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Chester Williams: Attracted 64 winning British jumps over the last seven seasons

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Written by Lee Mutersed

Jockey Chester Williams is in the Intensive Care Unit at Plymouth Hospital after being injured in a fall Tuesday at Culverhill Farm Racing Stables in North Devon.

Williams has ridden 64 winning British jumps over the past seven seasons, 38 of them for his mother Jane, with whom he is set to become co-coach next month.

The 25-year-old, who finished fourth in his first autocest race on his last ride seven days ago, recently described the opportunity to share a practice license with his mother as a “privilege”.

Speaking on Wednesday morning, Jane Williams said: ‘Chester had a school accident at 9am yesterday and was then flown to Dereford Hospital in Plymouth. There are no broken bones but he is in intensive care, where he is stable and comfortable.

“People will want to know because people are paying attention but obviously there can’t be any visitors at the moment.”

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Chester and Jane Williams (R) are looking to form a coaching partnership starting next month

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Williams told the Racing Post this month that her son has been invaluable since her split from partner and ex-pregnant Nick Williams, who trained last season independently of Culverhill Farm.

Williams said then: “At one point last year I was depressed, struggling and trying to raise all that money for Nick; Chester took it upon himself to sell a horse. [Monsieur Lecoq] on Twitter. He has a modern approach.

“Had Chester not been interested, I certainly wouldn’t have continued training. I don’t want to work alone.”

Chester Williams had his biggest wins as a Monsieur Lecoq rider in the 2019 Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las and Balko Saint – also trained by his mother – in the junior hurdles at Kempton last October.

First published at 12:06 PM on Sep 14, 2022