The season is progressing nicely for Evan Williams down in Llancarfan base in the Vale of Glamorgan and with 44 winners and over £431,000 in prize money already he looks easily on target to better last season's total of 63 winners and over £608,000.
The net was cast far and wide last weekend with Tea In Transvaal's victory in a Listed Mares Hurdle at Newbury sandwiched between successes at Doncaster on Friday for Wild Bill and the progressive On Tour making the trek to Carlisle worthwhile on Sunday.
The battle-hardened Roadie Joe is expected to return to the fray this weekend and with Dark Spirit being readied for a novice chasing campaign and the likes of Court Minstrel and Padge to draw on, the glory days could soon be set to return to the ever enthusiastic Williams.
Evan has experienced life at the top table with the likes of Hennessy and Charlie Hall winner State of Play, Deep Purple and Barizan and he kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about those he hopes can fly the flag for him once more.
5 br g Flemensfirth - Miss Cozzene
Winner of his only race over hurdles at Southwell (1m 7 1/2f) in November by two and a half lengths from Kerisper.
"He's a nice horse who has plenty of growing to do and plenty of filling out to do and he's certainly not this year's horse but he's a smashing horse with a great future. He won a nice little race at Southwell with plenty to spare. He's a horse with plenty of size and scope."
5 ch g Galileo - Luas Line
Winner of four of his 24 races. Highly creditable effort when fourth, beaten five and a quarter lengths, to War Front in the Grade 3 Swinton Hurdle at Haydock (1m 7 1/2f) in May. Currently rated 133 over hurdles.
"He's a nice little horse who comes to life during the Spring of the year and he struggles during the Winter time. He has had a freshen up and I would like to run him in a couple of good handicaps during the Winter as long as the ground isn't heavy. He can handle the soft and we will see if we can pick up a bit of prize money through the Winter."
8 b g Milan - Kigali
Winner of three of his 11 starts. Best effort last season when runner-up, beaten six lengths, to Niceonefrankie in the Grade 3 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham (2m 5f) in December off a mark of 135. Currently rated 135 over fences.
"I probably just stretched him on his last visit to Cheltenham in March after running a really good race there in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup. He had a bit of colic and has had some time off but he's back in full work and he schooled last week. We would be looking for a run for him in a couple of weeks time."
7 ch g Arakan - Play A Tune
Winner of four of his 22 starts. Last success when beating My Brother Sylvest over fences at Ludlow (2m) in May off a mark of 125. Currently rated 129.
"He ran a very good race at Ascot first time up and it didn't happen in what was probably a better race at Ascot next time. He's a very competitive horse when he gets it right and needs a proper gallop over two miles. He would stay two and half but he always pays his way."
8 b g Tikkanen - Greenogue Princess
Winner of six of his 15 starts. Two highly creditable effort this season finishing third, beaten three and three quarter lengths, to Sound Investment in the Grade 2 Old Roan Chase at Aintree (2m 4f) in October and when runner-up, beaten half a length, to Annacoty in the Grade 3 Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham (2m 4 1/2f) in November of a mark of 148. Currently rated 152.
"He's a clumsy old devil and if he learnt to pick his feet up he would be a very good horse. He has a bit of metal work in his back leg which restricts how much propulsion he gets off his back legs and it just stop him at the fences but he's very talented. He needs to be dropped out and just warm to his task but he will get a bit of luck one day in a good race. He is entered for the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup and there's a race at Ascot the week after over three miles and we might keep an eye on that."
8 b g Court Cave - Theatral
Winner of ten of his 26 starts. Improved efforts this season and landed the Grade 3 Totepool Silver Trophy at Chepstow (2m 3 1/2f) in October by two lengths from Rock The Casbah. Runner-up, beaten only two and a half lengths, to Rock On Ruby in the Grade 2 Coral Hurdle at Ascot (2m 3 1/2f) on latest start in November. Currently rated 154 over fences and 157 over hurdles.
"He's had a great season and his run last time behind Rock On Ruby was an excellent effort. I think the step up in trip has helped him and I would say he will run in all those conditions hurdles now. It wouldn't be a surprise to see him turn up in that race over 2m 5f over fences at Ascot in February. If he could show similar improvement over fences and a step up in trip he might develop in a Ryanair Chase horse."
7 b m Whipper - Dark Raider
Winner of seven of her 27 starts. Successful in a handicap hurdle at Cheltenham (3m) in October when beating Mr Shantu two and a half lengths off a mark of 134. Currently rated 142.
