Ffos Las Course Guide

Located in west Wales, Ffos Las stages racing both on the Flat and over jumps and has proved popular with horsemen thanks to its flat, galloping and fair nature which many trainers compare as being similar to Newbury.

The course opened in June 2009, becoming the first new national hunt track to be built for 80 years, and its late January meeting has emerged is its annual feature, where the two big races are the West Wales National – and handicap chase over three and a half miles – and the Welsh Champion Hurdle, a limited handicap over two and a half miles which has been won by useful jumpers Oscar Whiskey, Medinas and Saphir Du Rheu.

The best horse to have raced at Ffos Las to date is undoubtedly champion two-mile chaser Sprinter Sacre, who won a novices’ hurdle by 10 lengths at the track in February 2011.


A left-handed track, essentially galloping in nature. Approximately a mile and a half in extent, the course is very flat and fair, with a long home straight, including an extension to enable a straight track for races over five and six furlongs.

I’ve never ridden at Ffos Las, but all the current jocks tell me it’s a good, fair, honest course, with no kinks or ridges. There don’t seem to be any obvious quirks about it, viewed from the stands at least, and I’ve not spotted any great bias, either regarding the draw or across-the-track pace. They always seem to go a sensible gallop there, which suggests the configuration is straightforward enough, but I have noticed they tend to race up the middle, rather than stick to the rails, when the going gets soft.

View from the saddle: Jason Weaver

A wide, galloping, left-handed circuit of 1½ miles, with a straight of just over 4f. It has no undulations but a very slight rise over the course of the back straight and the opposite in the home straight. There are short run-ins for both hurdles and chases, though it is in essence a fair track, with the chase course providing a good test of jumping. Field sizes tend to be on the small side.

I walked the course at Ffos Las on the day it opened for racing and there’s no doubt about it - it’s a beautiful set-up, you can’t help being impressed. I don’t think it gets the backing from some people that it deserves, because all the current jocks - Flat and jumps - say good things about it. The jumping lads reckon the fences are a fair test - not too stiff, but no pushover - and it’s grand to ride. The one worry about it is that the going can become extreme. When it gets properly soft, it can be really hard work.

View from the saddle: Mick Fitzgerald
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17:50 IWEC Electrical Mares' Handicap Chase
2m 5f | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 3 ran
  • Winner: Prettylittlething 16/1
  • Jockey: Miss Millie Wonnacott Trainer: N P Mulholland
  • Owner: Neil Mulholland Racing Ltd
18:20 Tim Vaughan Racing Novices' Handicap Chase
2m | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 4 ran
  • Winner: Teaser 6/5 Fav
  • Jockey: T Scudamore Trainer: D Pipe
  • Owner: The Willpower Partnership
18:55 Pendine Sands Maiden Hurdle
2m | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 7 ran
  • Winner: Toshima 7/2 J2Fav
  • Jockey: T J O'Brien Trainer: Robert Stephens
  • Owner: Threes Company
19:30 3A'S Leisure Super Site At Nantyci Carmarthen Handicap Hurdle
2m 4f | Class 3 | 4YO plus | 6 ran
  • Winner: Jimmy Rabbitte 6/4 Fav
  • Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies Trainer: Dr R D P Newland
  • Owner: P Jenkins & Partner
20:00 Welsh Cottage Cakes Selling Handicap Hurdle
2m 4f | Class 5 | 4YO plus | 10 ran
  • Winner: Buckeye Shan 11/2
  • Jockey: S Bowen Trainer: P Bowen
  • Owner: Saith O Ni & Karen Bowen
20:35 West Wales Properties Handicap Hurdle
2m | Class 4 | 3YO plus | 5 ran
  • Winner: Noah And The Ark 9/4 2Fav
  • Jockey: B S Hughes Trainer: D McCain Jnr
  • Owner: Beswick Brothers Bloodstock
21:05 Caribbean Night At Chepstow Racecourse 26th July Novices' Hurdle
3m | Class 4 | 4YO plus | 3 ran
  • Winner: Braid Blue 8/13 Fav
  • Jockey: R Johnson Trainer: G Elliott
  • Owner: Mr P J McBurney

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Ffos Las Racecourse
SA17 4DE
01554 810092
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