Williams revels in super Saturday featuring five winners
Last Updated: 19/01/14 12:58pm
Evan Williams: Five winners in one day
Trainer Evan Williams sees Wychwoods Brook as a potential candidate for the Coral Welsh Grand National at Chepstow next season after the novice put up a game performance to win the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock on Saturday.
The eight-year-old may return to the Merseyside track for the Betfred Grand National Trial on February 15 after defeating several seasoned and smart campaigners on what was only his fourth start over fences.
However, Williams feels that race could come too soon, with the Betfred Midlands National at Uttoxeter on March 15 a more likely target.
"He jumped and he travelled. The step up in trip was something we hoped would suit him and the feather weight also played its part," said the Vale of Glamorgan trainer.
"It was a combination of those two things which probably helped us a lot.
"I suppose we'll probably enter him for the National Trial in Haydock next month, but I think it might come too soon for him.
"He is only a novice. I've seen enough to suggest he could at some stage in his life play a major role in one of the 'proper' Nationals.
"We might keep an eye on the Midlands National. That would give him a bit more time, but his life could evolve around a crack at the Welsh Grand National because I see him as a horse that would slot into that category.
"It will be on his agenda at some stage. Who knows where he can go from there."
Williams was also delighted with Conor Ring, the Irish-born 7lb claimer who was aboard both Wychwoods Brook and his other Haydock winner, Extreme Impact.
"Conor's a good lad, he's got a good work ethic and is an old-fashioned horseman," said Williams.
"He's still got a lot to learn, but he's going the right way."
Williams reflected on a super Saturday which yielded his Llancarfan stable five winners - the two at Haydock and Lienosus, Buywise and Tornado In Milan at Taunton.
"A magical day," he said. "We have had five winners before but in the middle of the week, not on a big racing day.
"Every horse has come out well from yesterday. There are a few tired fellas - the ones who ran up at Haydock knew they'd had a hard race - but everything is very good."