Leviathan Owner-Breeders Cause Oaks Shock


Leviathan owner-breeders Bob and Sandra Peters continued their dominance of the Group 3 WA Oaks (2400m) when Special Alert caused an upset victory at Ascot on Saturday.

Special Alert, one of four starters in the WA Oaks for the Peters combination and the least supported by punters, made a mockery of her starting price of $52.30.

Ridden by ace jockey, Chris Parnham and prepared by Grant and Alana Williams, Special Alert rebounded strongly after running sixth to Friar Fox in the Natasha Stakes (2200m).

After settling midfield the Not A Single Doubt filly raced past Burning Pride inside the last 100m and staved off the fast-finishing Like A Butterfly and stable mate American Joy.

Hot favourite Friar Fox loomed ominously around the turn, but failed to run on and in a field of 16 runners finished seventh, beaten 4 ½ lengths.

Private Dancer, who raced wide and Modern News met interference in the straight, but were never a serious threat and finished well back.

Special Alert, who has now won two races from her 10 starts, gave the Peters team a remarkable nine WA Oaks and the past four in succession.

Natasha launched their astonishing run in 1990 and was followed by Reflected Image (1999), Old Money (2000m), Fatal Attraction (2004), Dreamaway (2011), Delicacy (2015), First Impressions (2016) and Very Tempting (2017).

“It surprised me a little bit,” Bob Peters said.

“She is a nice little filly who has been getting a little hot in her races.

“We’ve had to try and quieten her down because in some stages she has run her races before she jumped.

“She is gradually learning and did the job today (Saturday).

Julio Santarelli