Melbourne Cup Jockey Suspended For Clipping Daffodil

November 4, 2009

Melbourne Cup Jockey Suspended For Clipping Daffodil

Famed Australian hoop Craig Williams has been suspended following his ride aboard Leica Ding in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup where he was found guilty of interference.

William’s mount Leica Ding clipped the heels of fancied Kiwi mare Daffodil around the 300m mark in the race, ruining the runner’s chances in the coveted $5.65million event.

The impact caused Daffodil, who was a $15 shot for the race, to nearly fall, knocking her out of contention as she couldn’t run strongly up the straight. The mare managed to finish 11th in the 23 horse field, a brave effort considering the interference. It was a devastating result for her connections however, as she missed out on the $115 000 consolation prize paid down to the 10th place runner by just one spot.

A 14 race meeting ban has been placed on Williams, who ended up finishing 14th with Leica Ding in the Cup, with Racing Victoria stewards rating the suspension in the high range.

Chris Munce, the jockey aboard Daffodil for the ride, stated that Leica Ding got in right under the mare’s neck approaching the home straight, knocking the top of her head.

Williams’ suspension begins at midnight Thursday after the Crown Oaks meeting and will cease midnight November 18.

Daffodil, who avoided any serious injury, has been spelled by trainer Kevin Gray who has said she might return for a run in the autumn.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

All Aged to The Everest 2018 f...

2018 TJ Smith Stakes Grand Fin...

2018 TJ Smith Stakes Grand Final for The Everest Bound Redzel

Inaugural The Everest champion Redzel has been specifically set for an autumn...

Daysee Doom Heads 2018 Emancip...

Daysee Doom Heads 2018 Emancipation Stakes Field & Betting

Ron Quinton’s flying five-year-old Daysee Doom is tipped as the mare to beat...

Winx To Climb The Everest 2018...

Winx To Climb The Everest 2018?

Winx next race? It’s the question always on the horizon after she leaves her...

Written By Is The 2018 Ladbrok...

Written By Is The 2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Winner

The well-supported, clear Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes 2018 favourite Written...

Horse Racing Today

Victorian filly So Far Sokool ...

Gai’s 2 head the list of...

Gai’s 2 head the list of nominations for the 2018 Japan Racing Association Plate

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Ecuador and Arbeitsam head up the...

Single Gaze looking to the fut...

Single Gaze looking to the future as a brood mare, out of 2018 Sydney Cup

Group 1 winning mare Single Gaze will begin preparations for the upcoming...

Savvy Coup looking for another...

Savvy Coup looking for another Kiwi win in 2018 Australian Oaks

Savvy Coup will be trying to keep the Kiwi fillies strong winning record...

Oliver back aboard Almandin in...

Oliver back aboard Almandin in 2018 Sydney Cup

Damien Oliver has found himself back on Melbourne Cup winner Almandin who is...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field