Evan Williams

    With an interesting mix of stable stalwarts and progressive youngsters, Evan Williams is looking forward to a very busy festive period.
  • Tuesday 12 December 2017
  • Stable Tours

EVAN WILLIAMS had a productive time last week when his 18 runners notched up three wins and five places and his current total of 33 winners for the season is well on schedule to take him well beyond the 51 total of the 2016-17 season.

The Vale of Glamorgan trainer landed a healthy prize when Court Minstrel landed a second Silver Trophy at Chepstow in October and Aintree winner On Tour was unlucky not to bag another decent prize at Newbury’s recently inaugurated Ladbroke meeting. Kingpin of the stable could well prove to be rapid improver John Constable who followed up a Swinton Hurdle victory with success in the Summer Hurdle at Market Rasen and quietly waits in the wings for decent ground. However there is plenty of young talent making there way through the ranks and Chooseyourweapon looks a horse from which plenty more will be heard when successful at Chepstow on Saturday.

Williams said: “We’ve had a good little start and won a few nice prizes. Some of young horses have won their maidens and we are tipping away quite nicely.”

Evan kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about those he hopes can help swell his tally in the coming months.

All Horses

Apollo Creed (IRE)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Vinnie Roe - Just Cassandra (Eurobus)
  • Trained by: Evan Williams
  • Last Race: Ffos Las, 24 Nov 2017 13:10
  • Result: Won/5, not always fluent, tracked leaders, hampered bend and dropped to last over 2 out, headway to chase leader 2 out, ridden and every chance next, led flat, ridden out
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Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 4 starts and currently rated 120 over hurdles. Off the mark in a novices’ hurdle at Ffos Las (3m) in November.

Trainer Says:

He won his maiden at Ffos Las nicely and he stays very well and goes in soft ground. We won’t rush him back and he wants a good galloping track and three miles plus.

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Bach De Clermont (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 9 starts and currently rated 120 over fences. Finished runner-up, beaten half a length, to Movie Legend in a handicap chase at Fakenham (2m 1/2f) in November off a mark of 119.

Trainer Says:

He was unlucky not to win last time and he wants a flattish track. The winner of that race Movie Legend franked the form at Wetherby on Saturday and our fellow won’t be long in winning.

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Billy Bronco

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 7 starts and currently rated 123 over fences. Finished fourth, beaten 13 lengths, to Millanisi Boy in a novices’ handicap chase at Chepstow (2m 7 1/2f) on Saturday.

Trainer Says:

He ran well first time over fences when third to Solighoster and he just got a bit tired. He ran at Chepstow on Saturday and didn’t help his chances with mistakes but I think he will make a nice staying chaser somewhere down the line.

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Buywise (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of six of his 27 starts and currently rated 141 over fences. Finished sixth, beaten 24 lengths, to Wild West Wind at Chepstow (2m 7 1/2f) on Saturday off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He is a grand old boy and he ran at Chepstow on Saturday where he ran a reasonable race without threatening. He is not as good as he was but we will consider the Welsh National.

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Cesar Collonges (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 4 starts and currently rated 115. Off the mark with a neck defeat of Canny Style at Carlisle (2m 1f) in November.

Trainer Says:

He wasn’t done any favours by the handicapper for winning his novices’ hurdle at Carlisle and struggled a bit off his mark at Exeter last Friday. He will be stepped up in trip and he handles soft ground.

Chooseyourweapon (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of both of his starts over two miles and three and a half furlongs over hurdles at Chepstow. Scored by a head from Gowiththeflow in November and followed up with a three length defeat of Golden Sunrise on Saturday.

Trainer Says:

He won nicely on his hurdling bow at Chepstow and looked to stay well that day and he followed up in even more impressive fashion over that course and distance on Saturday. He is obviously going the right way and we will look for something similar for him.

