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Newmarket trainer Stuart Williams happy with positive start to the year

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Trainer Stuart Williams is ‘delighted’ with the start to the year his yard has made.

At the time of writing, the master of Diomed Stables on Newmarket’s Hamilton Road had saddled 14 winners from his 56 runners, operating at an impressive strike rate of 23 per cent.

Add in 10 runners-up and a further seven third-placed finishes, and it is clear to see why Williams is so content at how 2021 has unfolded so far.

Newmarket-based trainer Stuart Williams. Picture: Mark Westley
Newmarket-based trainer Stuart Williams. Picture: Mark Westley

It is a much needed boost on the uncertainty of last year, when racing was halted for a period as the country battled to gain control of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Williams had 34 winners across 2020, down by 40 on his previous career-best of 74 in 2019.

Asked if he was pleased with the recent form, Williams said: “Very much so.

“It was a very difficult year last year. It was stop start and we were never able to get any proper rhythm.

“We’ve got fewer horses this year and that’s partly because there is less prize money.

“A lot of people have battened down the hatches and we are not able to buy as many horses on the back of the economical situation in the country. Most people are in the same boat so I am delighted we have made such a flying start to the year.”

This weekend promises to be a busy one for Williams and his team, with a number of runners set for outings at Chelmsford, Wolverhampton and Southwell.

Of his best chances, the trainer said: “Tone The Barone (Wolverhampton 5.15pm, Saturday) has been a bit of a superstar for us in the last 18 months and he is in good shape. We’re hopeful he’ll run another big race.

“Baby Sham (Chelmsford 6.15pm, Friday) also won well a couple of weeks ago. She’s in good form, although this is more of a competitive race.”

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