William's wows Williams

  • Last Updated: November 26 2012, 14:28 GMT

William's Wishes is highly unlikely to make a quick reappearance after he overcame an absence of 664 days to win a valuable handicap chase at Ascot on Saturday.

Evan Williams: Trains William's Wishes

The seven-year-old had been sidelined since completing a hat-trick over fences at Hereford in January 2011, yet maintained his 100% record over bigger obstacles with a six-length defeat of Champion Court.

Trainer Evan Williams said: "The job came right for us and it was lovely to see.

"Initially, fingers crossed, it looks like he's come out of the race in good form.

"It will be interesting to see how the handicapper reassesses him.

"I would be very intrigued to see what he thinks, bearing in mind he might have been grossly flattered with the ground.

"Races in that ground can sometimes throw up exaggerated performances.

"We can't get carried away. The horse did it well, but you have to be realistic and say a lot of the horses did not the handle the conditions in so many of the races there.

"We're in no rush at all with him. He hadn't run for a long time.

"I'd be very foolish to think about running him sooner rather than later.

"He's gone and won a big prize and whatever he does now, and in the future, will be the icing on the cake."


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