Champion hoop William Pike is well within sight of his 11th Jockey’s Premiership, but is there a closer battle looming in the trainer’s race?
After Saturday’s Belmont double seven-time champion Adam Durrant maintains his lead, but snapping at his heels in second is Simon Miller.
Miller trails Durrant by 10 wins, but kept in touch after his gun filly Flirtini stamped her Belmont Guineas (1600m) credentials with an easy win.
Durrant cemented top billing and advanced to 62 metropolitan wins after Come Play With Me and State Attorney took out their races impressively.
If Durrant maintains his position for the remainder of the season he will join Lou Luciani as the second most successful trainer in Perth racing.
The pair will sit behind Hall Of Fame trainer Neville Parnham, who has won the trainer’s title a record 13 times.
The apprentice ranks is also shaping as a fascinating contest with three young and in-form riders making their late season bids.
Comeback hoop Brodie Kirby holds current bragging rights and if successful it will end a difficult season on a memorable high.
Since recently returning from suspension Kirby has been in red-hot form and took his tally to 23 wins after partnering Come Play With Me.
He leads from Tayla Stone, who completed her apprenticeship early this season and Jade McNaught and Chloe Azzopardi.
Azzopardi made the most of another opportunity on Flirtini before running into bad luck with stable mate, Market Ruler.
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