Wil­liams uses far­rier tools to make weight on Hartnell

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JOCKEY Craig Wil­liams has been slapped with a $2000 fine af­ter load­ing Hartnell with more weight than he needed to carry in his P B Lawrence Stakes win.

Wil­liams re­alised when he got to the bar­ri­ers he was wear­ing a lighter vest than one he weighed out in and picked out some tools from a nearby far­rier’s bag put them in his boots.

Wil­liams told stew­ards he pan­icked when he re­alised he was rid­ing Hartnell in the lighter vest.

“I re­alised be­hind the gates that I had the light vest on and I pan­icked,” Wil­liams said.

“My first thought was the horse would be dis­qual­i­fied. I had to make up

weight.” Wil­liams weighed out for the Group 2 race at 60.1kg but in 61.3kg.

He had weighed out to ride Hartnell in the heav­ier vest but be­fore go­ing out to ride him he had also weighed out for the fol­low­ing race in lighter vest.

Wil­liams went to far­rier’s bag and took out a set of clinch­ing tongs and a buffer put them in his boots.

Chief stew­ard Terry Bai­ley said the panel had difficulty find­ing a prece­dent and mat­ter would have been worse had Hartnell

beaten a nar­row mar­gin.

“If it wasn’t so se­ri­ous it would al­most be hu­mor­ous,” Bai­ley said.

“It’s an un­for­tu­nate sit­u­a­tion but it could have been worse.”

Wil­liams was fined for $1000 for al­ter­ing equip­ment with­out stew­ards per­mis­sion and an­other $1000 for weigh­ing in more than a half-kilo­gram above his al­lo­cated weight.

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