After 12 years in and out of Newgate Farm, respected bloodstock figure Tony ‘Tubba’ Williams has announced his departure from the leading stud.

Williams, Newgate’s head of nominations and sales, quietly exited the role in December.

He was critical to Newgate’s earliest years in Australia and says his decision to leave Henry Field’s operation wasn’t taken lightly.

However, it coincided with a new direction in his life during 2023, and one in which much of the Australian bloodstock world took interest.

Mid-last year, Williams resolved to publicly shed nearly half his body weight in an effort to ride at the Bong Bong picnic race meeting in November, which he achieved.

Now, he’s chasing a personal ambition to travel to Australia’s remote picnic meetings with his wife, Sue, and about three racehorses in tow.

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