Star Western Australian filly Arcadia Queen is set join the stables of Hall Of Fame trainer Chris Waller with major races in Sydney to be her likely targets in the spring.
Arcadia Queen took Perth racing by storm last year with five wins from six starts culminating with victory in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) in December.
Leading owner-breeder Bob Peters told Tabradio that Arcadia Queen and stables mates Enticing Star and Celebrity Dream will race in Sydney rather than Melbourne.
“I decided to look for someone with a slot in The Everest for Acadia Queen and Enticing Star who is the forgotten one at the moment,” Peter said.
“We will also send Celebrity Dream to Sydney as well. Chris Waller will be the trainer. I had a talk with him when I was in Sydney for the Easter sales.
Peters said it was almost certain that Arcadia Queen would target the Golden Eagle at Rosehill on November 2, a fortnight after The Everest.
The Golden Eagle, a new race added to the Australian racing calendar for four-year-olds at set weights, is run over 1500m with prizemoney of $7.5 million.
Peters said a Melbourne campaign in the spring including the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040) at Moonee Valley in October had not been considered.
Peters said the prize money on offer in Sydney was impossible to ignore.
“I haven’t thought about the Cox Plate at this stage,” Peters said.
“When you add the stake money that is available for those two races I have an obligation as a director of a company to act in the best interest of the company at all times.
“The best interest of the company is to try and win some of that stake money.”
Peters said Arcadia Queen had improved considerably since her previous run in the Kingston Town when she romped home by nearly five lengths.
“I don’t think I have ever had a mare or a colt or gelding that has improved so much in their spell as she has done,” Peters said.
“She is a really big unit now.”