who got the verdict giving Derek Pritchard his first victory in this prestigious race.

Derek Pritchard set off in determined mood with his homebred East of Eden in the Baby Novice race, but Richard Williams from Carmarthen driving new purchase Brywins Badlands, blew them all away on the first corner, however it looked as if he may have gone too soon as the other new entry Mannart Gabriel driven by ‘canny’ Wayne Knox for new owner Katrina Haslam from Newcastle Emlyn stalked them all the way but just failed to get on terms.

The dash is often one of the best races of the day and this was no exception. Meadowbranch Mike (Jones Llanllwni) soon pounded to the front but they had reckoned without the little dark mare from Llanddewi Velfrey, Bon Bethan who ran an inspired race for her favourite driver Louisa Myers added the dash spoils to the grade B race surely making Easter Monday a wonderful celebration for the Weigel family. Robert Barton from Clunderwen and Blackfield Willy added another third to his day’s tally, another stable making a good start to the 2008 season.

So with the first day of the season over we look forward to the next race day at Tairgwaith on Saturday April 5th at 2 pm when there will be more horses ready to do battle for the honours.

Detailed Results

Race 1 - Nursery
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Sam the Man Gate £0
2 True Grit II Gate £0
3 Wellfield Inspired Gate £0
4 C U Boykin Gate £0
Time: 2.174

Race 2 - Baby Novice
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Brywins Badlands 10 £60
2 Mannart Gabriel 10 £30
3 East of Eden Gate £15
4 Nons Choice Gate £0
99 Saunders Bliss Gate £0
Time: 2.120

Race 3 - Novice
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Family Circle 10 £75
2 Lyons Frank Gate £30
3 Ayr Force One Gate £15
4 Belle Heir Gate £0
99 Lucky Nipper 10 £0
99 Swifty Gate £0
Time: 2.117

Race 4 - Grade B
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Bon Bethan Gate £200
2 Wellfield Xpense 10 £70
3 Blackfield Willy Gate £30
4 Ceiron Shon 10 £0
99 Vodka Express 20 £0
99 Vyrnwy Chef Gate £0
Time: 2.077

Race 5 - Grade A
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Bellieve Gate £300
2 Purple Rain 30 £70
3 Master Chance Gate £30
4 Live the Dream 30 £20
Time: 2.142

Race 6 - Dash
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Bon Bethan Gate £85
2 Meadowbranch Mike 10 £40
3 Blackfield Willy Gate £20
4 Family Circle Gate £0
99 Lucky Nipper Gate £0
99 Lyons Frank Gate £0
99 Vodka Express 20 £0
Time: 1.343