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Offline gunbower

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« 2022-Jan-06, 08:30 PM Reply #575 »
Poor Pikey. Most of the jockeys I have engaged or who have ridden for me would be declared a bona fide genius if they had passed Grade 10. I have never been tempted to ask any of these chaps their opinions on World wide pandemic viruses:; or even more importantly on the best way to exist and live with such problems. I have no doubt this bloke sits well on a horse ; but for medical matters I am inclined to look to others with maybe a smidgen more qualifications.

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« 2022-Jan-06, 09:05 PM Reply #576 »
Well everything in the world is right again (for a moment anyway) with Pike kicking home the last at Pinjarra, making it a double in the Peters colours for the day   :king:

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« 2022-Jan-12, 05:44 PM Reply #577 »
Pikes engagement on the ex vic in the next ensures Forever Autumn has got of to a crazy price  :whistle:

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« 2022-Jan-12, 06:47 PM Reply #578 »
It should have been $100 the way it went🤮

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« 2022-Jan-13, 11:38 PM Reply #579 »
Another story about Pike and his vaccination status with his day of reckoning growing closer.

https://www.justhorseracing.com.au/news/australian-racing/the-wizard-waits-on-an-uncertain-future/720865

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« 2022-Jan-14, 01:25 PM Reply #580 »
Just a point to add to that article. It implies that He may be able to ride at "minor" meetings, however RWWA have released rules to apply from 5th Feb.

From that date all racing participants will be required to be vaccinated for all meetings

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« 2022-Jan-14, 07:53 PM Reply #581 »
Pikes engagement on the ex vic in the next ensures Forever Autumn has got of to a crazy price  :whistle:

She went into the BB off the run in the stakes race where she looked to be travelling yet ran out of room and flashed late once out.

Has gone terrible in two lower grade runs since  :shrug:

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« 2022-Jan-15, 08:23 AM Reply #582 »
Yes, that’s that’s when I BB’d her too. Against the top girls over there and then............🤮

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« 2022-Jan-18, 10:57 AM Reply #583 »
Reports out today that he's Sydney bound to continue his riding career.

I can just see Wily & Fours getting their placards made now so they can hang over the fence booing him.   :biggrin:

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« 2022-Jan-18, 11:23 AM Reply #584 »
Gin, Wily won’t boo him when he comes to Sydney as Pike is on of Wily’s fraternity of the unvaccinated.   :lol:

But you never know as money talks.   :lol:

It will be interesting to see who he rides for. With McDonald, McEvoy, Bowman, Berry etc around, it will be a struggle for rides unless he hooks up with a major stable. With Meagher setting up a satellite stable, could he ride for them?

https://www.racenet.com.au/news/pike-sydney-bound-to-continue-career

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« 2022-Jan-18, 11:44 AM Reply #585 »
Pike set to move interstate
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Champion West Australian jockey Willie Pike is set to move to New South Wales to continue his riding career, according to reports.

Pike, who has not disclosed his vaccination status, will not be able to ride in his home state when WA's mandatory vaccination policy comes into play from February 5.

Under Racing New South Wales' current rules, there is no requirement for jockeys to be vaccinated to ride.

He is expected to apply for his license this week, before starting to ride in NSW from next month.

Earlier this month Pike cited health and security worries as factors in his decision-making.

“At one point there they were touting a digital passport just so you could get into restaurants and what not – that’s how the future’s going to be, they say," Pike told Freedom Media.

"I don’t see how that could be acceptable.

“If you want to go to a restaurant and have a nice meal, why should you have to worry about giving out all of your details?

“For me as an athlete as well, health implications definitely have a play in it."

 

    William Pike will relocate to Sydney to continue his riding career. Will apply for license this week. Under current rules jockeys are not required to be double vaccinated in NSW. @TABradio @TAB_touch @TheRacesWA
    — Julio Santarelli (@santassnippets) January 17, 2022

ENDS

He won't be going to a nice restaurant if he hasn't got the Vax he sounds like Djokovic.

