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Eleven clear, Williams off on holiday

Victorian jockey Craig Williams is not totally leaving his premiership fight to fate with the jockey planning a return from holidays to coincide with the season's final meeting.

Williams had to wait until the final race at Caulfield to continue his winning streak aboard Malaise and once he did, he announced he would join his family on an overseas holiday with his seventh Melbourne premiership all but in his keeping.

"I'll speak to my wife but I am not here for the next three meetings at least," Williams. "I might come back for the last one - the Bletchingly Stakes meeting (July 28).

"I've got to make sure I can get back for that day so at this stage I am taking rides for that day."

The 45-year-old began the day 11 winners in front of Damian Lane and finished with the same advantage after both riders scored wins at Caulfield.

Lane narrowed the lead when he scored a half-length win in Race 4 aboard Demolition - a horse that Williams rode to a narrow defeat last start.

But Williams struck with a last-stride win aboard Malaise over the ever consistent Widgee Turf to also give Godolphin's James Cummings a double for the day following Demolition's earlier win.

Craig Williams and Malaise (centre) drive for the win, picture Quentinjlang.com


Ladbrokes Cash Out Handicap, photo finish picture Racing.com

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