Railway Stakes 2020: Willie Pike does it again with third straight success in Perth’s premier Group 1

Champion jockey Willie Pike won his third straight Railway Stakes when Inspirational Girl stormed home to claim the Group 1 feature at Ascot.

Pike lifted the heavily-backed $2.60 favourite out of trouble on the turn, scything his way through the field to get her into the clear.

She let down with a powerful turn of foot to win comfortably by 1¾ lengths. Too Close The Sun ($6) was a brave second ahead of the $101 roughie, Uni Time.

Inspirational Girl also gave owner Bob Peters and co-trainers Grant and Alana Williams their third straight victories in WA’s oldest Group 1.

They teamed up with Pike and Regal Power (2019) and Galaxy Star (2018).

It was a successful homecoming for Pike, who just got out of his mandatory 14-day quarantine stint after riding in Melbourne throughout the spring carnival.

Jockey William Pike has made it three consecutive wins in the Group 1 Railway Stakes.Source:AAP

ALL THE RIGHT DANCE MOVES

Watch Me Dance became the second filly in 61 years to win the Champion Fillies Stakes-WA Guineas double with another thrilling victory at Ascot.

A week after her narrow Champion Fillies (1600m) victory on a heavy track, the Steve Wolfe-trained filly repeated the dose to stamp herself as WA’s best three-year-old.

Jockey Shaun McGruddy had Watch Me Dance ($8.50) perfectly placed on the back of leader Em Tee Aye ($31) and hooked her out into clear running to chase down that horse.

She wore down Em Tee Aye to win by a neck with the $5 favourite, Dom To Shoot, storming home for a close third.

Superstar filly Arcadia Queen (2018) was the first filly to win the Champion Fillies-Guineas double since Queen Of The May in 1959.

“The horse is incredible, the jockey’s incredible, the owners are incredible and the trainer’s not too bad,” Wolfe said.

“We can’t put a price on these things, like I said last week. What a filly. She’s the best in the state.

“We just had to get her here in one piece today. I said to Shaun when she worked on Wednesday ‘Jesus this filly is almost too well’.

“My old mate Peter Hall told me after she won the Sires’ ‘this is like one of Bob Peters’ horses’. He said she’s exceptional and tough.”

McGruddy rated the Guineas victory as the best of his career, along with his two Karrakatta Plate victories.

“It’s actually a race that I’ve had quite a few seconds and thirds in,” McGruddy said.

“They all had every chance but they sort of teased me a bit, so it’s good to get the monkey off the back.”

McGruddy said barrier one proved the difference for Watch Me Dance.

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Originally published asInspirational: Pike does it again in Railway

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