Fflos Las Racecourse  Fflos Las racecourse is located in West Wales, United Kingdom. The British racetrack is owned by Fflos Las Ltd, and is operated by Arena Racing. It was opened on the 18th of June, 2009. Its current location used to be a site for coal mining which ceased later when the coal was depleted. It is one of the few racecourses in England that hosts both
National Hunt and flat races. The racing tracks are left-handed and flat in nature covering a distance of approximately one and a half mile.

Its first race meeting that took place on the 18th of June 2009 attracted a total of 10,000 people. A series of eight race meetings had been scheduled for that year. The first flat race meeting took place on the 21st of June 2009. It was held as a dedication to a young boy who had died under a tragic circumstance. This race was won by a horse named Dream Queen, having been ridden by Michael Hills.

Each year, Fflos Las hosts a series of race meetings, with the most notable being the Welsh Champion Hurdle. The race is a National Hunt and is only limited to the handicaps. It is run over a distance of 2 miles, and is open only to horses aged four years and above. The race is scheduled to take place on October of every year. It was inaugurated in 1969, and was run first in Chepstow racecourse. This year, its calendar is packed with a series of events. Tote pool Ladies Night will be the peak, taking place in May. It is one of the most anticipated events offering prizes
for the best dressed. The racecourse offers a variety of hospitality services making the racegoers as comfortable as possible. Apart from being a racing venue, Fflos Las racecourse can also be used as a venue for weddings,
exhibitions and conferences.

Gene Doping Under Fire from BHA  Although gene doping is not a common phenomenon yet, the British Horseracing Authority is determined to keep ahead of the game and make sure it cannot become a threat. It is based on gene manipulation science and is potentially a way to cheat the system. Until now horses are bred purely on lineage, the quality of the parents, who are explicitly selected to produce a new horse with the traits of both, in an attempt to create the best, which is the acceptable approach. Manipulating genes is something the BHA is determined to block and ensure never comes into the sport as freetips.com reports.

Being overly cautious the authority is acting now before the threat becomes real. The BHA Director of Equine Health and Welfare David Sykes explained the dangers at a press conference last week.This is a new technology that is unravelling all the time. None of us here think that there has probably been a previous incidence of it, but that doesnt mean that we shouldnt be looking forward into the next five or 10 years and at least being able to identify if it is going to occur. For example, you could send in material which would alter the EPO [erythropoietin] receptor site, to allow an animal to produce increased levels of EPO naturally [and increase the bloods oxygen-carrying capacity]. That could be expanded to anything else. For example, you could target muscle mass and increasing it, or at some point talk about circulatory systems, increasing blood supply or even cardiac muscle size by genetically altering the DNA sequence.

It is potentially scary to think that something we talked about as a crumb of an idea just a decade ago is now a real and probable threat so you can see why they are keen to make sure it cannot become an actual event. Although the BHA is eager to reassure people that they do not consider it a concern at this time, the technologies are developing so fast that they, along with other countries are taking action now.

This means that they have added one million pounds to the international campaign pot, to help ensure that there is no gene doping allowed into the sport as it would destroy everything that has been worked for. The commitment is unwavering and something welcomed by most people in the industry with BHA Chief Regulatory Officer Brant Dunshea also adding to the official line from the company and indeed the industry on a global scale.Late last year we were in discussion with our laboratories, who said that we need to be part of an international collaboration on gene doping to ensure that we are not globally duplicating work. Across six or seven countries, we are all working together to do various pieces of the jigsaw puzzle on gene doping. Theres no specific evidence that were aware of in relation to there being genetic manipulation thats happening, but we havent done the research yet to be able to develop the techniques to be able to monitor it, so thats what this research is all about.

Kentucky Derby 2019: The Latest Picks For This Year’s Run For The Roses

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In about two weeks time, the 145th edition of the Run for the Roses which is the Kentucky Derby will kick-off the grandest season. This will take place in the Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky on May 04, 2019. The Kentucky Derby is known to be attended by three-year-old thoroughbred racers which will be competing in the Grade 1 Stakes category. According to some experts, this year’s edition of the Kentucky Derby will be graced by the most competitive horse racers across the country.


While we are only a few days away from the Fastest Two Minutes In Sports race, the latest standings have been out this week for the names of the favorites to win the Kentucky Derby crown. By the way, the Kentucky Derby is the first major leg of the Triple Crown Series followed by Preakness Stakes and ended by Belmont Stakes. The winner of the Kentucky Derby will serve as the favorite bet to win the Triple Crown this year and might probably get the most number of odds in Preakness and Belmont.


That said, let us take a look to the latest Kentucky Derby contenders who will surely show off incredible running speed and performance in the dirt track of Downs. Take a look at to this list as there is a huge shift of last week’s prediction and might influence you to change your bet. Here are they to get you started.

1. Omaha Beach (War Front)

Surprisingly, Omaha Beach edges other strong racers like Game Winner as he takes the lead to the best entry who will run for the Kentucky Derby. In his recent performance, Omaha Beach had won the Rebel Stakes earning around $750,000 in the Grade 2 Stakes. He edged Game Winner which only placed second which was the early bet for the Kentucky Derby. With the given performance in Rebel, Omaha Beach had overtaken other top names in the latest prediction and might surely be a winner in the Run For The Roses.

2. Roadster (Quality Road)

Coming off the second spot of recent picks for the Kentucky Derby is  Roadster. He is Bob Baffert’s entry who had triumphantly won in Grade 1 Stakes when he ran in Santa Anita Derby. Rode by a Hall of Famer jockey Mike Smith, Roadster earned a 3-1 bet choice which leads him to run for Kentucky. He is seen to be another horse racer which will ultimately challenge each entry no matter how strong and prepared they are.

3. Game Winner (Candy Ride)

Another Bob Baffert’s entry who has been on the first place every time there are latest predictions has fallen off to the third spot this week.  This is because of his placement in the Rebel Stakes and his tying position with Roadster in Santa Anita. Although he placed third, a lot of bettors are still considering him to be one of the Kentucky Derby’s superstar in the next two weeks.

4. Improbable (Zip City)

An entry who came quite but surprised every horse racing fans is Improbable. His trainers and jockeys underwent a very emphatic decision when Bob Baffert believed that it’s time for Improbable to run this year. Having that said, the decision to let him run in the Arkansas Derby in which he placed second. His stunning performance in the Arkansas Derby has earned him enough points to take part in the Kentucky Derby showdown.

5. Tacitus (Tapit)

Placing first in the Wood Memorial Grade 2 Stakes racing showdown, Tacitus has made it to the top list of latest winner predictions for the Kentucky Derby. With his winnings in Wood Memorial, he cemented a great legacy and a bragging right to be one of the toughest contenders to beat in Churchill Downs. He also won in the Tampa Derby which had made him earned incredible racing points. Surely, Tacitus is another horse race entry to beat.

6. War Of Will (War Front)

A horse racer who placed 9th in the Louisiana Derby is also on our prediction list of winners this week. He is the son of Sire War Front who recently won also in Risen Star Stakes and Lecomte Stakes. He also finished competitively in the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Turf earning him an excellent racing score to be able to make an entry in the Kentucky Derby.


7. Maximum Security (New Year’s Day)


Earning the first place in the Florida Stakes, Maximum Security remains undefeated in the said racing show which gains 100 racing points to finally punch an entry to this year’s Kentucky Derby. This is his 4th consecutive win and according to some horse racing experts, he will be a threat once he joins the Run for the Roses. Although his won in Florida Stakes entails the smallest margin, his ability to run and show off an incredible racing performance in the Kentucky Derby is something that a lot of bettors are looking forward.


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