17 July 2012

Workhorse Williams goes global with Dunaden deal

Vintage überhoops.
With his appointment as Arc-bound Dunaden's permanent pilot, topline jockey Craig Williams has graduated from mere Australian abroad to globetrotting überhoop.
And "despite living in Australia", Williams is getting a good run in the international racing press as the compete professional. David Redvers, racing manager for Qatar's Sheikh Fahad Al Thani told At The Races:
“Craig has won his only two starts on the horse, he knows him well and was prepared to make the sacrifice and commitment to come all the way from Australia to ride the horse whenever he ran. 
"Craig is an extraordinary jockey. He’s a little bit like a Flat equivalent of AP (McCoy) in that I expect he makes an incredibly boring husband as he comes home and pours over videos after videos.
“It was interesting when he rode Cay Verde for us, he’d watched the videos of every other horse in the race.
“When he lands here Friday morning. his footprints will be all over Ascot until the race – there’s no more thorough a jockey at walking courses as well."
On the 2011 Melbourne Cup winner  Redvers said:
“he’s just the horse of a lifetime. He tries his guts out and he desperately wants to win – he actually seems to know what’s going on.”
SEE: Williams takes Dunaden ride | Irish Examiner

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