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Vale trainer flies flag for Wales at Cheltenham Festival

THE Cheltenham Festival may be dominated by the Irish, but one Vale trainer has flown the flag for Wales this week.

Four thoroughbreds trained by Ogmore-based Evan Williams – John Constable, Report to Base, Prime Venture, and King’s Odyssey – have featured on the Prestbury Park racecard.

A sunset vista of Evan Williams’ Ogmore stables. Photo: Evan Williams Racing

King’s Odyssey came third out of a 22-horse field in yesterday afternoon’s Stable Plate Handicap, bagging more than £11,000 in prize money.

Other races proved more disappointing.

Report to Base fell during the Novices’ Handicap Chase on Wednesday, while Tuesday’s Champion Hurdle Trophy saw John Constable struggle with a course that was heavy underfoot.

Mr Williams does not, however, believe Cheltenham is make-or-break for a trainer’s season.

“It’s the pinnacle of the sport, but I have to say there’s far too much hype,” he said.

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