Retirement plans for Perfect Jewel have been put on hold after she continued her outstanding winter campaign and captured a Group 3 double at Belmont on Saturday.
Two weeks after her upset win in the Belmont Sprint (1400m), Perfect Jewel once again caused a surprise when she scored at double figure odds in the Hyperion Stakes (1600m).
Overcoming the widest gate in the field of 13 Hyperion runners, the six-year-old mare, skillfully ridden by in-form jockey, Pat Carbery, charged home from near last and defeated The Velvet King and stable mate Mississippi Delta.
Improving her record to seven wins from 21 attempts and boosting prize money to just over $800,000, owner-breeder Bob Peters says Perfect Jewel will chase a Group 3 hat trick in next Saturday week’s Strickland Stakes (2000m) before he considers extending her career.
“I will have to see what is available,” Peters told Tabradio.
“She will probably be weighted out of handicap racing and there is not a lot of weight for age races here.
“There might be some races somewhere else for her, but I won’t think about that until the next start and then see how she goes.”
After runs in the Belmont Sprint and Hyperion Stakes, Peters said he expects Mississippi Delta to be at her best over the 2000m of the Strickland Stakes.
Perfect Jewel gave Peters a double after Windstorm returned to the winner’s stall in the Crown Perth Handicap (1300m).
Bouncing back after his narrow defeat to Indian Pacific when first-up a fortnight back, the boom gelding ran on powerfully to record his third win from four starts.
Peters said Windstorm was displaying similar attributes to Superstorm, a recent placegetter in the Australian Guineas and All Star Mile in Melbourne.
“He is very new and is a bit like a new two-year-old,” Peters said.
“He’s learning what the racing is all about.
“If you had a look at Superstorm he was the same early in his career.
“He didn’t know what was going on and then sorted it all out himself.
“I don’t think there is much between them.”
Windstorm attracted betting interest when Sydney markets for The Everest and Golden Eagle opened last Friday.
Peters said Windstorm’s next few runs in Perth will determine if Sydney’s rich two races will be on the radar.
“He will tell us whether he is up to it or not at his next couple of starts,” Peters said.
The Everest (1200m) is run at Randwick on October 17. The Golden Eagle (1500m) will be staged at Rosehill two weeks later.