Spurred on by the chance to claim a seventh Melbourne jockeys’ premiership, Craig Williams has regained the lead in this season’s title race after a winning double at Moonee Valley.

Williams started Wednesday’s meeting one win behind Damian Lane who was not riding at the meeting and will also miss Saturday’s meeting at Caulfield.

Williams drew level in the opening race with victory aboard the Shea Eden-trained two-year-old filly Bright Eyes and then added another on three-year-old filly Jungle Queen.

The reigning premier rider in Melbourne said it was great competition again this season with Lane a formidable challenger.

“But luckily for me he’s given me a couple of free kicks as he’s gone over to celebrate (fellow jockey) Mark Zahra’s wedding in America,” Williams said.

The one-length win of Jungle Queen ($5.50) in the Woodside Park Stud Handicap (1000m) was significant for Wangaratta trainer Christopher Davis who celebrated his first metropolitan winner.

“We’ve always thought she’s a little bit better than bush class,” Davis said.

Article via justhorseracing.com.au

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