Ian Williams Stable Tour

    The Melbourne Cup-bound Magic Circle is one of the stable's new stars and trainer Ian Williams has a hatful of other progressive runners who should add to the stables coffers over the second half of the season.
  • Tuesday 17 July 2018
  • Stable Tours

IAN WILLIAMS has shown himself as being adept at improving horses that have previously looked tried and tested and his achievements with Magic Circle this season have been nothing short of remarkable.

The six-year-old was having his first start for Williams when dotting up by six lengths from Fun Mac in the Chester Cup at Chester in May and advanced significantly on that performance when following up with a identical six length success from Red Verdon in the Group 3 Henry II Stakes at Sandown later in May. The Melbourne Cup beckons for the current stable star with a possible run in the Lonsdale Stakes at York in August but Williams is certainly not a one-trick pony and has been steadily notching up the winners with 25 in the bag so far and £416,363 in prize money.

The Alvechurch trainer is well on the way to beating the 51 winners and £617,338 tally on the Flat last year and with the likes of the progressive Aces, Gossip Column, Pretty Jewel and Shuhood and a multitude of consistent performers like Shady McCoy, Banditry , Boy In The Bar and Restorer that is a target that should easily be reachable.

Ascot and Goodwood will soon be on the horizon for Aces, Shady McCoy and Boy In The Bar and Ian kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about those in his current team he hopes can make further inroads this season.

Older Horses

Aces (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of five of his 16 starts and currently rated 97. Winner of his last two starts – scoring by a length and three quarters from Russian Realm at Epsom (6f) in June off a mark of 87 and followed up with a head defeat of Sir Titan at Newmarket (7f) later that month off a mark of 95.

Trainer Says:

Aces has done very well for us this season. His first start was a little bit of a fact finding mission but he then went on and won very nicely at Epsom next time and stepped up on that performance when winning off an 8lb higher mark at Newmarket when beating Sir Titan a head. He went up 2lb for that success and it still gives him the opportunity to remain competitive. He probably prefers easier ground than he has run on so far and his next intended engagement is the Gigaset International Stakes at Ascot on July 28 but we wouldn’t run him on ground that was too fast.

Banditry (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of seven of his 30 starts and currently rated 98. Best effort this term when runner-up, beaten a length and three quarters, to Thundering Blue at York (1m 2 1/2f) in May off a mark of 95.

Trainer Says:

He is a consistent performer who has done well both on the Flat and over hurdles. His second to Thundering Blue at York looks pretty good with that fellow subsequently finishing second in the valuable John Smith's Cup at York, and he enjoyed a short break after a counter performance at Epsom. He should be back in the winner’s enclosure before too long once the ground eases a little.

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Boy In The Bar

Form Profile:

Winner of seven of his 39 starts and currently rated 84. Finished fifth, beaten four and a half lengths, to Brian The Snail on his most recent start at Doncaster (6f) in June off a mark of 86.

Trainer Says:

He has been a grand servant and actually is still fairly high for his performance last year when winning of 86 at Goodwood last year. He is almost certainly going to go to Goodwood – he enjoys the track and keep his best for there. He will probably end up in the Silver Stewards’ Cup.

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Byron Flyer

Form Profile:

Winner of seven of his 27 starts and currently rated 95. Best effort this term when runner-up, beaten half a length, to The Grand Visir at Haydock (2m) in May off a mark of 96.

Trainer Says:

Byron Flyer is a horse that suffers from his own consistency. He has been unfortunate to put in two below par efforts on his last two starts – the one at Newmarket when his shoes slipped when he was baulked and he never got into the race at Newcastle when finishing a long way behind Withold. He has fallen a few pounds in the handicap but probably needs to come down some more. We could look at the Shergar Cup meeting and run in the two mile race there. It was a race he finished second in last year off a mark of 92.

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Darksideoftarnside (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 2 starts and currently rated 83. Last seen out at Pontefract (1m 4f) in October 2017 when beating Tranquil Star a head.