He'll have to make do with takeaway

Not over bright with that argument only details required to enter  is register QR code with proof of vaccination against Covid-19

Does he object to other lawful requirements like applying for a jockey license , fasten your seat belt, holding a driving license, or pay registration on his car .

 I'm surprised Racing NSW hasn't mandated vax for participants asking for trouble the state NSW is in.


Giddy Up :beer:

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« 2022-Jan-18, 12:35 PM Reply #586 »
Gintara,

I make great $$$ when he fails to find a FF spot but nothing personal.

Any other jockey achieving the same stats and hype following gets the same treatment from me.

Fours
ps for me the likes of Winx BC etc mean lost betting opportunites so it is a bell curve with Pike somewhat closer to the like sof them then most so he costs me some opportunities but not quite as many as them.

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« 2022-Jan-18, 12:37 PM Reply #587 »
 :chin:

We know it wont be Gai that s for sure.

Fours

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« 2022-Jan-18, 01:17 PM Reply #588 »

 I'm surprised Racing NSW hasn't mandated vax for participants asking for trouble the state NSW is in.


Giddy Up :beer: [/color]

I am not sure how much V’landys has to do with that stance but NRL has no mandatory vaccination too. AFL does and I think it is the same for cricket. I am not sure about Union, A League etc. Some state governments won’t allow professionals to compete in stadiums without being vaccinated including Qld and Vic.

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« 2022-Jan-18, 01:58 PM Reply #589 »
Gintara,

I make great $$$ when he fails to find a FF spot but nothing personal.

Any other jockey achieving the same stats and hype following gets the same treatment from me.



29% winning strike rate this season.

Next closest is CJP @ 20% and C Parnham @ 19%

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« 2022-Jan-18, 06:20 PM Reply #590 »
Reports out today that he's Sydney bound to continue his riding career.

I can just see Wily & Fours getting their placards made now so they can hang over the fence booing him.   :biggrin:

I’ll be very happy when he arrives. :thumbsup:

Firstly, it will mean the cerise and white will win a shitload more races in the west

2ndly, I look forward to see how Nash, Macca and Hughie react when WP parks back on the fence, prays for luck and hopes people abide by his whistle   :biggrin:  

3rdly, it will be easier to see when he will ride winners

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« 2022-Jan-18, 06:36 PM Reply #591 »
Wily on a more serious note, who do you reckon will he ride for? Waller, Cummings and Meagher are some names mooted but it will be the second or third string rides.

The prizemoney is higher here than in Perth but he won’t get the favourites in every 2nd or 3rd race like Perth. However a couple of G1 wins here would catapult him though.

There was a news article which said his family are going to stay in WA too for awhile till he establishes himself. So not sure if that is true and he is hedging his bets in case WA rules change but if Peters gets a stable jockey, that path may have shut.

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« 2022-Jan-18, 06:55 PM Reply #592 »
Apparently Peters said today that he will be using several Perth jockeys

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« 2022-Jan-18, 08:16 PM Reply #593 »
I’ll be very happy when he arrives. :thumbsup:

Firstly, it will mean the cerise and white will win a shitload more races in the west


I doubt that, the different between most jocks is the one's who make less mistakes.

They are all city class when they get it right but there's reasons why some of them have strike rates below 10% whilst the likes of Pike, JMac, Purton etc are consistently over 20%

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« 2022-Jan-19, 06:57 PM Reply #594 »
Wily on a more serious note, who do you reckon will he ride for? Waller, Cummings and Meagher are some names mooted but it will be the second or third string rides.......................................................
Hawkes ?

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« 2022-Jan-19, 10:42 PM Reply #595 »
No doubt Westie, he rode a bit for them in Melbourne.

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« 2022-Jan-20, 01:21 PM Reply #596 »
It seems Westie and Gin are on the mark. Hawkes, Neasham and Godolphin are interested in acquiring his services. Might not go down that well with some of their regular jockeys.

https://www.racenet.com.au/news/sydneybound-perth-jockey-william-pike-humbled-by-support-determined-to-earn-stripes-in-harbour-city-20220120

Pike humbled by support, keen to earn stripes in Sydney

Jockey William Pike is keen to earn his stripes in Sydney.

