Victorious jockey William Pike gifts local punter the Geraldton Gold Cup

Jake Santa MariaGeraldton Guardian
William Pike left the Gold Cup in Jenny Winton's keeping.
Camera IconWilliam Pike left the Gold Cup in Jenny Winton's keeping. Credit: Jake Santa Maria

Most punters are happy to come away from the Geraldton Gold Cup day with some winnings but one lucky punter got to take home the cup itself.

The Geraldton Gold Cup is one of the biggest races on the Geraldton Turf Club’s calendar, with a $100,000 prize pool on offer.

The race itself was a nail-biter, with Come Right Back winning by a nose to overtake Gold Friars in its final strides in another win for jockey William Pike who already had two to his name.

However, it would appear he had too many trophies to bring home with him as he offered up his cup to local racegoer Jenny Winton.

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“I went up to him to tell him he had won me a lot of money just before the presentations,” she said.

“Then I went to get a photo with him he asked if I wanted the cup and I assumed he just meant to hold for the photo.

“But he just let me keep it after the photo; I couldn’t believe it.”

Pike did not hang around long following the presentations as he was up in the final race which he duly won to make it four wins and a place for the day, suggesting he really may have too many trophies sitting at home already.

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