Trainer Says:

He hasn’t run for us as yet and we managed to pick him up during the Doncaster Sales. He is a horse that showed a lot of greenness although running well for his previous trainer. He looks very well and we have taken our time with him. He is moving well and I hope we can see the best of him once we get a bit of rain.

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Grand Inquisitor

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 27 starts and currently rated 90. Finished sixth, beaten six and three quarter lengths, to stablemate Restorer when last seen out at Chester (1m 2 1/2f) in May off a mark of 92.

Trainer Says:

He has been waiting for some ease in the ground and he ran well from a bad draw on his last run at Chester in May. He sadly had to be withdrawn at Epsom and is a horse that suffered at the hands of the handicapper for winning at York last October. He certainly has more racing in his tank.

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Jet Streaming (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of her 13 starts and currently rated 91. Finished fifth, beaten two and a quarter lengths, to Isabel De Urbina in a listed race at Pontefract (1m 4f) on his latest start.

Trainer Says:

She has been highly tried and is a complicated filly. She wants a trip but doesn’t settle well enough to see it out. She has been running in some classy races and hasn’t been beaten far in any of them but needs things to fall right to pick up a decent prize. It is lack of appliance rather than lack of ability in her races but we are getting to know her better.

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Kreb's Cycle (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 25 starts and currently rated 76. Finished fifth, beaten two lengths, to Party Fears Too on his latest outing at Newcastle (1m) in June off a mark of 78.

Trainer Says:

He has been a tough horse to place and he has won once this season on the AW. I am sure he is equally effective on the turf and I am sure his turn will come.

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Magic Circle (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of eight of his 21 starts and currently rated 117. Has looked much improved in his two starts for the stable this season. Landed the Chester Cup at Chester (2m 2 1/2f) in May by six lengths from Fun Mac off a mark of 101 and followed up with a six length defeat of Red Verdon in the Group 3 Henry II Stakes at Sandown (2m) later that month.

Trainer Says:

He surprised me with the way he comfortably won the Chester Cup at Chester having won well the previous season for Ralph Beckett. I imagined he would go well but to see him sprint away from Fun Mac inside the last furlong was quite impressive. Little did I know he was going to do the same thing a fortnight later in Group 3 company – I was extremely impressed by that performance when he beat Red Verdon. It has been our intention to try and get him qualified for the Melbourne Cup by finishing Group placed but to win as he did was quite exceptional. He has now guaranteed himself a place in the Melbourne Cup and that is what he is being trained for now. He could feasibly run in the Lonsdale Cup at York but it is really not a necessity and it will depend on how he is at that stage and how the ground is. I don’t need to run him again before the Melbourne Cup – he performed well when fresh in the Chester Cup and he is not a three-year-old and I want to look after him and get him there in the best condition I can. Realistically he has a real shout in the Melbourne Cup and his running style looks ideal for that race.

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My Fantasea (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 22 starts and currently rated 72. Gained his last success when beating Searching two and a half lengths at Doncaster (1m 4f) in June off a mark of 67.

Trainer Says:

He has won three races this term and showed her can put his best foot forward on the turf when winning at Doncaster quite recently but a counter performance at Wolverhampton was probably due to the amount of racing he has had rather than lack of ability. He is enjoying a short break.

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Paddy A (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 21 starts and currently rated 73. Returned to winning form with a length and a half defeat of Strictly Art at Nottingham (1m 6f) this month off a mark of 68.

Trainer Says:

He has won two times for us this year and was due to go to the Sales recently and didn’t make it. We will keep kicking with him until the Autumn. He has been great fun for his owners and he will continue to give them some sport.

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Pretty Jewel

Form Profile:

Winner of five of her 19 starts and currently rated 78. Winner of three of her four starts this term and scored by a neck from Arcadian Cat when completing a hat trick at Goodwood (1m 3f) in June off a mark of 74.

