Owners Bob and Sandra Peters will be hoping to put the disappointment of Arcadia Queen’s unplaced run in last Saturday’s Everest behind them when they saddle up three runners in tomorrow’s Listed Belgravia Stakes (1200m) at Ascot.
Celebrity Queen ($4.20) and Special Choice ($3.40) occupy to the top two spots in the TABtouch market for the three-year-old feature, while Bogart ($34) is the rank outsider of the field.
Special Choice has been well supported to take out the $100,000 event off the back of leading jockey William Pike electing to take the ride on her over Celebrity Queen.
Celebrity Queen ran a slashing second Amelia’s On Fire in the Crown Perth-3YO Classic (1000m) at her most recent start, while Special Choice was a last start winner at Bunbury.
Bob Peters, who has teamed up with trainers Grant and Alana Williams and Pike to take out the last two editions of the race, said he was surprised by Pike’s decision on who to ride.
“I was a little bit surprised William went the other way,” he told TABradio.
“I suppose the barriers have an influence on that.”
As well as winning the past two editions of the Belgravia, Peters teamed up with Grant Williams to win the race in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Peters said he was pleased with Celebrity Queen’s effort last start and also hoped the addition of blinkers would enhance Special Choice’s hopes of scoring her first blacktype win.
As for Redoute’s Choice gelding Bogart, Peters said he felt the sprint trip wouldn’t be to his liking and expected a better showing in the Fairetha Stakes (1400m) on November 9.
While Celebrity Queen looks a strong chance at Ascot, Celebrity Dream will have to be at her best as she tackles the Group 3 Nivison (1200m) at Randwick.
The Thorn Park mare was beaten four lengths by Haut Brion Her at her first start on the east coast in the Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on October 5.
The seven-year-old drops back in distance tomorrow, but Peters said that wasn’t his biggest concern about his veteran galloper’s chances.
“I was hoping when I bought her over here that we’d get a bit of rain around and some give in the ground, but it’s not going to happen,” he said.
“I’ve noticed in her runs over her career that each time she’s hit a wet track she’s improved tremendously.
“I’m hoping somewhere along the line over here that we will get a wet track.”
Celebrity Dream is rated a $16 chance with TABtouch for the $200,000 event, a market headed up by the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Reelem In Ruby ($3.40).