Dig Deep, William Pike’s ride in Saturday’s PikeSaysThanksWA Handicap, is one of 11 Karrakatta Plate winners this century yet to win another race since experiencing success in Western Australia’s top event for juvenile gallopers.

Ima Single Man (2020), Dig Deep (2019), Lucy Mae (2017), Ms Funovits (2013), Luke’s Luck (2012), Motion Pictures (2010), Brava Fortune (2008), Canny Jack (2006), Redwoldt (2004), Confront (2002) and Born Priceless (2001) are/were winless following their Karrakatta Plate victories, while the last two champions of the 20th century, Metal Master (2000) and Climb The Vine (1999) also fired post-Karrakatta Plate blanks. Confront won the 2002 Karrakatta Plate carrying Lucas Camilleri, who was wearing the cerise and white colours of Peters Investments. Nowadays, Bob and Sandra Peters rarely race their thoroughbreds as two-year-olds.

Dig Deep will carry the weight of Australia’s punters when he teams up with Pike for the first time, even though it is bookmakers who should be posting the social media hashtags #Pikeinthelast and #backPikedrinkwhatyoulike alongside smiling emojis, as I proved in a previous blog post. Dig Deep has had nine starts since his 2019 Karrakatta Plate triumph, occupying minor placings in four of them.

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