 By Gilbert Gardiner
01:36pm • 20 January 2022

PLEDGES of support from top Sydney trainers has humbled West Australian jockey William Pike.

Pike is hoping to be in the Harbour City next month, pending licensing and travel arrangements, to begin a forced but unintended east coast relocation.

Team Hawkes, Annabel Neasham and Godolphin have signalled a want to book the popular jockey, who cannot ride in native West Australian after February 5 under Covid vaccination requirements.

Pike forged a successful association with Team Hawkes during 2020 and 2021 Melbourne campaigns, including the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (Ole Kirk) and William Reid Stakes (Masked Crusader).

Pike combined with Team Hawkes in a further four stakes wins.

The combination in Melbourne accrued eight winners and six placings from 23 starts.

Pike also rode 16 times for Godolphin for seven placings.

“I was half expecting to go there (Sydney) just happy to get a ride,” Pike said.

“But when those names (stables) have shown some interest, definitely it is humbling.

“It could do nothing but help (settling in Sydney), having at least some relationships with them (stables), especially Hawkes … but I‘ve got to earn my stripes.”

Pike is under no illusions about competing with James McDonald, Hugh Bowman, Tommy Berry, Kerrin McEvoy and company in one of the world’s strongest racing jurisdictions.

“It’s not going to be easy, they’re not just good riders, they’re some of the best in the world and have proven it,” Pike said.

“It’s also me going into their backyard, which makes it just that bit more difficult.

“It’s (riding) one of those jobs, you do the basics right and worry about being clever later.”

While up for the new challenge, Pike has mixed emotions about the impending move triggered by his vaccination hesitancy, which stems from a bad reaction to the flu shot about 20 years ago.

The personal decision has unintentionally and unfairly made Pike, arguably Australia’s highest profile athlete to baulk at Covid vaccination, an ‘anti-vax’ icon.

“If I’m honest, I wonder why a jockey would draw so much attention over something like this,” Pike said.

“I’m not a politician, I’m not a scientist, I’m not a professor … I’m a guy who rides a horse around in a circle, why does my opinion matter so much?

“I’m doing what I think is right for me and … trying to follow what rules are set and work within them.

“I’m not an anti-vaxxer … obviously straight away I get branded an anti-vaxxer, it’s up to everyone what they do, I’m not saying people shouldn’t have it, I’m not saying people should have it.”

Pike, whose partner and two children will join him in Sydney eventually, was mentally preparing for living with Covid long before a move interstate became an option.

“I was preparing for it anyway because the borders here are opening soon, I don’t see how it wouldn’t end up in the same situation over here,” Pike said.

“It’s something we’re all going to learn to live with … you know it’s not going to stay under wraps (in WA), is it, when the borders open it’s going to do its thing.”

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« 2022-Jan-20, 05:34 PM Reply #597 »
After the racenet article there are talks that Neasham might use Pike for stable second stringers depending on who is available. Considering McDonald used to ride Zaaki and there could be clashes with Very Elegant, will be interesting to see who he chooses and also where Mounga is headed to.

I think the big losers from Pike coming to Sydney and if successful would be Bowman, McEvoy and Berry.

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« 2022-Jan-20, 06:46 PM Reply #598 »
Hughie will slap Pikey around the chops. McEvoy is hot and cold and Berry is middle rung

My god, you couldn’t seriously consider putting pike on Zaaki
« Last Edit: 2022-Jan-20, 06:48 PM by wily ole dog »

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« 2022-Jan-20, 06:59 PM Reply #599 »
No chance Wily as McDonald will have first choice on Zaaki. I am more intrigued to see where Bowman fits in the puzzle. He has been cold in most of the big races in last 6 months and Waller does not use him as first string so will be doing freelance a lot.


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