Tiger Shark (centre) holds on to win at Doomben on Saturday. Picture: Grant Peters / Trackside Photography

Craig Williams had extra motivation when urging Tiger Shark over the line in the Darby McCarthy (1100m) at Doomben on Saturday, with owner and Boost Juice founder Jeff Allis donating a chunk of the $81,000 winner’s cheque to the jockey’s humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.

The giant killing Tiger Shark was at it again, upstaging her rivals at a double-figure quote, with trainer Natalie McCall rewarded for her bold decision to back her up from a disappointing run in the Listed Bright Shadow seven days earlier.

“Jeff Allis, the horse’s owner is a really good friend of Chris and Sam Symons, and they have been very good supporters of our efforts,” Williams said.

“Chris drove a vehicle into Ukraine when we took over 1000 kilos of supplies, so that last little bit I said to her (the filly) ‘you have to stay strong so we can support people in Ukraine.

“We’re grateful to everyone who has donated and it humbles me and proud when my wife and I are representing people in Australia – predominantly in thoroughbred racing – but people on the street as well.

“We’re only the conduit in getting things over there and supporting the cause.”

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