and Stable Form
Venetia Williams may only have received her license in 1995 but
she has already made a big impact as a jump trainer, especially with her
winners-to-runners strike rate, which currently runs at around 30 per
Considering that Miss Williams, who was once knocked unconscious
after taking a heavy fall from 500/1 outsider Marcolo in the 1988 Grand
National, can name Martin Pipe as one of her many mentors, it is not
surprising that she has taken so well to life as a jumps trainer.
So far Miss Williams, who also spent six years as assistant to the
now retired jumps trainer John Edwards and worked with leading Flat
trainer Barry Hills, has earned respect for her handling of horses such
as Teeton Mill and Lady Rebecca.
In 1998 Teeton Mill won the prestigious Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup
at Newbury and the King George VI Chase, which is second only to the
Cheltenham Gold Cup in its importance.
Meanwhile, Lady Rebecca, who cost just 500 guineas (roughly £500),
is a Cheltenham specialist and has twice won the valuable Cleeve Hurdle
(1999 & 2000) at the Gloucestershire course.
Other good horses that Miss Williams has trained include The
Outback Way, winner of the Murphy“s Gold Cup Chase at Cheltenham last
November, and Nordance Prince, successful in the Victor Chandler Chase
at Ascot this season.
Miss Williams rarely has runners on the Flat, however, she
recorded a remarkable feat when her first runner, Stretarez, won the
valuable Ormonde Stakes at Chester in May 1998. The horse was owned by
the tipping service, The Winning Line, who are major supporters at the
trainer“s yard, having also owned Teeton Mill.
Miss Willaims achieved her first success at the Cheltenham
Festival, jump racing“s showpiece event, when sending out Samakaan to
win the 2000 Grand Annual Challenge Chase.
Trains at Aramstone, Kings Caple, Herefordshire
Date of birth: 10/5/60
Rode ten National Hunt winners as an amateur between 1986-88; assistant
to John Edwards (1986-93), Martin Pipe (1993-4), six months with Colin
Hayes (Australia), J Fulton (USA) and Barry Hills
Date of first licence: 1995
Storm North (Worcester, 8 November 1995)
Wins in last four seasons:
7, 33, 45,
Horses in training (1999-2000):
Best horses trained:
Teeton Mill, Nordance Prince, Lady Rebecca, The Outback Way, General
Owners trained for include:
The Winning Line
Cheltenham Festival wins:
(1) Grand Annual Challenge Chase (2000 Samakaan)
Big race wins:
King George VI Chase (1998 Teeton Mill)
Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup Chase (1998 Teeton Mill)
Murphy“s Gold Cup Chase (1999 The Outback Way)
Victor Chandler Chase (2000 Nordance Prince)
Mitsubishi Shogun Ascot Chase (1999 Teeton Mill)
Cleeve Hurdle (1999 & 2000 Lady Rebecca)
Peter Marsh Chase (1999 General Wolfe)
Castleford Chase (1999 Nordance Prince)
First National Bank Chase (1999 Nordance Prince)
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Small selection of horses to
follow from the yard.
Aonfocaleile - Not
top class but capable of winning.
Artic Camper -
May run later in season.
*Avalon Buck -
- Unsure of ability.
Boro Sovereign - One
of her poorer ones.
- Decent Handicaper.
Davoski - Note
over 2m & 2m 4f.
One to follow this season.
- Must be followed.
Guido - should
Guilt Of A Sinner -
Should be worth following.
Harvis - Can
win a Chase or two.
**His Nibs -
Inis Cara -
Nice Staying Horse.
Jocks Cross -
Target Welsh national, Tough Horse.
- Will win races.
- Has potential.
Meggies Beau -
One to follow.
- Has to be followed.
Old Marsh -
Pele Nele -
Posh Pearl -
**Royale de Vassy
- Never runs a bad race.
Rudi Knight -
Going Chasing soon.
Sam Marino -
Good do well.
Sound Track -
- Promising Future.
- One to follow.
King On The Run
Royale de Vassy
Star Of Dungannon
The Outback Way