From Canberra Times
Craig Williams gets the ride on Youngstar in the Melbourne Cup
By Chris Roots & Adam Pengilly
27 October 2018 — 7:48pm
Chris Waller has booked Craig Williams to ride Youngstar in the Melbourne Cup after Kerrin McEvoy opted to ride Godolphin raider Cross Counter.
Youngstar was one of the main victims of the slow tempo in the Caulfield Cup, getting back to last and charging to the line to run seventh. Waller had several jockeys hunting the ride on the Queensland Oaks winner.
“Once Kerrin made his decision, we had Joao Moreira and Brenton Avdulla in the mix but we have booked Craig, who can make the 51.5kg easily,” Waller said. "She has come through the Caulfield Cup very well and I think she will run the two miles right out."
Williams has won the Golden Slipper on Miss Finland, a Cox Plate on Pinker Pinker and Caulfield Cups with Southern Speed and Dunaden, leaving the Melbourne Cup as the last big one he needs for the grand slam.
The premier Sydney stable earlier in the week booked Zac Purton to ride Geelong Cup placegetter Finche in the race that stops the nation.