MELISSA JONES SAYS: Koliakhova could be one to watch

7:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

WELSH trainer John Flint is raring to unleash his new juvenile hurdler, who he believes has a similar level of potential as a horse purchased out of his stable which went on to win five graded races.

Saint Are switches stables

4:33pm Friday 15th August 2014

SAINT Are, the horse who gave trainer Tim Vaughan one the finest hours of his training career, has switched stables.

MELISSA JONES: Dragon Andy Powell is loving life as racehorse owner

South Wales Argus:

7:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

ANDY Powell may get his kicks from rugby, but off the pitch his racehorse is proving more than a match for his favourite sport.

Melissa Jones says: Al Kazeem dream not over

6:06am Saturday 26th July 2014


MELISSA JONES SAYS: Union Rose is starting to bloom

South Wales Argus: SECOND: Union Rose (second right) finishes runner-up at Chepstow

6:31am Saturday 5th July 2014

NEWPORT car dealership owner Adrian Evans has just about finished celebrating - after his bargain buy racehorse finished second at Royal Ascot at a massive 100-1.

MELISSA JONES: Meet the South Wales Argus' racehorse

South Wales Argus: SECOND: Top Cop in his race on Monday

7:00am Saturday 28th June 2014

SOUTH Wales Argus racing club horse Top Cop has every chance of making a winning start for members, his trainer believes.

MELISSA JONES: The Gwent trainers gunning for Royal Ascot glory

South Wales Argus: WINNER: Majestic Hero winning at Chepstow on his latest start

7:00am Saturday 14th June 2014

TWO Gwent sprinting maestros go in search of a first Royal Ascot win with their best ever chances next week.

MELISSA JONES: Flint fancies a trip to France

8:00am Saturday 24th May 2014

LAC SACRE’S scheduled foray to Ffos Las this afternoon is just the next stop on a journey to France later in the year, marking a first for Welsh handler John Flint.

MELISSA JONES: Looking back on Wales' tremendous season

South Wales Argus: PROUD: Gwent trainer Robert Stephens and Modus

10:26am Saturday 3rd May 2014

TEAFORTHREE meeting the Queen capped a vintage season for Wales on the racing front.

Argus tipster Melissa still in the hunt for national title

5:29pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

SOUTH Wales Argus racing writer Melissa Jones is still in the running to be crowned Britain’s top tipster as the jumps season ends on Thursday.

MELISSA JONES WRITES: Welsh impress north of the border

7:18am Saturday 19th April 2014

THE Peter Bowen trained Al Co ran the race of his life to capture last Saturday's Scottish National at Ayr.

MELISSA JONES: Court Minstrel looks to call the tune

7:51am Saturday 12th April 2014

WELSH wonder Court Minstrel makes the long journey north to make his bid for successive Scottish Champion Hurdles this afternoon, buoyed by a commanding victory at Aintree.

MELISSA JONES: Your Grand National guide

South Wales Argus: ALL SET: Boston Bob (nearside) and Paul Townend win the Betfred Melling Chase during Ladies Day of the Crabbie’s Grand National 2014 Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, yesterday ahead of today’s main event

5:07am Saturday 5th April 2014

ARGUS racing pundit Melissa Jones gives you a pinstickers' guide to the 2014 Crabbie's Grand National.

MELISSA JONES: Former Grand National hope Beshabar to enjoy active retirement

7:00am Saturday 29th March 2014

AS the Grand National looms a Welsh horse who never made it to the world's famous race is about to embark on a new life.

MELISSA JONES: Bob's Worth backing in Gold Cup

South Wales Argus: Ballynagour ridden by Tom Scudamore (left) before winning the Byrne Group Plate chase during St Patrick's Day at Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 13, 2014. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo c

5:39am Friday 14th March 2014

BOBS Worth is a confident choice to keep his unbeaten Cheltenham record intact and keep the sun shining on punters at what has been a glorious Festival.

MELISSA JONES SAYS: Watch out for At Fishers Cross

South Wales Argus: ON WAY TO VICTORY: Eventual winner O'Faolains Boy (centre left) ridden by Barry Geraghty competes with Smad Place ridden by Robert Thornton during the RSA Chase during Champion Day at Cheltenham yesterday

7:15am Thursday 13th March 2014

WALES’ AT Fishers Cross is taken to spoil the party for Ireland as their rampant raid is launched on today’s Ladbrokes World Hurdle.

MELISSA JONES SAYS: Watch out for At Fishers Cross

South Wales Argus: ON WAY TO VICTORY: Eventual winner O'Faolains Boy (centre left) ridden by Barry Geraghty competes with Smad Place ridden by Robert Thornton during the RSA Chase during Champion Day at Cheltenham yesterday

6:12am Thursday 13th March 2014

WALES’ AT Fishers Cross is taken to spoil the party for Ireland as their rampant raid is launched on today’s Ladbrokes World Hurdle.