"She is a smashing little mare who won at Cheltenham in October and ran a smashing race back there last time. I don't think we had her as fresh as we could have and she will go chasing now. We will probably run her over the Christmas period."
DE BENE ESSE
5 br g Scorpion - Benedicta Rose
"He's a nice young point-to-pointer who would like plenty of cut in the ground. We will start him somewhere this week and the softer the ground the better."
8 b g Winged Love - Kiora Lady
Winner of seven of his 34 starts. Last win at Ludlow (3m) in February when scoring by six lengths from Firm Order off a mark of 131. Recently dropped 4lb to a mark of 133 over hurdles.
"He won a Donkey Derby at Ludlow in February for amateur riders and they handicapped him out of things. It was just that our horse was given a damn good ride by a competent amateur and we still need his mark to come down a bit more."
IT'S A STEAL
8 b g Craigsteel - Mimosa Rose
Winner of two of his 8 starts. Successful in handicap chases at Warwick (2m 4 1/2f) and Ludlow (2m 4 1/2f) in December of last year. Currently rated 130 over fences.
"He's a proper little horse who likes flat tracks and I don't think the trip is too important. He is still a maiden over hurdles and could be one to win over hurdles before he goes handicap chasing."
4 b c Montjeu - Dance Parade
Winner of two of his 3 races over hurdles. Winner over hurdles at Ludlow and Huntingdon last season and highly creditable reappearance at Newbury (2m 1/2f) last Thursday on his handicap debut when beaten only four lengths by Sternrubin off his current mark of 137.
"He did nothing wrong last year winning both his races but I thought the handicapper was a bit harsh on him giving him a mark of 137. That said he ran a great race under topweight in the Gerry Feilden at Newbury and we were delighted with his performance. We will see how he comes out of that race before we make any further plans."
9 b g Dr Massini - King's Linnet
Winner of four of his 25 starts. Returned to winning form in a handicap chase at Ludlow (3m 1 1/2f) in November when accounting for Rockiteer by two and a half lengths off a mark of 115. Currently rated 123 over fences.
"He likes Ludlow and is horse that has won around Cheltenham but he does like Ludlow. I don't think he's as good as he was but on his right day he's a very good horse. He's getting a bit older and just needs everything right for him."
6 b g King's Theatre - Ma Furie
Winner of one of his 6 starts. Off the mark in a maiden hurdle at Warwick (2m 5f) in March when scoring by eight lengths from Cleeve Hill Lad. Finished third, beaten five and a quarter lengths, to Capard King on his chasing bow at Southwell (3m) in November. Currently rated 130 over fences.
"He ran a very respectable first race over fences but had a little bit of a bleed afterwards. It was nothing to worry about and he's in good form and it won't be long before he is winning over fences."
8 b g Rashgar - Alphablend
Winner of one of his 4 starts. Finished third, beaten 18 lengths, to Arzal in a novices handicap chase at Newbury (2 1/2f) on Saturday.
"He won a maiden hurdle at Newbury in December and ran a good first race over fences there on Saturday when finishing third to Arzal. Two miles was probably a bit sharp for him but it was a good place to start and he can improve for that experience."
8 b g Shamardal - La Felicita
Winner of ten of his 61 starts. Gained his last win in a handicap hurdle at Newton Abbot (2m 3 1/2f) in July off a mark of 113. Currently rated 115 over fences and 117 over hurdles.
"He's a nice horse on his day and has two ways of running. He's a very sweet little horse and has won plenty of races for us. He's in good form and I could see him running a good race wherever he goes next."
4 b g Multiplex - Macnance
Winner of a bumper at Ludlow in November.
"He is a big strong horse that we like and he will make a chaser in the future. He won his bumper at Ludlow in quite taking style and if he gets his bit of luck he could be a nice horse for the future."
7 b g Croco Rouge - Galant Tour
Winner of seven of his 12 starts. Successful in both of his novice chases this season, beating Sirabad three quarters of a length at Carlisle on Sunday on his latest start. Currently rated 137 over fences.
"He's a nice horse on his day and he jumped well when scraping home in a novice chase at Exeter and again showed plenty of battling qualities when following up at Carlisle on Sunday. We will tip away quietly in low grade novice chases and see where we end up."
8 b g Oscar - Derravarra Sunset
Winner of five of his 10 starts. Scored by two lengths from Lewis in a handicap hurdle at Ffos Las (2m 6f) in April when last seen in action. Currently rated 142 over hurdles.
