Melbourne's leading jockey, Craig Williams, is poised to enjoy his most successful month in the saddle and history suggests the best might still be to come.
With two city meetings remaining this month, the 41-year-old has ridden 11 Melbourne winners during June at an incredible strike-rate of 28.9 per cent.
Williams is set to ride two favourites at Sandown Hillside on Wednesday and has been booked to ride three last-start winners at Caulfield on Saturday - Morrissy, Shrouded In Mist and Highland Beat.
Historically, Williams rides his best during June and July, particularly when locked in a premiership battle.
He rode 14 winners from 55 rides (25.5 per cent) in July 2016 when toppling Dwayne Dunn (70 to 66 wins) to claim the 2015/16 premiership and that haul of 14 victories remains his highest number of wins in a single calendar month.
Craig Williams, picture Quentinjlang.com
Williams then rode 20 winners, at a strike-rate of 19.6 per cent, during June and July 2017, to beat apprentice Beau Mertens (77 to 73 wins) for the title.
He also shaded Damian Lane (63 to 57 wins) last season by winning 18 races, at a strike-rate of 23.1 per cent, between June and July 2018.
Williams has effectively already won his eighth Melbourne premiership as he holds a 15-win lead over nearest rival Damien Oliver.
However, Williams is particularly prolific during July. He has ridden 37 winners in the final month of the season over the past three years and a $10 win bet on all his rides in that period would have returned a $643.50 profit based on official starting prices.
Ladbrokes Park Hillside - Wednesday, June 26
Race 1 (1000m): 6. Sukoshi (David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig) - $2.25 favourite
Race 2 (1000m): 5. Montenegro Man (Mark Kavanagh) - $4.50 third favourite
Race 3 (1800m): 5. Snipfit (Ken Keys) - $5 second favourite
Race 5 (1000m): 12. Simply Dreaming (Nikki Burke) - $8 equal third favourite
Race 6 (1000m): 3. Prezado (Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra) - $4.80 equal favourite
Race 7 (1300m): 4. Search Squad (Doug Harrison) - $10 equal seventh favourite
Race 8 (1400m): 10. Curious Heart (Doug Harrison) - $6.50 third favourite
Caulfield - Saturday, June 29
2YO Handicap (1200m) - King of Hastings (Anthony Freedman)
3YO Handicap (2000m) - Doroza (Matt Cumani)
3YO Handicap (1400m) - Morrissy (Troy and Leon Corstens)
3YO Fillies Handicap (1100m) - Graceful Storm (John Moloney)
BM78 Handicap (1600m) - Shrouded In Mist (Tony McEvoy)
BM84 Handicap (1200m) - Highland Beat (David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig)
Open Handicap (1800m) - One More Try (Matt Cumani)
Benchmark 90 F&M (1200m) - Fragonard (James Cummings)
* Prices courtesy of bet365