FOUR of the six races held at Hereford races on Wednesday went to trainers based in Wales with wins for Christian Williams, Dai Rees, Evan Williams and Brian Eckley.

Williams, based at Oggmoor-by-the-sea, took the opening Conditional Jockeys’ Novice’ Handicap Hurdle with the 9-1 chance Uno Mas, ridden by in-form young jockey Rex Dingle.

Although the winner may have been a shade fortunate as Dingle admitted afterwards due to the last hurdle fall of Cottonvale, who seemed to have the race in the bag as they led at the time.

Vale of Glamorgan trainer Evan Williams took the Mansionbet Novices’ Chase with Go Long, who, under stable jockey Adam Wedge won by one-and-three-quarter lengths for the owners Wiliam and Angela Rucker.

Originally bought after winning an Irish point to point hopes had been high that the G Long would prove to be a potentially high class chaser but after a number of minor problems the nine year old was winning his first chase after many months on the sideline.

Former point to pointer Gardiners Hill took the three mile one furlong Handicap Hurdle by two-and-a-quarter lengths from Western Wave after coming from a seemingly impossible position at the second last hurdle.

Trained in Pembrokeshire by Dai Rees, jockey Sean Bowen was relieved to score a winner after a spell in the doldrums.

He said: “It’s been over 30 rides and nearly three weeks since my last winner."

Of the winner Bowen said: “ He’s one of those horses who always hits a flat spot in his races, but if you sit quietly and let him find his stride again he’ll gallop all the way to the line.”

Brian Eckley who also breeds and trains on his Closedi Farm near Brecon has long been known for spotting an improving horse and in the closing Mares’ Novices Hurdle he saddled the 11-4 favourite Liberty Bella, who had won last time out at Ludlow.

Ridden by Robbie Dunne the progressive mare won easily by six lengths from LoveHerAndLeaveHer and Eckley, who also picked up a Breeders prize of £10,000 for the win is now aiming Liberty Bella at a possible higher grade race.