Craig Williams Set To Partner Aliyana Tilde In 2013 Sydney Cup

April 23rd, 2013

Jockey Craig Williams will have his chance to salvage his quiet autumn racing carnival with a winning ride aboard Aliyana Tilde in the 2013 Sydney Cup this Saturday.

Willaims will ride the Snitzel mare in the 2013 Sydney Cup after regular rider Corey Brown elected to travel to Adelaide to partner Snitzerland in the in the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes.

Aliyana Tilde

Aliyana Tilde will be joined by jockey Craig Williams in the 2013 Sydney Cup. Picture by Steve Hart.

Trainer Kerry Parker is pleased with how things have worked out ahead of the 2013 Sydney Cup.

“With Corey going to Adelaide it’s worked out perfect getting a rider of the calibre of Craig,” Parker said.

Parker admitted that he had initially expected Aliyana Tilde would be a two-year-old sprinter, however, she has ended up quite the opposite.

“When I got her at the sales I thought I was buying a two-year-old,” Parker said.

“But when I got her up and running I had to put her in the paddock because I thought she was an Oaks filly.”

The four-year-old won the Group 3 Epona Stakes two starts back before finishing a gallant third in the Group 2 Chairman’s Quality at Royal Randwick last start.

“She stepped up well in the Chairman’s and she relaxes so well in her races I can’t see why she won’t step up again in the Sydney Cup,” Parker said.

Aliyana Tilde has won three of her 18 race starts and has earned more than $300,000 in prize money during her career.

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