Video Form
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Clyne

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Hernando - Lauderdale (Nebos)
  • Trained by: Evan Williams
  • Last Race: Haydock, 25 Nov 2017 13:50
  • Result: 3/9, tracked leader, blundered and went left 6th, soon pushed along, lost place 4 out, ridden and well held after next, plugged on to take poor 3rd flat
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Form Profile:

Winner of five of his 12 starts and currently rated 149. Made a pleasing reappearance in the Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las (2m) in October off a mark of 147 but only third, beaten 20 lengths, to Limited Reserve when a well-backed favourite at Haydock (2m 3f) in November off a mark of 149.

Trainer Says:

He has had a good run of running well in some good handicap hurdles. He has been running consistently well at the highest handicap grade but he can’t win off his mark and he will go novice chasing. He is not a natural over fences but he wasn’t a natural over hurdles either and it didn’t stop him being successful.

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Court Minstrel (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of 11 of his 41 starts and rated 149 over hurdles and 154 over fences. Landed the Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle at Chepstow (2m 3 1/2f) in October for a second time when beating Sam Spinner half a length off a mark of 142.

Trainer Says:

He is a good old boy and is still only a few pounds below his highest mark hurdles and since he’s not getting any younger things are going to get very difficult for him from now on.

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De Dollar Man (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Vinnie Roe - Dollar Bay (Beau Sher)
  • Trained by: Evan Williams
  • Last Race: Exeter, 8 Dec 2017 14:05
  • Result: Won/5, tracked leaders, hampered 1st, challenged before 4 out, led at 4 out, jumped right and not fluent 3 out, clear when drifted right last, hung left flat, ridden out
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Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 6 races and currently rated 134 over fences. Impressive when staying on well to score by five lengths from Earthmoves in a handicap chase at Exeter (2m 3f) on Friday off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He ran in a nice novice chase first time up at Exeter and went back there last Friday and ran out a comfortable winner. We will have to see what the handicapper does with him but he is lightly raced and hopefully he will continue to progress.

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Evening Hush (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of her 14 starts and rated 133 over hurdles. Unplaced in a listed handicap hurdle on her reappearance at Sandown (2m) on Saturday off her current mark.

Trainer Says:

I thought she was a very high class filly last year but she obviously didn’t train on after Christmas and the second half of the season was really disappointing. The juvenile hurdlers of last year were very overrated and I think she proved that at Sandown on Saturday. I think she is very badly treated.

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John Constable (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of five of his 25 starts and currently rated 156 over hurdles. Progressive over hurdles this season and scored by 14 lengths from Optimus Prime in the Listed Swinton Handicap Hurdle at Haydock (1m 7 1/2f) in May off a mark of 134 before following up with a two and half length victory from Red Tornado in the Listed Summer Handicap Hurdle at Market Rasen (2m 1/2f) in July off a mark of 150.

Trainer Says:

He has had a great season as he has improved out of all recognition. He will run in the International at Cheltenham now and I would have gone up to Newcastle for the Fighting Fifth but the ground was too soft for him. He doesn’t want it too deep and for some reason the horse has just improved.

King's Odyssey (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 13 starts and currently rated 140 over fences. Finished third, beaten two lengths, to Nuts Well off a mark of 142 at Carlisle (2m) in November.

Trainer Says:

He didn’t run that well last season but he ran well first time up at Carlisle and we are hoping he can have a better season. He is fresh and he is well and fingers crossed we can have a more solid season with him.

Video Form
17 Nov 2015:
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Marble Moon (IRE)

Form Profile:

No wins from 3 starts in bumpers and having first run for the stable when fourth at Ffos Las in November.

Trainer Says:

He is a nice little horse who ran a promising race at Ffos Las on his first run for us. I don’t think he will win a bumper so we will go novice hurdling with him and see how we get on.

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Monbeg Oscar (IRE)

Form Profile:

No wins from 5 starts and currently rated 120 over hurdles. Promising reappearance when runner-up, beaten nine lengths, to Maria’s Benefit in a handicap hurdle at Sandown (2m) in November but unplaced on his return to that course over 2m 7 1/2f on Saturday.

