Williams Confirms Victorian Stable

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Grant and Alana Williams confirmed on Monday that exclusive ties with leviathan owner Bob Peters are to be cut in 2022 so to welcome outside clients and to open a satellite stable in Victoria.

Western Australia’s leading stable, which has won two group 1 races over the past fortnight for the millionaire owner’s Peters Investments, issued a press release on Monday to say they that while they will still train for the owner, they are to welcome new clients into their stable and will no longer train full-time for Peters.

“From January 2022, Williams Racing will be refocusing their stable client structure to welcome the opportunity for new owners to be part of one of Australia’s most successful racing stables over the last decade,” the release said.

“Previously, the Williams Racing stable has predominantly trained for one client Peters Investments, who’s horses have enjoyed incredible and sustained success.

“However, Grant and Alana now believe the time is right to change direction with their stable to allow a more diverse client base to enjoy the thrill of racing their horses under the Williams Racing banner.”

The Williams team has trained nearly 600 winners for Peters Investments since they began their partnership in 2014 with winners of the ilk of G1 winners Arcadia Queen, Delicacy, Celebrity Queen and Regal Power. In that time, they have boasted a strike-rate of an extraordinary 26.4 per cent.

While no training centre has been named as yet in Victoria, the dominant husband and wife training team confirmed they will have a presence in Victoria from early in the new year.

“As a part of Grant and Alana’s commitment to future success, Williams Racing will be opening a boutique Melbourne satellite stable to compliment their Perth operation,” the release said.

“Having already had substantial experience and success racing horses in Victoria, they believe the opening of a Melbourne stable will allow their horses to maximise the opportunity to race and win at the elite level and give their horses their best opportunity to tap into the wonderful prizemoney racing horses in Victoria offers.”

The stable last Saturday won the G1 Winterbottom Stakes with Graceful Girl a week after winning the G1 Railway Stakes with Western Empire, who will start at odds-on in Saturday’s final G1 of the year the Kingston Town Classic (1800m).

Peters said he was content to continue the association with the Williams stable.

“If that is what they want, I am happy,” he told Perth’s TABRadio on Monday. “I’ll adjust to whatever people want.

“By the sound of this morning’s announcement, it looks like they are happy to train some for us and its up to them as to how many and we’ve made it common knowledge that we will be spreading the news ones around when they come back in.”

Peters said the announcement was expected. “Grant came to me back in September and told me he wasn’t happy with the current arrangement.

“He felt that their talents were being underutilised with looking after the young ones in quiet times of the year.

“He was looking for a different sort of style for his operation. I accept that. Everyone has to make their own decisions and go forward and do what they think is right for them.”

Williams said he is yet to make a decision on who will train his Railway Stakes winner Western Empire in Melbourne in the autumn. Danny O’Brien trained Superstorm for Peters to win the G1 Cantala Stakes at Flemington this spring.

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