After spells as an assistant trainer with Jenny Pitman and Martin Pipe, Ian Williams then went over to France and spent time with Francois Doumen at Chantilly. His time there coincided with a golden age for the yard as The Fellow landed two King George VI Chases along with Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Although primarily a flat specialist, Williams has forged a reputation as a quality dual-purpose trainer at the amazing Dominion Racing Stables. In 2016 he enjoyed his first ever Cheltenham Festival success as Ballyalton surged to victory in the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase. In 2017 he once again saddled winners at Goodwood and Ascot, and in 2018 one of Williams’ newest starts – Cool Sky, won at Aintree in the Smarkets Betting Exchange Handicap.
He has trained winners in graded races over fences and group races on the flat – and he is one of a handful of trainers to have saddled a winner at every track in the UK after Brasted won at Chelmsford on 15th October 2015. Williams also passed the 1,000 winners mark recently and has amassed over £6,000,000 in prize money, making him one of the UK’s finest flat trainers.