The TREGARON TROTTING CLUB SPRING MEETING hosts an exciting 11-race card at Dolyrychain, Pontrhydfendigaid SY25 6EL on Sunday 14th May 2017 and is not to be missed. The Racing Horse will be there to review the meeting and post news on Monday. First Race 2pm but our advice is to get there early, relax and sit a spell and prepare to be miraculously thrilled. Hope to see you there and good luck to all. DIOLCH....
Maidens to look out for include...
The card is very heavy laden with maidens and lower grades which is par for the course at this stage of the season. Maidens to look out for include Wye Joels Best, Ceirion JD and Blueberon which is owned trained and driven by committee member Ray Jenkins. The Grade 1 events contain Jack Swagger who is now trained by Alexis Laidler, he takes on Ffaro in Division 1. Lanehouse Stan and Tommy Camden look the picks in Division 2. Lakeside Paddy bred by Ronnie John in Pontrhydfendigaid looks the banker in the Grade 2 Pace.
EXCITING NEWS and a FANTASTIC INNOVATION!
Exciting news and a fantastic innovation is that Tregaron Trotting Club have the honour of running the inaugural Group 1 race in harness racing. This has been initiated by ace commentator and owner Darren Owen (pictured right) and a select group of advisors (we are not sure who they are at this moment in time, we will find out at the weekend). The aim is to nominate certain races as Group races which will carry higher kudos whilst offering black type to breeders! The Senior Welsh Dragon, a stakes race confined to horses eligible for the Welsh Dragon series and foaled in 2013, will be the very first of these prestigious races. The Racing Horse is convinced this imagination and initiative is not just a shot in the arm it is groundbreaking and will build layers, history and prestige for all of us who love harness racing. Well done to all those concerned and we look forward to the excitement and consequential arousal this decisive resolution will bring to the sport! This is going forward.
Champion pacer Miraculous to make his seasonal debut at Tregaron
More great news is that Miraculous (2016 Horse Of The Year) makes his seasonal debut on the Dolyrychain turf. This horse has won close to £50,000 in prize money and is the Frankel of harness racing. This fabulous horse is owned by Arnie Flower, trained by Sally Teeboon and will be driven by Patrick Kane. The driver confirmed: "He has quite a motor in him, I have never sat behind a better horse." The champion will obviously take all the beating but we have some good horses such as Party at the Spa, Rocking Mambo (an impressive winner in Tir Prince on Saturday evening) and No Stoppin a York winner on Bank Holiday Monday doing their best to keep tabs though realistically battling it out for the places.
Second heat is very open but Llwyns Delight will be tough to beat
The handicap has drawn a small field offering two heats. Locally bred I'm Impartial Too should take out the first heat if he is fit on his seasonal debut especially as his young conditional driver Joel Richards gives him a two grade lift in the handicap .The second heat is a very open race with two tough racehorses in Llwyns Delight (pictured above) and Blue Incredible (a recent second in York) coming up against prolific winner For One Night Only who does however step up in class. Throw in a consistent type like Woodstone Jingo and a Derby winner in McCoy and we have the makings of a very good race.
Coalford Tetrick boasts fast recent form
This leaves the Preferred Handicap for the top grade horses. It is small in number but full of class, Stamp Hill loves this track having won this race in the past and finished second in the Welsh Classic and we also have two Welsh Classic winners in Saunders Mach 3 and Foolaround and the best mare in training - Shades of Grey. They will all have their work cut out to keep up with the pocket rocket which is Coalford Tetrick, a good second in a sub 2 minute clock in Tir Prince on Saturday evening. His nemesis that night Porterstown Chris is safely tucked up in his stable in Ireland.
Chairman hopeful rather than confident
The Racing Horse spoke to the Chairman of the Tregaron Trotting Club and asked about the welfare of his horses and the chances of a winner? The team are running four runners on the day. He expects Foolaround and Saunders Mach 3, who contest the top grade Open Preferred handicap, to come on for their run at Tir Prince but recognise they have a few lengths to find with Coalford Tetrick. Enter the Dragon is a lightly raced 4yo that is held in high regard though not in the same class as Miraculous, he might sneak a place in the Senior Dragon. Their best chance of a winner appears to be McCoy who runs in the Spring Handicap, Huw reminded us how competitive the heat will be and they will need luck in running racing off the second line.
Three weeks without any rain means the going is likely to be firm but there is rain forecast tonight and tomorrow which will hopefully take the sting out of the ground. The forecast for Sunday is for a dry day. All in all Tregaron promises a great days racing and to watch a true champion like Miraculous strut his stuff is worth the admission price alone.
Tregaron Trotting Club August Festival
Please make a note in your diaries for the Tregaron Trotting Club August Festival 2017 on Friday & Saturday 25th - 26th. Full details will appear in the BHRC June Calendar but will again feature the ‘Le Trot’ Series, Little Welsh Dragon, Junior Dragon, The Welsh Classic, The Strata Florida and numerous other events. This is the Cheltenham of Harness Racing. Contact: 01974 831001 or email@example.com
Integrity Testing and Rule S25
Talking about innovation The Racing Horse has been impressed with the work of BHRC Stewards in regard to 'Integrity Testing' and once more the team will be vigilant to ward off any prospective transgressors. Enforcing Rule S25 refers to using a breathalyser kit because the BHRC has a zero tolerance for alcohol. All BHRC stewards now carry breath test kits because safety is paramount.
The Racing Horse has received information/allegations about cheating and the one issue that blights our sport and will pass on any information to the relevant sites. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
How to get to Tregaron
The half-mile grass track is at Dolyrychain Farm on the West side of the B4343, 5 miles North of Tregaron and just South of Pontrhydfendigaid. It takes a little over 20 minutes from the centre of Aberystwyth.
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