"He's a smashing horse and he has had a lot of problems but his attitude is second to none. We will go novice chasing and his schooling has been good at times and a little bit wild at times. He is the type of horse who if he gets into a winning situation he will give his all."
6 b g Flemensfirth - Mona Vic
Winner of two of his 6 starts. Made a successful reappearance in a novices' handicap chase at Ascot (2m 3f) in October when beating Voix D'Eau three quarters of a length off a mark of 133. Currently rated 143 over fences.
"You get a horse every now and then you take too and I like him a lot. He's a funny old character and he need a real hard gallop to be seen at his best. He will go to Cheltenham now for a two mile five novices chase in a couple of weeks time. We will see how we get on but he certainly has some ability."
6 b g Golan - Granny Clampett
Winner of four starts for stable, a bumper and three hurdles. Took the Grade 2 Persian War Novices Hurdle at Chepstown (2m 3 1/2f) by a short head from Cardinal Palace. Currently rated 141 over hurdles.
"He is another with plenty of ability and he is as tough as teak. He is as hard a horse as you will find. He goes to Sandown for a Grade 2 on Friday and the old place could suit him well."
TEA IN TRANSVAAL
4 b f Teofilo - Pumalanga
Winner of six of her 22 starts. Winner of five of her six races over hurdles this season and continued her winning spree when beating Colla Pier six lengths in a Listed Mares event at Newbury (2m 1/2f) on Saturday. Currently rated 134 over hurdles.
"She has been a sweet little mare and she is a very genuine tough filly. She won a listed mares novices race at Newbury on Saturday where she was top on the ratings and won at they would suggest. We will look for similar races for her."
5 b g King's Theatre - Merrill Gaye
Winner of one of his 4 starts. Off the mark with a two and a quarter length victory from Alibi De Sivola in a maiden hurdle at Chepstow (2m) in November.
"He was sharp and quick at his hurdles in the closing stages of a race at Chepstow and outbattled the second horse. He will go to Chepstow or somewhere similar with a penalty and we will see how we get on."
TORNADO IN MILAN
9 b g Milan - Julika
Winner of four of his 23 starts. Finished third, beaten 19 lengths, to Jayo Time in a handicap chase at Ludlow (2m) last week off his current rating of 125.
"He has run well in his two starts this season at Aintree and Ludlow. The weight beat him at Ludlow and he is running well even though he's badly handicapped. If we get a bit of leniency from the handicapper he is starting to look like he's a horse who is waiting to win."
5 b g Indian Creek - Treasure Island
Winner of one his four starts. Successful in a bumper at Ffos Las in February and third, beaten 11 lengths, to Master Jake on his hurdling debut at Lingfield (2m) last week.
"He jumped a bit novicey and was a little bit at sea on the deep ground. He jumped well towards the end and I was pleased with his effort. He stayed on quite nicely and if he can build on that there are races to be won with him."
6 b g Westerner - Sarahail
Winner of one of his five starts. Scored by two and a half lengths from Ueueteotl in a novices' handicap chase at Doncaster on Friday off his current mark of 116.
"He ran at Doncaster on Friday and won well. He was an unlucky faller at Ffos Las on his previous start when travelling quite sweetly on very soft ground and the better ground suited him at Doncaster. He is lightly raced and hopefully he can continue to progress over fences."
9 b g Midnight Legend - Miss Millbrook
Winner of four of his 17 starts. Landed the Peter Marsh Chase in 2014 but only success of last season in a handicap hurdle at Fontwell (2m 5 1/2f) in February off a mark of 120. Currently rated 132 over fences and hurdles.
"He is a good tough horse on his day and he had a hell of a fall in the fixed brush hurdle race at Haydock but, thankfully, he is fine. We will try and go somewhere where he can get his confidence back and we will go to one of the smaller tracks."
COURT MINSTREL - has been a revelation over hurdles this season and can prove equally adept when his attentions are turned back to chasing.
DARK SPIRIT - goes over fences shortly and an exciting recruit to mares novices' chases.
PADGE - looks the sort that could make a name for himself over fences this season and could well end up at Cheltenham in March.
ROADIE JOE - has proved top of the pops in four races for the stable and his brand of toughness can stand him in good stead.
TEA IN TRANSVAAL - much improved filly who still has more to offer.
WILD BILL - looks a work in progress and plenty of more victories can come his way this term.