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Track Talk With Executive Director Phil Bell - 8th July


08 July 2021

The Ffos Las and Chepstow Racing Club horse Danboru put in another game effort at Newton Abbot last week when he finished third in a chase over 3m 2f under jockey Alan Johns. The gelding, trained by Tim Vaughan, was following up a second placed finish at Chepstow in April. 

He’s proving to be a great fun horse for the members. For those readers keen on racing, being a member of a racing club is the perfect first step into racehorse ownership and the associated benefits. For membership details, please call Racing Club Manager Martin Higgs on 07831 752313.

This Friday at Chepstow it’s Ladies Evening. 

We usually attract an attendance of around 4000 people but because spectators were only given the Government go-ahead to attend sports stadia in early June, the numbers won’t reach that level due to the lack of time to promote and publicise the event. 

But there will be a great atmosphere nonetheless and there’s a £500 Style Award for the Best Dressed Lady and a DJ playing during the evening. There are six races from 6.15pm. Gates open at 4.15pm and tickets are £25 (must be booked in advance).

We are now anxiously waiting to see how the Welsh Government respond to the decision by Boris Johnson to end the vast majority of Covid restrictions in England. Any updates will be posted on our website. 

We are delighted to have made two new appointments in recent weeks with Kirsty Murphy and Ellie Williams joining the business. They will be based across both Chepstow and Ffos Las Racecourses as we work our way out of the challenges created by Covid.

They will be focusing on a range of initiatives including hospitality, group bookings, sponsorship, racecourse branding, annual membership and events. They will also be key points of contact for racehorse owners. Both courses have tickets and restaurants now on sale for all 2021 fixtures. 

Ellie, the daughter of Vale of Glamorgan trainer Evan Williams, will be balancing her racecourse role with that of an amateur jockey. On Sunday she finished fourth on Voodoo Doll at Market Rasen.

Ellie’s sister Isabel is a successful professional rider and Evan needs no introduction – he’s one of the leading jump trainers in the UK who last Christmas fulfilled a lifetime ambition to win the Coral Welsh Grand National with Secret Reprieve. 

Finally, Sean Bowen will struggle to ride an easier winner than Pinnacle Peak who sauntered home by fourteen lengths at Worcester on Monday. Sean has been riding a few winners in recent months for the six-year-old’s trainer Martin Keighley. Sean is now on 21 winners for the season and is operating at a 25% strike rate. His brother James is also having a good campaign with 18 winners on the board.

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