Ffos Las Racecourse is located near Llanelli in South West Wales and hosted its first racing fixture in 2009. It is home to the Welsh Champion Hurdle and the West Wales National. As may be expected by its location in Wales, it has a reputation for heavy ground. As once famously described by AP McCoy: “there’s heavy, and then there’s Ffos Las heavy”.
Ffos Las Betting Tips
Wide, galloping and left-handed, Ffos Las races around a simple oval shaped track with two bends and two straights of approximately 4 furlongs each. There are two slightly sloping sections, but it’s largely flat and is considered to be a fair track.
Also a left-handed oval, the flat course at Ffos Las has extensions on opposite sides. This allows for both straight 5 furlong and 6 furlong races and for 12 furlong races without having to start on the bend. Similarly to the jump course, it is a flat track and is generally regarded as fair.
Ffos Las Draw Bias
Given the fair, wide nature of the flat course at Ffos Las, it is no surprise that there is little evidence of a draw bias over any distance. When the ground is soft, horses often race up the middle rather than stick to the rails, minimising the impact of the draw. It is, however, often accepted that hold up horses can have a hard time making up ground here. That is true on both fast and soft ground.
Ffos Las Betting Trends
Sam Twiston-Davies is the leading jockey at Ffos Las, with 30 winners from his 144 rides for a +£27 level stakes profit in the last five seasons. He backed that up last season (2015-2016) with five winners from 21 rides. Sam Twiston-Davies is always considered when picking our Ffos Las tips.
On the flat, Andrew Balding has an excellent strike rate. He’s saddled 15 winners from 49 runners for a 31% strike rate and a +£42 profit to £1 level stakes in the last five seasons.
David Evans trains fairly locally in Monmouthshire – around 85 miles away. However, unlike some trainers who send a high volume of runners to a nearby track, he has an excellent record here. He has 23 winners from 135 runners in the last five seasons, giving “only” a 17% strike rate. But, he has a +£92 profit to level stakes which suggests his runners are often undervalued in the Ffos Las betting.
Ffos Las Feature Races
- West Wales National Handicap Chase (3m 4f)
- Welsh Champion Hurdle (Limited Handicap) (2m)