Grinders Coffee Roasters Trophy Wrap

Grinders Coffee Roasters Trophy Wrap

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Race Result:
1st: Outrageous (W Pike/M, W & J Hawkes) - $8.50
2nd: Ocular (B Allen/S Eden) - $8
3rd: The Difference (L Currie/T & C McEvoy) - $18
Winning Time: 1:22.65 Last 600m: 34.50
Margins: 1¾L x Head

Top Western Australian jockey William Pike has broken through to ride his first winner during Cup week aboard the Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes-trained Outrageous.

Continuing his terrific first-up record, Outrageous hit the front at the top of the straight before letting down brilliantly to win the Grinders Coffee Roasters Trophy (1400m) in dominant fashion. The victory brought up Outrageous’ second win at headquarters having won the Listed Autumn Trophy over the same distance last year.

Jockey William Pike said he had taken onboard plenty of advice heading into today’s massive Cup meeting.

“This track has been a bit tricky for me, so I had a talk with Mr Hawkes and Darren Beadman during the week to try and get a few pointers and pick a few brains just to try and figure out this track because it’s not as simple as it looks,” Pike said post-race.

“I’ve been very conscious of trying to save something for the end of these races. This horse was travelling like the winner the whole way. It was just a case of me counting to ten, and then counting to ten again before I went. When I let him slide I thought ‘geez I might have let him go too early but he ran through the line and I just had to hang on today.”

The Hawkes-trained Outrageous jumped as an $8.50 chance with TAB. The $3.10 favourite Groundswell failed to place.

Winning Jockey: Willie Pike

“I suppose the good barriers allow you to make it an easier ride without too much thinking. I was very conscious of being trapped down on the fence. It has happened a few times to me here over the 1400 metres.

“This horse was travelling like the winner the whole way. It was just a case of me counting to ten, and then counting to ten again before I went.

“When I let him slide I thought ‘geez I might have let him go too early but he ran through the line and I just had to hang on today.”

“I thought pre-race we might lead, but we didn’t muster and if I gave him a few niggles to pick up his speed he was going to really go on with the job.

“I’ve been very conscious of trying to save something for the end of these races.

“This track has been a bit tricky for me, so I had a talk with Mr Hawkes and Darren Beadman during the week to try and get a few pointers and pick a few brains just to try and figure out this track because it’s not as simple as it looks.”