Ian Williams | Trainer
Horseracing has been in Ian’s blood from an early age with his father Billy (W.R.) training in the West Country.
Initially, Ian was not drawn to a similar career but, a year at college studying Business & Accountancy persuaded him that horses weren’t too bad after all.
At 18, Ian went to Lambourn to join Jenny Pitman as Assistant Trainer. This was the vintage era of Royal Athlete, Garrison Savannah, Toby Tobias et al, and was a formative period in Ian’s development. Ian admits he knew very little when joining Mrs Pitman, and was most grateful for the opportunity and responsibility given by Jenny.
In the early 90’s, Ian spent 6 months with Martin Pipe at Pond House before joining Francois Doumen at Chantilly in France. His time there coincided with a golden age for the yard with The Fellow landing a couple of King George’s as well as the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
In 1997, Ian returned to Britain to begin his own journey as a trainer. Initially based near Oxford, with just a dozen horses, half of which came from the ever supportive John and Anne Poynton; very quickly it became obvious that these facilities were not to the standard the ambitious Williams required. Fortunately, Brendan Powell introduced Ian to Patrick Kelly, a very successful businessman, who shared a passion for horseracing. Mr Kelly had a vision to create a state of the art training facility in the heart of the Midlands and together, they created the amazing training complex of Dominion Racing Stables.
There are currently 75 horses in training and the yard has had over 500 winners, but Ian remains fiercely ambitious and continues on the quest for champions. As the tag line on the website says "Passion to succeed never dies." Ian’s objectives are simple - improve the quality of the string and continue to saddle winners, most importantly the elusive Festival winner.
As a trainer of both national hunt and flat horses, Ian has many career highlights. These include Baddam’s Glorious Goodwood win; Bambi De L’Orme’s Red Rum Handicap Chase win at Aintree; Batman Senora’s Listed Hurdle and Grade 1 Chase wins at Auteuil; Brewster’s Grade 1 Challow Hurdle win, his gallant 3rd in the Brit Insurance Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival which was closely followed up by his brave 2nd in the Sefton Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree; Bulwark’s Chester Cup win; Lord York’s amazingly consistent career and The Prince’s hug success for his long time friend and landlord, Mr Patrick Kelly.