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Monday, 12 November, 2018

Jane Williams has first runner under rules after opting to go it alone

Jame Williams with daughter and stable jockey Lizzie Kelly after Tea For Two wins the 2017 Betway Bowl at Aintree
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She has always been an integral part of the set-up with partner Nick, but now Jane Williams will have her name in the trainer column on the racecard next to any of those horses who carry her own orange and black colours, made famous by Maljimar and Tea For Two. 

Williams saddled her first official runner under rules when Gamain, ridden by Nick's son Chester, finished fourth in a handicap hurdle at Stratford on Tuesday. 

"I was a chartered accountant for 25 years and sometimes it's worthwhile to do things in your own name," said Williams on Wednesday.

Watch: Tea For Two win the Kauto Star Novices' Chase in 2015

"Aubusson and Tea For Two will be running for me, although they are both getting towards the end of their careers. It would be nice to have a good season with both."

Tea For Two has been the stable flag-bearer from the moment he landed the Kauto Star Novices' Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day in 2015, catapulting Williams' daughter Lizzie Kelly into the sporting limelight as the first woman to ride a Grade 1 winner in Britain. 

Tea For Two and Lizzie Kelly (orange silks) on the way to defeating Cue Card at Aintree
Things have not always been plain-sailing for the nine-year-old son of Kayf Tara since then, but he won the Betway Bowl the following season.

"Tea For Two likes the Peterborough Chase [at Huntingdon] so we'll start out there – he won't be running very early," said Williams. "We'll be spacing out his races this year."

Further reflecting on the decision to formalise her own role as a trainer, Williams said: "I've been at this game 20 years and sometimes it's just nice to do things in your own name. And now Chester has taken out his conditional licence I think my point-to-point days are over."

The BHA has guidelines which govern the operation of more than one licence-holder from the same premises, and the Williamses's Culverhill Farm joins a list of more than 100 divided racing yards in Britain 

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