Craig Williams will miss the Randwick Guineas meeting in Sydney next Saturday after being suspended for careless riding at Flemington.
Williams was banned for eight meetings after being found guilty of causing interference to Damien Oliver’s mount Hawking near the 200m of the Group Two Sires’ Produce Stakes when riding The Spitfire.
Williams argued his actions were “competitive riding” and not careless riding but stewards ruled he shifted out for a run when there was not enough room.
The jockey starts his suspension after Monday’s Adelaide Cup meeting and he is free to return on March 18.
Williams rides one of the favourites, Big Memory, in Monday’s Group Two Adelaide Cup.
Meanwhile, Steven King was also suspended for 10 meetings for careless riding aboard Marcado at the 1000m of the Sires’ Produce Stakes.