First of a regular series of pen pictures of Australian jockeys.
William Pike is a champion Perth jockey who grew up in Coolgardie, an isolated outback town in WA’s goldfields.
When he was a youngster he thought he would become an underground miner but he went to a bush racing carnival and decided he wanted to be a jockey.
He has now won nine Perth riding titles and rode more winners than any other Australian jockey in the 2016-17 season (197.5 winners).
The jockey nicknamed the “Wizard” has won five Group I’s and only once in the last 10 seasons has he ridden less than 100 winners.
While Pike has occasionally ventured overseas or interstate with success, he has never seriously considered moving away from Perth.
Past 12 Months: 886:226-155-97
Joseph Azzopardi’s first major winner was Dreamtime Dancer in 2016 and first Group One winner was Sun Marshal in the 2019 Singapore Derby.
The most recent major winner for Joseph Azzopardi was Snowchino in the STARSTRUCK CLASSIC.
Last seasonJoseph Azzopardi rode 50 winners and so far this season has ridden the winners of 41 races, with the latest winner being Cliffs Of Comfort at Ascot on March 21.
The most successful stable partnership in the past years has been Adam Durrant followed by David Harrison.
Past 12 Months: 448:52-46-43