WIN FOR HILL, A BIT EACH WAY FOR RIDER
Craig Williams steered home another winner for David Hill yesterday as Cendamy cast aside his disappointing ways and the trainer took one more step to meeting the Jockey Club's performance requirements. But Williams' day was not all beer and skittles, as stewards handed him a four-day ban at an adjourned inquiry prior to the first race, and the Australian now has just two more meetings to complete his season.
Hill's season has picked up pace in recent weeks and he is now just two wins short of the club's minimum requirement for races won after Cendamy returned to the straight 1,000 metres course impressively. 'Actually, I don't think the straight short course is really his thing,' Hill explained. 'Craig took hold of him as the gates opened and steadied him at the rear today - that was planned, he wasn't missing the start. Now if he did that and ran into something really smart down the straight, they'd eat him, but in this class he was able to get away with it.'
Hill sees the Royal Academy three-year-old as a sprinter-miler as he matures, but that maturity is going to be all-important. 'He is a bit weak physically and I hope he'll strengthen up during the summer,' he said. 'I'm sure he'll be a decent horse with time - he gave them six lengths' start and won by almost three lengths today.'
Williams was suspended over interference in the final race at Happy Valley last Wednesday, as was freelance rider Eddie Lai (four days). Both will ride on Wednesday then return for the season finale on June 22.