The strength and depth of Bob Peters’ team was reflected when his ‘cerise and white’ army claimed half the card at Ascot’s season-opening meeting on Saturday.
Capping a memorable day, Perth’s leviathan owner-breeder scored highly impressive wins with Arcadia Prince, State Solicitor, Stageman and Silverstream.
Launching Peters’ quartet of winners was Arcadia Prince, who graduated from a York maiden victory to take out the Crown Sports Bar Plate over 1400m.
The son of Pierro, ridden by William Pike and prepared by Grant and Alana Williams, settled back and had to pull out all stops in the straight.
Fred Kersley’s Necklet, who started favourite, grabbed the lead from Disruptive close to home, but Arcadia Prince got the dive in on the line.
“We always thought he was a nice horse,” Peters said.
“There is the Fairetha next and the Guineas two weeks after that.”
State Solicitor announced he was back in a big way and headed for Group 1 races after coasting to a comfortable win in the Myer Sprint (1100m).
At his first start since May, State Solicitor, under Pike, soared past Caipirinha passing the 100m and bolted in by 1 ¾ lengths over Dainty Tess.
State Solicitor looks well on track to tackle the Winterbottom Stakes for the second time after a slashing sixth to Takedown 12-months back.
“I’ve said many times we’ve had to wait for him,” Peters said.
“We don’t get may runs from him each time he comes in.
“We have looked after him, but he is repaying us now.
“I didn’t know what to expect because his trials were not that impressive.
“We can go either to the Winterbottom or Railway Stakes.
“You should never make a decision on the race course until tomorrow (Sunday), but on that run I think we stay towards the Winterbottom.”
Stageman continued an impressive start to his career, extending his unbeaten sequence to two in the Hosemasters Handicap (1100m).
The lightly raced three-year-old gelding, who gave Pike the third leg of a treble, ran on strongly from fourth and scored in a tight finish from Dynamite Dream and Denim Pack.
“He is very new to it and will go for a spell,” Peters said.
“There is not much of him and hopefully he can mature and have a little campaign in the winter.”
Silverstream, Disposition and Cosmic Storm flew the Peters’ colours in the Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1400m) with the former landing the knockout blow.
Ridden by Chris Parnham, Silverstream fought on strongly from sixth position and scored from Great Shot and Tradesman.
Silverstream’s seventh victory from 23 starts boosted stake earnings to $400,300 and gained her exemption from the ballot for the $1 million Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) next month.
Cosmic Storm ran a luckless fourth after getting held up until the final 100m. Disposition finished eighth.