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Williams hopes to be a three-time Cup trainer

05:22 PM 31 May 2013 NZST
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Mount Helena harness racing trainer Ray Williams can create a unique piece of Pinjarra Cup history should his runner Pacific Warrior win this Monday's $40,000 Group Three Parker Family Pinjarra Cup.

Pacific Warrior has drawn the prized pole position in Monday’s race and the five year old son of Pacific Rocket is yet to be beaten in eight starts at Pinjarra.

His regular reinsman Nathan Turvey will again be at the reins as Ray seeks to join his son Grant as a three-time Pinjarra Cup trainer.

Ray Williams has already trained two Pinjarra Cup winners in Collector (1999) and Franco Eagle (2000) which were both driven by Ray’s son Grant who is now a thoroughbred trainer.

Grant Williams is presently one of four trainers who share the Pinjarra Cup training honours with three winners having trained Shardons Aflyin (2006), Precious Dylan (2010) and Ohoka du Nord (2011).

The other trainers of three Pinjarra Cup winners are Bernie Cushing (1955, 1972 and 1973), Lyle Lindau (1967, 1974 and 1981) and Trevor Warwick (1986, 1987 and 1997).

Grant Williams is the undisputed king of the drivers in the Pinjarra Cup with his five successes while Ray and Grant Williams share with Trevor and Aiden Warwick and Ray and Andrew De Campo the record of father/son trainers of Pinjarra Cup winners.

Date Winner Trainer Driver
9/2/1955 ROYAL PATH B (Bernie) Cushing B (Bernie) Cushing
8/2/1956 BROWN DUKE P A (Paddy) Dorrington P A (Paddy) Dorrington
13/02/1957 PRECIPITATION T () Bell R J (Ron) Fletcher
12/2/1958 SULTANA W F (Bill) Johnson W F (Bill) Johnson
11/2/1959 SPLENDID L F W (Lindsay) Smith L F W (Lindsay) Smith
10/2/1960 EL BANKER W J (Bill) Carmody W J (Bill) Carmody
15/02/1961 CORMINT L C () Walton R G (Ron) Kersley
7/2/1962 TRAFFIC CHARGE P C (Phil) Coulson P C (Phil) Coulson
6/2/1963 GUILE NZ D J (Dan) Egan D (Des) Stockman
5/2/1964 EATON HALL L J (Leo) Keys L J (Leo) Keys
3/2/1965 MAGIC MINT J T (John) Blackburn J T (John) Blackburn
2/2/1966 SHIRLEY REID D K (Dudley) Anderson D K (Dudley) Anderson
1/3/1967 HOWFAST L S (Lyle) Lindau L S (Lyle) Lindau
21/02/1968 PASA DOBLE R S (Bob) Gertzel R S (Bob) Gertzel
5/3/1969 FORTRESS NZ R J (Rod) Starkie R J (Rod) Starkie
28/01/1970 GALLANT RIBBON R J (Ray) Grantham R J (Ray) Grantham
27/01/1971 NO DILL G E (George) James G E (George) James
26/01/1972 FORBES ADIOS B (Bernie) Cushing B (Bernie) Cushing
24/01/1973 FROSTY WILLOW B (Bernie) Cushing R B (Robert) Cushing
30/01/1974 WEE CENT L S (Lyle) Lindau L S (Lyle) Lindau
22/01/1975 RANGE VIEW W D (Bill) Duffy W D (Bill) Duffy
21/01/1976 SPOKESMAN J W (Jack) Lloyd N J (Neil) Lloyd
19/01/1977 JOHNNY TOLEDO J H (Jim) Schrader J H (Jim) Schrader
25/01/1978 WINDY JEAN I F (Irwin) Eakin R J (Ray) Grantham
17/01/1979 ARTISAN K A (Kevin) Batt K A (Kevin) Batt
23/01/1980 PALLATON A W (Allen) Lewis A C (Chris) Lewis
31/01/1981 MINT CONDITION L S (Lyle) Lindau L S (Lyle) Lindau
23/01/1982 YOUNG SYMBOL B M (Barry) Warwick B M (Barry) Warwick
22/01/1983 LADY DEARNE A S (Allen) Mitchell A S (Allen) Mitchell
21/01/1984 BUTTERFLY TRUNKEY J R (John) Graham J R (John) Graham
19/01/1985 GAP ROAD F R (Fred) Kersley F R (Fred) Kersley
18/01/1986 LINCOLN STORM T B (Trevor) Warwick T B (Trevor) Warwick
17/01/1987 LINCOLN STORM T B (Trevor) Warwick T B (Trevor) Warwick
16/01/1988 JUST SILVERTIME T G G (Trevor) Crouch T G G (Trevor) Crouch
14/01/1989 KEYSTONE GOLD J A (Judy) Gibbons R B (Robert) Cushing
13/01/1990 PRINCE PALADIN G D (Greg) Harper G D (Greg) Harper
4/3/1991 KEYSTONE EXPRESS L H (Les) Poyser L H (Les) Poyser
27/01/1992 AMENDMENT NZ R J (Rod) Chambers R J (Rod) Chambers
1/3/1993 ADMIRALS ARC NZ R A (Ross) Olivieri R A (Ross) Olivieri
7/3/1994 SOUTHERN KNIGHT D K (Dudley) Anderson D K (Dudley) Anderson
6/3/1995 ROLL ON BY F L G (Frank) Bonnett C J (Chris) Beckett
4/3/1996 SMOOTH BUSINESS R (Ray) De Campo A L (Andrew) De Campo
3/3/1997 ALLWOODS CHIEF T B (Trevor) Warwick J T (Justin) Warwick
2/3/1998 TABARET NZ F R (Fred) Kersley G J (Greg) Kersley
1/3/1999 COLLECTOR NZ R J L (Ray) Williams G L (Grant) Williams
6/3/2000 FRANCO EAGLE NZ R J L (Ray) Williams G L (Grant) Williams
5/3/2001 TALLADEGA T J (Terry) Ferguson A C (Chris) Lewis
4/3/2002 TRANSIT EARL C A (Carol) Warwick J T (Justin) Warwick
3/3/2003 ROADLESS TRAVELLED S R (Shane) Young S R (Shane) Young
1/3/2004 LOMBO LA FE FE A R (Aiden) Warwick D G (Darren) Kerr
6/6/2005 BILLABONG GIRL S E (Shane) Gaebler S C (Shane) Butterworth
5/6/2006 SHARDONS AFLYIN NZ G L (Grant) Williams G L (Grant) Williams
4/6/2007 VILLAGE HERO R J (Ray) Grantham J K (Justin) Prentice
2/6/2008 MR YANKEE NZ G D (Greg) Harper R P (Ryan) Bell
1/6/2009 CAN RETURN FIRE NZ A M (Alan) Bell K N (Kim) Prentice
7/6/2010 PRECIOUS DYLAN NZ G L (Grant) Williams G L (Grant) Williams
6/6/2011 OHOKA DU NORD NZ G L (Grant) Williams G L (Grant) Williams
4/6/2012 LOMBO NAVIGATOR A L (Andrew) De Campo M W (Matthew) White
by Alan PARKER

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