I know when I’m riding for the boss they will be winning or around the money.
“He has gone out on a limb to put me on this horse because five or six senior jockeys rang him up asking for the ride.
“He said ‘I’ll give you a chance and if you do well we will keep progressing’. It is one of those chances you have to make the most of, because I know she is going to go on to bigger and better things.”
Seasons has had six runs for three wins and three photo-finish seconds, but she hasn’t been to the races in 11 months. Williams has been there for the heartache the talented mare has caused the stable and himself.
“She come in last prep and the boss said ‘we’ll put you on in a benchmark race where she gets 59 kilos and take the three off her back’,” Williams remembered.
“He said she would just win but then she injured a leg, so he tipped her out to be on the cautious side. That was disappointing.
“But it has done her the world of good because she has really filled out and matured. She has come back really strong.”
There is a confidence about Williams, who is starting to make his mark in the metropolitan area, when he rides for Bridge. The master trainer knows when to use him and usually gets the right result.
“I know when I’m riding for the boss they will be winning or around the money,” Williams said. “We have a good strike-rate together, but to be given this ride is so exciting.
“She is just such a good mare.”
Seasons has had the one barrier trial to ready for her for the Kembla 1000m and it was more about getting her to relax as she can produce a stunning closing sprint.
She was beaten three lengths behind Baller, Splintex and Eleven Eleven in a fast 740m hitout where they closed off in 32.7 seconds for the final 600m.
“We just tucked her in behind them and let her find the line. She is a little hot-headed and she jumped really well and then it took a little bit to get her to come back and relax,” Williams said.
“She was full of running on the line and is ready to go on Saturday. I just want to win to stay with her.”
Racing writer for The Sydney Morning Herald