We are aware of the latest Welsh government announcement regarding vaccine passports and test passes. This is unlikely to impact any of our remaining fixtures, therefore we are expecting to operate as normal. We will confirm more details as soon as they become available.

Track Talk With General Manager Simon Rowlands - 9 August

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09 August 2021

We have finally received the news we’ve been waiting for many months. 

The Welsh Government has dropped indoor social distancing rules so we can now maximise occupancy in our hospitality suites and restaurants for our late summer and autumn/winter fixtures. 

As has been widely reported the hospitality industry has been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and we have been operating with limited numbers of hospitality guests for several months since spectators returned to the course. This is obviously a key income stream for our business so the news from the Welsh Government is most welcome. 

Details of the packages we offer in both the boxes and the restaurant are all on our website. Race day hospitality is perfect for family and friends as well as businesses entertaining customers and clients.  If you would like to discuss all the options in more detail, please email me at srowlands@arenaracingcompany.co.uk

We have a two-day race meeting this week on Wednesday and Thursday.

Wednesday is an evening fixture starting at 5.15pm with the last race at 8.15pm. The meeting is sponsored by Star Sports bookmakers. On Thursday racing gets underway at 1pm with the final race off at 4.25pm. We’ll be running our usual bus service from Llanelli Station – details on the website.

Tickets for both fixtures are £20 but if you get a group of six or more together, you’ll qualify for £10 off (advance bookings only). Don’t forget children aged 17 and under go free with a paying adult. 

On Thursday, we have a VIP guest with TV and radio presenter Carol Vorderman coming along to present the prize for a race named after her. The ‘Carol Vorderman Loves West Wales’ Nursery Handicap is off at 2.10pm.  Carol is a big supporter of Welsh horse racing and has shares in some racehorses. We’re looking forward to welcoming her to Ffos Las.

Our sister course Chepstow is currently in the middle of a short break from racing with the next fixture on Thursday 19th August followed by another meeting on Monday 23rd August.

Tickets are selling well for our Ladies Day meeting at Ffos Las on Friday 27th August when we’ll have a DJ set from The Wave presenter Leigh Jones after racing. 

Welsh flat jockey David Probert is closing in on a century of winners this calendar year. He moved on to the 99 winner mark on Saturday when Majestic Glory won at Newmarket. This victory followed an impressive treble at Brighton on Friday. Frustratingly, he finished second twice at Windsor on Sunday. By the time you read this article, he’s likely to have reached the target.

Finally best wishes to jump jockey Ben Jones, son of Ffos Las clerk of the course Dai Jones, who got married at the weekend. He tied the knot with Laura Parker who he met at the racing yard of trainer Philip Hobbs. Ben has started the jump season is excellent form with 13 winners on the board so far. 

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