William Pike survived a late season rally by Peter Knuckey to claim his second consecutive jockey’s premiership title.

Pike, who missed three months of the season riding in Hong Kong, rode 72 winners and finished nine clear of Knuckey.

Pike’s best win was the WFA Group 2 WAROA-Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) at Ascot on November 5 when he partnered Ranger to a decisive win.

Pike and the Grant William’s-trained Ranger also took out the Listed Northerly Stakes (1400m), one of six Listed events for the top jockey.

Pike and Williams combined to win the Northam Cup (1600m), the Grandstand Cup (1500m) and Belmont Classic (2200m) with Moneghetti, Battle Emblem and Elusive Image respectively.

Pike gave trainer Michael Storer his best win when he guided Lord Hatras to victory in the Aquanita Stakes (1800m) and delivered Stan Bates a second straight Beaufine Stakes (1000m) when Megem’s Boy scored an upset win on Saturday.

Knuckey’s spirited bid for the jockey’s premiership ended on 63 wins including four features: the Fairetha Stakes (1400m), Detonator Stakes (1800m), Miss Andretti Stakes (1200m) and York Stakes (1600m).

Shaun O’Donnell, with 56.5 wins, finished in third position but he was the most successful rider in black-type events.

O’Donnell and champion gelding Luckygray formed a formidable combination to take out the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) and the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) during the Ascot summer carnival.

The dynamic duo dominated the Belmont Park winter season with a hat-trick of wins: The Group 3 Roma Cup (1200m), the Belmont Sprint (1400m) and Hyperion Stakes (1600m).

O’Donnell grabbed success in two feature provincial events when Black George won the Listed Hannan’s Handicap (1400m) and Bites The Dust the Pinjarra Classic (1300m).

O’Donnell enjoyed a good association with the Phil Humann-trained Rantorini who landed the Raconteur Stakes (1500m)-Belmont Oaks (2000m) double.

Further wins in the Listed Belgravia Stakes (1200m), Burgess Queen Stakes (1400m) and Challenge Stakes (1500m) capped off a fine season for the top rider.

Paul Harvey ended the season with a riding double and on 41 wins to finish in fourth position and three clear of Jason Whiting, Pat Carbery and Shaun McGruddy.

Next best on 35 was Ryan Hill who defeated Kyra Yuill by 8 to win the apprentice title.

Hill landed his maiden stakes victory in front of his visiting parents from the United Kingdom when evergreen gelding New Spice scored in the Tattersall’s Cup (2100m) last November.

Yuill, the defending apprentice champion, posted her maiden black-type win on Melbourne Cup day when Avante broke through in the Colonel Reeves Stakes (1100m).

The young rider achieved another milestone when she became the first female jockey to win the Perth Cup (2400m) following the victory of Western Jewell.

Glenn Smith celebrated his comeback to racing in fine style when he piloted Rohan to victory in the Group 2 WA Derby (2400m), the Listed JC Roberts Stakes (1800m) and Belmont Guineas (1600m).

Peter Hall enhanced his reputation as the country cup’s specialist when he won the Bunbury, Pinjarra and Boulder Cups.

Hall also tasted success with Mr Moet in the Group 3 Strickland Stakes (2000m) before lifting El Rijes to victory in the Listed Perth Stakes (1100m).