Champion Perth jockey William Pike is still hopeful of retaining the ride on star Western Australian filly Arcadia Queen as she pursues rich prizemoney in Sydney later this spring.
Arcadia Queen, a star of the Ascot carnival last year, will test her credentials in the $14 million The Everest at Randwick and the inaugural $7.5 million Golden Eagle at Rosehill.
The Bob Peters-owned Arcadia Queen, now under the care of Chris Waller in Sydney, has made a rapid rise to prominence after dominating three-year-old races in Perth last summer.
The daughter of Pierro won the Group 3 Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m), the Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) and culminated her maiden campaign with a brilliant Group 1 victory in the Kingston Town Classic (1800m).
Although not confirmed it’s expected that Peters will lean towards an eastern states jockey to partner Arcadia Queen in her Sydney campaign, with the likes of Hugh Bowman and James McDonald being touted as possible riders.
But with The Everest clashing with the Caulfield Cup and The Golden Eagle being run on the same day as the Victoria Derby, the jostle for jockey positions across the two states could open the door for Pike.
Pike, who is cruising to his 11th Perth Jockey’s premiership and third straight Australian Jockey’s premiership, has combined with Arcadia Queen in four of her five career wins including the Kingston Town Classic triumph in December.
The leading hoop believes he is still in the mix to ride Arcadia Queen and hasn’t given up hope of maintaining his association with her.
“I did ask a couple of days ago and just to put it out there that I do want to ride her if it falls that way,” Pike told Tabradio.
“So I suppose I did sort of start to ask the question and start to put a little bit of pressure on Bob.
“I’m not sure how things will fall there.”
Pike continued is amazing 2018-19 season form when he booted home five winners at Belmont on Saturday including a feature race double on True Attraction and Mystery Miss in the Aquanita Stakes (2000m) and Belmont Oaks (2000m) respectively.
He also won on Cryptic Wonder, Battle Storm and Nikita to equal his record of 135 city wins in a season.
Despite another successful season and his decade-long dominance in Perth, Pike said he had a burning desire to showcase his skills and win a major race on the eastern seaboard.
Arcadia Queen looms as his perfect platform.
“It’s definitely something I would like to get off the bucket list at some point in my career,” Pike said.
“I know I get to dominate over here and things like that.
“When you leave your backyard you do want to try and get that big one.
“It would be good to get a Group 1 on home soil, but over the road.”