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Lucy Warwick aboard Calabria Joe. Picture: Simon Merritt/Western Racepix.
Lucy Warwick aboard Calabria Joe. Picture: Simon Merritt/Western Racepix.

Jockey William Pike and in-form apprentice Lucy Warwick kicked off the new season in style with winning doubles at Belmont Park today.

Fresh from his fourth consecutive Perth jockeys' premiership, Pike made his presence felt with victories in two of the first four races on the card.

Warwick was not to be outdone by the senior hoop, claiming the opening race on Galaxy Prince and the fourth on Calabria Joe.

Pike helped Gladstone book his trip to Broome for the upcoming Broome Cup when booting the stayer home in the Westspeed Stayers' Bonus Handicap (2000m).

Gladstone, backed from $3.20 to $2.90 favouritism, ran on from fifth on the turn to account for True Gold ($5) by 2 ½ lengths. Verdello Blue ($14) held on for third.

Gladstone's was also the first for the new season for Adam Durrant, who has won three consecutive trainers' premierships.

"He'll definitely go up to Broome next week," Durrant said.

"He's really kept coming on since he's got up over a journey.

"Since he's improved his manners, he has developed as a stayer."

Pike also won the Westspeed Stayers' Bonus Handicap over 2100m on Ram Jam ($5.50), beating Kirov Boy ($6) by a length.

Breeder-owner Bob Peters praised Warwick's ride on Galaxy Prince ($8.50), who stormed home from well back to beat On The Ropes ($9) by a neck in the Tabtouch Your Industry Your TAB Handicap (1600m).

"She rode him well," Peters said.

"The dead track seems to suit the More Than Readys and with three kilos off his back, everything was in his favour.

"Early on we thought he was a really good horse - in fact our best horse - but he hasn't quite gone on with it."

Calabria Joe backed up from his win on a heavy track last Saturday when gunning down Castle Retreat to win the National Jockey's Celebration Day Handicap (1200m).

The West Australian

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