Williams to appeal severity of 10-meeting ban

Craig Williams will appeal against the severity only of a 10-meeting careless riding suspension which as it stands bans him from riding Vigor in the $2.5 million Caulfield Cup on Saturday week.

Williams was outed over his ride on Maldivian in the Group One Turnbull Stakes at Flemington last Saturday.
Racing Victoria stewards found Williams guilty of failing to make sufficient effort to prevent Maldivian from shifting in when insufficiently clear of Predatory Pricer resulting in severe tightening to Roman Emperor, Red Ruler and Vigor.
The Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board will hear the appeal at 10.30am (AEDT) on Monday.
Williams’ suspension begins after Saturday’s Caulfield meeting where he has been engaged to ride Trusting in the Group One $1 million Caulfield Guineas.
He will also ride Epsom Handicap winner Rock Kingdom in the Group One Toorak Handicap.
Apart from the Caulfield Cup ride on Vigor, as the suspension stands Williams will also miss the mount on My Emotion in the Group One Thousand Guineas at Caulfield next Wednesday.
At this stage he is free to resume race riding on Geelong Cup day, October 21.