Williams hopes rest will work wonders for injury

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 October, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 October, 2004, 12:00am

Australian jockey Craig Williams has been riding with a stress fracture in his left shoulder for two weeks and will stand down from Happy Valley tomorrow night to rest the injury.

Williams, who faces a stewards' inquiry today into his riding of Present Treasure at Happy Valley last Wednesday, undertook an MRI scan of the shoulder yesterday after pain had forced him to relinquish his final two rides on the weekend.

'I had a fall from Himalaya on October 12 and hurt the shoulder but the X-rays at that time revealed no breaks or fractures,' Williams said. 'So I continued to ride, believing that any discomfort was muscular and I kept having daily physiotherapy to try to get it right.'

Williams said his near-fall from Blue Stitch on October 17 at Sha Tin had aggravated the injury. 'When Blue Stitch stumbled and his head went down, the reins were pulled sharply and it wrenched the shoulder,' he said. 'The pain was getting worse after that and when Manifest stumbled and pulled it again on Saturday on the way back to scale after his race it was too much and I had to stand down.'