Venetia Williams sits out jump racing’s dry spell and hopes for rain

• Grand National winning trainer reports string in fine health
• First runners for two months could be at Hexham on Friday

The unusually dry autumn has kept one of jump racing’s biggest names off the track for two entire months. But Venetia Williams, a Grand National-winning trainer who famously prefers to run her horses on soft going, hopes to have runners in the near future and reports her team to be in excellent health with the core jumps season on the near horizon.

“It’s just ground, ground, ground,” Williams said this week when asked about her lack of recent runners. “Did you see the times they achieved in those races at Ascot on Saturday? It was frightening.

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