Landmark win for Ian Williams

News of the pick of the action from Lingfield where Ian Williams saddled the 1,000th winner of his training career.

Trainer Ian Williams saddled his 1000th winner

Ian Williams saddled the 1,000th winner of his training career when the perfectly-named Appy Days obliged in the Call Star Sports On 08000 521 321 Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race at Lingfield.

Tom O'Brien rode a patient race on the celebrity-owned Appy Days in the early stages before delivering her to challenge and lead over a furlong out.

The 10/11 favourite, who runs in the colours of top golfers Lee Westwood and Danny Willett, together with agent Chubby Chandler, went on score cosily by nine lengths from Skeleton Bob.

"It's great and quite aptly-named as well," said Williams, whose late father Billy was a trainer.

"It's huge. I wish my father was still alive. It would be great for him. It's something you never dream of doing. It's a great feeling."

The dual-purpose trainer first took out a licence in 1997 having learnt his trade with Jenny Pitman, Martin Pipe and Francois Doumen.

When Brasted won at Chelmsford in October 2015, Williams completed a full set of saddling a winner at every racecourse in the UK and achieved a lifetime ambition in March when Ballyalton gave him his first Cheltenham Festival triumph.

"We've been very fortunate and won at every racecourse in England, Scotland and Wales. We've managed to do a bit of everything – Grade Ones in France and a Group Three in Dubai," he said.

"I wouldn't say we punch above our weight, but if you've got the horse we'll win with it somewhere. Achieving this is something that has made me feel good about what I do.

"Our first Cheltenham Festival winner was Ballyalton and just before that Sir Maximilian was our first Group winner on the Flat. It's been quite a year."

As for the future, Williams would love to win a Melbourne Cup and to have more Cheltenham winners.

"I'd like to win the Melbourne Cup. We've been and tried, but to go back and have another go would be exceptional," said the Alvechurch handler.

"It would be a tight call between another Cheltenham winner and the Melbourne Cup."

The jockey honours went to Daryl Jacob, who chalked up a 28/1 treble on Jaunty Inflight, Cody Wyoming and Greyed A.

Jaunty Inflight (11/10 favourite), runner-up over hurdles nine days earlier, went one better when reverting to fences in the Handicap Chase.

Jacob took it up two out but Dr Richard Newland's seven-year-old had to be kept up his work to see off Fields Of Glory by two lengths.

Jacob doubled up on Cody Wyoming (9/2) in the Happy 3rd Birthday Jenson Roe Veterans' Handicap Chase.

Charlie Mann's 10-year-old made smooth progress to lead two out and pull away to win by 12 lengths from Wings Of Desire.

Greyed A (6/4 favourite) capped Jacob's day and gave Newland a brace when landing the concluding Handicap Hurdle by three and three-quarter lengths from Drumviredy.

Wearing blinkers for the first time worked the oracle for Darebin as Gary Moore's charge took the Follow Us On Twitter At StarSports-Bet Handicap Hurdle.

Low sun meant the runners only jumped four flights in the two-mile contest and it was Darebin (12/1) who showed the best turn of foot to lead two out and score by two and a quarter lengths from the 2-1 favourite Third Act.

Westerbee (7/2), trained by Seamus Mullins, kept on gamely to hold Champagne To Go by three-quarters of a length in the Ambant Mares' Novices' Hurdle under 5lb claimer Kevin Jones.

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