Godolphin's Blue Army partnering with the Wizard of the West, William Pike, are an ominous combination and one punters will be searching for at Morphettville on Saturday.
Pike has been sourced to ride Flexible for James Cummings in the $502,250 Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) where the pair have drawn perfectly in barrier four and marked a $13 chance with tab.com.au.
Flexible brings some strong Sydney form down south after her placings behind Duais in the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes at Randwick where she was sent out a $4.80 favourite.
She sticks to the 2000m trip and Cummings has applied the blinkers for her Adelaide mission as he tries to join his legendary grandfather Bart, a four-time Oaks winning trainer, on the honour role.
They’ll also be trying to hit the ground running in the opening event with Translation in the Listed Without Fear (Queen Adelaide) Stakes. Pike rides Pandemic in the Group 3 D C McKay Stakes. Pandemic was beaten just over four lengths behind Signore Fox in the Group 3 St Kingdom Stakes at Rosehill last start and looks suited dropping back to 1100m.
Pike also has the task of trying to get Tony and Calvin McEvoy’s Sisstar to run a strong 1200m in the Group 1 TAB Classic (Sangster Stakes).
The mare has never won beyond 1100m, but if there is anyone that can get her to relax in the lead it’s Pike. She’s expected to find the top without a lot of pressure and sure to give her backers a sight.
Pike’s other key rides include Silent Sovereign in the Port Adelaide Cup for the McEvoy stable, and Anthony and Sam Freedman’s Lunakorn in the Queen Of The South Stakes, while he rides Von Costa Glass early in the day.
And it will be far from a surprise to see My Prince Charming firm up in the last on the big nine-race card.
Pike is famous for helping punters out of a pickle back in Perth, and the Andrew Homann-trained My Prince Charming is sure to come into calculations with punters, having finished in the money at six of 13 starts in Adelaide where he started his career.