A total of 24 horses have been entered for The Dribuild Ltd Welsh Champion Hurdle, which takes place on Saturday 6 February at Ffos Las Racecourse. This is the first year that leading construction contractors Dribuild, with offices in Bristol and Cardiff, have sponsored the raceday.
The Class 2 Handicap, run over 2m4f and offering a total of £50,000 in prize money, was won in 2015 by Paul Nicholls’ Silsol, ahead of the Welsh trained Kayf Moss, who are both entered for the 2016 renewal.
Other entries include 2013 winner Medinas, as well as former Cheltenham Festival winner At Fishers Cross, trained in Wales by Rebecca Curtis and Oliver Sherwood’s Deputy Dan.
In addition to The Dribuild Ltd Welsh Champion Hurdle, Saturday will also see Ffos Las host the £30,000 West Wales National, also sponsored by Dribuild, with both races being covered live by Channel 4 Racing.
Dave Clayton, from Ffos Las Racecourse, said, “We are delighted with the high quality entries for the latest running of the Welsh Champion Hurdle, the highlight of the jumps season at Ffos Las. We are also very pleased to welcome Dribuild as new sponsors of the raceday.
The race itself has been won by some very good horses in the last few years including Oscar Whisky and Saphir Du Rheu who both went on to win other significant races since and it’s great to see former winners in Medinas and Silsol entered again along with horses like At Fishers Cross.”
Managing Director of Dribuild, Matt Tyler said, ‘Dribuild are very excited to continue our association with Ffos Las Racecourse and introduce our support for the Welsh Champion Hurdle for the first time. Ffos Las has really established itself as one of the top sporting venues in West Wales, and we are really looking forward to be involved in the raceday.”