MELISSA JONES WRITES: Let's hope for some Modus magic

South Wales Argus: GREAT PERFORMANCE: Jezki, ridden by Barry Geraghty, on their way to winning the Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy from My Tent Or Yours ridden by Tony McCoy (right) during Champion Day at Cheltenham Racecourse yesterday

7:39am Wednesday 12th March 2014

TAKE a deep breath and wish for a little luck in readiness for Modus magic at Cheltenham this afternoon.

MELISSA JONES: Tent at the ready for Festival day one

7:30am Tuesday 11th March 2014

MY TENT or Yours can silence the doubters by storming up the Cheltenham hill in today’s beast of a Champion Hurdle.

MELISSA JONES: The Welsh trainers dreaming of Festival glory

9:06am Saturday 8th March 2014

IT'S the weekend before Cheltenham when all through the house, the tipsters are studying with clicks of the mouse.

MELISSA JONES: Gwent racehorse Modus on track for Cheltenham

9:11am Saturday 22nd February 2014

DREAMS of Cheltenham Festival glory are very much alive for the connections of Modus, reported to be thriving ahead of his date with destiny.

MELISSA JONES: Kayf Moss one to follow, says trainer

7:00am Saturday 8th February 2014

AN APOLOGY was readied by a jockey after a Welsh racehorse's muddy stroll lured the handicapper from his lair.

MELISSA JONES: At Fishers Cross back on track

7:00am Saturday 1st February 2014

REBECCA Curtis can sleep a little easier as the time ticks away to the Cheltenham Festival thanks to At Fishers Cross' storming run at the track last weekend.

MELISSA JONES: Hurdler on his comeback trail

9:16pm Friday 31st January 2014

IN line to the World Hurdle throne was At Fishers Cross a year ago on this day; but now the king has lost his armour in a battle for his reputation.

MELISSA JONES: Mountainous bid for tricky Grand National double is still in the balance

6:01am Saturday 11th January 2014

TRAINER Richard Lee is yet to convince the owners of Welsh Grand National victor Mountainous to let him bid for glory at Aintree.

Trainer with the magic touch

11:25am Monday 30th December 2013

A POSSE of Welsh owners clung on for a famous victory at Chepstow for a trainer who is quickly becoming the master of its biggest race, writes Melissa Jones.

MELISSA JONES: Marking your card at Chepstow

7:00am Saturday 28th December 2013

ARGUS racing writer Melissa Jones takes a look at today's Welsh National card at Chepstow.

Goonyella ready for battle in Coral Welsh Grand National

6:01am Saturday 28th December 2013

THE IRISH trained Goonyella has already taken part in one marathon to get to Chepstow, but has reportedly settled in well ahead of today’s Coral Welsh Grand National, writes Melissa Jones.

MELISSA JONES: Cheering on Cue Card for a merry Christmas

7:00am Saturday 21st December 2013

THERE’S only one racing related Christmas present I want this year and that’s the Gwent bred Cue Card to land the King George at Kempton.

MELISSA JONES: Pulses racing at yard ahead of Welsh National

7:00am Saturday 14th December 2013

OPINION is divided amongst the stable grooms at a yard with two Coral Welsh National entrants over which horse goes to the Christmas cracker with the better chance.

MELISSA JONES: Reigning Always Waining retired

8:00am Saturday 7th December 2013

REMARKABLE history maker Always Waining, a horse which ran "as flat as a pancake anywhere else" according to his trainer, will not be returning for another crack at his favourite course as he has been retired.

MELISSA JONES: Father can figure in Hennessy

South Wales Argus: IN FORM: David Pipe at the races

7:00am Saturday 30th November 2013

OUR Father’s demolition job of 14 rivals at Chepstow set pulses racing and he can finally deliver what he promised in today’s Hennessy Gold Cup.

MELISSA JONES: On Cue for a big performance

South Wales Argus: FLYING LEAP: Cue Card is spring-heeled on his way to victory in the Ryanair Chase

7:00am Saturday 23rd November 2013

CUE Card is taken to land what is a mouth-watering mini Gold Cup at Haydock this afternoon. Branded a likely non-stayer in some quarters, I’m keen to disagree, as the flat track and his guaranteed fitness are likely to play to his strengths in the Betfair Chase at 3.00.

MELISSA JONES: Chepstow trainer's tribute to stable star Prodigality

7:00am Saturday 23rd November 2013

THE CHEPSTOW yard of Ron Harris was hit by a bitter blow this week as it lost one of its stable stars in what the trainer described as a freak accident.

