Craig Williams was unable to claim his second World All-Star Jockeys title in Japan last weekend, finishing equal seventh of 14 riders in the challenge.
Williams was making his tenth appearance in the two-day World All-Star Jockeys Series, formerly known as the World Super Jockeys Series until 2015.
The 45-year-old won the series in 2007 at Hanshin from his second attempt and his return to Sapporo was his first since 2016.
The World All-Star Jockeys Series, postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic the past two years, was fought out by Japanese riders with local legend Yutaka Take winning with 71 points ahead of Yuga Kawada and Kohei Matsuyama.
2022 WORLD ALL-STAR JOCKEYS SERIES LEADERBOARD
71 Yutaka Take
59 Yuga Kawada
58 Kohei Matsuyama
50 Theo Bachelot (France)
35 Yoshitomi Shibata
34 Makoto Okabe
25 Craig Williams (Australia)
25 Yuichi Fukunaga
25 Vincent Ho (Hong Kong)
21 Christophe Lemaire
20 Coralie Pacaut (France)
16 James Graham (USA)
15 Takeshi Yokoyama
4 David Egan (GB)
WILLIAMS RECORD IN JAPAN’S ALL-STAR JOCKEYS SERIES
2006 (Hanshin): 30 points, equal fifth (finishing position in heats: 8th, 1st, 9th, 9th)
2007 (Hanshin): 47 points, first (14th, 2nd, 1st, 4th)
2008 (Hanshin): 35 points, fourth (4th, 6th, 7th, 3rd)
2009 (Hanshin): 18 points, equal twelfth (7th, 15th, 10th, 5th)
2010 (Tokyo): 32 points, fourth (4th, 4th, 5th)
2012 (Tokyo): 29 points, fifth (5th, 6th, 4th, 11th)
2013 (Hanshin): 29 points, sixth (4th, 7th, 5th, 9th)
2015 (Sapporo): 23 points, equal seventh (7th, 4th, 10th, 7th)
2016 (Sapporo): 35 points, equal sixth (11th, 6th, 7th, 2nd)
2022 (Sapporo): 25 points, equal seventh (3rd, 14th, 6th, 10th)
Australia has been represented 35 times in the series with Williams credited as the only ‘Australian’ winner in 2007, although the Australian-born Zac Purton, representing Hong Kong won in 2012.
Williams achieved results according to market expectations from his four rides within the series but also took five outside rides over the weekend at Sapporo, managing to exceed market expectations with two of his maiden rides on Sunday.
He has missed the past two Melbourne meetings, including last Saturday’s Memsie Stakes meeting at Caulfield but will ride at Sandown Lakeside on Wednesday.
The nine-time Melbourne premiership winner will partner Mr Brightside who is anticipated to start hot favourite in the G2 Feehan Stakes (1600m) at The Valley on Saturday.
WILLIAMS WEEKEND RESULTS IN JAPAN
11 – 14 3YO&UP Allowance (2600m, turf), Shovelhead ($88.40, 9th fav)
3 – 14 World All-Star Jockeys Leg 1 (1200m, turf), Ash King Konge ($4.90, 2nd fav)
14 – 14 World All-Star Jockeys Leg 2 (2000m, turf), Tomiken Bohater ($212.70, 14th fav)
2 – 12 3YO Maiden (1000m, dirt), Berberis ($12.80, 5th fav)
2 – 14 3YO Maiden (1700m, dirt), Sakura Sienne ($18.70, 9th fav)
8 – 16 3YO Maiden (2000m, dirt), Meiner Une Seule ($24.10, 8th fav)
8 – 14 3YO&UP Allowance (1500m, turf), Kitten’s March ($55.90, 8th fav)
6 – 14 World All-Star Jockeys Leg 3 (1700m, dirt), Ca Va Bien ($20.80, 5th fav)
10 – 14 World All-Star Jockeys Leg 4 (1800m, turf), Metal Spark ($24.30, 9th fav)
Carl Di Iorio, Article – Racing.com