Group-one racing continues in Perth on Saturday.
Group-one racing continues in Perth on Saturday. Gerard Walsh

After last week's blowout, put faith in Willy Pike

HORSE RACING: The attention of the racing fraternity has been with Perth over the last week as they stage their feature carnival.

Punters were blown out of the water last week with the bolter Great Shot taking honours in the Railway Stakes from Black Heart Bart and our old mate Tom Melbourne.

This weekend's Winterbottom Stakes, with the Grant Williams-trained State Solicitor looking very hard to beat.

It has punter's pal Willy Pike on board, and has a fantastic overall record.

The gelding settled last in the race in 2016 and flashed home to be beaten just on a length.

Hugh Bowman silenced a lot of doubters when he claimed last weekend's Japan Cup.

He may not have had the best spring carnival, particularly in Melbourne, however the old saying of form being temporary and class being permanent was on show.

His ride on Grand Cheval was nothing short of superb, and shows why he is still the best in the business.

Speaking of jockeys, Jamie Kah is one who has been killing them in Adelaide.

If you've been sticking with Kah, you could go very close to buying yourself a new car.

She has been on fire.

CHARITY BET OF THE WEEK

Fairtrusive - Ascot Race 5 No 7 - $50 win at $3.20

They don't call Willy Pike the people's jockey for no reason.

After a good outing last weekend, we're sticking with the great man to pilot Fairtrusive to her second win from as many starts. She's drawn well in gate four and should be able to be unleashed to sprint home.



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