Venetia Williams (jump)
Nationality: British Training Location: Herefordshire Regular Jockey: Sam Thomas
Venetia, granddaughter of well-known owner and breeder Percival Williams, is the only member of the Williams family to continue her grandfatherâ€™s passion for racing.
A keen and successful amateur jockey in her youth, Venetia achieved ten jump-racing wins between 1986 and 1988, during which time she also rode in the Grand National.
In 1988, Venetiaâ€™s race-riding career was abruptly ended following a near-fatal fall, in which she sustained a broken neck. Unable to ride, she naturally progressed into the art of training.
Having gained experience as assistant to several well-established trainers, including John Edwards and Martin Pipe, Venetia soon established herself as a winning trainer.
She gained her first success with Storm North at Worcester in 1995, only her second runner.
Her favourite horses are 1998 Pertemps King George VI winner Teeton Mill, and top-class hurdler Lady Rebecca.
Venetia considers her greatest training feat to be the day Lady Rebecca won her third consecutive Cleeve Hurdle in 2001. The third victory remains the most poignant memory in her racing career, as it was Lady Rebeccaâ€™s first race after returning from an unsuccessful trip to stud.
Other highly regarded horses include 1999 Murphyâ€™s Gold Cup winner The Outback Way, Jocks Cross and Bellator.
Venetia's career reached an inredible pinnacle in 2009 as she trained 100/1 shot Mon Mome to win the Grand National
She also had a highly succesful Cheltenham Festival in 2009 and was 4th in the Trainers Championships
Other Hobbies and Interests
Venetia is know as "The Fast Lady of Racing" due to her love of sporty cars.
Venetia enjoys listening to music by Robbie Williams and R.E.M.
She is also a keen skier and enjoys watching tennis.
Her favourite film is â€˜Four Weddings and a Funeralâ€™.
She has great respect for Sir Winston Churchill, not only for being a fantastic leader of the country, but also for his theatrical gift, which left us with so many well-known phases in common use today.