Bio: For a man within a Wikipedia entry and with a website that he hasn’t bothered to renew, Evan Williams has a lot going for him! The Wales based national hunt horse trainer has had a year successful year, and all of this from humble beginnings. Of his first win at Classic trial day at Sandown Park, he mused “They were probably thinking, ‘What’s that silly Welsh farmer doing running one here?’. The horse, Corran Ard, ridden by Mick Kinane, went on to win at 25-1.
Born on Aberogwrn Farm in The Vale of Glamorgan, his career in racing had unlikely beginnings. in 2001, the foot and mouth outbreak effectively put his farm out of business. One year later he was champion point to point trainer (something he’d dipped a toe in previously on account that his parents and grandfathers had a talent for it). He described the time as sink or swim, and can can be no doubting his fighting spirit. Some say it translates to his horses too, as it’s been noted that he’s been able to get results from horses other stables had given up on.
In 2003/4 he earned his trainers license and within 6 months he had a Garde 1 winner (Sunray). Since that time over 650 winners have been trained at Aberogwrn Farm and horses have placed in 5 consecutive Grand Nationals from 2009 to 2013. The future looks bright for Evans!
Website: http://www.evanwilliamsracing.co.uk/ (currently offline)