Top Perth jockey William Pike will possibly be aboard Dancin On The Wind in the 2011 Perth Cup on New Year’s Eve this year.
Dancin On The Wind won his last start oat Ascot on December 10 and has finished no worse than second in his past four runs.
The five-year-old gelding will be looking to earn a run in the 2011 Perth Cup when he lines up for the ATA Handicap at Ascot this Saturday.
Pike will be aboard Dancin On The Wind for Saturday’s run and will weigh up his Perth Cup 2011 options after the race.
The jockey was originally expected to ride Ranger in the race, however, speculation is mounting that the horse will not contest the 2,400 metre race after failing to stay in the CB Cox Stakes last start.
Pike’s manager, Dale Varhagen, said the jockey was almost always loyal to Ranger’s owner Bob Peters.
“We’ve obviously got a few things to look at for the cup,” Verhagen said.
“Obviously we’ve been very loyal to Bob and William rides his horses 98 per cent of the time.
“Nothing is set in stone and you never say never. At this stage, he’d probably ride Ranger but if Dancin On The Wind came out and won by five it would be pretty hard to jump off.
“We thought he looks like a bit of an up-and-comer.”
Dancin On The Wind has won four of his 14 race starts and has earned more than $85,000 in prize money.
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