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Hero set for Ffos Las?

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 29, 2013

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FORMER Grand National winner Ballabriggs is set to run at Ffos Las on Saturday as the track stages its biggest day of the year.

Ballabriggs, who won the Aintree spectacular in 2011, is poised to warm up for another crack at the race with an outing on William Hill Welsh Champion Hurdle day.

General manager and clerk of the course Tim Long is delighted at the entries for the feature £50,000 hurdle race, as well as the William Hill West Wales National, in which Ballabriggs is due to run.

As well as Ballabriggs, the Welsh-trained Cappa Bleu — stabled in the Vale of Glamorgan with Evan Williams and who finished fourth at Aintree nine months ago — could also run in the three-and-a-half mile event.

Also entered is former Cheltenham Festival winner Junior, who was ante-post favourite at one stage for last year's Grand National, as well as former Hennessy Gold Cup winner Carruthers.

Possibly topping the bill in the William Hill Welsh Champion Hurdle, being run over two and a half miles for the first time, is Oscara Dara, an easy winner of the valuable Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton Park earlier this month.

One of his biggest threats could come from Sametegal, trained by Paul Nicholls and who was a Grade Two winner at Wetherby earlier in the season.

Ffos Las chairman Dai Walters, who won the 2011 race with Oscar Whisky, is represented by Tanerko Energy, trained by David Pipe.

Long said: "We were hopeful of very competitive entries for both our feature races on Saturday and the excellent prize money has certainly attracted some quality racehorses."

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