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Talsarn Trotting Results

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WBC trotting folk made the pilgrimage over to Cardiganshire on Saturday for a day of sunshine and corners on the unusually laid out Talsarn track. The track suited some horses more than others, and favoured those with stamina.

The day kicked off with the Nursery races as usual, and although King Creole (Hughes, Builth) led away very competently he was forced to hand over the lead to Aberelan (Lewis, Llandrindod) who won the race comfortably from Greenhill Megan (Morgan, Rhymney) and King Creole.

Linda Atherton’s in form Faraway snatched the first heat of the Novice from long-time leader Clare’s Own (Evans, Newcastle Emlyn) and the much improved Saunders Playboy (Pritchard, Rhosgoch). Janet Thomas from Tregroes and her charismatic little stallion True Grit battled to the wire in the second heat, with Sunnyside Geoff (Clark, Brecon) and Tricksters Dream (Flint, Porthcawl) dead-heating in second place.

The Grade B was a straight race and CU Boykin swept around the last corner with owner/trainer Debbie Hitchcock to push Family Circle (Barton, Clunderwen) and Bon Betti (Jones, Rhymney) into the minor placings.

Serenity (Jones, Llanllwni) tried to pull off a double for the Hitchcock stable in the first Grade A heat but Ithon Eagle (Neville, Guilsfield) challenged her and after a long fight managed to stick his nose in front just in time, while Bon Bethan (Weigel, Llanddewi Velfrey) came from nowhere to claim third place. In the second heat Forgeside Jack (Walker, Gwernogle) led away and refused to give up his lead to challengers Ithon Ace (Williams, Shrewsbury) and Shermanator Sam (Tromans, Newcastle Emlyn).

In the Baby Novice, the very laid back Bon Hasty (Collingwood, Huntington) woke up just in time to pip Durham Direct (Hughes, Builth) and Overland (Thomas, Llanybyther) t the line. The second division went to the speedy Luck Matters (Roach, Llanybyther) who scooted past Strike A Light (Atherton, Narberth) and Welsh Cowboy (Evans, Red Roses) to claim the fastest division.

Wellfield Inspired (Griffiths, Pontardawe) scurried to the front of the Dash and led until a catastrophic mistake allowed Abernant (Greenway/Hardwick, Brecon) to take up the lead and hurtle to the wire, with Alpine Heights (Ladek, Cleobury Mortimer) second and Blackfield Willy (Barton, Clunderwen) third. Abernant now moves up a grade where he is sure to give the Grade B horses something to think about.

Bon Hasty (Collingwood, Huntington) claimed a shock double by grimly clinging to the lead throughout the Ladies race and refusing to let The Red Devil (Greenway, Michaelchurch) and Razzle Dazzle (Thomas, Llanybyther) overtake him.

The Novice final was another victory for the tough Faraway and owner Linda Atherton, fighting with their usual charisma to push the powerful Saunders Playboy (Pritchard, Rhosgoch) into second and the newly promoted The Crusader (Greenway, Michaelchurch) into third.

The highlight of the day was the Grade A final, and Serenity (Jones, Llanllwni) led in her usual determined fashion only for Mathew Tromans and his faithful 13-year-old Shermanator Sam to wear her down in a vicious battle to the finish.

Next week Wales and Border Counties returns to Cardiganshire for the prestigious Aberystwyth meeting. With thousands of pounds of prize money on offer the racing is sure to be heartstopping!

Detailed Results

Race 1 - Nursery
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Aberelan 20 £0
2 Greenhill Megan Gate £0
3 King Creole Gate £0
4 Nia Patrol Gate £0
5 High Cross Light Gate £0
6 Hyar Temptation Gate £0
Time: 2.308

Race 2 - Baby Novice
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Bon Hasty 20 £60
2 Durham Direct 10 £25
3 Overland Gate £15
4 Glan Levit 20 £0
5 Dreamcatcher Gate £0
6 Ashbrooks Billyboy 20 £0
7 Fairyhouse Gate £0
8 Hold The Cards Gate £0
Time: 2.311

Race 3 - Baby Novice
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
Time: 2.286

Race 4 - Novice H1
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
Time: 2.551

Race 5 - Novice H2
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
Time: 2.593

Race 6 - Novice Final
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
Time: 2.553

Race 7 - Grade B 2.56
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
Time: 0.000

Race 8 - Grade A H1
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
Time: 2.559

Race 9 - Grade A H2
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
Time: 2.571

Race 10 - Grade A Final
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
Time: 2.551

Race 11 - Dash
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
Time: 1.244

Race 12 - Consolation Ladies
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
Time: 2.593