Perth’s number one hoop William Pike has opted to continue his association with undefeated filly Perfect Reflection for her Kingston Town Classic 2015 bid against the older horses at WFA this weekend at Ascot Racecourse.
Despite his incredible riding record in WA, Saturday’s $1 million Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) is a race that has so far eluded Pike.
From his eight rides in the Perth Summer Racing Carnival feature he has twice run second including aboard Disposition last year when defeated by the narrowest of margins by Chris Waller’s Sydney raider Moriarty.
This year Pike had the pick of the Grant Williams-trained hopefuls and has opted to stay aboard three-year-old More Than Ready filly Perfect Reflection.
Three-year-olds have a solid recent record in the Kingston Town Classic with three victories in the past 10 years: Megatic (2007), Playing God (2010) and Ihtsahymn (2013).
No three-year-old filly has won the race since its inauguration in 1976 however and the boys have dominated proceedings with the last mare to win the Kingston Town Classic being St. Clemens Belle back in 1999.
Still those statistics haven’t deterred Pike from sticking with Perfect Reflection who has won all four of her career starts to date with him in the saddle.
Her past two assignments this time in have also given her a perfect two from two record at Ascot with victories in the Listed Belgravia Stakes (1200m) from October 21 and the Group 3 WA Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m) over the mile on November 14.
She is up in class this weekend for her maiden Group 1 assignment and also runs over further than 1600m for the first time, but the 50kg allocation is the lightest she has ever carried in a race.
Current futures Kingston Town Classic betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au are paying $5 for Perfect Reflection to win, the filly trailing only dual Group 1 fourth placegetter in Melbourne this Cup Carnival Magic Artist ($3.60) from Germany and Williams’ dual Group 1 winning mare Delicacy ($4.20).
A winner of six from 12 at Ascot, four-year-old Al Maher mare Delicacy is looking to improve on her last start sixth behind Good Project in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) here from November 21.
Pike was aboard for that run as well as her first-up third behind Black Heart Bart in the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) back on November 7.
With Pike on Perfect Reflection, Delicacy will shoot for her third Group 1 success with Peter Hall in the saddle.
Hall has ridden just the one third placegetter from 10 rides in the race and is back aboard Delicacy for the first time since riding her in South Australia back in May for her Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) and Group 1 SA Derby (2500m) victories.
Other confirmed Kingston Town Classic jockeys include Joseph Azzopardi taking the ride on Perth Cup winning mare Real Love, Jerry Noske retaining the mount on WA Guineas winner Man Booker, Damian Lane on the fellow Dan Morton-trained Hazzabeel and Brad Parnham replacing the suspended Jason Brown on Morton’s third runner London Line.
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