Paseo and Pike a perfect pairing?

Jun 16, 2017

Coming off a four-win haul at Pinjarra on Thursday, The Wizard Of West Oz, William Pike has been secured to pilot Belhus Racing stalwart Paseo Del Prado at Belmont on Saturday.

The now Lou Luciani-trained seven-year-old will line up in a wide open Heineken Handicap (Race 6-1400m) after catching the eye at his first start in 30 weeks at Belmont on 31 May, running on to be beaten only 2-3/4 lengths in a fast 1000-metre event.

WATCH: PDP runs on nicely first up at Belmont

Paseo Del Prado drops significantly in weight rising in grade and stepping up to a more suitable 1400 metres this weekend, and he has managed to record five top-three finishes when racing second up in the past.

Luciani is pleased with his recovery and trackwork since that first-up assignment and, with Pike on board, Paseo Del Prado is capable of running a cheeky race at healthy each-way odds.

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Belhus Racing's handsome NSW import Apollo is gearing up for a first-up assignment in WA next week after a pleasing performance at the Belmont trials on Monday.

The Trevor Andrews-prepared three-year-old, a former $500,000 yearling who raced four times for Chris Waller in Sydney, competed over 1000 metres in Heat 2 of the day and squeezed through a narrow gap late to run into second, beaten a long head on the line.

WATCH: Apollo catches the eye at the Belmont trials

The maiden son of former international champion So You Think has pleased Andrews throughout his time in WA, and looks set to be nominated for suitable races at both Belmont on Wednesday 21 June and Northam on Thursday 22 June.

Apollo is a half-brother to the four-time stakes winning sprinter Cosmic Endeavour (by Northern Meteor), whose biggest win was defeating Catkins and Criterion in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) on 7 March 2015.