Craig Williams will renew his association with Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot this weekend. Mikel Delzangles' six-year-old, who also won the Hong Kong Vase under Williams, met plenty of trouble in running when second in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot. With regular jockey Christophe Lemaire likely to be claimed to ride for his retained owner the Aga Khan later in the season, owner Sheikh Fahad Al Thani thought it best to secure the services of someone who can commit to his horse, despite Williams living in Australia.
Racing manager David Redever said "Basically, Sheikh Fahad decided that whoever was to ride the horse in the Arc was to ride him in all his races between now and then, which almost definitely ruled out Christophe. Craig has won his only two starts on the horse (5/1 to win the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes), he knows him well and was prepared to make the sacrifice and commitment to come all the way from Australia to ride the horse whenever he ran. He rode Ortensia at Royal Ascot and Cay Verde for us and spent a lot of time with Mick Channon and knows the tracks well."
He will be up against St Nicholas Abbey (2/1 to win the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes) who finished third in this race last year. Also entered in the race is, the Hardwicke Stakes winner and conqueror of Dunaden, Sea Moon (3/1 to win the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes)