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Ings Dreaming Of The Provincial Championship

Hawkesbury trainer Wanda Ings is daring to dream about the 2018 Provincial Championships after her lightly-raced five-year-old Williamson made a winning return at Kembla Grange on December 2.

Ings Dreaming Of The Provincial Championship

Hawkesbury trainer Wanda Ings is daring to dream about the 2018 Provincial Championships after her lightly-raced five-year-old Williamson made a winning return at Kembla Grange on December 2.

Having only his sixth start, Williamson Horseform was given a rails-hugging ride by Ings’ apprentice daughter Chelsea and responded well to defeat Foxdell and Figtree to claim his second victory.

The trainer was quick to heap praise on her 23-year-old daughter, who posted her first provincial success and the 36th win of her career. She has ridden 13 winners this season.


“Chelsea deserves all the credit,” Ings said. “She has done a terrific job getting Williamson to relax.

“That’s going to be very important if he is to handle the 1400m of the Provincial Championships in March. Both his wins to date have been at 1000m.

“I will probably give him one or two more runs and, if he shows he is up to having a crack at the series, ease up on him for a while.”

All five heats of the 2018 Provincial Championships will be run on Saturdays in March, with Hawkesbury hosting the second $150,000 heat over 1400m on March 10.

The $500,000 final will be run over 1400m at Randwick on Day 2 of The Championships on April 14.

Ings purchased Williamson, a son of Dane Shadow, as a yearling for $25,000, and named him after her mother Val, who lives in New Zealand.

“Williamson was my mother’s maiden name,” she explained.

“I bought him from fellow Hawkesbury trainer Mike Van Gestel, the father of Racing NSW chief steward Marc Van Gestel.

“Mike is an outstanding breeder and I’ve purchased a few horses from him. The first was Merconman (seven wins) and then Khajan.”

Khanan, also by Dane Shadow, won at Canterbury in 2013 when partnered by the late Nathan Berry.

Ings did not rush Williamson, saying he was immature and even tried to sell him before he raced.

“I took him to the Ready To Run breeze-ups at Canterbury, but couldn’t get the money I thought he was worth,” she said.

A later offer to buy Williamson was made but the sale didn’t materialise.

Williamson began his career at home in March last year and it wasn’t without drama.

He finished fifth in a 1000m Maiden, but got his tongue over the bit and bled from both nostrils.

He did not race again until December 11 and finished third in an 1100m maiden at Hawkesbury and subsequently was gelded.

Williamson resumed at Scone on March 26 and broke through in a 1000m maiden with Chelsea Ings aboard.

He nearly overcame an outside draw when second at Mudgee in April before Ings ran him at the Scone Cup carnival in May where raced well below his best prior to having a break.

“Williamson trialled really well at Hawkesbury a couple of weeks back, and we went to the races at Kembla confident he would be difficult to beat,” Ings said.

• Fellow Hawkesbury trainer Brad Widdup clinched a double at the Mudgee Cup meeting on December 1 with short priced favourites Spellology and Contemplate. Both were ridden by Mitchell Bell.

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