Craig Williams guides Soothing down the outside rail en route to victory (Image: Racing Photos)
Lexus Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Craig Williams ended Godolphin's relatively dry run at Flemington this spring when he produced some magic aboard mare Soothing to score in the G.H. Mumm Century Stakes on Thursday.
Soothing was the 20th horse in the royal blue colours to be saddled by trainer James Cummings over the first three days at Flemington and she ended up winning easily following a smart ride from Williams.
The Lonhro mare had drawn barrier three in the straight race but Williams allowed her to find her feet in the 1000-metre scamper and got her across to the outside rail before she unleashed a huge finishing sprint close to the outside fence.
Such was the rate she was finishing, Soothing ($6) had nearly a three-length margin on the line from early leader Ball Of Muscle ($3 fav), with $15 chance Badajoz three-quarters of a length away third.
WATCH: Soothing's win
Soothing was Williams' fourth win over the carnival following a victory earlier on Thursday aboard Bumper Blast, preceded by Group 1 wins aboard Vow And Declare (Lexus Melbourne Cup) and Fierce Impact (Kennedy Cantala).
Godolphin had gone close in a number of races headlined by their colt Bivouac's second placing in last Saturday's G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes.
Cummings said later Williams rode the mare perfectly.
"Craig delivered there by riding to instructions," Cumming said before noting: "Isn't he riding well and isn't it great to see him get a win up in the blue colours.
"The horses have been running well and it was good to see that with a nice quiet ride today, she was able to justify the confidence we had in her last time (when beaten at Caulfield).
"Her finishing burst is excellent when she is held up like that and it was great to see her deliver."
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