TRAINER Evan Williams can do no wrong at the moment.

Just days after saddling his 1000th winner, he had back-to-back doubles at Ffos Las and Chepstow last week. No Rematch and Mouseinthehouse won at Ffos Las and 24 hours later Caswell Bay and Holdbacktheriver scored at Chepstow.

All four horses were ridden by stable jockey Adam Wedge.

For Adam, his yard’s great run of form means he’s now risen into the top ten in the Jockeys’ Championship with 56 winners (at the time of writing).

Another Welsh trainer/jockey combination flying high are Christian Williams and Jack Tudor. At Christmas they won the Coral Welsh Grand National with Potters Corner and last weekend the eight-year-old hurdler Limited Reserve won a £100,000 handicap for the partnership at Sandown.

Christian is fast gaining a reputation for being able to place his horses where they have the best possible chance of winning. His training base at Ogmore by Sea is spectacular with the horses regularly exercised in the sea and sand dunes. Ginger McCain used the same tactics all those years ago when he trained Red Rum to win three Grand Nationals.

There are currently five Welsh (or Welsh based) jockeys in the top twenty of the championship. Adam Wedge, Sean Bowen, Ben Jones, Connor Brace and James Bowen. Northern-based rider Brian Hughes is leading the way with sidelined champion jockey and Chepstow Racecourse ambassador Richard Johnson in second.

Johnson, who broke his arm at Exeter a couple of weeks ago, is likely to be back in action in early March. He’s determined to be fit for the Cheltenham Festival next month where he is expected to ride the Colin Tizzard-trained Native River in the Gold Cup. Native River won the 2016 Coral Welsh Grand National and then won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2018.

The next meeting at Chepstow is the Six Nations Race Day on Saturday, 22nd February.

We have kept the advance ticket price to £10 in order to encourage as many people as possible to come and enjoy live racing and both Six Nations games, including Wales v France, on the big screen in our Bonanza Boy marquee.

At this meeting, we’ll be welcoming around 3,500 students from universities in Swansea, Cardiff, Bristol and Bath. This is an exciting new initiative to attract new racegoers to British racecourses. Similar initiatives are planned at courses such as Newbury and Ascot.

Looking further ahead, tickets for the meeting on Monday, 2nd March are ‘two for one’ – that’s two tickets for £20. There is also a two-course carvery lunch package in The View Restaurant for £40 per person including VAT. There are seven races from 2.10pm.

Tickets are selling fast for our Grand National Party Race Day on Saturday, 4th April when From The Jam will be playing live after racing. They’ll be playing all the hits, including Going Underground, That’s Entertainment, The Eton Rifles and A Town Called Malice. Tickets start from £22.

All the details are available on the website.