Trainer Says:

We stepped him up in trip at Sandown on Saturday but he patently didn’t stay. He ran well over two miles first time out and we might have to drop him back a little in trip now.

Video Form
12 Nov 2016:

Nansaroy

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 13 starts and currently rated 121 over fences.

Trainer Says:

He has basically been a disappointing horse who I think he is badly handicapped and hasn't really got his act together. He doesn’t seem to jump as well as he can and he might click some time. He unseated his rider last time when beaten and is a disappointing horse.

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Old Salt (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 6 starts and currently rated 120 over fences. Sole success when beating Crievehill a length and three quarters in a maiden hurdle at Ludlow (2m) in November 2016.

Trainer Says:

He is a another disappointing horse who ran badly last time. He won a maiden hurdle at Ludlow and I would like to see a little more before I started getting excited about him. He looks badly handicapped on 117 over hurdles at the moment.

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On Tour (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of eight of his 21 starts and currently rated 140 over fences. Made a pleasing reappearance in a handicap chase at Aintree (2m 4f) in November when beating Master Dee three lengths and travelling well when unseating rider at 14th in a similar event at Newbury (2m 6 1/2f) this month off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He was probably unlucky on his latest start at Newbury as he was travelling well when unseating his rider at the last ditch. He had previously won a valuable handicap chase at Aintree the time before and is best caught fresh, usually before Christmas. Whether we can get him out again in the same form is open to debate but he was running very well off his mark last time. He is entered in the Caspian Caviar at Cheltenham and is better on a flat track but he might have to go there.

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Pobbles Bay (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 10 starts and currently rated 144 over fences. Finished unplaced to stablemate On Tour on his reappearance at Aintree (2m 4f) in November off a mark of 145.

Trainer Says:

He will go to the Welsh National that will be his target. He should improve for his reappearance at Aintree and he handles plenty of cut in the ground.

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Positively Dylan

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Multiplex - Wou Oodd (Barathea)
  • Trained by: Evan Williams
  • Last Race: Warwick, 10 Nov 2017 13:50
  • Result: 3/5, held up in rear, outpaced 6th, went 4th behind clear leaders next, ridden and stayed on to take remote 3rd flat, no chance with front pair
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Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 11 starts and currently rated 131 over fences. Finished third, beaten 30 lengths, to Ozzie The Oscar in a novice chase at Warwick (2m) in November.

Trainer Says:

He is overrated. He won a couple of bad races and got a stupid hike up the ratings over hurdles. He has run moderately over fences and I would run him in a handicap soon but he is badly handicapped.

Video Form
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Present Times (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 11 starts and currently rated 116 over hurdles. Made a winning reappearance in a handicap hurdle at Exeter (2m 7f) in November when scoring by a length and a quarter from Forgetthesmalltalk off a mark of 110 and creditable effort at Chepstow (2m 7 1/2f) on Saturday when runner-up, beaten nine lengths, to Lovenormoney off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He is not very big but he is consistent and if you could bottle his heart you could make a fortune in this game. He has the most wonderful attitude and is a tough horse.

Video Form
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Prime Venture (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 10 starts and currently rated 142 over hurdles. Returned to winning form in a handicap hurdle at Ffos Las (3m) in November when beating Fingerontheswitch nine lengths off a mark of 130.

Trainer Says:

He won well last time and the handicapper has overreacted. He is now 142 and he hasn’t got a chance of winning off that mark so he will go novice chasing.

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Report To Base (IRE)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Westerner - Marina Du Berlais (Mister Sicy)
  • Trained by: Evan Williams
  • Last Race: Exeter, 8 Dec 2017 14:40
  • Result: 2/4, led, mistake 2nd, not fluent 3rd, headed in back straight, 3rd and ridden 4 out, pressing for 5 length 2nd when left 2nd 3 out, closed last, held flat
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Form Profile:

Winner of one of his six starts and currently rated 130 over fences. Finished runner-up, beaten three and a quarter lengths to West Approach at Exeter (2m 3f) last Friday.

