Pike returns to Kranji for another one-day visit on Sunday

The Singapore Turf Club has granted a one-day visiting jockey’s licence to Australian jockey William Pike for the Sunday meeting on 19 November, 2017.

Trainers Lee Freedman and Daniel Meagher will book the nine-time Perth champion jockey for rides on that day.

The 31-year-old jockey recently paid his third one-day visit at Kranji at the recently-concluded Sunday meeting where he finished a narrow second aboard Bahana in the Group 1 Dester Singapore Gold Cup.

Pike was not successful either at his previous big-race Singapore raids aboard Lim’s Samurai in the Group 1 Patron’s Bowl on 18 June, 2017 and the Group 1 Emirates Singapore Derby on 9 July, 2017, but did finish second to Infantry in the Derby.

That Derby meeting was not without rewards, though, as he did win two races aboard Chairman and Mr Crowe, both for ex-Kranji trainer Laurie Laxon.

The top jockey in Perth in the last decade, Pike boasts more than 1,800 winners over a period of 15 seasons, including five at Group 1 level, namely the Perth Cup and WA Derby twice, and one Railway Stakes, 38 at Group 2 and 3 level. Besides Singapore, Pike did ride in Hong Kong with success in 2009 and 2012.

Pike is again well clear on the 2017/2018 Perth metropolitan log, leading on 40 winners, 26 clear of the next best, Chris Parnham.

He goes to scale at 53kgs.