Regally bred Animal Kingdom filly Western Pride has recorded an impressive win on debut in the Carbine Club of Western Australia Maiden (1200m) at Ascot this afternoon.
A daughter of 2011 Perth Cup winner Western Jewel, Western Pride showed an impressive turn-of-foot in the 3/4 length win.
Jockey William Pike settled the three-year-old, a $2.70 TABtouch favourite, in the front half of the field, before she proved too strong over the concluding stages.
Owner-breeder Bob Peters said he was a surprised at how well the filly went at her first start, given she had a few setbacks after her first trial last May.
“She trialled last year and I was pretty impressed with her then,” he told The Races WA.
“She had a problem with her hind leg and it’s taken a long time to get her back.
“I thought she was going to be a contender for the Oaks for us.
“She’s a very nice filly…she’s the nicest Animal Kingdom we’ve had and she’s the nicest foal that her mother has had.”
Peters said he would consider aiming Western Pride towards the Belmont Oaks in July.
Elsewhere on the Ascot program, two other three-year-olds maintained their unbeaten records with Flower Of War and Not To Be Mist scoring their third wins from as many starts.
Flower Of War led all the way in scoring the 3/4 length win for trainer Simon Miller and jockey Ben Paterson, but she did have to see off a late challenge from Devoted Star.
Not To Be Mist brought up the second leg of a double for Pike, with the flashy gelding too good for Crypto and Driftstar.