Saturday WA racing in review: July 6

It was the William Pike/Grant and Alana Williams show at Belmont. 

Star Performer

Mystery Miss (Belmont Oaks)

She was expected to be far too good for her rivals, sent around as the $1.14 favourite in the Listed feature, and that’s how it played out. The daughter of Animal Kingdom cruised to the lead at the 200m and raced away from the field when Pike asked for an effort. The victory delighted her owner Bob Peters. 

“The way that she won, it was very easy wasn’t it?” 

“I was fairly sure that she’d stay. She still hasn’t got up to her real distance yet.”

The Grant and Alana Williams-trained filly has now won five of eight starts. 

Front Bar Fodder

Five for Pike at Belmont
William Pike headed to Belmont with an outstanding book of rides and came away with five wins from the eight races. The all-conquering Pike/Grant and Alana Williams/Bob Peters combination claimed both three-year-old feature races, with True Attraction and Mystery Miss getting the job done as $1.14 favourites in their respective races. The pair will now clash in a fortnight’s time in the Belmont Classic (2200m). The Williams stable and Pike also combined to win the first and last race on the card with Cryptic Wonder ($1.55F) and Nikitas ($2.80F). Pike’s fifth win came for Adam Durrant with Battle Storm ($1.18F) an easy victor in a field of just four runners in race two. 

G1 winner carries huge weight to victory at Broome
It was a fair effort by Ihtsahymn at Broome on Saturday, with the 2013 G1 Kingstown Classic winner lugging 66kg to victory. The 1435m Hcp was the rising nine-year-old’s first run since the Perth Cup back in January and first start for Broome trainer Rob Gulberti. With Peter Hall in the saddle, the veteran claimed the race by just over 1L to register his ninth career win at start 57. 

Punters Pearler

William Pike aboard Nikitas (Belmont R8)Punters around the country rejoiced as Pike was able to get favourite Nikitas ($2.80F) home in the last. Now in WA following stints with Kelso Wood, Chris Waller, Darren Weir and Chris Munce on the east coast, Nikitas enjoyed a beautiful run in transit after jumping from barrier five, but Pike had to throw everything at the gelding to run down Great Again. He got there just in time, defeating the $3.20 second favourite by 0.08L. It was Nikitas’ third start in the west and his first win for Grant and Alana Williams. 

The Winners

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