Dark Choice continued a remarkable run for owner Bob Peters, co-trainers Grant and Alana Williams and jockey Chris Parnham with an outstanding win in the $250,000 Group 3 WA Oaks (2400m) at Ascot on Saturday.
Dark Choice, who gave Peters, Perth’s leading owner-breeder his 10th WA Oaks success, defeated Ping Me Another by a half-length with Mackenzie Brooke running on to fill third placing.
“It’s quite a feat for a filly having only her fourth start to win an Oaks,” Peters said.
“The Oaks success is particularly satisfying as a breeder-owner because we owned Dark Choice’s dam and grand-dam.
“We will see how she pulls up before making a decision on whether she goes on to tackle the Derby.”
Peters will already play a strong hand in the Derby following the win of Regal Power in the Listed Melvista Stakes (2200m).
Validating favouritism, Regal Power put paid to his rivals with ease, cruising to the line untouched for jockey, William Pike.
The son of Pierro, prepared by Grant and Alana Williams, defeated Cockney Crew by 2 ½ lengths with Platoon third.
“It was good to see him get to his right distance and do the job he is supposed to be doing,” Peters said.
“I picked him as my best three-year-old for the year and so far he has delivered.”
Regal Power is $1.90 to win Saturday week’s WA Derby (2400m) and follow in the footsteps of his brother Action, who won last year.
Dark Choice, who handed Grant Williams his sixth WA Oaks and third in partnership with partner, Alana, is at $8.50.
Cockney Crew ($7) and Mackenzie Brooke ($7.50) sit between Regal Power and Dark Choice.
Dark Choice capped a winning double for Parnham after he partnered Special Reward earlier on the card.
Dark Choice was the gun young riders third straight victory in the WA Oaks.