William Pike says his next challenge is to chase down Paul Harvey’s Western Australian riding record of 116.5 wins after he brought up a century at Belmont on Saturday.
Pike advanced to 101 wins after a treble, guiding home stablemates, Military Reign and Military Ruler before landing his first Roma Cup victory with Battle Hero.
Pike, who is 57 wins clear of his next rival, Lucy Warwick, will claim an eighth jockey premiership when the 2015-16 racing season concludes at the end of July.
“I suppose that’s my next challenge and it will be good to do, but for the moment I’m happy to reach 100,” Pike said.
Pike’s season tally includes 17 black-type wins. He considers the Group One Kingston Town Classic (1800m) with Perfect Reflection as his greatest triumph.
Pike and the gun three-year-old filly, unbeaten from five starts, also won the Group 3 Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m), the Listed Belgravia Stakes (1200m).
Pike also won the Group 2 Cox Stakes with Delicacy and the WA Derby aboard
“She was my standout girl for sure,” Pike said.
Pike has 21 metropolitan meetings remaining to eclipse Harvey’s 1999-2000 state record.
Harvey, who holds a record 12 jockey premiership titles and was induced into the Western Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2014, was the last rider to notch a century of Perth winners in 2002-03.