Royal Victory In Champion Fillies


Prominent owner-breeder Bob Peters is keeping his options open after Arcadia Queen underlined her class to win the Group 3 Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m) at Ascot on Saturday.

Peters is considering backing Arcadia Queen up next week against her own age group in the Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) or taking on older horses in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) on December 8.

Peters said he would let the dust settle on Arcadia Queen’s third victory from four starts before confirming a decision.

“I’m not ruling anything out, but nothing is on my mind at the moment,” Peters said.

“It will be a lot easier to win the Guineas than the Kingston Town.

“We will just have to see how she pulls up before making a decision on where she goes next.

“She may go to the Guineas, she may go to the paddock, she may go somewhere else.”

Arcadia Queen gave Peters his fourth Champion Fillies Stakes after previous wins with Perfect Reflection (2015), Delicacy (2014) and Dreamaway (2011).

He said he rates Arcadia Queen, a daughter of Pierro, very highly.

“It’s nice when you get a Group 3 with a filly and it’s important that you can do that,” Peters said.

“I thought she was our best filly (this season) and she has done a very good job for us so far.”

Arcadia Queen, prepared by Grant and Alana Williams, settled fourth for jockey Chris Parnham and soared to lead at the 150m.

She defeated pacesetter Lady Cosmology by 1 ½ lengths and turned the tables after running third to that filly in the Burgess Queen Stakes (1400m).

Leading Girl was a distant third.

Parnham, who replaced the suspended William Pike, was thrilled to pick up the ride.

“She was too good,” Parnham said.

Julio Santarelli