Monday, 19 December 2011
: Melbourne jockey Craig Williams won his second international Group One race in seven days when he rode unbeaten juvenile Alfredo to victory in Sunday's Asaha Hai Futurity at Nakayama.
The win followed up Williams' wining ride on Melbourne Cup winner in the Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin's international meeting the previous Sunday.
Williams has enjoyed a remarkable run in G1 races in the last two months, winning the G1 Sir Rupert Clark Stakes on Toorak Toff, G1 Caulfield Cup on Southern Speed, G1 WS Cox Plate on Pinker Pinker at Moonee Valley and the G1 Winterbottom Stakes on Ortensia at Ascot in Perth on November 19 before he left Australia to take up a six week contract in Japan.
He narrowly missed wining Japan's biggest race when beaten a half neck on Tosen Jordan in the Japan Cup last month.
Williams steered Alfredo through a gap along the rail to beat Meiner Robusto by two lengths in the Futurity.
It gave Alfredo his third win from three starts and makes him an overwhelming favourite to be named Japan's champion juvenile for the season.
Williams was having his first ride for Alfredo's trainer Takahisa Tezuka, picking up the ride after he was recommended to the trainer and owner of the colt.