Pike Mulls Rupert Clarke Plan

Champion jockey William Pike says he will head into Saturday’s Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes with no plan firmly in mind for Superstorm.

The Western Australian star has drawn horrifically in barrier 18, with Pike certain to earn his riding fee from out there.

When asked if he’d need to say a few Hail Marys before the jump, Pike said: “That’s pretty much all we can do isn’t it?

“We’ve just got to deal with it. It’s going to be pretty tricky, you can’t do much about it.

“It’ll be a case of riding him off the way he jumps and ride him on the feel of the race. I’ve probably just got to accept the way things are run and just try and find myself into some sort of a winning position.

“Whether that’s putting him into the race and trying to track into it, or whether I wait and cut corners, I will figure that out on the day.

“So I will just jump, let him relax and then ride the race as it unfolds.”

Superstorm, trained by Grant and Alana Williams, is a $9.50 chance.

Pike said despite the barrier, he couldn’t be happier with his horse heading into the race.

“His work is spot on and that sort of thing,” he said.

“It’s just where I end up from that barrier, it’s hard to predict.”

– racing.com

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