Racing: Williams lifts Perth Cup


Baldivis trainer Grant Williams had one the biggest wins of his career when Western Jewel strode to a comfortable victory in the State’s iconic staying event, the Group 2 Perth Cup over 2400m.

It ended the calendar year and Perth Racing’s summer carnival on a positive note for Williams and prominent owners Bob and Sandra Peters following the disappointment of stable star Ranger, who got knocked out of the Railway Stakes and then ran second in the Kingston Town Classic.

While Williams was savouring his maiden Perth Cup win, it was the fourth for the Peters combination, which had won with Lords Ransom in 2010, Crown Prosecutor in 2005 and Field Officer in 1993.

Western Jewel was ridden in great style by rising young apprentice Kyra Yuill, who created history by becoming the first female jockey to win the event since it was first run in 1887.

Williams was granted a dual-code license seven years ago, but since committing full time to thoroughbred duties and forming a partnership with the Peters team, his career has lifted to another level.

In the past 18 months he has collected the Group 1 WA Derby, the WA Oaks and leading country events, including the Pinjarra and Northam cups.

He forged a successful career in harness racing as a leading trainer reinsman, winning a host of major group races, including the WA Pacing Cup, the Fremantle Pacing Cup and the Australian Pacing Championship.

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