Craig Williams leads charge for Melbourne jockeys’ premiership   Leave a comment

Craig Williams leads charge for Melbourne jockeys’ premiership

Craig Williams holds a slender lead in the Melbourne jockeys’ title race. Picture: Tom Hu

Craig Williams holds a slender lead in the Melbourne jockeys’ title race. Picture: Tom Huntley Source: News Corp Australia

THE fight for the Melbourne jockeys’ premiership will be back in full swing at Flemington on Saturday.

Craig Williams (44 wins) leads Dwayne Dunn and Damien Oliver by two.

All three have taken a week off interstate engagements to ride at Headquarters.

Dunn has a superb book with rides in all nine races: Lumosty, Arch Fire, Kaizaen, Verdant, Ferro Nero, Marwood, Longeron, Onpicalo and Sun Thunder.

Williams has six rides and Oliver eight. The pair rode a winner each at Wednesday’s metropolitan meeting at Mornington.

SCANS CLEAR APPRENTICE

APPRENTICE Jack Martin has been cleared of facial fractures after a fall at Moe on Monday. Martin was taken to hospital with fears he had broken his jaw.

MERTENS MOVES ON

PETER Mertens has made it official his riding career is over and he intends to become a trainer. Mertens rode seven Group 1 winners, the last on Sirmione in the 2008 Australian Cup.

Peter Mertens plans to take out a trainer’s licence. Picture: Darren Tindale

Peter Mertens plans to take out a trainer’s licence. Picture: Darren Tindale Source: News Limited

The 52-year-old is still recovering from a shoulder injury sustained in a fall at Hamilton in December 2013.

He is pre-training at St Leonards and plans to take out a trainer’s licence.

TRIFECTA OF HEARINGS

BUSY day ahead for the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board.

Cases will be heard against trainer Sue Jaensch and stable employee Lenny Andrews while jockey Craig Robertson will appeal against the severity of a nine-meeting suspension.

Jaensch is charged with taking Letmedowngently to Ararat with a prohibited substance in her system and failing to keep appropriate records of treatment.

Andrews faces charges of a physical altercation with stable employee Paul Alford at Geelong on April 23.

PHAROAH STUD RIGHTS SOLD

AMERICAN Pharoah, the colt seeking to become the first to win the US Triple Crown since 1978, had his stud rights sold on Wednesday.

Part-owner Ahmed Zayat said his family could not ignore offers of more than $25 million and the rights had been sold to an undisclosed stud farm. American Pharoah will try to complete the Triple Crown in the 2400m Belmont Stakes on June 7.

Originally published as Williams leads charge for title

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Posted May 21, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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