William Pike is confident a wide draw won’t be a major deterrent in his bid for a fourth Farnley Stakes victory when he rides Tellem We’re Comin at Belmont Park tomorrow.
Trained by Grant and Alana Williams, Tellem We’re Comin makes his return after a luckless autumn campaign when he was placed in the Listed Bunbury Stakes (1400m) and Listed Grandstand Cup (1500m).
Pike believes the Blackfriars gelding has been destined to win a feature race after winning six of his first 10 starts.
However, his chances of doing that tomorrow were dealt a blow when he drew the extreme outside in the field of 13.
The draw didn’t dampen the optimism of Pike and punters, with Tellem We’re Comin backed from $6 to $3.50 favouritism with TABtouch yesterday.
“We’ve always thought he was good enough to win a Listed race,” Pike said. “This is the time of the year for him to show us and repay the faith.
“I’m sure he’ll run a big race regardless of the barrier. If anything, he seems to be trialling better than his last couple of campaigns.
“I thought there was marked improvement from his second trial to his third trial.”
Tellem We’re Comin ran third in his first two trials last month before storming home to comfortably win at Lark Hill last week.
He is bound for the Listed Hannan’s Handicap (1400m) at Kalgoorlie on October 3.
Pike won the Farnley on Man Booker (2018), Foxy Boy (2010) and Hartleys Dream (2005).
Meanwhile,WA galloper Great Again has been ruled out of the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield tomorrow week.
“He’s having two weeks off,” owner Geoff Evans said.
“We were going to the Rupert Clarke but his coat wasn’t absolutely gleaming when he got to Warrnambool. We’ll find another race. He’s a fresh horse, so we’ll try take advantage of that.”