Pike, Peters Master Opening Day

26
Nov

Cometh the moment, cometh the champion.

William Pike has produced a masterclass in the saddle on the opening day of the TABtouch Masters, booting home four winners, including the day’s two feature races.

The cerise and white colours of Pike, owners Bob and Sandra Peters and trainers Grant and Alana Williams sounded an ominous warning in the Listed Tattersall’s Cup when Mississippi Delta recorded a dominant victory.

From there, the day went from strength to strength for the potent trio of owner, jockey and trainer.

Arcadia Queen became the first filly to complete the WA Champion Fillies Stakes – WA Guineas double since Queen Of The May in 1959.

With the day favouring runners close to the speed, Pike settled close to the speed with Arcadia Queen, a move which paid dividends.

Arcadia Queen hit the front 200m from and quickly put paid to her rivals to score a three length win.

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In a sign of just how dominant the fillies were over the colts and geldings, Lady Cosmology and Flirtini filled the minor placings.

Peters said he felt Arcadia Queen was capable of emulating the feats of Queen Of The May from nearly six decades ago.

“It was my last year at school when Queen Of The May did this,” he said.

“I was confident with her, but until they actually race against the boys, we weren’t sure.”

Peters said the Kingston Town was firmly on the agenda for Arcadia Queen in a fortnight’s time, a race he won with another three-year-old filly Perfect Reflection in 2015.

“We won’t hurt her,” he said.

“If she’s right, we will go for it.”

A little more than 45 minutes later, Galaxy Star claimed Peters his third Railway Stakes and a second for Pike and Grant Williams.

In contrast to Arcadia Queen, Galaxy Star was forced to settle towards the rear of the field.

At one stage, Peters’ four runners in the race occupied the final four spots in running.

However, it was Pike at his very best from there, as he saved ground along the rails and was within striking distance on the home turn.

Galaxy Star was able to get to the outside to make her run along with Gatting, while Material Man shot to the front along the inside.

Pike was able to lift Galaxy Star to victory over the closing stages, as the mare joined Elite Belle as a Railway winner for Pike.

It was an extra special win for Peters, given Galaxy Star was the only filly one of his favourite mares Galaxy Queen had.

Pike now has to weigh up whether to ride Galaxy Star or Arcadia Queen in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic on December 8

Gatting went on to run second, while Material Man produced a stellar performance first-up to run third.

Perfect Jewel, another Peters owned runner finished fourth, but a performance which had visiting jockey Craig Newitt pondering what might have been.

“She was terribly unlucky,” he said.

“With an ounce of luck from the 600 to the 400 she would’ve tested the winner.”

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Elsewhere from the Railway, Mister Sea Wolf was the best placed of the east coast visitors in sixth and will progress to the Kingston Town Classic.

The Darren Weir-trained pair of Iconoclasm and Peaceful State will likely return home, as will the Kris Lees-trained Prized Icon.

Pike and Peters then teamed up with Adam Durrant in the final event with Royal Statue.

Moet De Vega looked the winner 100m from home, but once again it was the cerise and white colours that stormed over the top to win again.

Tim Walker
www.rwwa.com.au