Profile

 

Dylan grew up in Nelson and has always had a passion for horses and harness racing which began with involvement through family, my grandfather (Roger Williams) and mother (Jan Williams) are both trainers at a hobby level.

 

My first job was working for Murray Pash at Richmond racecourse before school, then when I moved to Christchurch at the age 16 I started work for Tim Butt for 2 and a half years learning from one of the industry greats and having the opportunity to work with some of the best horsemen and horses in the country, most notably Stunin Cullen in his 3yo season which most definitely has been one of the biggest highlights of my career so far winning numerous G1 races including $600k Great Northern Derby against one of the most talented crops of 3yo's in recent years.

 

After Tim butts I then spent 1 year under the tutelage of Nigel McGrath, who is well known for his ability to select and develop great young pacing talent, providing me with a great opportunity to further my knowledge, after my time with Nigel I was presented with an opportunity to join the stable of emerging young Victorian trainer Dean Braun as stable foreman. Providing an experience and chance to further my knowledge second to none with Braun’s reputation of being a leading strike rate trainer and rejuvenating out of form pacers careers as well as developing ex-kiwis into top class performers, notably in this time Charleys Dream (11 in a row) (Our) Chain Of Command (G1 TPC) and Pacific Playgirl who set the Australasian mares 1 mile record at the time of 1.51.3 downing the likes of Make Mine Cullen and Broadways Best.

 

In 2011 I returned to New Zealand and spent time working with Mark Jones in Burnham and David and Catherine Butt at Woodend Beach as well as short stints with Bruce Negus and Margo Nyhan, as well as training a small team of my own, including former G2 winning trotter Diedres Flash, returning the aged trotter to the winners circle in an impressive victory at Forbury Park in late 2012 however the comeback was unfortunately ended shortly after due to injury.

 

Looking to the future I plan to continue to drive whilst I still have my junior’s license, with a strong view towards professional training.

 

 

Getting To know Dylan:

 

Nickname: Bob Dylan (at one point HRNZ officially changed my name to bob)

Interests: Love all sports New Zealand has a team I can cheer for, huge Warriors fan, I enjoy a day out fishing when I find the time

Favourite movie: I am Legend

Favourite actor: Absolutely love Denzel Washington

Favourite TV: Scrubs, an oldie but a goody it never gets old if you’re looking for a laugh

Favourite music and artist: Fan of all music but country music does come a clear first, especially Luke Bryan, seeing him live in concert is a must for my upcoming trip to America

Favourite Tipple: a nice cold Speights after a long day

Favourite meal: A nice fish with a side of beer batter chips never disappoints

Rugby/league/football: League any day. Let’s go warriors!

Best place for a holiday: A warm beach far away with good fishing

Best job you have done: Any day working with horses is a great day

Luckiest number: 7

Favourite saying: "The harder you work the luckier you get" something I live by

Most respected person in harness racing and why: I respect everybody in this industry and you get to meet a lot of great people

Best horse you have driven: (I’m) Victorious, I drove him in his qualifying trial before he went to Perth

Favourite racecourse: Richmond Park, it’s where I grew up and spent most of my childhood

What ambitions do you have for your career in harness racing: To be a professional trainer who is respected by his peers and industry participants and contribute to the growth of young horse people in the industry.

How long have you been working with horses: Since I was old enough to help mum with feeding up after school

What would be your dream job: To be a successful trainer working with quality stock

What race would you most like to win: I have many races I would like to train a winner in in the future however the inter dominion is a standout as I feel it takes true training ability to peak your horse more than once over a short time