Trainer Says:

She has been a star for us and her owner this year winning three of her four starts and over £26,000 in prize money. Dr Misha Voikhansky is looking forward to riding her in the Amateurs Derby at Epsom where I am sure she will give a bold showing.

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Reshoun (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 10 starts and currently rated 92. Better effort this term when sixth, beaten four and a half lengths, to Grey Britain at Newmarket (1m 4f) in May off 94.

Trainer Says:

He finished last season very well and hasn’t had the run of things this season. His first run at Newmarket was probably the better of two starts and his Epsom performance I couldn’t really explain – he was just never at the races. He remains a horse with plenty of potential over a mile and a half upwards.

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Restorer

  • 6-y-o; grey gelding
  • Breeding: Mastercraftsman - Moon Empress (Rainbow Quest)
  • Trained by: Ian Williams
  • Last Race: Doncaster, 10 Nov 2018 15:15
  • Result: 7/23, held up in touch on inside, every chance over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened well inside final furlong
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Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 22 starts and currently rated 99. Made a winning reappearance at Chester (1m 2 1/2f) in May when beating Dark Red a length and three quarters off a mark of 95.

Trainer Says:

He won very well on his first start for us at Chester in May and was a little disappointing when finishing behind Big Country when starting favourite at Redcar but he really didn’t appreciate the fast ground that day. The way the weather has been it has been fast ever since and his next potential race revolves around weather – it’s either Goodwood or the mile and two handicap at Sandown at the beginning of August. I think his mark f 99 is very workable.

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Shady Mccoy (USA)

Form Profile:

Winner of nine of his 42 races and currently rated 97. Returned to form in the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket (7f) last Saturday when runner-up, beaten half a length, to Burnt Sugar off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He bounced right back to his best at the weekend and finished second to the well backed Burnt Sugar in the Bunbury Cup. He is not really on the right side of the handicapper and every race he runs in these days is tough but he will get to run in the Gigaset International at Ascot at the end of the month off the same mark he ran off at Newmarket. Given some luck in running he should be competitive based on his performance in the Bunbury Cup. He is a grand old horse

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Speedo Boy (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 15 starts and currently rated 93. Better effort this term when fourth, beaten two and three quarter lengths, to Count Calabash on his reappearance at Ascot (1m 4f) in May off a mark of 95.

Trainer Says:

Speedo Boy has not yet run to his best this season but hasn’t been beaten far in both of his starts. He will be seen to better effect over trips of a mile and six plus. I am disappointed we haven’t been able to win with him so far this season but I am sure it won’t be long before he does.

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Stars Over The Sea (USA)

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Sea The Stars - Exciting Times (Jeune Homme)
  • Trained by: Ian Williams
  • Last Race: Newmarket, 13 Oct 2018 15:40
  • Result: 24/33, wide early, tracked leader and clear of rest, stayed centre and close up over 6f out, led over 5f out, headed 4f out, soon weakened and eased, tailed off
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Form Profile:

Winner of seven of his 34 starts and currently rated 130 over hurdles and 101 on the Flat. Formerly with Henry De Bromhead in Ireland and most notable recent performance when finishing runner-up, beaten five lengths, to Renneti in a Group 3 at Naas (2m) in September 2017.

Trainer Says:

He is a new horse to us and he did have some flashes of ability for Mark Johnston in the past. He has his first run for us in the decent two mile handicap at Newbury. I am looking forward to seeing how he goes.

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Tarte Tropezienne (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of her 9 starts and currently rated 78. Finished third, beaten six lengths, to Singyoursong at Chelmsford (1m 2f) in July off a mark of 79 on her first run for the stable.

Trainer Says:

She had her first start for us at the beginning of July and ran nicely over an inadequate mile and a quarter. I’m not sure she really needs the trips in excess of a mile and six but we will have a look at her over a mile and half next time and to me that looks to be her ideal trip.

