Willi Willi Takes Another Step Forward For Connections
Jan 22, 2018
Stable runner Willi Willi chalked up a Flemington win for connections, with the beautifully prepared runner scoring in dominant fashion.
Ridden a treat by Craig Williams Willi Willi led from go to woe in taking out the Batali handicap over 1800m at Flemington. Running hard up against the rail, Craig Williams dictated terms and on entering the straight booted well clear to score in advance of Mr Churchill with Royal Ace the next runner in.
Rated the best horse in Craig Widdison’s country stable, Willi Willi relished the step up in distance to post his latest city win at Flemington.
Willi Willi won twice in town during his previous preparation, including the Silver Bowl Series Final (1600m) at Flemington in July, and the four-year-old was having his third run back from a spell in Saturday’s Bitalli Handicap.
Willi Willi finished second and sixth in his opening two races this campaign, but stepped up from 1400m to 1800m on Saturday and dictated terms in front under premier jockey Craig Williams.
The Wodonga-based trainer, Craig Widdison said he always felt 1800m and even further would suit the gelding.
“He will probably get out to 2000 metres quite easily.
“It was good to see him do that today.”
Widdison is likely to take Willi Willi to another benchmark race in the coming weeks, while the Listed Albury Gold Cup (2000m) in March was mentioned as a possible part of his program.
4yo Bay Gelding
by MINT LANE (USA) from ASEELAH
5x Pedigree Report
Jacka Investments Pty Ltd
Craig Williams interview post race with thanks to racing.com