The well-oiled cerise and white machine of owner-breeders Bob and Sandra Peters looks well placed once again to win the WA Oaks and WA Derby, after their runners won both Listed events at Ascot today.
It was Adornment firstly who enhanced her credentials for the autumn classics by taking out the Listed Ascot 1000 Guineas (1800m), her second straight win.
The Grant and Alana Williams-trained filly was given a perfect ride by William Pike, wåho was able to settle directly behind the leading pair.
In all too familiar fashion, Pike was poised on the turn for home and Adornment lifted accordingly to score by a length.
Vintage Stock finished second, while Brelleta Five was third.
It was the fourth win for the Peters’ in the $100,000 event and their first in the race since Awaken in 2017.
The filly will now head to the Listed Natasha Stakes (2200m) on March 16.
Pike said Adornment showed a lot of maturity in her first Listed race win.
“I thought she handled herself well given the conditions,” he told The Races WA.
“I’d say she’s my number one pick heading towards the Oaks at this stage.”
The Williams, Peters and Pike combination made it a sweep of the feature events when Regal Power, a full brother to last year’s Derby winner Action, took out the Listed Lex Piper Stakes (1600m).
Despite being a shorter price than Adornment, Regal Power made hard work of his win.
Fred Dag showed a wonderful turn-of-foot over the last 200m to hit the front, but Pike urged Regal Power to go with the Bruce Watkins-trained galloper and he responded accordingly to win by a short-head.
Final Hearing finished third, while Challenge Stakes winner Creative Hero was unplaced.
Pike said he felt Regal Power would continue to get better as the distances increase towards the Derby.
“I always thought he was a bit weak in his last 50 or 100m,” he said.
“Today he really went a long way to impressing me and convincing me on the way to the Derby.
“At this stage he’s my number one pick, but Mr Peters has a tendency to produce one out of nowhere at times.”
For good measure, Pike then booted home Forceful for the Peters’ and Willams’ in the final event of a day to cap off a winning treble.