MELISSA JONES: Welsh Whisky still favourite with owner

7:00am Saturday 16th November 2013

“YOU can’t expect all the glory first time out,” was the view from Welsh owner Dai Walters after his short-priced favourite Oscar Whisky was turned over on chasing debut yesterday.

‘The Greatest’ McCoy ready for all comers

10:26am Saturday 9th November 2013

TONY McCoy is racing’s Muhammad Ali.

At Fishers Cross out to continue remarkable progress at Wetherby

South Wales Argus: AWAY AND GONE: At Fishers Cross and AP McCoy jump the last clear of the field at Aintree

7:00am Saturday 2nd November 2013

WALES’ brightest prospect At Fishers Cross will be fighting fit this afternoon, his trainer says, as he gears up for a select and high class campaign.

MELISSA JONES SAYS: Local trainers look to strike on Chepstow home turf

7:00am Saturday 26th October 2013

AN ARMY of Welsh trained horses are set fair to do battle on familiar territory this afternoon at what was a rain battered Chepstow earlier in the week.

Three Welsh victories light up Chepstow

4:29pm Sunday 13th October 2013

NATIONAL Hunt racing is full of endearing stories and Saturday’s meeting at Chepstow was no different, on a day when it paid to be Welsh.

MELISSA JONES SAYS: Jumping action hots up at Chepstow

South Wales Argus: CHAMPIONS: Leading owner JP McManus and jockey Tony McCoy look to strike at Chepstow this afternoon (Pic: Julien Behal)

7:00am Saturday 12th October 2013

IT’S a mouthwatering start to the jumps season proper at Chepstow and we’ve even got the weather to boot. A little chill in the air signifies the National Hunt action is hotting up on the racecourse; today’s fixture is traditionally the season pipe-opener for the UK’s leading stables.

MELISSA JONES SAYS: Intello to shine in Arc

South Wales Argus: Orfevre is favourite for tomorrow's Arc (PA Wire)

7:00am Saturday 5th October 2013

THERE will be nowhere to hide as the Flat season draws to a close with a cracker of a contest tomorrow, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Chepstow bred Al Kazeem is 16-1 to wrest the prize from France and while that does seem a bit of an insult on his best form, he might find his rivals a bit too hot to handle.

Chepstow bred Al Kazeem in world class Arc field

South Wales Argus: Declaration of War ridden by Joseph O'Brien (centre) beats Al Kazeem ridden by James Doyle (left) and Trading Leather ridden by Kevin Manning to win the Juddmonte International Stakes

7:00am Saturday 5th October 2013

PRIDE of Wales Al Kazeem aims to deliver a telling blow to his world class rivals across the sea this weekend, before bowing out for a career at the Queen’s stud.

Judge to be in charge at Newmarket

7:30am Saturday 28th September 2013

A BACK to form Just The Judge has every chance of troubling the principals in today’s Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket (3.10).

MELISSA JONES SAYS: Give racing staff a break

2:05pm Friday 30th August 2013

WE have become a greedy nation. Stable staff, who work around the clock anyway, are facing the prospect of going racing on Good Friday from next year.

Superstar racehorse Al Kazeem a Welsh gem

South Wales Argus: Al Kazeem under jockey James Doyle (right) beats Camelot in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh

6:02pm Monday 19th August 2013

AHEAD Al Kazeem's run in tomorrow's Juddmonte International, Melissa Jones paid a visit to the place where his incredible journey began

MELISSA JONES SAYS: Gwent man's Goodwood dream

6:00am Saturday 3rd August 2013

CHEPSTOW handler Ron Harris launches a four pronged attack on today's big prize money pot at Goodwood.

Bradley hopes to prove that the old ‘uns are the best

South Wales Argus: Bradley hopes to prove that the old ‘uns are the best

10:10am Saturday 27th July 2013

THERE’S something rather familiar about Chepstow old timer Regal Parade.

Melissa Jones says: Celty keeps on winning

South Wales Argus: TOP TEAM: Celtic Boy and owner Laura Grey

8:00am Saturday 13th July 2013

IT SEEMS this fellow can’t stop winning for Wales.

Melissa Jones says: Come along and catch the racing bug

7:00am Saturday 29th June 2013

MEMORIES of my childhood came flooding back this week with the announcement that racing is to make itself more enticing to young people.

Melissa Jones says: Kingsgate Native the one to watch

7:20am Saturday 25th May 2013

I’M OFF on my travels to Haydock this afternoon in hope rather than expectation that an Argus horse to follow can do the business.

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