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.