William Pike rode his first Group 1 winner since relocating to the eastern seaboard at Eagle Farm on Saturday, expertly steering Gypsy Goddess to her breakthrough victory at the highest level in the $700,000 Channel 7 Queensland Oaks (2200m).

Gypsy Goddess was third in the G1 Vinery Stud Stakes (1850m) at Newcastle in March and runner-up in the G1 Australian Oaks (2400m) at Randwick in April and few could begrudge David Vandyke's filly following her success at Eagle Farm.

Pike was aboard for those defeats in New South Wales and he played his role in ensuring the daughter of Tarzino gained a valuable G1 win, timing his run to perfection.

Gypsy Goddess settled next to last in the 18-horse field and commenced a run around the outside of the pack from the 900-metre mark. Pike crept forward and hooked widest of all on the home turn, with Gypsy Goddess sustaining her effort to race past Barb Raider ($5) and score by a length.

"I guess barriers aren't too big of an issue when you have a horse with gears like her," Pike said, referencing Gypsy Goddess jumping from the outside barrier.

"She had a bit on this field today, I rode her accordingly, but I still got there a bit early. That was 'Plan B' for sure."

Vandyke said he would have spelled Gypsy Goddess 'if it were any other horse' but, such was his faith in her ability and constitution, that he wanted to give her every chance to contest the Oaks.

"Seven and-a-half months ago she won her maiden, which I didn't even think she could do. Now, it's been a journey, such an arduous time, and to see her wrap up a field of quality fillies like that, at Group 1 level in our home state, that'll do me," Vandyke said.

The usually reserved Pike expressed his delight at claiming the first G1 race since departing Western Australia.

"I've had a few Group 1s, I've been lucky, but this one goes right up there because of the significance of the move that I made (east) and everything surrounding it. Just being here, I really appreciate it," Pike said.

Gypsy Goddess is yet to miss the top three from nine starts, which include six wins and the Oaks success was her second at Stakes level. Her other triumph came in Queensland in the G3 Grand Prix Stakes (2100m) at Eagle Farm in December 2021.

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