When William Pike, nicknamed the ‘Wizard’ was a youngster growing up in Coolgardie, he thought he would become an underground miner, but in the fan’s eyes the ‘Wizard’ has become one of the best miners ever, a gold miner! The ‘Wizard’ has ridden a total of 10 Group 1 winners in his career and been a fan favourite not only in the west but has demonstrated he is one of the best in the land with Group 1 wins in Melbourne.
In 2018/19 he achieved the Australian National Riding Record of 234 winners which was a remarkable achievement then, only to break the record in 2019/20 where he bettered the result with 239 winners.
12 Perth riding titles only once in the last 10 seasons ridden less than 100 winners
2006 WATC Derby – his first Group 1 winner (Cats Fun)
Australian National riding record 239 winners in a season (2019/20)
2020 Caulfield Guineas (Ole Kirk)
2020 Caulfield Stakes (Arcadia Queen)