Mercury (Hobart)

It’s team effort for Williams


IT’S little wonder top jockey Craig Williams takes longer than average to complete a television interview after a win.

Williams has an enormous team behind him every time he takes to the track and likes to thank them after each success.

When speaking to News Corp, Williams lost count at nine members of his support team, not including those who haven’t been able to make it to Melbourne for the spring due to Covid travel restrictio­ns.

He’s one of the growing number of jockeys with a riding coach as well as a fitness coach and other supporters, including his racing manager Jason Breen.

“In all sport now, especially at this level, you’ve got to surround yourself with the right people and I was lucky my father is an ex-jockey and a trainer, so I always have my master with me,” Williams said. “I guess it’s not just about race riding and tactics, it’s about styles, strength, and conditioni­ng as well. I think it also includes grounding and when you get a bit above yourself, they bring you back to earth.

“That’s my strength and that’s why I always thank the people around me.”

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