Williamson will bid farewell to Forbury with fondness

Forward-thinking will be vital in any plans for the Forbury Park site. Photo: ODT files
Forbury Park. Photo: ODT files
Nathan Williamson brought up a significant milestone in one of the last meetings at Forbury Park when notching his 900th win as a driver last night.

Almost 16 years after saluting for the first time behind Brooker on the same track in 2005, Williamson produced a front-running drive behind the Brett Gray trained Jasmine Jaccka to bring up his ninth century of driving wins in New Zealand.

The Oamaru born reinsman quickly began working on his next hundred victories in the next drive on the Forbury Park card, winning with both Ah Mach (race 2) and Dashtothe-beach (race 6).

“Every milestone you get is a thrill, so it was great to be able to do it,” Williamson said.

“I have had a bit of luck at Forbury, so it was nice to be able to do it here before it closes.

“It is understandable why it is happening, but it is a little bit sad that we won’t be racing here anymore.”

Williamson’s best season in the sulky came when he notched 100 wins in 2016-17.

The reinsman will now be out to chase down his second best term in the cart.

With 75 wins this season, Williamson is just three victories short of his 78 win tally in the 2013-14 season.

There is no mystery about why Williamson is in a position to chase down milestones.

The trainer-driver has produced outstanding results from his stable this season, with Pembrook Playboy, Ragazzo Mach and Chinese Whisper producing superb results.

“It has been a great season. I have been lucky to have some really nice horses in the stable.”

Jasmine Jaccka capped consistent form when striding out to break her maiden in race 1.

Williamson then gave Ah Mach a perfect run in the trail before she dashed along the passing lane to win race 2 in his own colours.

Williamson brought up a winning treble behind the Bruce Negus trained Dashtothebeach in race 6.

Dashtothebeach brought up Williamson’s 121st win in his 16 seasons of driving at Forbury Park.

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