Williamson 700 (Saturday 10th February 2018)
Today at Gore Southland driver Nathan Williamson drove his 700th winner when Picketts Ridge won Race One.
His first winner was Brooker for his father Phil at Forbury Park in August 2005.
Williamson has won the Southland Drivers Premiership for the past eight years but this year he’s been challenged by former premiership winner Brent Barclay who drives primarily for the powerful Brett Gray stable.
Nathan is part of the Williamson trotting dynasty which includes father Phil and brothers Matty and Brad – all of whom drive.
But as far as the Williamson family pecking order goes Nathan is still top dog with 700 winners followed by Matty 674, Phil has 327 and Brad 229.
On stakes won, Matty is on $5,755,279. Nathan sits at $5,680,917. Phil is on $1,751,310 and Brad $1,740,413.
Between them the family has won a remarkable 1,926 races and $14,927,919!
Nathan’s 700 winners – fact sheet
First winner: Brooker 18th August 2005 at Forbury Park.
100th winner: Waihemo Cullen Cromwell 7/01/2008
500th winner: Splash Cola Invercargill 24/01/2015
700th winner: Picketts Ridge Gore 10/02/2018
Trainers for whom he’s driven winners: Own (176), Phil Williamson (93), Brent Shirley (49), Katrina, Roger and John Price (31), Billy Heads (23), Geoff and Jude Knight (20) and Brett Gray (17).
Pacing winners: 428
Trotting winners: 272
Biggest winner: Springbank Richard 63-20-7-4.
Best season (winners and stakes): 2016 591-100-74-59 $719,327 UDR .2720
Most driving wins in one day: FourNorthern Southland TC 26/09/2014: Fantasy Dream Girl, Sonova Gun, Onedin Mach and Costa Del Magnifico,
Invercargill HRC 5/12/2014: I Smart, Degas, Dwindle Mist and Costa Del Magnifico
Riverton TC 1/11/2015: Jen Jaccka, Tas Man Bromac, Machrie and Grey Power
Invercargill HRC 15/03/2015: Sheeza Shark, Ode To Success, Zac Mac and Lola Jaccka
Invercargill HRC 24/01/2015: Poppymalda, Cool Changes, Tas Man Bromac and Splash Cola
Forbury Park TC 16/06/2016: Cullens Lady, Culler Coded, Hurricane Banner and Spur Wing
Gore HRC 24/04/2016: Fiddlethefool, The Jinja Ninja, Sun’s Invasion and One Cool Chick
Invercargill HRC 22/11/2015: Zen Warrior, Grey Power, Black Athena and Pavarotti
• 2006 Ordeal Trotting Cup (Jasmyn’s Gift)
• 2007 Three Year Old Ruby (Springbank Richard)
• 2008 4 year old Ruby (Springbank Richard)
• 2009 Ordeal Trotting Cup (Springbank Richard)
• 4 year old Trotters Championship (Larix)
• 2008 4 year old Trotters Championship (Springbank Richard)
• 2009 DG Jones Trotting Cup (Springbank Richard)
• 2009 Ashburton Trotters Flying Mile (Springbank Richard)
• 2010 DG Jones Trotting Cup (Springbank Richard)
• 2013 Trotters Championship (Phil’s Gift)
• 2006 NZ Trotting FFA (Jasmyn’s Gift)
• 2009 Dominion Handicap (Springbank Richard)
Southland Junior Drivers premiership: 2009 and 2010
Southland Driver premierships: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013,2014, 2015 and 2016.