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Pembrokeshire jockey named Ffos Las ambassador



PEMBROKESHIRE jockey Sean Bowen is to become an official ambassador for Ffos Las Racecourse.

Sean, 21, is from Little Newcastle, and has risen up the riding ranks in the last five years and is now one of the top 10 jump jockeys in the country. He comes from a family who have made a big impression on jump racing for many years. His father, Peter, is a leading racehorse trainer, and his younger brother James was last season’s champion conditional jockey and also won the 2017 Coral Welsh Grand National on Raz De Maree. All three were honoured at last year’s Welsh Horse Racing Awards. Sean’s mother, Karen, was a very accomplished point to point rider and his eldest brother Micky successfully trains point to point horses.

Sean started his race riding career in pony racing and at the age of 16 progressed through the point to point circuit before turning conditional for ten times champion trainer Paul Nicholls in the summer of 2014. He went onto be the youngest ever champion conditional jockey when he won the title on the final day of his first season as a professional in 2015. He is currently in seventh place in the Stobart Jump Jockeys Championship for the 2018/19 season and has ridden over 350 winners since taking out his professional licence. Two of Sean’s biggest wins have come in the Bet 365 Gold Cup at Sandown Park, on Just A Par in 2015 trained by Paul Nicholls (on the day he was crowned champion conditional) and then winning it again in 2017 on Henllan Harri, trained by his father. Success also came last year when winning the Summer Plate at Market Rasen in July aboard More Bucks, again trained by his father and part-owned by brother Micky. Most recently, Sean won the Albert Bartlett Prestige Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) at Haydock on Lisnagar Oscar for Rebecca Curtis, on the same day he won the William Hill Grand National Trial Handicap Chase (Grade 3) on Robinsfirth for trainer Colin Tizzard.

As part of his new role, Sean will be writing a weekly blog for the racecourse website and on Ffos Las race days, he will be talking through his rides in the restaurant and hospitality boxes.

There will also be an opportunity for customers to walk the course with him to find out what goes through a jockey’s mind during a race.

Phil Bell, Executive Director of Ffos Las Racecourse, said: “Sean is very much a local boy made good and we are delighted he’s agreed to be our ambassador. He’s already a very successful jockey and has a huge future ahead of him.
“I’m sure our customers will enjoy being able to follow his career more closely and hear from him regularly whether in person or via his weekly blog.”

Sean said: “Ffos Las is a great racecourse and I really enjoy riding there. I am delighted to be part of the team in 2019.
“I hope that my involvement with the racecourse will encourage more people to come and experience what an enjoyable day’s racing can be experienced at Ffos Las.”
All details of Sean’s role will appear on the news pages of as well as Facebook and Twitter.
The Herald is an Official Raceday Sponsor of the Food and Drink Festival at Ffos Las Racecourse on April 7.


Lawrenny earn big win over Whitland



LAWRENNY got their 2021 season off to the perfect start on Saturday (May 1) as they beat Whitland by 189 runs.

Whitland won the toss and elected to field but they could only watch as the home side piled on the runs before being bowled out for 264.

Kyle Marsh top scored with a score of 81 while Kurtis Mars also scored 45.

Tom Cole added 32 and James Phillips chipped in with a score of 29 as they batted well.

Wayne Howells and Jonathan Thomas finished with identical figures of 2-27 as Whitland’s bowling did at least keep the score below 300.

Whitland knew they would need to bat well to knock off the runs needed but came up against Ryan Morton who took four wickets for the loss of 17 runs.

Kurtis Marsh also claimed two wickets without conceding any runs as the visitors chances got smaller and smaller.

Geraint Jones did score 30 for Whitland but that was as good as it got as they were bowled out for just 75.

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Town earn comfortable win against Narberth



HAVERFORDWEST got their season off to a good start on Saturday (May 1) as they beat Narberth by by 104 runs.

Narberth won the toss but elected to field first which would ultimately be a decision that would come back to haunt them.

The Town almost reached 200 runs, finishing their innings on 187-8.

Dai Davies top scored for the home side with a knock of 70 which included six fours and one six. He shared a third wicket stand of 49 with Mickey Jones.

Jones hit five fours in his knock of 46 before being caught off the bowling of Louis Hough.

Ben Hughes then had Ben Field caught by Hough to leave Town on 86-4.

Davies was joined in the middle by Jake Merry and the pair shared another good stand, worth 74 runs for the fifth wicket.

However, Merry fell for 32 and soon after Davies was out on 70 as Narberth hit back.

Ben Quartermaine picked up two late wickets as they were able to restrict their hosts to under 200.

Narberth’s opening pair shared 36 runs as they made a good start to their innings but wickets began to fall in quick succession and the 2019 Division 2 Champions were soon 36-4.

Jordan Howell scored 18 but he was his side’s top scorer as Will Phillips took four wickets for the loss of 15 runs for Town.

Ben Quartermaine scored 17 but he fell to Clive Tucker who went on to finish with figures of 3-15.

There was also two wickets for Dai Davies as Town bowled Narberth out for just 83.

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Carew prove too strong for Tish



CAREW’s Iori Hicks picked up a five-wicket haul on Saturday (May 1) to help his side to victory over St Ishmaels.

Tish won the toss but elected to field first and that gave the visitors the chance to build a good total.

They made a steady start, reaching 40-1 after the first 11 overs. They made a series of 32-run partnerships as opening bat Brian Hall made his way to a half century.

Lewis Hicks made a score of 24 before he was bowled by Andrew Pawlett but when Shaun Whitfield was caught by Peter Bradshaw off the bowling of Jonathan Pawlett, the visitors had slipped to 92-4.

Hall and James Hinchcliffe then shared a stand worth 45 runs for the fifth wicket as they looked to accelerate the score.

Hinchcliffe was caught off the bowling of Andrew Pawlett on a score of 19. Hall was joined by Luke Hicks and the pair shared another good stand.

Hall reached his half century but was then caught by Andrew Pawlett off the bowling of Brennan Devonald on a score of 52, leaving Carew on 176-6.

Hicks then took over as he thumped three sixes in a score of 35 but he was then run out.

Iori Hicks and Ceri Brace both finished unbeaten with a six to their name as Tish were set 202 to win the game.

However, their reply did not get off to the best of starts as they lost three wickets in quick succession, all to the bowling of Rhys Davies, leaving them on 15-3.

They faced an uphill task from then on but Harry Nicholas and Brennan Devonald did their best to get their side back in the contest.

They shared 46 for the fourth wicket but then saw Devonald caught off the bowling of Whitfield on a score of 41.

Tish were not out of the game though as Nicholas was joined by Jonathan Pawlett and the pair shared 63 runs for the fifth wicket.

Nicholas reached his half century but was then out on a score of 51 and Pawlett was out to Iori Hicks on a score of 37.

Hicks then took over matters as he picked up four further wickets, including two ducks, to finish with figures of 5-15.

It meant that Tish were bowled out for 154.

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