ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 23: Luke Nolen riding Black Caviar (Salmon color black spots ) win the Diamond Jubilee Stakes during day five of Royal Ascot at Ascot racecourse on June 23, 2012 in Ascot, England (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
William Pike has been opened as the $1.45 favourite by online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au to take make it back-to-back West Australian jockey premierships.
Peter Knuckey is next in the market at $4.80, followed by Shaun O’Donnell ($8.50) and Paul Harvey ($9.00).
“Pike is the form jockey of the West, winning last year’s premiership with a strike rate of almost 20 percent, and he rightly heads the betting for 2012/13,” sportsbet.com.au’s Ben Hawes said.
Unlike the battle between the jockeys, the race for the trainers’ premiership is much tighter, with 2011/12 winner Adam Durant installed as the $2.40 favourite, ahead of Jim Taylor ($3.80) and Neville Parnham ($6.50).
West Australian Metro Jockey Premiership winner
$1.45 William Pike
$4.80 Peter Knuckey
$8.50 Shaun O’Donnell
$9.00 Paul Harvey
$21 Any other individual jockey
$26 Jason Whiting
$34 Patrick Carbery
$51 Shaun McGruddy
West Australian Trainer Premiership
$2.40 Adam Durant
$3.80 Jim Taylor
$6.50 Neville Parnham
$8.50 David Harrison
$10 Grant Williams
$10 Simon Miller
$18 Any other individual trainer
$31 Daniel Morton