Williams is booked by trainer Tim Fitzsimmons on Mr Black Back in the Group 1 Singapore Gold Cup (2000m) and Golden Monkey in the Class 1 race (1200m).
“Melbourne multiple-champion jockey Craig Williams, 45, has ridden at three previous Singapore Gold Cup meetings, landing the top prize twice. He first won the time-honoured staying feature with Bahana for trainer Stephen Gray in 2016, then finished seventh aboard Sky Rocket for Gray again in 2018, before scoring aboard the Lee Freedman-trained Mr Clint at his last pitstop visit to Kranji three years ago.
A winner of more than 2,300 races in a 29-year-long career, Williams rode his first Group 1 winner, Grand Echezeaux, for Freedman in The Australasian Oaks back in 2000. In that same year, the former apprentice to his trainer-father Allan also put himself on the world map when he rode with success for English trainer Mick Channon in the United Kingdom , notching up 52 wins, including two at Group 1 level with Tobougg in the Dewhurst Stakes and the Prix de la Salamandre in France.
After stints in Dubai and Hong Kong for four years, Williams made his Australian comeback in 2005, going on to claim notable Group 1 races like the Melbourne Cup (2019 with Vow And Declare), two Caulfield Cups (2011 with Southern Speed and 2012 with Dunaden), two Cox Plates (2006 with Fields Of Omagh and 2011 with Pinker Pinker) and one Golden Slipper (2006 with Miss Finland). His latest Group 1 achievement was atop Icebath in the Empire Rose Stakes on October 29, 2022”.
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Craig winning the Singapore Gold Cup in 2019 aboard Mr Clint.