After the first phase of construction was completed, the first ever racing meeting was organised at the venue in 2009. As such, Ffos Las racecourse became the first National Hunt racecourse for over of 80 years. Again, the horse racing venue became the third racecourse to be constructed in Wales. The structure was put up at an estimated cost of £20 million.
The site sits on land measuring 600 acres. Located in a natural amphitheatre, the ovular course stretches over 12 furlongs in terms of length and consists of a chiefly flat topography. It has established itself as a popular racecourse.
The first construction phase that was completed in 2009. it features both Flat and National Hunt racing, as well as a state-of-the-art development for the racing staff. Even though unfinished, these amenities gave the third largest racecourse in Wales a great wave of popularity across the country. Soon after, the racing site would grow in popularity to match that of other venues that had been in existence for centuries. It continues to attract thousands of racegoers, patrons, and sponsors just like any other racecourse in The United Kingdom.
As events started at Ffos in 2009, the British Horseracing Board sanctioned eight racing meeting that took place at the newly established racing grounds. In a similar vein, an extra fixture that entailed two-day event at the new racecourse was confirmed for September the same year. The racecourse is ranked among the very few facilities that attracted a sizable crowd for their maiden horse riding occasions with a sell-out crowd of over 10,000 people.
The racing amenity was opened with unrivalled pomp and ceremony that remains the most colourful inaugural celebrations for any similar facility on the British soil. Led by the celebrated racing commentator Sir Peter O’Sullevan who thundered one worthy phrase after another much to the cheerfully deafening applause from the electrified masses, a well-attended concert with Cerys Matthews closed the auspicious occasion that saw the third racing site officially launched. It was a memorable day that was given wide media attention on television screens and in the print journalism.
Expansion plans for the grounds are still in place. The racecourse’s owners look forward to introducing a Celtic Festival that is to be held around the St. David’s Day. Quite soon, the top administration expects to enlarge the current crowd capacity to 20,000. Other future developments include building a racecourse training centre, developing up-to-the-minute leisure facilities, as well as putting up live small holdings within the venue.*
Contact details: Ffos Las Racecourse, Trimsaran, Carmarthenshire, SA17 4DE
Tel: 01554 811092
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