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Track Talk With Executive Director Phil Bell - 21 October


21 October 2021

Ffos Las is usually a happy hunting ground for Welsh trainers and jockeys and though the main event on Saturday’s Potter Group Welsh Champion Hurdle card eluded them, they were successful in half of the other races. 

The strongly-fancied Uno Mas won for the ninth time, helped by the ten-pound allowance claimed by Ellis Collier, riding for his boss Christian Williams.  His young rider, wanting to make completely sure of victory, rode him out to score by 13 lengths.  It is a testament to Williams that he has managed to get a horse with so many victories to his credit (and is only a seven-year-old) running and winning off a rating of 93, having won off 115 two years ago.   

Uno Mas is owned by the Christian Williams Racing Club and the gelding has given them some fabulous days out. 

Current Mood won the mares’ maiden hurdle, taking the lead three out and going on to win comfortably for Evan Williams and Adam Wedge.  She should go on to better things. 

Oriental Cross was a welcome winner for Tim Vaughan, doubling his seasonal tally.  She led early in the straight and gamely fended off Christian Williams’ Barden Bella.   

Leading Choice unseated James Bowen in the parade ring before the concluding bumper, but this wasn’t a bad omen because the 16/1 shot came from last to first, beating some other promising types.  The winner was trained by Somerset trainer Nicky Martin, whose The Two Amigos has finished fifth and second in the last two Coral Welsh Grand Nationals.  He will no doubt be trying again in this year’s race, which is little more than two months away.   

Dans Le Vent came second in a big-field two and a half mile handicap hurdle at the Grand National meeting, but was unfancied at 18/1 for the Welsh Champion Hurdle.  It was run over half a mile shorter, and he duly stayed on at the end to finish a never-nearer second.  His turn will come.  That’s also the case with Dai Walters’ Dobryn, who was fifth.  

The winner of the big race, Glory And Fortune (photographed), completed a great week for his trainer Tom Lacey, jockey Stan Sheppard and owner Jerry Hinds who also took the Listed novices’ chase at Chepstow’s Unibet Jump Season Opener with Tea Clipper. 

The same afternoon at Market Rasen Sean Bowen rode a winner and Sam Thomas, who trains near Cardiff, saddled Stolen Silver to score there too.  Both horses appreciated the good ground.  Bowen’s mount Rafferty appeared to be a step ahead of the handicapper and would be worth a look if turning out again soon. 

On Sunday Evan Williams’ stable star Silver Streak was odds on to win his usual pipe-opener at Kempton for the third time.  He disappointed, jumping poorly by his standards and was no match for Sceau Royal, who ran here in preference to the Welsh Champion Hurdle.   

Towards the other end of the scale, John Flint’s mare Canford Star had shown so little in her career to date that her 125/1 SP in a Uttoxeter handicap hurdle last week was perfectly justified.  However, she turned in her best ever effort, finishing fourth of 15, beaten seven lengths.   
Our next meeting at Chepstow is next Tuesday 26th October. There are seven races from 1.20pm. Don’t forget if you are coming along, you’ll need a Covid Pass – it’s very straightforward with all the details available on the news page of the Chepstow website. 

Looking much further ahead hospitality and restaurants are selling fast for the Coral Welsh Grand National on Monday 27th December so please contact us ASAP if you would like to book – 

Finally, we have a new horse for the Chepstow and Ffos Las Racing Club – he a six year old gelding called Gyllen and is trained by Tim Vaughan. If you would like to see him on the gallops, there is an open morning for new and existing members of the club at Tim’s yard on Saturday 30th October. For more information, email Club Manager Martin Higgs ( or call on 07831 752056.  

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