Four wins for Williams

JOCKEY Craig Williams continued his strong run of form, winning on all his four rides during Thursday’s race meeting at Sale.

Before the first race, Williams walked up and down the straight, looking for the best spot on the track, rated “soft seven” (the track was upgraded to “soft six” by the end of the day). That bit of extra time to study the track paid off.

Williams’ four wins at Sale came a day after a treble at Sandown. On Saturday, he rode seven winners at Flemington.

Williams won the feature event – race four, the fillies and mares benchmark 70 over 1206 metres – on Miss Pandanus, trained at Cranbourne by Michael Kent, who also completed a winning double.

Miss Pandanus, coming off a last start win at Geelong, has had just two starts for two wins.

Most of Williams’ wins came from well-judged rides, but his best was on out of form Behave, trained by Kent, in race five, the class one handicap.

In her previous three starts, the three-year-old filly finished in 14, fifth and nine places.

Williams’ judgement was perfect, catching the leaders just the post, to bring up his fourth winner for the day.

The David Hayes training team and Williams combined to the first event, the two-year-old maiden plate, with Smart Elissim.

Williams continued his winning run on Cochada in the race three maiden plate.

Jake Noonan, son of Mornington trainer Tony Noonan, also rode well, winning two races.

Noonan rode My Shu Mai, trained at Mornington by Jason Warren, to victory in the race two maiden plate.

Noonan completed his double on Light N Fire in race seven, the benchmark 64 handicap.

Col Butcher from Maffra kept the flag flying for the locals, when his five-year-old gelding Chilean Wonder, ridden by Teodore Nugent, won race six, the benchmark 64 handicap.

Luke Nolen won the final event, the benchmark 64 handicap.

The next meeting at Greenwattle Racecourse will be held on Wednesday, August 1.