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INT ERV I EW – V ENE T IA WI L L IAMS


Festival is the championships and it’s great with what they have done at Cheltenham with the new infrastructure, especially freeing up more space.


What is the atmosphere like during The Festival? Everybody covets a win during that week. All the trainers are there trying to win any race let alone several, all the race goers are giving their support and backing their favourite horses – it’s unique and fun.


What and where do you go in your downtime? Are there any particular Herefordshire pubs you visit and do you have any hobbies outside of racing? During the winter months there is very little downtime. There’s always work to do, things to read up on, entries to arrange and racing takes up a whole day so there’s always something on, though this year, I am managing to take a couple of days out to go skiing. In the summer months I do have more spare time and am not alone in going out and enjoying warm holidays by the sea. The Lough Pool pub at Sellack is a particular favourite where we go to a lot and if our owners are staying locally, they go to The Green Man at Fownhope where we’ll meet up for dinner. I love a celebration after a race but unfortunately that doesn’t happen so much as people have made their plans and often have to travel quite a way so it’s difficult to have a spontaneous dinner in the wake of a great win - but owners will come to see their horses on the gallops and we’ll have a jolly dinner the night before, which works really well.


Do you have a favourite racecourse in the UK? We all love Cheltenham, it’s the mecca and from my point of view it’s local but it’s where everyone wants to win and of course The


Who is your favourite horse of all time and who in your opinion is the greatest racehorse of all time? Well my favourite would be my own Lady Rebecca who was a magnificent filly who used to box walk but the greatest has to be Desert Orchid – he was marvellously sound and thrilled everybody for many years and never missed a month let alone a season and had speed unlike the others.


Finally, how does a racehorse live at Aramstone Stables? We turn our horses out for a couple of hours everyday and I think I am the only trainer to do this in the country. This helps so many horses to give them the freedom, which they wouldn’t normally get and allows them to behave more like they would in a natural state. We have 50 individual turnout paddocks of a good size, so the horses can have a really good gallop and roll. It’s a lot of work for the staff but invaluable for the horses to keep them moving and active, their joints oiled and also in keeping their heads down which is so important.


What a charmed life these free range race horses have living at the stables of Venetia Williams and we wish her all the success at this year’s Festival at Cheltenham.


To find out more about joining a syndicate, please visit: www.venetiawilliamsracing.com


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