Williams brings up 1000 wins

Jip Jip Rock secured Dawn Williams’ 1000th win as a trainer. Photo credit: Kenton Wright (Race Images North)

Byerley Park trainer Dawn Williams reached a mammoth milestone at Te Aroha on Tuesday when she picked up her 1000th win as a trainer courtesy of Jip Jip Rock in the Waikato & BOP Harness 12th January 2019 (1400m).

It was the third win of the day for Williams, who trains in partnership with husband Peter who has already achieved the milestone.

It was the 1076th win for Peter who began training in his own right before joining forces with Dawn. “It’s been a journey and a long journey,” Dawn Williams said.

“There have been a few highlights, but probably Sea Swift winning the Auckland Cup in 1988 because I owned her as well.

“We were quite young and it was a huge race in those days, I think it was the richest sporting event in New Zealand at the time at $500,000.”

Williams said she was unaware that she was edging close to the milestone until Matthew Barnsley from New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing got in touch.

“I didn’t really know I was getting close because I don’t follow up on that sort of thing too much, but Matthew Barnsely got in touch a few weeks ago to let me know.”

While her team were enjoying a successful day at Te Aroha, Williams was unable to be on track due to commitments at home.

“We are getting organised at the moment, we have got trials on tomorrow at Avondale and we also had the horses flying out at one o’clock in the morning for Christchurch, but the plane has been delayed 24 hours, so they are not going down until Thursday now.”

Williams said she has got a lot of time for promising three-year-old Jip Jip Rock and will likely set her for some age group targets later this season.

“We have always thought a bit of her, she’s a typical High Chaparral, she can get a bit fizzy,” she said. “We have just been plagued with a few bad draws and with young horses it is quite hard.

“We’ll look at some three-year-old races, but we’ll just play it by ear. There are a lot of three-year-old races up here that we can work into.”