Three months after getting himself back on his feet following a horse riding injury, trainer Danny Williams is also gaining traction on the business front.
The Goulburn-based horseman added to his recent run of city success when Van Halen broke his maiden in the opening race at Canterbury on Wednesday.
The three-year-old’s win followed metropolitan victories by stablemates Istanbul and Bag Of Nickels last month.
“That’s our third winner in town in the past five weeks so the horses are coming along OK,” Williams said.
Williams returned to training last August after a stint working as foreman to Tony McEvoy at Hawkesbury.
But his life took a twist at the start of the year when a horse he was riding bucked, shattering his pelvis.
“It sheared my pelvis apart,” Williams said.
“I had two operations and spent 54 days in hospital.
“It’s a struggle day-to-day but I’m getting better.”
Success on the track is keeping Williams’s spirits high and also fuelling his stable numbers.
He currently has 24 horses in work, and counting.
Van Halen was having his sixth start on Wednesday and Williams said he had earned a spell.
“He’s showing promise but he’s been a very slow learner,” he said.
“I’ll probably turn him out now. I’d say he has come to the end of his preparation.”