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Earliest meeting: Tuesday 1st March 1892
Final meeting: Tuesday 30th April 1895
The Welsh market town of Llandovery is in Carmarthenshire and lies on the River Tywi. The town enjoys beautiful countryside where hunting was once a popular sport, while in the surrounding area the Llwynybrain Hunt committee organised race meetings, the first being held on Tuesday 1st March 1892. The all grass course, with fences constructed by the same fence maker employed by Ludlow Race course, was situated one mile east of the town, opposite Velindre House. Although the course lacked a grandstand, this did not deter a huge crowd from witnessing Mr F Lort-Phillips’s Varteg Hill win the opening Llanfairbryn Chase. Only 2 contested the Llandovery Steeplechase and odds of two to one on were easily justified by St Valentine at the expense of Romany Lass. Tragedy struck at the meeting on Wednesday 2nd May 1894 when the veterinary surgeon, Mr L P Rees from Brecon, was contesting a steeplechase when he was thrown from his horse at a ditch, lacerating his spine which proved fatal. Meetings were well supported but only continued for a further year; the final card took place on Tuesday 30th April 1895. The Llwynybrain Steeplechase Plate was won by General Watson’s Evans, beating The Mitcher and Mars, while the Foxhunters’ Steeplechase went to Lazy Bones who beat Mars and Discord.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 3 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons

Llwynybrain Hunt Group, General Watson, Mr H P Wardell (Clerk of the Course)

Principal Races

Llandovery Steeplechase, Llwynybrain Steeplechase, Foxhunters’ Chase

Tuesday 1st March 1892
Llwynybrain Steeplechase over 2 ½ miles
1. Fairy Queen, 6 year old owned by Mr Saunder-Davies
2. Varteg Hill, 6 year old owned by Mr F L Phillips
3. The Parson, aged horse owned by Mr Herbert Jeffery

The final meeting took place on Tuesday 30th April 1895.
Course today An all grass course just one mile east of Llandovery.
If you have photos, postcards, racecards. badges, newspaper cuttings or book references about the old course, or can provide a photo of how the ground on which the old racecourse stood looks today, then email johnwslusar@gmail.com

Much of the information about this course has been found using internet research and is in the public domain. However, useful research sources have been:-

London Illustrated News

Racing Illustrated 1895-1899

The Sporting & Dramatic Illustrated

Northern Turf History Volumes 1-4 by J.Fairfax-Blakeborough

The Sporting Magazine

A Long Time Gone by Chris Pitt first published in 1996 ISBN 0 900599 89 8

Racing Calendars which were first published in 1727

ISBN 978-0-9957632-0-3

652 pages

774 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-1-0

352 pages

400 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-2-7

180 pages

140 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-3-4

264 pages

235 former courses

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