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WILLIAMS GOES BACK TO BACK IN G1

Jockey Craig Williams had a quandary going into the Eagle Farm meeting this Saturday after riding both Brooklyn Hustle and Tofane to victory in recent starts

Williams wins second G1 on Tofane

It now appears his decision to stick with Group 1 winning Tofane has paid dividends as the Mike Moroney trained runner romped home with a dominant display in the Tattersals Tiara over 1400m at the Farm.

Williams had been aboard Moroney’s Tofane last time out when winning the Stradbroke and had also ridden Brookly Hustle to win the Dane Ripper Stakes on the same card. This meant Williams had a decision to make coming into the race.

The decision proved a great one as Williams rode Tofane down the outside of the field and win the Group 1 by some distance.

Money had come from Tofane across the day with the Stradbroke winner moving from her opening price of $5 at the conclusion of the barrier draw into $3.50 by the jump.

With a tricky start from barrier 11 Williams positioned the fiver year old mare just off the speed and finding clear air in the straight was able to power away and win by a dominant 1 ¾ lengths.

"That's why I employ my manager Jason Breen," Craig Williams said post-race about the decision of choosing between two horses where he ultimately was right to stick with Tofane.

"He said 'Craig, you can't go with your heart in this situation, you've got to go with your head'. And we made the call, as tough as what it was."

Brooklyn Hustle came away from the race finishing 15th after finding a wall of rump coming into the home straight that gave him no chance to ever affect the result. 

There was a slight chance to the result in the end though with Nudge having a protest upheld against Sweet Deal which meant he was elevated to second. 

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