LUCKY: Jockey Craig Williams escaped serious injury in a fall after the winning post in Saturday's Mornington Cup.
LUCKY: Jockey Craig Williams escaped serious injury in a fall after the winning post in Saturday's Mornington Cup. DAVID MOIR

Williams escapes injury in fatal cup fall

CRAIG Williams will be out of racing for a week after his heavy fall in the Mornington Cup on Saturday.

Tests showed that Williams escaped serious injury after his mount, English stayer The Gold Trail, broke two sesamoid bones in his near front leg, flinging the jockey to the ground 100m after the finish.

The Gold Trail finished fourth and was put down.

Williams lost consciousness briefly.

He was released from Frankston Hospital on Sunday afternoon.

His brother Jason said there had been no structural damage.

"But he'll have to have the mandatory one-week off and he still has a mild concussion," Jason Williams said.

"He'll have a cognitive test next Monday and that will decide when he comes back.

"By the time I got to him he was lucid. His first thoughts when he came to was about the horse."

Williams had an excellent book of rides at Randwick next Saturday including Tosen Stardom in the Doncaster Mile, Tivaci in the T.J. Smith Stakes, Big Duke in the Chairman's Stakes and Mr Sneaky in the Carbine Club Stakes.

Williams leads the Melbourne jockeys' premiership with 54 winners, 10 in front of apprentice Beau Mertens.

Mertens reduced his claim to 1.5 kilograms with his four winners at Mornington.

"I wanted to finish my 2kg claim in good style so I can still attract rides with my 1.5kg claim," he said.

The 19-year-old Mertens has ridden 13 city winners for the month and has bolted clear in the Apprentices' Premiership leading by nine over Ben Allen.

Mertens said his master Mick Kent had encouraged him to ride at more stables in recent times and that had paid off for him.

"Mick said to get my head in at as many stables as I can so I've been riding work at Flemington and even going to Ballarat to ride trials for Darren Weir," he said.

News Corp Australia

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