Pike Breaks Record Early At Belmont

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Much of the discussion in the build up to Wednesday’s card at Belmont was when, rather than if, William Pike would reach the state record of 136 metropolitan wins in the saddle for a season.

He only had to wait until race four on the 10 event card.

Pike was made to wait three races to reach the mark, with two seconds and a fifth from his three rides.

It was a typical Pike ride to bring up the magic milestone aboard three-year-old Black Russian.

Pike settled the gelding towards the rear of the field, before he made his move coming to the home turn.

The Adam Durrant-trained Black Russian then stormed over the top of his rivals to bring up win 136 for the champion jockey, who gave a salute to match the occasion when he crossed the line.

Pike said he wasn’t confident of setting the new record on the 10 event card, despite what looked to be a strong book of rides on paper.

“I’m glad to get in front,” he said.

“I’d run a few seconds and was hoping that wasn’t going to be the theme of the day.

“I thought my rides today were rides where I’d either ride a lot of placings or a lot of winners.

“I find these mid-week meetings really hard to get those wins, they’re very level type of races.”

Pike also paid tribute to the Durrant stable, who provided him with 70 winners this season.

Pike only had to wait a further 35 minutes for his 137th win, with Kelly’s Secret taking out the Perth Racing Security Handicap (1650m).

Meanwhile, Aquanita Stakes winner True Attraction will not take his place in Saturday’s $100,000 Swan River Vase (2200m) at Belmont, leaving Pike without a ride in the feature event.

Gatting is the headline act in the Swan River Vase, a race he won last year.

Come Play With Me, Kalgoorlie Cup winner Inject The Venom and the in-form Eye Art are among Gatting’s six rivals.

Elsewhere, the Neville Parnham-trained Malibu Style will look to make it back-to-back feature race wins when he lines up in Saturday’s Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield.

The seven-year-old took out the Listed All Victorian Sprint Series Final (1200m), with Parnham’s son Chris aboard.

Malibu Style is $8 for this Saturday’s Weight-For-Age feature, behind Godolphin galloper Soothing ($4).

Tim Walker
www.rwwa.com.au

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