Pike Within Century

12
Apr

William Pike is within sight of his metropolitan century after his win on Dainty Tess at Ascot on Saturday.
Pike is unbeaten on the Dan Morton-trained filly after he found a gap and speared her between runners.
Pike, who is on track to secure an eighth Perth jockey’s premiership, is 50 wins clear of his nearest rival, Lucy Warwick.
The champion rider will be out to maintain his dominance when he partners’ Saul’s Special in the WA Sires Produce Stakes.
He will ride either Arcadia Dream, Heart Starter or First Impressions in the Group 2 WA Derby (2400m).
Pike is chasing his third straight win in the three-year-old classic and guiding Delicacy (2015) and Respondent (2014).
He also won when combining with Dreamaway (2011), Grand Journey (2008) and Michael Grant’s Cats Fun (2006).
Clint Johnston Porter’s double has extended his lead over Aaron Mitchell in the Perth apprentice award.
The young talent found the perfect position on Outlaw Pete and controlled the race on King Of Wu.
Mitchell kept in touch with Johnston-Porter when he lifted Ron’s Call to a narrow win over Zuccheros and stable mate, War Prince.
The seven-year-olds win edged Simon Miller closer to second placegetter, Grant Williams’ in the Perth trainer’s battle.