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Shaquille O’Neal backs star WA jockey William Pike in new commercial

Shaquille O’Neal and William Pike are giants of their respective sports – one more literally than the other.

And despite their odd match, they both feature in a new ad from corporate bookie PointsBet.

Former basketball star O’Neal, who at 2.16m tall towers over the pint-sized 1.48m Pike, makes reference to a favourite bet of many punters from around Australia.

“Nothing beats my weekly massage,” he says while having a bet on a massage table.

“And nothing beats Pikey in the last today.”

Pike is well known for his ability to get punters out of trouble by consistently winning the last race.

WA’s champion jockey is arguably the most popular jockey in the nation, with the catchphrase ‘Back Pike, drink what you like’ also catching on with punters.

Pike rode a staggering 239 winners in Australia last season, breaking his own national record from the previous season.

The 34-year-old has ridden more than 2600 winners including 12 at Group 1 level.

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