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Season Kicks Off With Llangadog Races

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The first race meeting of the season is always greeted with enthusiasm and this year the weather at the Tairgwaith all-weather track provided a lovely sunny afternoon of superlative racing, although the wind was a little cool at times.

The first nursery race produced a win for newcomer Greenhill Lillian for the Thomas family from Rhymney, second was Ceirion Blue Boy (Weigel, Llanddewi Velfrey) while another newcomer Rhyds Panalulah (Gething, Gilwern) was third. In the second nursery first time out Dulais Daniel (Williams, Pencader) led the way home from Cool Ice (Gething, Gilwern) with homebred Hyar Truly (Thomas Tregroes) third.

The Novice heats were the first races for the punters with new recruit Meadowland Maverick owner driven by young farmer Oliver (OJ) Jones from Evenjobb surging to the finish ahead of Jake Lobell (White, Porthcawl) with Wellfield Wally (Barton, Clynderwen) in third. Another newcomer, Fronfelen Duchess owned and driven by Bridget Lewis from Efailwen, took the second Novice heat from Cardigan Boy (Gale, Gorslas) with Ithon Hannah (Bufton Dolau) returning from a season away from the track in third.

Makemeamillionayr (Weigel, Llanddewi Velfrey) started his campaign with a win in the first Grade B heat driven as usual by Louisa Barton, in second was the optimistically named Fold the Notes (Perks, Presteigne) with Jango Fett (Hitchcock, Haverfordwest) in third. Habberley Playboy (Johns & Gittins, Shrewsbury) under the direction of former champion driver Derek Pritchard took the second Grade B heat from Brywins Jo Jo (Jones, Ammanford) and Blackfield Buddy (Barton, Clynderwen).

New horse Rebus (Thomas, Rhymney) with Mark Evans at the controls took the first heat of the Grade A ahead of Chaps Commander (Angel Inn, Salem) with Strike a Light (Meaney, Merthyr) in third. Lakeside Pan (Elder, New Quay) claimed the second Grade A heat driven by Wayne Elder, with No Mercy (Weigel, Llanddewi Velfry) in second and Wellfieldlifestyle (Edmunds, Porthcawl) third.

The first Baby Novice race saw a splendid run by Top Secret (Pugh, Clifford) with trainer Gareth Bevan at the controls, with newcomer Lane House Patch (Thomas, Merthyr) running on well in second while Ithon King (Bevan, Builth) returning to racing after a season away registered a creditable third. Zestthewayilikeit with owner Oliver (OJ) Jones from Evenjobb aboard stormed home ahead of Rhyds Backchat (Elder, Blaencelyn) and Touch of Chaps (Thomas Llandeilo).

OJ as he is known locally took the next race, the Novice Final, with his own Meadowland Maverick surging ahead of the lightly raced Ithon Hannah (Bufton, Dolau), while Cardigan Boy (Gale, Gorslas) was third.

In the Grade B Final Oliver (OJ) Jones drove Fold the Notes to victory for the Perks team from Presteigne, thereby claiming three wins in a row and four wins on the day, surely a wonderful way to begin the season. In second was Habberly Playboy (Johns & Gittins, Shrewsbury) while Makemeamillionayr (Weigel, Llanddewi Velfrey) was third.

In the Grade A Final one of the closest finishes of the day resulted in another win for Lakeside Pan owned by long time supporter John Elder from New Quay with son Wayne in the seat, just inches behind was Chaps Commander, now in the ownership of the Angel Inn, Salem while No Mercy (Weigel, Llanddewi Velfrey) only marginally behind was third.

So that concluded a good dayís racing to open the season, next week racing continues on the all-weather track at Tairgwaith on Saturday May 7th with the first race at 1.30pm.

Detailed Results

Race 1 - Nursery
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Greenhill Lillian Gate £0
2 Ceiron Blue Boy Gate £0
3 Rhyds Panalulah Gate £0
4 Immortal Jackpot Gate £0
5 Star Sign Gate £0
Time: 2.142

Race 2 - Nursery
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Dulais Daniel Gate £0
2 Cool Ice Gate £0
3 Hyar Truly Gate £0
4 Life Today Gate £0
5 Turn The Paige Gate £0
Time: 2.078

Race 3 - Baby Novice
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Top Secret Gate £60
2 Lane House Patch 20 £30
3 Ithon King Gate £15
4 Skip Along 10 £0
5 Dernol Bonus Gate £0
6 Austerity 10 £0
Time: 2.053

Race 4 - Baby Novice
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Zestthewayilikeit 10 £60
2 Rhyds Backchat 10 £30
3 Touch Of Chaps Gate £15
4 Lakeside Glory Gate £0
5 Miss Jackson Gate £0
6 Self Pozest 20 £0
Time: 2.049

Race 5 - Novice H1
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Meadowland Maverick Gate £20
2 Jake Lobell Gate £10
3 Wellfield Wally 10 £0
4 Brywins Sweetheart 10 £0
5 Ceiron Overway Gate £0
Time: 2.068

Race 6 - Novice H2
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Fronfelen Duchess Gate £20
2 Cardigan Boy 10 £10
3 Ithon Hannah Gate £0
4 Meadowbranch Belle 20 £0
5 Shakalakaboom Boom Gate £0
Time: 2.066

Race 7 - Novice Final
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Meadowland Maverick Gate £75
2 Ithon Hannah Gate £30
3 Cardigan Boy 10 £15
4 Jake Lobell Gate £0
5 Fronfelen Duchess Gate £0
6 Meadowbranch Belle 20 £0
7 Wellfield Wally 10 £0
Time: 2.030

Race 8 - Grade B H1
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Makemeamillionayr Gate £30
2 Fold The Notes 10 £20
3 Jango Fett Gate £0
4 Chinatown Lucky Gate £0
5 For One Night Only 10 £0
6 Arctic Prince Gate £0
7 Brywins Luckycharm Gate £0
8 Bon Hasty Gate £0
Time: 2.058

Race 9 - Grade B H2
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Habberley Playboy Gate £30
2 Brywins Jo Jo Gate £20
3 Blackfield Buddy Gate £0
4 Habberley Haste 10 £0
5 Precious Cargo Gate £0
6 Camden Lock Gate £0
7 The Bold Jack Gate £0
Time: 2.034

Race 10 - Grade B Final
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Fold The Notes 10 £250
2 Habberley Playboy Gate £70
3 Makemeamillionayr Gate £30
4 Jango Fett Gate £0
5 Brywins Jo Jo Gate £0
6 Blackfield Buddy Gate £0
7 Habberley Haste 10 £0
Time: 2.038

Race 11 - Grade A H1
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Rebus 10 £30
2 Chaps Commander Gate £20
3 Strike A Light 10 £0
4 Camden Callen 10 £0
5 Infinatey 60 £0
6 Bon Jasper 20 £0
Time: 2.072

Race 12 - Grade A H2
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Lakeside Pan 20 £30
2 No Mercy 10 £20
3 Wellfieldlifestyle 10 £0
4 Premier Dream Gate £0
5 Cloud Burst 40 £0
PU Saorlas Glory 10 £0
Time: 2.035

Race 13 - Grade A Final
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Lakeside Pan 20 £300
2 Chaps Commander Gate £70
3 No Mercy 10 £30
4 Strike A Light 10 £0
5 Premier Dream Gate £0
6 Rebus 10 £0
Time: 2.065