Champion jockey Craig Williams couldn’t be happier after taking his first place over Cox Plate favorite Zaaki during a course gallop in Sandown on Tuesday morning.
The seven-year-old will make his Melbourne debut on Saturday in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes at Sandown.
The former European, coached by Annabel Neasham, broke into Cox Plate favoritism following a scintillating first-place win in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes at Randwick, and Williams believes he justified his citation of $ 2.50 in the Cox Plate.
“I’m really happy with the way he’s progressing and where Annabel has taken him,” Williams said on Bensley from SEN Track.
“Personally, I didn’t think there was any surprise with the way he got back into the Tram and doing what he did.
“It’s a demolition site in the Tramway!
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“He’s Cox Plate’s favorite for a reason. I can’t wait for Saturday’s Underwood Stakes in Sandown.
Winning stakes in England, Williams believes the Sandown track won’t care about connections, given he won on arguably the “toughest” track in the world, Epson Showgrounds.
“He handled the track extremely well, which is not surprising when you look at his European form, he’s a record holder at Epson and he’s won there twice, and I would say Epson is one of the tracks. most difficult in the world, ”he said. added.
“He has that presence in him when he walks, not to mention being on his back.”
More news for Williams, the Melbourne Cup-winning jockey has been booked to ride the Cup’s second favorite, Spanish Mission.