Described by many as the world’s best jockey, Craig Williams is back in Melbourne and just itching to get back into action.
Today he told racingnetwork he will commence riding at Caulfield on Saturday.
"I’ve got six rides and really looking forward to it.
The Japan thing (three-month contract) was good again but it’s always nice to be home and back here when the good racing is starting up again.”
Williams said he kept in touch with all the racing news in Australia on racingnetwork.
“Over the last few months I’ve read that many stories by Neale Donnelley and Adrian Dunn – that’s how I kept in touch with what was going on here,” he said.
After riding at Caulfield on Saturday, Williams will fly to New Zealand on Sunday morning where he will partner exciting filly Ruud Awakening in the Karaka Millions.
Trainer Stephen Marsh contacted Williams’ manager Mark Guest offering him the ride last week.
“It sort of came out of nothing but we knew a guy who now works for the trainer and they made an approach, so I’m going to ride this filly, who looks pretty good after watching her races on the website,” Williams added.
Ruud Awakening is by Bernadini and has won three of her four starts with a second in the other and appears to be one of the main chances in Sunday’s big race.
Williams won last year’s version of the Karaka Millions aboard the Lee Freedman-trained Ockham’s Razor.
He will not be riding at Friday night’s Australia Stakes meeting at Moonee Valley.