Both Craig Williams and Nash Rawiller have lost their appeals against careless riding suspensions from Wednesday’s Bendigo Cup meetings, the bans meaning at this stage the duo will miss rides in the Melbourne Cup 2011 at Flemington next Tuesday, November first.
Williams, however, has stated firmly that he will continue to fight the suspension desperately wanting to retain his ride on impressive Geelong Cup winner Dunaden for the $6 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m).
French raider Dunaden has firmed into the $7.50 second elect in the 2011 Melbourne Cup odds at Luxbet following their first-up win in Australia, trailing only last year’s Geelong Cup – Melbourne Cup winner Americain who is paying $4 to go back-to-back in the iconic handicap.
After the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board dismissed Williams’ appeal against his 10-meeting ban, the jockey said he would consider court action.
“I haven’t given up hope,” Williams said.
“It’s still me dream to ride Dunaden in the Melbourne Cup.
“I’m disappointed with the outcome of course.
“My lawyers are going to go away and see if we have any other options.”
While there is still a very slim chance Williams will be there on the first Tuesday of November for Flemington Race 7, it is looing unlikely the in-form hoop will be given the chance to become the first of his profession to win the Melbourne Spring Carnival’s Triple Crown in a single season – Williams already having saluted in the Caulfield Cup with Southern Speed and the Cox Plate last Saturday aboard Pinker Pinker.
Trainer of Duanden, Mikel Delzangles, arrived in Melbourne on Thursday night to prepare for the Cup Day action.
Delzangles has French jockey Christope Lemaire, currently in Japan, on standbye for the ride but said he would wait until the eleventh-hour giving Williams every chance to honour his reservation.
“If Craig can ride him, he’ll ride,” Delzangels said.
“If he can’t Christope Lemaire will ride him.”
Lemaire is booked to fly from Tokyo to Melbourne on Sunday night following his ride in the Group 1 Tenno Sho, and if called up for the Melbourne Cup mount will be racing in Australia for the first time on Tuesday.
“Christope is a very good jockey, he has plenty of experience all around the world,” Delzangles said with confidence.
“He hasn’t ridden in Australia, but I think he will manage if he has to ride.”
If it becomes a 100 percent certainty that Williams won’t be riding Dunaden, punters are expected to shy away from the galloper in the Melbourne Cup betting.
Meanwhile ace Sydney-based hoop Rawiller’s ban was also dismissed by the RAD board this morning.
Rawiller was booked to take the Melbourne Cup ride on the Mick Kent-trained Hollywood Cup winner Unusual Suspect who is rated a $21 chance in the Luxbet odds.
In a small show of leniency, however, Rawiller has had one day cut from his suspension allowing him to return for the end of the Melbourne Cup Carnival to ride on Emirates Stakes Day Saturday week at Flemington.
“We have gained a positive out of today’s proceedings, but it was not the result we were after,” Rawiller said.
“Certainly for me the Melbourne Cup is the main goal and for anyone in Australia there is a good reason why – it’s our greatest race.”
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