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Country: Sunny gallops on first grass celebrate holiday fun; trotting.

MAY Bank Holiday Monday and the first grass meeting for Wales & Border Counties Harness racing, brought out the sunshine and a wonderful holiday atmosphere for Llandyfaelog races near Kidwelly in Carmarthenshire.

The usual trotting races were interspersed with three gallops which provided a popular extra dimension, reminiscent of days gone by.

The nursery race started proceedings when Andrew Hard-wick piloted the impressive new Hitchcock horse from Haverfordwest, Rebecca's Baron named for daughter Rebecca beating Bon Beti (Jones Rhymney) and Brady Lee (Myers, Bristol).

In the first novice heat Miss Bogart and Derek Pritchard had another win from Fold Surprise and Inshallah. While in the second Bon Evita and taxi driver Horst Weigel just beat Prince Lee Hill (Perks Presteigne) and Aquarella (Evans Llanarth). Sadly there were only two horses in the grade B in which Fold Rajah with Wayne Knox on board took the victory for the Perks family from Presteigne while Creative Jack and Horst Weigel were the runners up.

The magnificent Gentleman George belonging to Gareth (gadger) Jones from Merthyr took the first heat of the grade A from Double Top and Mountain Patrol. Cardis J C a new horse this season with Robert Barton from Ammanford won the second heat from old time favourite Lakeside Dazzler and Saunders Christie.

The Baby Novice followed where Highbrooks Patrol driven by Marie Lamport for Will Jones of Pontsian was first from another Cardi horse Highbrooks Nihilator (Wayne Elder) with Brady Lee who must have been the furthest travelled horse and his young owner Louisa Myers from Bristol was third.

The Free For All was an interesting race with the past form of Eccles pitted against the in form Gentleman George with High Heel Kerry Boy providing the unknown factor. The Gentleman made it his second win beating Eccles (Morgan Rhymney) into second place.

The day finished with the two finals, in the novice Fold Surprise (Perks Presteigne) proved equal to the occasion when he stormed to the front on the final lap so earning his transfer up into the grade B with Miss Bogart (Harries Merthyr) second and Inshallah (Evans Newcastle Emlyn) third.

The grade A provided a very popular win for Double Top for the Hitchcock family from Haverfordwest with Wayne Elder driving, from Saunders Christie (Williams Bargoed) second and Lakeside Dazzler (Thomas Llanybydder) third.

Next weekend the racing continues on its circuit as Brecon provides the venue on Sunday May 11.


THE RACES: The new season of grass racing is under way
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 10, 2003
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