Williams withdraws appeal

The Victorian Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board has accepted an application by jockey Craig Williams seeking leave to withdraw his appeal over his suspension at Flemington on Thursday. Earlier on Monday the Board advised it would hear an appeal by Williams on Tuesday.

Craig Williams, riding Sworn Evidence in Race 1 on Thursday, was found guilty of a charge of careless riding under the provisions of AR137(a), the carelessness being that he allowed his mount to shift out near the 250m when not clear of That Rings A Bell resulting in that horse being checked.

Williams had his licence to ride in races suspended for a period to commence at the conclusion of the day meeting on November 16th and to expire at midnight November 21st, a total of eight race meetings (two metropolitan, six provincial) to commence at the conclusion of the suspension he incurred on Tuesday.

In assessing penalty Stewards took into account that the carelessness was in the mid-range and made concessions so as to not make the total term of his suspension manifestly excessive.