Flat and Jumps
Approx no. of meetings
Rail from London (3 hours 32m with one change at Swansea)
Railway station to Racecourse (Shuttle bus runs before and after race for £1)
Taxis - Not applicable as we drove
A single stand with great visibility of the track, a large bar area underneath and both onsite bookies and tote. The parade ring is off to the right of the main stand and is both sizable and accessible. Only one food concession on the night selling burgers and hotdogs.
We were short of places to stay locally, but plumped for Llandrindod Wells in the end as we were travelling to Bangor the next day.
We attended as ARC members so did not need to worry about tickets for the night. However general admission was £10 and the hospitality suites were from £40 a head.
(1) Return after challenge complete.
2nd August 2018– Tracks Visited: UK (48), Ireland (3), France (1), Barbados (1)
In this case, it was an evening meeting that Madam Hoof and I attended and was part of a two-day mini tour of welsh racing. Having previously been to Chepstow, our expectations were high for both Ffos Las and Bangor-on-Dee. Ffos Las is the second newest Track in the regular UK racing calendar, (built in 2009) and is an excellent piece of design, surrounded in the most beautiful green countryside. It boasts bringing top class racing back to West Wales for the first time since 1937 and from what we saw, I cannot disagree.
Even at ground level, the short oval track with two extended straight starts is easy to view. From the top of the single stand it is an even better sight and you can literally watch the racing without the need for the repeater screen, although this of course gives good close up coverage. The staff and officials we interacted with were both friendly and knowledgeable which always makes the racing experience better. On the night we visited there was a summer party theme and this was well supported by the locals and the introduction of a steel band before and after the racing.
The track itself has good parking facilities and appears to have only one ticket type to access all areas. At the moment, you can see it has lots of space, although as time moves on I would not be surprised to see more development of on-site equipment, another stand and more corporate hospitality.
The one thing that Ffos Las appears to be short of short of is catering. In the main bar it was possible to get pies and the like. On the left of the main stand was a single concession selling burgers and hotdogs. I didn’t try the food but the 2.50 coffee was possibly one of the worst I had ever tasted. The coffee in the main bar was cheaper and far better. I don’t know if it was just because it was an evening meeting, but I would expect to see more variety of food on sale and again maybe this well develop with time.
Its distance from London and the rest of the racing world might make one thing that Ffos Las might not attract the calibre of jockeys and horses that we see elsewhere in our travels, but I am happy to say both essentials to racing were in good supply. Both Madam Hoof and I were thrilled by an exciting night’s racing and would love to visit again once the UK racing challenge is over.