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Pre-season news from South Wales and Monmouthshire

South Wales Area News 

From Alison Morris – new area PRO

The South Wales season kicks off, for the first time, in the same year in which it ended. The first Curre and Llangibby fixture being held on Sunday 25thNovember 2018. Hopefully the meeting will benefit from this bold move and attract a good field.  Welsh racegoers will however need to wait until February 2019 for their next fixture which will be at the same venue.

Making a welcome return to the Welsh fixture list this year is the course at Redlands Farm, Bonvilston. Last used in 2012 the course will hopefully be still popular with public and trainers alike and will be host to the Glamorgan Hunt and Ystrad Taf fechan Point to Point Club Meetings.

Someone who will be looking forward to returning to the track is current Welsh Champion Bradley Gibbs. The 24-year-old was just out of pony racing when the venue closed its doors and Bradley will have his eyes set firmly set on a bigger prize this season, that of the National Championship; and will be looking to increase on his tally of 27 wins. A worthy replacement to last season’s National Novice champion Connor Brace waits in the wings in the form of Jack Tudor and this super talented youngster will have the horses of his father Jonathan primed and ready for the early season. Expect Isobel Williams to continue to reign supreme in the Ladies contests.

Of the horses the return of Asockastar will be eagerly anticipated after his run in the Champion Hunter Chase at Stratford. It will be interesting to see if Spencer Moon can continue his excellent run in Opens or if the tables will be turned by the enigmatic Frelia. In the youngsters ranks Clive and Carol Banwell’s Yeats Ace must be the one to watch.