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Oscar Whisky - Ffos Las 05.02.11

Oscar Whisky winning the Welsh Champion Hurlde at Ffos Las in 2011


Ffos Las increases Welsh Champion distance

NEXT month's Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las will be run at an increased distance of 2m4f, for more money and as a handicap.

The race - set to be run on Saturday, February 2 - was revived by the Welsh track in 2010, but that meeting was abandoned.

Oscar Whisky, owned by Ffos Las founder and chairman Dai Walters, won the race over 2m in 2011, while last year's race also fell foul of the weather.

The William Hill-backed contest also becomes a limited handicap with a prize pot of £50,000, up 16 per cent from 2011.

"We are proactively taking this initiative to ensure that the Welsh Champion Hurdle is as competitive as possible in the years to come," Ffos Las clerk of the course Tim Long said on Wednesday.

"Making it a limited handicap and increasing the prize-money will make the race more attractive to owners and trainers.

"There is no getting away from the fact that Sandown's Listed hurdle scheduled for the same day is very similar to our race, so the increase to two and a half miles makes ours a different type of contest.

"I would be very hopeful that we will get a very competitive entry for the 2013 renewal."

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