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New Welsh racecourse sells out- 15 Jun 2009 00:00:00

The opening meeting at Ffos Las in Wales, the first new turf racecourse to open in Britain for more than 80 years, has sold out.

Around 8,500 race-goers have bought tickets for the 18 June meeting at the course near Trimsaran in Carmarthenshire.

Almost £30m has been invested in the development over 600 acres on a former opencast mining site, and organisers are delighted by the initial response.

As well as the general admission areas, all hospitality and the restaurant are full for the 18th June meeting.

Ffos Las has three tracks and will cater for flat racing, hurdles and chase events. Eight fixtures are scheduled for 2009 with 16 next year on dates to be confirmed.

Plans to develop the site were first put forward almost a decade ago and work finally started in 2007.

The course is managed by Northern Racing, which operates nine other courses in the UK, including Hereford, Sedgefield, Newcastle and Chepstow, which is home to the Welsh Grand National.

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