Leading jockey William Pike has confirmed he will ride Railway Stakes winner Regal Power at his Melbourne debut in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield on Saturday week.
Pike told TABradio this morning he was told by owner Bob Peters he would travel to Melbourne for the Weight-For-Age event, where he starts an Australian Cup and All Star Mile campaign.
“At this stage, it looks like I should be there,” he said.
“I’ve been given the nod and the boss said all good.
“Until I’m there with my feet on the ground on the east coast I’m always a little bit reserved.”
Regal Power rounded out his preparation for Melbourne with an impressive trial win over 1400m at Bunbury on Friday morning.
It followed an equally impressive at Lark Hill over 930m a fortnight ago.
Pike said it was a difficult preparation for Regal Power, but was still confident the four-year-old’s would put in a bold showing in the Australian Cup second-up.
“The preparation is a little bit tricky,” he said.
“I think he can win the Australian Cup.
“It would’ve been nice if he had a bit more of a flowing preparation.
“He didn’t have long off, so I don’t think it’s a true second-up effort.”
Pike went to Melbourne for the Australian Cup meeting last year and finished fourth aboard the David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained So Si Bon.
He also finished fourth aboard Graff in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) on the same program.
Meanwhile, star sprinter-miler Black Heart Bart started his All Star Mile campaign off on the right note at Lark Hill this morning.
The nine-year-old settled on the speed in the 930m trial and held off a fast finishing Touch Of Silver.
Trainer Lindsay Smith said Black Heart Bart will run first-up in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) on the same day as the Peter Young Stakes and would leave for Melbourne tomorrow night.
Western Temple, Miracle Man, Mystery Miss and Sanabreanna rounded out the six horse trial.
Hear from Black Heart Bart’s trainer Lindsey Smith below.
Lindsey Smith delighted with the trial of Black Heart Bart who will leave Perth tomorrow ahead of a Melbourne campaign. @santassnippets @PerthRacing @TAB_touch @TABradio @OfficialRWWA pic.twitter.com/SORQWxN6L5
— The Races WA (@theracesWA) February 10, 2020