Trainer Says:

I thought he was a nice horse last year and probably has just gone off the boil with us in recent runs. He ran better at Exeter on Friday and I am hoping he has found a bit of form now.

Video Form
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Silver Streak (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 7 starts over hurdles and currently rated 130. Made a winning reappearance in a handicap hurdle at Chepstow (2m) in October when beating Dolos four and a half lengths off a mark of 122.

Trainer Says:

He is a nice horse and he is entered in the Ladbroke a few day before Christmas. He wants decent ground and if he doesn’t get decent ground at Ascot then we will look at Newbury and the Tote Gold Trophy and if he doesn’t get that there we will wait for the Spring. He is a horse worth waiting for in those decent handicaps off a decent mark.

Video Form
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Skewiff

Form Profile:

Winner of two of her 5 starts and currently rated 117 over hurdles. Finished third, beaten two and a quarter lengths to Drinks Interval in a novices hurdle at Ludlow (2m 5f) in October on her latest start.

Trainer Says:

She has done nothing wrong but I have been studying to get it right with her. She will come to herself after Christmans and more towards Spring.

Video Form
14 Oct 2017:
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St John's

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 5 starts, Unplaced in novice and maiden hurdle at Ludlow (2m) in October and November for stable.

Trainer Says:

He has had a couple of runs for us now and is a horse that will quietly find his own level over hurdles after Christmas.

Still Believing (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of seven of her 45 starts and currently rated 129 over fences and 132 over hurdles. Last win in a handicap hurdle at Ludlow (2m 5f) in October when scoring by a length and three quarters from Miss Mobot off a mark of 127.

Trainer Says:

She is a genuine old girl but badly handicapped at the moment. She needs the handicapper to relent before she will be having a chance of winning again.

Video Form
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Swift Crusador

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Kayf Tara - Goldenswift (Meneval)
  • Trained by: Evan Williams
  • Last Race: Aintree, 9 Dec 2017 12:25
  • Result: 3/7, reluctant to race and lost many lengths, in touch 3rd, not fluent 8th or 9th, went 2nd 11th until 3 out, mistake 2 out, no extra last
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Form Profile:

Winner of one his 3 starts and rated 126 over fences. Finished runner-up, beaten a neck, to Itshard To No in a novices’ handicap chase at Chepstow (2m) in November and finished third, beaten 17 lengths, to Play The Ace at Aintree (2m 4f) on Saturday off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He jumped well on his seasonal debut at Chepstow and was unlucky not to win. We thought the step up in trip might suit him at Aintree on Saturday but he didn’t jump as well as he had done at Chepstow so we will go back to the drawing board.

Video Form
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The Gipper (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 17 starts and currently rated 131. Finished fifth, beaten 31 lengths, to Coeur Blimey in a handicap hurdle at Wincanton (1m 7 1/2f) last week.

Trainer Says:

He is a tough little horse who wants soft ground but I would say he is far too badly handicapped at the moment.

Video Form
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The Last Day (IRE)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Oscar - The Last Bank (Phardante)
  • Trained by: Evan Williams
  • Last Race: Aintree, 9 Dec 2017 11:55
  • Result: 3/3, tracked winner until after 3 out, shaken up when not much room 2 out, soon switched right, ridden and beaten before last, weakened flat
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 5 starts. Off the mark over hurdles on his reappearance at Chepstow (2m) in November when beating Mahlermade five lengths and stiff task when third, beaten 14 lengths, to Mont Des Avaloirs at Aintree (2m 1f) on Saturday.

Trainer Says:

He was impressive in a poor maiden hurdle at Chepstow last month and he stepped up in class at Aintree but was found out in that company.  

Video Form
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Wylde Magic (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 9 starts and currently rated 118 over hurdles. Better effort this term when third, beaten five and a quarter lengths, to Culture De Sivola off his current mark at Chepstow (2m 7 1/2f) in October.

Trainer Says:

He is a tough horse and runs well without winning. I would like to see him get his head in front somewhere down the line.

Video Form
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