Craig Williams wins seventh Victoria jockeys' title
Craig Williams has secured the Victorian Metropolitan Jockeys' Premiership for the seventh time.
The 41-year-old, who has ridden internationally and enjoyed a fruitful spell in Britain at the start of the millennium – winning Group 1s such as the Dewhurst aboard the Mick Channon-trained Tobougg – is currently holidaying in Europe.
It was confirmed he held an unassailable lead in the race for the Roy Higgins Medal once Damian Lane was unable to win the opening race on Wednesday's Sandown card aboard Leatherhead.
That was one of six rides at Sandown for Lane, who entered the meeting trailing Williams by six wins, 63 to 57.
Wednesday's meeting was Victoria's second-last metro fixture of the season – to be followed by Saturday's Bletchingly Stakes card at Caulfield – but the last that Lane will participate at.
Lane has been lured to Morphettville in Adelaide on Saturday, where his key ride is Nature Strip in the Group 3 Lightning Stakes in Adelaide.
Williams' 2017/18 premiership win gives him three-straight victories, having ridden 70 winners in 2015/16 and 77 last season.
His initial four wins also came in consecutive years, 2005/06 (70 wins), 2006/07 (94), 2007/08 (86) and 2008/09, when he tied with Damien Oliver on 71 wins.
Williams joins Jack Purtell as a seven-time winner of the Victorian Metropolitan Jockeys' Premiership. Joint record-holders on 11 wins are Roy Higgins and Bill Duncan with Oliver on the second line with 10 wins.
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