Ffos Las Racecourse

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Ffos Las Racecourse
Ffos Las Racecourse (Hywel Williams / geograph.org.uk)

Ffos Las racecourse is a horse racing, equestrian sports and conference facility based near Carmarthen in southwest Wales. Built at the site of an open cast coal mine after operations there finished, Ffos Las is a very new course, with the first meeting not taking place until 2009. The track cost a total of £20 million to complete and takes up a total of 600 acres of space. Located in a natural amphitheatre, it was the first National Hunt course to be opened in over 80 years.

The grandstand at Ffos Las was installed as part of its creation, as well as a hotel, pub, restaurant and facilities for betting and technical activities. Developers of the course hope the site will have a full capacity of over 20,000 for future race meetings. In order to access the course, those travelling by car should follow the A40 to Carmarthen before taking the A1484 to Llanelli, where brown signs lead the way to the racecourse. The two closest stations to the track are Kidwelly and Pembrey and Burry Port, both less than five miles away, however the station at Llanelli offers a free courtesy bus service to the course. Alternatively, Carmarthen station is 12 miles away and has direct links to London Paddington.

Ticket Prices

Ffos Las is one of the best-priced courses in the country, with premier admission costing just £12. Under-16s are allowed free entry to the course if accompanied by a full paying adult and there is children’s entertainment provided regularly.

The Course

The course at Ffos Las was designed to stage both flat and National Hunt races, all of which are run left-handed around the oval shaped track. The surfaces at Ffos Las have been built with state of the art underground drainage systems to allow racing in almost any condition, unless it is truly too dangerous for competition to take place. The course is very flat with no undulations and a width of 60 metres at every point throughout. The flat course measures at one and a half miles in circumference with two long straights connected by long and easy gradual bends.

There are two chutes at each end of the course, one of which connects to the home straight to allow 5f and 6f sprint races to take place. The second chute is in place for the start of races lasting one and a half miles, so horses only have to face one bend during races of that nature. The National Hunt course consists of six hurdles – three per straight – and the even layout of the flights and easy bends on the course means the track at Ffos Las favours horses who operate mainly on their pace.

Major Meetings at Ffos Las

Ffos Las Racecourse Being Built
Ffos Las Racecourse Being Built (Rose and Trev Clough / geograph.org.uk)

The year the course opened there were just nine meetings, the first of which was welcomed by a sell out crowd of 10,000 people. The first ever flat race at Ffos Las was the Jamie Yeates Memorial Maiden Stakes, which is a race dedicated to a 17-year-old aspiring jockey who tragically died the previous year.

The official opening ceremony took place two months after the first meeting, with 12,000 people in attendance. In future, organisers are hoping to introduce a ‘Celtic Festival’, which would take place around St. David’s Day and more ambitious plans could follow as the track looks to grow in stature.

Dining and Hospitality

Private hospitality at Ffos Las comes in three prices tiers and is available in four areas, all of which vary in size and facilities. The standard pricing ranges from £50 to £65 per person depending on the area, whilst the premium prices can go up to £80. The feature price is the most expensive and ranges from £45 to £100 per person depending on the meeting and food/drinks choices.


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