Pike Reigns Supreme At Belmont

26
May

Champion jockey William Pike stole the limelight at Belmont Park on Saturday when he booted home a record equalling six winners on the eight-race programme.

A nine-time winner of Perth’s jockey premiership, Pike enjoyed a red-letter day with wins on At The Ready, Market Ruler, Galaxy Star, Arcadia Price, Stageman and Enticing Star.

The diminutive hoop joined Frank Treen as the only two jockeys in the modern era to win six races at a Perth metropolitan meeting.

Treen, inducted into WA Racing’s Hall Of Fame in 2007, set the benchmark at Ascot in 1967.

Pike also celebrated another milestone when he smashed through the century barrier for the third successive season in WA, yesterday’s outstanding haul advancing his tally to 102 city winners.

“It makes me feel good,” said Pike after his victory on Enticing Star.

“It’s not often you get all six so it’s pretty nice to do it.

“It’s also good for everyone else who is involved.”

Enticing Star, one of four winners for leviathan owner Bob Peters further underlined her star qualities in the Vale Alan Croll Handicap (1200m).

The Testa Rossa mare was a fair margin off her rivals at the top of the straight, but with her superior turn of foot she had them covered at the 100m mark to extend her unbeaten sequence to five.

“I was never really worried,” Pike said.

“But this horse lets down so good.

“Right now, the sky is the limit.”

Earlier Pike was at his devastating best when he lifted Arcadia Prince across the line in a tight finish to the Peninsula Dining Room Belmont Park-Book Now Handicap (1300m)

The Pierro gelding appeared to lose momentum half way down the straight, but charged home to defeat Paddy’s Shadow in the shadows of the post by a short-head.

“It was nearly a disaster show,” Pike said.

“Everything was going good, but I couldn’t get out anywhere.

“I nearly missed the boat, but lucky enough I had a spare cylinder to kick with.”

Arcadia Prince was the middle leg of a treble for Grant and Alana Williams, giving the husband and wife combination a three-win lead over Adam Durrant in the trainers’ premiership

Durrant remained in touch after he bookended the Belmont programme with At The Ready, who packed too many guns for Dudemanbro over the concluding stages and Enticing Star.

Julio Santarelli