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Williams overwhelmed by industry support

July 25 was the toughest day Danny Williams has ever had on a racetrack as he grappled with the loss of his emerging star Hot ‘N’ Hazy, but tragedy has reminded the trainer of the strength of the racing industry.

Williams and his team have received support from all corners since the incident that saw his promising youngster euthanised and few have stepped up to the plate more than bloodstock agent James Harron.

After hearing an interview with Williams in the days after the shocking race day fall, Harron pledged on social media to find Williams a replacement horse at the Inglis Ready2Race Sale.

We have our horse for Danny! 🏇

Delighted to secure this $85k son of @widdenstud Nicconi and black type 2YO Lil Red Corvette @inglis_sales for Danny Williams @GoulburnTrainer following the sad loss of Hot N [email protected] @AndrewBensley @RayThomas_1

On Tuesday Harron delivered on that promise when he snapping up lot 37 – a Nicconi colt – for $85,000 at the Riverside complex in Sydney.

“We are a bit overwhelmed,” Williams said.

“I didn’t expect anything and feel a bit uncomfortable with the hype but it has been heart warming.

“It’s been an emotional ride. It didn’t hit me until after we made a video yesterday with Inglis.

“My wife took a piece of Hot ‘N’ Hazy’s mane to the sale so it was very emotional.

“The horse looks to be a straight forward package and we are blown away by his attitude.

“There is a lot happening at those sales around you but nothing seemed to faze him.”

Bloodstock agent James Harron supported Danny Williams. Picture: Lyndon MechielsenSource:News Corp Australia

Harron and Williams actually only met for the first time about 12 weeks after the incident.

But since then the pair have remained in contact with the former even travelling down to Goulburn to check out where the new horse would be homed.

“I went down and met with Danny at his facilities and was impressed with the set up,” Harron said.

“It is a lovely place for a horse to be.

“After such a tough time, it is good to get involved with him and a lot of people have shown their support.”

Andrew Adkins and Hot ‘N’ Hazy came down hard at Rosehill. Photo: Jenny Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Talking about the fall that cost Hot ‘N’ Hazy his life and left Andrew Adkins in hospital is still very raw for Williams.

“I’ve been in this game for 43 years and no doubt about it, that was the toughest day,” he said.

“We were in absolute shock and I still don’t know how we got through the rest of the day.

“We just wanted to go home.

“It is racing so we have had bad luck before but never something that has affected us to this extent.

“But the support we have received since has just been amazing. It makes you happy knowing the level of support that is out there.”

Williams had hoped to call his new edition ‘Racing Dreams’ but with the name already taken, he’s hoping to land on something that encapsulates the events of recent months.

His new edition isn’t expected to make his racing debut until next year.

Originally published asNew beginnings for Hot ‘N’ Hazy trainer

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