Wanda, Chelsea Ings target the Championships with Williamson

Apprentice jockey Chelsea Ings. Picture: bradleyphotos.com.au
Apprentice jockey Chelsea Ings. Picture: bradleyphotos.com.au

With only a few months away, the Provincial Championships are already in the sights of Hawkesbury trainer Wanda Ings’ after her lightly-raced five-year-old Williamson made a winning return at Kembla Grange last Saturday.

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

And the trainer was quick to heap praise on her 23-year-old daughter, who posted her first provincial success; the 36th win of her career and her 13th 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.

“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.”

The final of the Championships will be held on April 14 and is worth $500,000.

Racing is on again at Hawkesbury this Sunday, the first of the consecutive festive 'Christmas Party Race Days'.