Brian Lee’s Blast From The Past 1991

By Tim Chapman in Equine

The Ely Valley Horse And Pony Race Club held their anniversary horse racing meeting at Llansannor, Cowbridge, on June 1, 1991.

There was £800 in prize money up for grabs while

admission to the course was £2.50 with free admission for old age pensioners and children under 14.

Racegoers were requested to refrain from ’the use of bad language, otherwise they will be liable to

a fine and be removed from the course’.

The King Of The Road Handicap over a mile had a first prize of £120 and this was won by Mr R Norton’s Chessage which carried eight stone and was ridden by Malcom Thomas, whom I understand was a leading rider at these unlicensed meetings.

The Strip Fast 1 mile Handicap for 4th Division Horses went to a horse with good winning form called Interceptor, owned by Mrs D Hughes of Gilfach, and ridden by a jockey called Mousey.

Interceptor carried 9st, 7lbs and went off at odds of 7-2.

There were 11 entries for The Canal Turn One Mile Handicap and first past the post was the 10-1 chance Toy Boy, owned by Gilfach’s Gwyn Griffiths and partnered by Mousey.

Gavin Jones, riding the 3-1 shot Zowrie, took the Llansannor Bring Them Back Pony Race for ponies

under 14.h.h., and The New Turf One Mile handicap resulted in a win for Mr J. Roberts of Ogmore Vale, Skippy ridden by Tony Passmore.

Dingle Dolphin, a winner of its last three races, ridden by Paul John for Mr D. Priday, of Pencoed, took The City One Mile Handicap For Division 1 Horses after being made the 4/6 favourite.

Incidentally, the Mr Griffiths I refer to is apparently the same Mr Griffiths who appears in my

book Racing Rogues: The Scams, Scandals and Gambles of Horse Racing in Wales, and who was banned by the Jockey Club from attending or sending any racehorses to any meetings held under Jockey Club rules for 15 years - a harsh decision indeed.

*If you have any information on owners, trainers and riders who rode in these now long gone flapping meetings please e-mail

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