A mere record-breaking six winners will not slow Craig Williams in his quest for a seventh Victorian jockeys' title with Williams holding off plans for a midyear break for at least another week.
Williams, 41, last Saturday became the first jockey to ride six winners in the one day on a Melbourne racetrack to establish a nine-win in the title race. But typically, Williams was back to business on Monday with his eyes remaining on the prize.
"I'm here Saturday and then play it by ear from then on," he said of his planned family break. "Damian Lane is a great opponent and I'd expect over the next six meetings, he could ride nine winners for sure."
Williams is nine winners ahead of Lane (59-50) but is putting little to chance, hopeful of being able to continue his winning streak onto the weekend and therefore grant himself an early break.
Williams was not one for dwelling on his achievement despite the amazing list of jockeys to have ridden at the course over more than 150 years.
"I came home extremely satisfied with the way the day turned out," Williams said.
"To be successful in this game, everything needs to work out well. From the trainers doing their jobs to getting the mounts right and then having luck on the day. The team got it all right and so that was why it was so satisfying."
Williams is meticulous in his preparation but had all that thrown out by the strong winds on Saturday. "I had my plans for the day and then Mother Nature came into play with that really strong winds," he said.
"It changed the plans we had in place on the Friday compared to going out there on the Saturday."
Craig Williams, picture Quentinjlang.com
Williams admitted that if he'd had his way, he would not have ridden the last winner.
"That horse in the last race Camdus - he wasn't my first pick in the race," Williams said.
"I did tell the trainer of the other horse I wanted to ride that I am going to beat you now and he texted me on Saturday to say 'well done you deserve it'."
If you thought something extraordinary was happening when Williams booted home winner after winner on the Flemington card last Saturday, then you were spot on.
For, it appears, Williams has forged a new column in the record books: for those to have ridden six winners in a day on a Melbourne racetrack.
Riding legends Jim Cassidy (1987) and Mick Dittman (1977) had both achieved the feat in Sydney and Brisbane but five winners has always stopped even the legendary jockeys to have ridden in Melbourne.
That was until Camdus came with that perfectly-timed final sprint to claim Williams a sixth winner and a record that may stand the test of time.
Others Australian notables to have ridden six winners on a card include:
Jim Cassidy, Rosehill, December 12, 1987
Mick Dittman, Eagle Farm, November 1, 1977
Brett Prebble, Happy Valley (HK), June 20, 2010
Dean Yendall, Mildura, July 5, 2010
The 41-year-old Williams all but clinched his seventh Melbourne jockeys' premiership with his six wins as he now leads Damian Lane by nine winners (59-50) with six metropolitan meetings remaining for the season.
Away from his standard riding fees, Williams netted $21,650 in winning percentages last Saturday.
Williams' Flemington winners were:
Race 1 – Rivette Final – Mintha ($2.80)
Race 2 – VRC Cup Trophy – Sixties Groove ($1.65)
Race 3 – Leilani Final – Miss Gunpowder ($5)
Race 6 – Banjo Patterson Final – Falago ($8)
Race 8 – Winter Championship Final – Magic Consol ($7)
Race 9 – Victorian Sprint Final – Camdus ($7.50)