Bob Peters’ dynamic start to the Ascot season continued when Perfect Jewel proved too classy for her rivals in the $100,000 Listed Belgravia Stakes (1200m) yesterday.
Fresh from four winners at Ascot’s season-opening meeting last Saturday, Perth’s leading owner-breeder claimed a treble with Celebrity Dream, Perfect Jewel and La Mouline.
The highlight victory was Perfect Jewel, a half-sister to 2016 Perth Cup (2400m) champion, Star Exhibit, who emerged as a top Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m) prospect.
The Grant and Alana Williams-trained filly, aided by a flawless William Pike ride, settled third and fought on strongly to defeat Epic Grey by a half-length. Art Series was close up third.
Perfect Jewel, who started a $2.60 favourite, extended her unbeaten sequence to three and continued Peters’ top record in the Belgravia Stakes.
Peters won the three-year-old feature previously with Perfect Reflection (2015), Disposition (2014) and Arcadia Rose (2013).
Peters said Perfect Jewel was on track to target the Group 3 Champion Fillies Stakes next month.
“I didn’t think she would be favourite, but obviously, people thought her last two runs have been very good,” Peters said.
“There is not a lot to her and we will have to be careful how we plan going forward, but she obviously has got ability.”
Peters is set to play a strong hand in the Champion Fillies Stakes, boasting a number of top prospects, including the unbeaten Mikimoto, who posted a dominant performance last Wednesday.
Peters said he is reluctant to compare Perfect Jewel and Mikimoto.
“Early on I thought Perfect Jewel was the best one,” Peters said.
“Then listening to everyone at the stable I swapped to Mikimoto.
“At this stage I don’t know just yet.”
Perfect Jewel gave Pike the middle leg of a treble after he arrived with a well-timed run on Celebrity Dream before sailing along the fence aboard La Mouline.
The champion jockey said Perfect Jewel hit the line strongly after a difficult run early.
“It took me a long time to get her to settle and even when she did settle I couldn’t get her in a rhythm very well,” Pike said.
“It was a good effort to get over them still.”