CHEPSTOW'S race meeting on Monday saw another double for in-form Ross-on-Wye trainer Venetia Williams.

Williams is the UK's winning-most female trainer of all time and her current rich vein of form has seen her send out 12 winners in the past fortnight. She was successful at Chepstow with Top and Drop and Cloudy Glen.

Her wins already this year include valuable prizes at Cheltenham and Sandown. Former Chepstow winner Aso took a £40,000 first prize at Cheltenham on New Year's Day while Houblon Des Obeaux took home more than £60,000 for winning the final of the veterans series at Sandown on Saturday.

The popular 12-year-old's long and successful career has seen him line up in two Gold Cups and two Grand Nationals, and he was second in a Hennessy and third in a Welsh National (behind Native River 2 years ago) in addition to 10 career wins. It is testament to Venetia Williams' skill that he is still healthy and so enthusiastic as a 12-year-old.

Interestingly, while some trainers turn their horses out at grass very little to avoid them picking up injuries, she has 50 turnout paddocks, enabling all horses to spend time outside every day. Perhaps this is what helps keep them fresh and happy.

Williams is a real winter trainer, she has most of her runners, and most of her winners in the proper soft ground winter jumping season. Her specialism is staying chasers, and she won the biggest staying chase of them all, the Aintree Grand National, with Mon Mome in 2009. She was only the second woman ever to win the race after Jenny Pitman.

Born into a racing family, Venetia Williams was an amateur jockey until she was forced to retire after suffering a broken neck. She also worked for then champion trainer Martin Pipe before taking out her own licence.

Another of her high profile winners was the grey Teeton Mill, winner of the Hennessy Gold Cup and the King George in 1998. She is a regular visitor to Chepstow and has won the Coral Welsh Grand National twice, with Jock's Cross in 2000 and Emperor's Choice in 2014.

Incidentally, the latter was at Chepstow on Welsh National Day this year, parading alongside another former winner Halcon Genelardais. Interestingly, since he retired from racing, Emperor's Choice has been enjoying a busy and happy retirement just up the road at Redbrook!

This year the Venetia Williams-trained Yala Enki finished third in our big race behind Elegant Escape, but she took the following race, a valuable novice chase, with Yalltari. With her horses currently in such good form, she is a trainer to follow in the coming weeks.

Chepstow's next race meeting takes place on Friday, 18th January.