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Kim Bailey: ‘It left me pretty frustrated’ *H&H Plus*

Opinion

Kim Bailey reflects on sport’s mental health benefits and a Welsh winner

Google “Welsh wizard” and you come up with famous names such as Gareth Bale, Jonathan Davies, Ryan Giggs and David Lloyd George. But a new name needs adding to that list – trainer Evan Williams.

I have always been a fan of Evan and, in the early years, he insisted on calling me Sir. We have moved on, but after his masterful piece of training to win Saturday’s rearranged Welsh Grand National, it is my turn to call him Sir.

Evan is a quiet man who gets the job done, but Saturday’s winner Secret Reprieve has been on my radar since he finished second to our Newtide at Ffos Las 14 months ago. Evan said after that race that he was going to win the Welsh Grand National with his likeable horse, and although I was not sure which year he was referring to, I followed the horse’s progress with great interest.

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