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Llangadog meeting at Taiír Gwaith track

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The new trotting season started with a glorious sunny day at the Tair-gwaith all-weather track near Ammanford as the Llangadog committee once again continued to make history as the oldest trotting meeting in Britain presented the first meeting of the 2013 season.

The first races are nursery races to introduce young horses to the sport, Hendre Bob the young horse belonging to the Jones family from Llanllwni put in a fine performance under the gentle guidance of driver/trainer Debbie Hitchcock from Haverfordwest to finish in front of Highbrooks Eternal (Probert Merthyr) and first time out Made in Wales (Evans Red Roses). Forsas Dream owned by the Lloyd family from Kington made a dream start in his career to win the second race from Tyssul Pearl (Atherton Narberth) and Finnbarr Messenger (Meaney, Merthyr).

The Grade B heat provided the first races for punters to follow their fancies, Brywins Snowflake the lovely grey driven by Aled Davies for the Weigel family from Llanddewi Velfry claimed the first spoils from Bon Hasty (Collingwood Huntington) with the favourite Too Hot Today (Jones Merthyr) only managing third. The aptly named Kickstart was a worthy favourite in the second B heat as his trainer Andrew Hardwick steered him to victory for the Williams family from Brecon in second was Ithon Gypsy (Jones Llandrindod) while Vyrnwy Taffi (Jones Llandysul) was third.

The Grade A heats followed with the outsider Blackfield Buddy providing a tremendous start to the season for the Barton family from Clynderwen beating new horse Kestrels Rouge (Wilson Pencader) into second and Terripan Hanover (Davies Lampeter) was third. Bon Jasper provided a good win for the Jones family from Llanllwni as Debbie Hitchcock brought him home in front of Saunders Playboy (Pritchard Rhosgoch) with another new horse Premier Dream (Thomas Rhymney) in third.

The Novice was a straight race with victory going to a new horse and owner combination, the Wayne Knox trained Brywins Duckling belonging to Luke Gethin from Gilwern the horse now takes his place in open racing, in second was Man of the Day (Harries Llanybydder) while Miss Thunder (Meaney Merthyr) was third.

The wonderful afternoon of racing concluded with the two open finals, the first the Grade B gave Aled Davies from Lampeter the choice of two drives, Wayne Knox took the drive on Ithon Gypsy who produced a sizzling run for Hazel Jones from Llandrindod relegating Kickstart (Williams Brecon) to second place and Aledís drive Brywins Snowflake (Weigel Llanddewi Velfrey) to third. In the Grade A final the 2011 winner Blackfield Buddy regained his crown by sheer determination under the enthusiastic persuasion of Robert Barton for his mother Margaret from Clynderwen, in second was new comer Kestrels Rouge (Wilson Pencader) who looks set to make his mark in W&BC with Terripan Hanover (Davies Lampeter) in third.

So with a wonderful day of superb weather and racing the season is off to a good start, the next meeting is Saturday May 11th again at Tair-gwaith track starting at 1.30 pm.

Detailed Results

Race 1 - Nursery
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Hendre Bob Gate £0
2 Highbrooks Eternal Gate £0
3 Made In Wales Gate £0
4 Dolan Hasty Gate £0
5 Tyssul Opal Gate £0
6 Ayr Miracle Gate £0
Time: 2.192

Race 2 - Nursery
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Forsas Dream Gate £0
2 Tyssul Pearl Gate £0
3 Finnbarr Messenger Gate £0
4 Apache Commander Gate £0
5 Bills Mate Gate £0
DQ Nadal Gate £0
Time: 2.092

Race 3 - Baby Novice
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Greenhill Marina Gate £60
2 Dragon Penlan 20 £30
3 Radnor Rebel 20 £15
4 Greenhill Emily 20 £0
5 Glan Dancer Gate £0
Time: 2.081

Race 4 - Novice
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Brywins Ducklyn 20 £75
2 Man Of The Day 20 £30
3 Miss Thunder 20 £15
4 A And As Beauty 10 £0
Time: 2.061

Race 5 - Grade B H1
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Brywins Snowflake Gate £30
2 Bon Hasty Gate £20
3 Too Hot Today 10 £10
4 Sunnyside Geoff Gate £0
5 Clares Own Gate £0
Time: 2.055

Race 6 - Grade B H2
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Kickstart Gate £30
2 Ithon Gypsy Gate £20
3 Vyrnwy Taffie 20 £10
4 C U Boykin Gate £0
5 Boomshakalakka Gate £0
Time: 2.051

Race 7 - Grade B Final
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Ithon Gypsy Gate £300
2 Kickstart Gate £70
3 Brywins Snowflake Gate £30
4 Vyrnwy Taffie 20 £0
5 Too Hot Today 10 £0
6 Bon Hasty Gate £0
7 C U Boykin Gate £0
Time: 2.050

Race 8 - Grade A H1
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Blackfield Buddy Gate £30
2 Kestrels Rogue 10 £20
3 Terripan Hanover 10 £10
4 Scoobys Dream 20 £0
5 Meadowbranch Mike 20 £0
6 Chaps Commander Gate £0
7 Merrington Man Gate £0
Time: 2.030

Race 9 - Grade A H2
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Bon Jasper 20 £30
2 Saunders Playboy 30 £20
3 Premier Dream 30 £10
4 Strike A Light 60 £0
5 Immpartial 60 £0
6 Rhyds Desire 60 £0
Time: 2.057

Race 10 - Grade A Final
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Blackfield Buddy Gate £400
2 Kestrels Rogue 10 £70
3 Terripan Hanover 10 £30
4 Scoobys Dream 20 £0
5 Saunders Playboy 30 £0
6 Bon Jasper 20 £0
DQ Strike A Light 60 £0
Time: 2.024