Nathan Williamson

Williamson 700 (Saturday 10th February 2018)

Bruce Stewart

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

Listed winners:
• 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)

Group Three
• 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)

Group One
• 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.