Trainer Grant Williams, jockey William Pike and owner Bob Peters continued their remarkable run in the WA Derby (2400m) when Action powered to a comfortable victory in the Group 2 feature at Ascot on Saturday.
Action, who put the writing on the wall with a fast-finishing fifth in last Saturday week’s Listed Melvista Stakes (2200m), was one of six starters for the Williams stable and the most popular with punters, starting favourite.
Action, who settled midfield and made an ominous move before the turn, sprinted powerfully to defeat Like A Butterfly by an easy four lengths with Media Baron filling the minor end of the placings.
Action gave Pike a record-equalling seven WA Derby wins, joining Frank ‘Tiger’ Moore, after previous success with Arcadia Dream (2016), Delicacy (2015), Respondent (2014), Dreamaway (2011), Grand Journey (2008) and Cat’s Fun (2006).
Williams won his sixth WA Derby and first in combination with partner, Alana, equalling the mark set by JJ Kelly in 1947. Peters, WA’s leading owner-breeder, took out his eighth WA Derby success.
“I’m very lucky because I entered him in a sale and the agents didn’t want to put him through, so I finished up owning him,” Peters said.
“He is a very nice horse and it’s a good performance considering the margin.”
Melvista Stakes winner, Money Maher, who was sent out the second favourite, ran fourth.