PIKE CONFIDENT OF WA DERBY DOMINANCE

Champion jockey William Pike is confident he has a great opportunity of extending his dominance in the Schweppes WA Derby (2400m) at Ascot on Saturday. Pike is vying for his 10th WA Derby success and fourth in succession when he carries the hopes of punters with raging hot favourite, Western Empire. The Grant and Alana Williams-trained…

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ARCADIA QUEEN’S CAREER OVER

Owner Bob Peters has all but confirmed the career of star mare Arcadia Queen is over, after she suffered a tendon injury in preparation for her Group 1 assault on the upcoming Championships in Sydney. Speaking on TABradio this morning, Peters said he’d made the decision the five-year-old would never race again. “I’ve made the…

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CUP NIGHT BACK TO BEST SAYS CARBERY

Pat Carbery believes Cup Night has returned a better horse this preparation and the experienced jockey is looking forward to having him back at the races. After a top trial hit out, The Bernie Miller-trained five-year-old is set to launch his latest preparation in the Northam Stakes (1100m) on May 2. Cup Night won heat…

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OLIVE EYES SIRES WITH KAYMAY

Fresh from training her first metropolitan winner at Ascot on Saturday, Sue Olive has set her sights on scoring her first black-type win. Olive took out Saturday’s Belmont’s Bunuru Plate (1000m) with Awesome Rock filly Kaymay and is set to aim her up at the WA Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on April 17. Kaymay settled…

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SOUTHAM RETURNS HOME

Apprentice jockey Kate Southam has made the decision to relocate to Perth after a short stint in North Queensland. The 27-year-old picked up a Queensland offer with trainer Carl Spry after riding Keep Your Feet at Ascot last June. Southam booted home 12 winners while away at McKay, Cairns, Townsville, Atherton, Innisfail and Home Hill.…

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PIKE PICKS MICHELADA FOR KARRAKATTA

Champion jockey William Pike will ride Michelada in Saturday week’s $500,000 Group 2 Karrakatta Plate (1200m) at Ascot. Pike chose Michelada, a filly he knows well, having steered the daughter of Nicconi in her two starts including a win on debut in January. Pike was also in line to pick up the mount on Pat’s…

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