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Three Year Olds

Blue Laureate

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 9 starts and currently rated 85. Finished seventh, beaten five lengths, to Ibraz on his first start for the stable at Sandown (1m 1f) in June.

Trainer Says:

I was pleased with his first start for us and he is a horse I am sure is going to stay further. He will make a great hurdler but in the meantime we can find some opportunities on the Flat off a fair mark during the Autumn.

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Gossip Column (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 10 starts and currently rated 87. Has won three of his five starts this season and gained his last victory at Haydock (1m 2 1/2f) in July when beating Epaulement a length and a quarter off a mark of 82. Finished fourth, beaten eight and a quarter lengths, to Cross Counter at Ascot (1m 4f) last Saturday off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He has improved enormously this Summer and was looking pretty progressive. His run at Ascot last weekend over a mile and a half didn’t work out for him from a wide draw as he ended up in front and doing far too much in the early stages of the race. I was a very competitive race but I am sure he is capable of better than his literal performance that day and after a little bit of a break we will see some more of him late August/September. I am sure he will remain competitive in those races and will cope with a mile and four.

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Jack Regan

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 10 starts and currently rated 75. Finished runner-up, beaten a neck, to De Medici at Sandown (1m 2f) in July off a mark of 74.

Trainer Says:

He is a half brother to a horse who did very well for us last year, The Statesman, who was eventually sold to Australia. Jack Regan has progressed in all of his races this year and put up another solid performance last time at Sandown when going down by a neck to De Medici. That form looks strong enough and there is potential for more progression once again when stepped up in trip and it wouldn’t be out of the question for him to have a hurdle run in between now and his next Flat performance.

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Miss Mumtaz (IRE)

Form Profile:

No wins from 5 starts and currently rated 70. Making her debut for the stable when second, beaten three quarters of a length, to Livvys Dream at Leicester (1m) in May off a mark of 68.

Trainer Says:

She ran well on her debut for us at Leicester and turned that performance on its head at Beverley. She didn’t have the run of the race or the position and she is capable of better. I am sure she will progress with the right opportunities.

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Oi The Clubb Oi's

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 5 starts and currently rated 68. Off the mark when scoring by a neck from Make Good at Nottingham (1m 2f) this month off a mark of 60. He won his first handicap start and was quite harshly treated by the handicapper who put him up 8lb.

Trainer Says:

This son of Champs Elysees looks quite a nice dual purpose horse in the making and he should stay further than a mile and a quarter. Now that the penny has dropped with him he should be a nice horse going forward.

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Paddy The Chef (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 6 starts and currently rated 78. Off the mark with a length and a quarter success from Chingachgook at Nottingham (1m 2f) in July off a mark of 76.

Trainer Says:

He won a classified race at Nottingham last time and he only really has one poor run to his name when I put a tongue strap on him and he evidently didn’t face it whatever. His last two runs have been back on the job nicely and off a mark of 78 he should still be competitive in three-year-old handicaps up from a mile and two to a mile and a half. I am sure there is more to come out of him.

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Shuhood (IRE)

  • 3-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Tamayuz - Walayef (Danzig)
  • Trained by: Ian Williams
  • Last Race: Ludlow, 10 Oct 2018 14:10
  • Result: 3/6, not fluent, sweating and raced keenly tracking leaders, slightly hampered 4th, not fluent next, left in front briefly approaching 3 out, chased winner, 1 length down when lost 2nd last, kept on run-in
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Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 9 starts and currently rated 83. Gained his last success when scoring by three and a quarter lengths from Beringer at Newmarket (1m 2f) in May off a mark of 74.

Trainer Says:

He is another three-year-old who has progressed greatly this season. He probably did the wrong thing in running him at Chester where he was drawn very wide and had to race very wide but he is just waiting for slightly better ground than the firm ground we have had to run on. He is in good shape and a mark of 83 looks quite suitable for horse that should stay. His performance behind Connect at Epsom and his Newmarket form when beating Beringer are both very strong.

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