Williams appeals four-meeting suspension

Leading jockey Craig Williams has appealed the severity of a four-meeting suspension for a breach of the recently-amended whip rules incurred at Moonee Valley on Wednesday.

Williams pleaded guilty to a charge that he used his whip on 10 occasions prior to the 100m, five times more than is permissible, on Flying Tessie in the Transpacific Cleanaway Hcp (1200m).
He found the penalty unfair after stewards only fined fellow rider Damien Oliver for a similar offence.
Oliver was fined $400 for striking his mount Clearway nine times before the 100m in the Direct Alarm Supplies Hcp (1600m).
The Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board will hear Williams’ appeal on Monday.
Williams was suspended from Sunday until next Wednesday.
He has a full book of nine rides at Flemington on Saturday including reigning Cox Plate winner Maldivian in the Group One Turnbull Stakes (2000m).