Ffos Las Racecourse,
Ffos Las Racecourse are delighted to welcome Owners and we endeavor to do everything possible to ensure your day is a truly memorable one.
Executive Director South West: Phil Bell01291 622260, firstname.lastname@example.org
Operations Manager: Jeffrey Preece - 01554 811092
Clerk of the Course: Keith Ottesen - 01554 811092 email@example.com
Owners Liaison: Hanna Jones - 01554 811092 firstname.lastname@example.org
Racecourse Badge Scheme for Owners fixtures: 22 of 22 fixtures
ROA Car Park Label exemptions: None
Horsemans Group Prize-money contract: Yes - Standard Tier
Racecourse Group: ARC
Racing Channel: Sky Sports Racing
Left-handed course. Click herer for Racing Post course guide
Racecourse Photographer: Tim Hughes - Behind The Lens Media. email@example.com
Stabling capacity: 120
Track Talk Updates:
Road: From the east take Junction 48 from the M4 and join the A4138 to Llanelli and follow the brown tourist signs to the race-course. From the west take the A48 to Carmarthen and then the A484 to Kidwelly and follow the brown tourist signs.
Rail: Llanelli Station is 6 miles from the racecourse.
Air: Helicopter landing at the course (by prior arrangement only).
Local Taxi: Master Cabs 01554 777111
CIRCUIT BREAKER LOCKDOWN IN WALES
A short, sharp “circuit breaker” will be introduced across Wales. This means that a series of restrictive measures will be in place for from 6pm Friday 23 October until the start of Monday 9 November 2020.
The Welsh Government has issued new guidelines to coincide with this announcement which can be found here.
Under the guidance, sports fixtures “involving professional sportspeople are allowed to continue behind closed doors.” This is because “sportspeople who work and earn a living through sport are allowed to continue working, and like everyone else they can leave home to do so if they cannot work from home”.
However, it has been made clear to us by the Welsh government, that the restrictions of a firebreak lockdown do not allow for racehorse owners to attend the three meetings taking place at Welsh courses within this timeframe. These meetings are:
Tuesday 27 October: Bangor-on-Dee and Chepstow
Sunday 8 November: Ffos Las
"Owing to its categorisation as an elite sport, and due to its rigorous Government-agreed protocols, horseracing is exempt from the lockdown restrictions in Wales and can continue to operate behind closed doors, though owners will not be permitted to attend the three fixtures which fall under the period of the lockdown," said a BHA spokesman.
"While it is good news that racing can continue, the closure of betting shops comes as a further blow to the sport’s already perilous financial situation. Immediate financial support is required and we continue to press this case to government."
Under normal circumstances, the following applies:
The number of owners allowed to attend per horse in Wales is two.
The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has affected the owners experience, particularly in Wales.
In summary, Welsh Government regulations allow gatherings of up to 30 people for the same purpose but it has to be outside. We are therefore having to limit the number of owners who can attend to two people. Owners should arrive 30 minutes before their horse is scheduled to run and leave no more than 30 minutes after the race. This minimises the risk of the racecourse reaching the 30 person limit. We are in regular contact with Welsh Government, along with BHA, and will continue to make the case to allow more owners to attend fixtures in Wales.
Owners who live in a local lockdown area in Wales are not allowed to attend and owners living in a local lockdown area England need to adhere to the advice given by their local authority.
We advise that you bring evidence of your home address. Strict protocols will be in place to ensure the health and wellbeing of all owners.
Face masks are required on arrival only, and all attendees will be required to utilise the NHS Track and Trace QR code at the racecourse entrance. We will, of course, ensure indoor toilet facilities are available.
Wednesday 30 September:
Racing behind closed doors
The changes to our normal policy are driven by the Welsh Government’s requirements that large groups of up to 30 people have to gather outside for an event. There are also other recent changes to Covid19 regulations we must adhere to as well as the standard requirement of social distancing.
We will be ensuring you have the best possible experience in the circumstances but the following guidance is offered to owners to ensure we follow the current legislation.
- Two owners (or their representatives) can attend.
- Our race day staff will direct you to the owners’ parking area on arrival.
- Owners will be based in the ‘amber zone’ which includes most of the area in front and behind the main Grandstand including the viewing terrace.
- In order that we reduce the risk of having more than 30 people gathering outside, owners should arrive 30 minutes before their horse is due to run and plan to leave no more than 30 minutes after their race. However, these timings could be amended on the day if we are over-subscribed or alternatively, limited numbers of owners attend.
- Both owners (or their representatives) can be from different households.
- Unfortunately, any owners who live in an area currently locked down cannot attend the race meeting – please bring your driving licence with you to show evidence of your home address
- We apologise but owners are not allowed inside the buildings but there is cover from the elements in the Grandstand.
- Internal toilet facilities will, of course, be available.
- There is a big screen to view the racing.
- Face masks will be required on arrival but are not compulsory when inside the racecourse because you will be outdoors
- A complimentary afternoon tea box, tea, coffee, soup and water will be available. This will be ‘table service’ located at the rear entrance to the main Grandstand.
- There will be a cash bar.
- Winning owners will have a photo taken with their horse and there will be area where owners can have a de-brief with their jockey and trainer.
- Winning owners will have a memento, a copy of the race on a memory stick and a framed photograph sent to them in the post a few days after the fixture.
- All owners should use the new NHS Covid 19 App when visiting Ffos Las. There will be a QR code on display at the entrance.
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