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Early season start continues

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Wales & Borders are the only race promoters holding harness racing meetings in Britain so early in the season, and they were rewarded on Sunday at the Tairgwaith all-weather track with a glorious day of sunshine, with good competitive racing and some exceedingly close finishes.

Debbie Hitchcock from Haverfordwest took the first honours with C U Boykin in the Nursery race, Wellfield Inspired (Edwards Bromfield) was second and True Grit (Thomas Tregroes) third.

The Novice section was divided into heats and the first heat saw Brywins Best Chance (Powell Merthyr Cynog) revel in the level surface of the newly renovated track to win from Ayr Force One (Evans Newcastle Emlyn) and Family Circle (Barton Clunderwen). In the second heat the sometimes inspiring Lucky Nipper produced a fantastic run with Derek Pritchard on board to beat Red Adair (Harries Merthyr) on his season’s debut with Cactus Jack (Williams Carmarthen) third.

Wellfield Xpense with 2007 champion driver Melanie Langford in the hot seat took the Grade B with their usual rival Bon Bethan and Louisa Myers having to be content with second and I’ll always be the Man (Powell Merthyr Cynog) taking third.

The Grade A followed when the little chestnut mare Believe got her head in front with trainer Derek Pritchard doing the steering for the Crowther family from Llanidloes. The grey wonder Live the Dream (Langford Pontardawe) took second and Purple Rain (Edwards Bromfield) was third.

The Baby Novice races gave the little Saunders Bliss her first competitive win for the Weigel family from Llanddewi Velfrey driven by daughter Louisa. In second was Handsome Butch returning to the track after a year out and looking as fit as a flea while Sam the Man was third.

The Novice final provided another win (his third of the day) for the 2006 champion driver Derek Pritchard as Lucky Nipper ran the race of his life for genial owner Matthew Thomas from Llandeilo. The other heat winner Brywins Best Chance (Powell Merthyr Cynog) could do no better than second, while Ayr Force One (Evans Newcastle Emlyn) picked up third. The Barton family from Clunderwen kindly donated a cup in memory of Johnnie Barton who sadly passed away last year, and the race was a fitting memorial to a real sportsman.

This week there was a six furlong dash on the race card, this is one of the most popular add-on races with action from start to finish. Bon Bethan has a bit of a reputation in this event and duly delivered for young Louisa Myers giving her a welcome double. Second was another lady driver, Emma Langford driving the Barton family Blackfield Willy while Debbie Hitchcock urged her own Meadowbranch Mike over the line for third. The Weigel family cup was won yet again by the Weigel family favourite Bon Bethan.

The preliminary race meetings on the all-weather track at Ammanford now give way to the grass circuit which are the mainstay of Welsh ‘trotting’ . The first of these grass race meetings will be at Llandyfaelog on Monday May 5th at 2 pm

Detailed Results

Race 1 - Nursery
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 C U Boykin Gate £0
2 Wellfield Inspired Gate £0
3 True Grit II Gate £0
4 Merry Messenger Gate £0
Time: 2.208

Race 2 - Baby Novice
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Saunders Bliss Gate £50
2 Handsome Butch 20 £20
3 Sam the Man Gate £10
4 East of Eden Gate £0
99 Nons Choice Gate £0
Time: 2.132

Race 3 - Novice Heat 1
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Brywins Best Chance 10 £20
2 Ayr Force One Gate £0
3 Family Circle 20 £0
4 Swifty Gate £0
Time: 2.090

Race 4 - Novice Heat 2
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Lucky Nipper 10 £20
2 Red Adair 10 £0
3 Cactus Jack Gate £0
4 Blackfield Baz 10 £0
Time: 2.070

Race 5 - Novice Final
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Lucky Nipper 10 £70
2 Brywins Best Chance 10 £30
3 Ayr Force One Gate £10
4 Cactus Jack Gate £0
99 Red Adair 10 £0
Time: 2.085

Race 6 - Grade B
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Wellfield Xpense 10 £150
2 Bon Bethan 10 £40
3 Illalwaysbetheman 20 £20
4 Blackfield Willy Gate £0
99 Ceiron Shon Gate £0
99 Meadowbranch Mike 10 £0
99 Vodka Express 20 £0
Time: 2.070

Race 7 - Grade A
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Bellieve 10 £180
2 Live the Dream 30 £40
3 Purple Rain 30 £20
4 Shermanator Sam 10 £0
Time: 2.061

Race 8 - Dash
Position Horse Name Handicap Prize
1 Bon Bethan 10 £60
2 Blackfield Willy Gate £20
3 Meadowbranch Mike 10 £10
4 Vyrnwy Chef Gate £0
99 Wellfield Cameron 10 £0
99 Highbrooks Cobra 20 £0
99 Vodka Express 20 £0
Time: 1.335