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Gamble pays off as Newmarket trainer Stuart Williams reflects on best ever season

Newmarket-based trainer Stuart Williams took a gamble that could have backfired, but results during the last couple of seasons have vindicated his decision.

Twelve months ago Williams was celebrating a 2018 campaign that was his best ever in terms of winners and prize money.

And he has gone on to surpass those totals again this time around, racking up a career-high 70 winners and prize money that exceeds £900,000.

Newmarket trainer Stuart Williams....Picture Mark Westley. (22290552)
Newmarket trainer Stuart Williams....Picture Mark Westley. (22290552)

The Diomed Stables trainer has now saddled 128 winners during the last two years – four more victories than he recorded between the start of 2015 and the end of 2017.

Asked the reason behind the increased numbers, Williams replied: “We have spent more at the sales and that is totally relative.

“It has given us a better quality of horse and it was a conscious decision we made because the prize money at the bottom is too low.

“It was a gamble because there is no guaranteed success and we have lost some owners because of it, but we have also retained owners that have been really supportive.

“It has been a really good year. Keystroke gave us a first ever Group winner at Newmarket, which was brilliant, and Breathtaking Look recently won a first ever Group race for one of our owners and that is what it is all about.”

While the impressive figures of the last two years are chalked up alongside Williams’ name, he is also keen to stress that much of the credit should go to his hard-working team.

“What needs to be remembered is that a lot of the time I am here and there, going to and from race meetings,” he added.

“That means I have to delegate and thankfully I have a great team in the yard to rely on.

“I am the figurehead, but there is a huge amount of work that goes on behind the scenes on a daily basis that deserves a lot of praise.

“Everyone is so pleased with how the year has gone and while we do not set targets, we would like to improve again next year.”