Williams wins Singapore Gold Cup
There is no halting Craig Williams’ winning roll with the champion jockey claiming the Singapore Gold Cup on Sunday for Hall Of Fame trainer Lee Freedman.
Fresh from winning the Ron Hutchinson Excellence award for his performance over the four days at Flemington – including his first Melbourne Cup win – Williams rode Mr Clint to victory to register his second win in the race after his victory in 2016 aboard Bahana.
“It’s quite something to come back and win the Gold Cup again, the same week I won the Melbourne Cup,” Williams told the Singapore Turf Club website.
“Lee was very confident with Mr Clint. He said he was going well, he was rock-hard fit and he didn’t tie me down to any instructions, he just told me this horse loves to have a lot of room.
“The race panned out as planned. I got a nice spot in midfield on the outside and I just let him roll forward from the back, he just outstayed them in the end.
“I’d like to thank Lee for the fantastic opportunity. His confidence convinced me to fly over and I owe it to him as he gave me many big-race winners in the past, but most significantly, my first group 1 winner, Grand Echezeaux in the Australasian Oaks at Morphettville (in 2000).’’
Freedman, who won his first Singapore Gold Cup success, said such a masterclass ride from a world-class jockey like Williams made all the difference when the stakes are higher.
“It’s been a good week, I was at the Melbourne Cup and saw Craig win and he’s now won the Gold Cup for me here. It’s most incredible,” said the 2018 Singapore champion trainer.
“Craig is an amazingly good jockey. He rode the perfect race, the way he is going, he could win the Arc de Triomphe!’’
Wow what a day!! Mr Clint my first winner in Singapore for my great owners CK Phua and Laurie Laxon wins the Dester Gold Cup!! Masterful ride by Melb Cup jockey @CWilliamsJockey