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Hayes Sacks Stable Jockey Williams

Tuesday, 13th October 2009

In Australia, leading trainer David Hayes said he "felt compelled to sack stable rider Craig Williams because he had lost confidence in the 4-time premiership-winning rider," reported The Sydney Morning Herald. Hayes (who told Williams on Sunday that his services were no longer required after 4 years as top stable rider) said the decision to axe Williams, 32, was his alone, explaining: "About 12 months ago I got a lot of owner pressure about Craig & his position with the stable, but I resisted. This time, however, there was no owner pressure at all. It was just me. I'd just lost a bit of confidence in him. It's a bit like a footballer. As a horse trainer, you can't afford to lose confidence, so I had to act. It was not just one thing or another. There were a few rides that I didn't think were his best; but in the end, I thought it was time to move on. I'm sure Craig will kick on as a freelance rider & the change will probably be good for him as well." Williams commented: "It's not too bad. I've still got my health & everything's going really well. I guess results determine a lot of things. I've been lucky enough to have a great 4 years with him (Hayes) & we move on from there. David's the boss & basically he made that decision. I can't complain. David's been very fair to me."

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