Galaxy Star has booked herself a start in the Railway Stakes, taking out the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) at Ascot this afternoon.
After running a gallant second to Man Booker in the Northerly Stakes a fortnight ago, Galaxy Star was well supported to go one better in today’s $150,000 event.
Jockey William Pike settled the mare towards the rear of the field throughout, with only her stablemate Action behind her.
When the field straightened, Pike was able to get Galaxy Star to the outside and she proved too strong for her rivals to win by two-and-a-half lengths.
It made it three wins in the past four years for owner Bob Peters and Pike, after they teamed up with Real Love in 2015 and Heart Starter in 2016.
Action ran on strongly to finish second and make it a stable quinella for trainers Grant and Alana Williams, while War God was third.
Peters said it was a relief to have the mare qualified for the Group 1 feature on November 24.
“She’s been favourite for a long time,” he said.
“There’s been instances before where I’ve had the favourite and they didn’t get a run.
“We had to pull out all stops to make sure we could get there.”
Galaxy Star will have her next start in the Railway Stakes, with Peters resisting the temptation to run her once more before the Group 1.
Peters said he was pleased with the performance of Action, who will have one more chance to qualify for the Railway Stakes in the R.J. Peters Stakes (1500m) on November 17.
“It was a good run,” he said.
“Whether he gets a start in the Railway or not, there’s other races coming up after that.”
Peters, Pike and the Williams team ended the day on a high when Mississippi Delta took out the Fine Wine Wholesalers Handicap (1600m).
A Knight Of Pro appeared to have the race in his keeping 100m from home, before the High Chaparral mare produced a stunning finishing burst to win by a long neck.
Elsewhere, Seannie has made a winning return to racing in WA, taking out the Evolution AV Handicap (1200m) for new trainer Lindsey Smith.
After an east coast campaign which saw her win just one of her eight starts, the mare relished the return to the track she won her only Listed race at in March 2017.
Jockey Lucy Warwick followed race favourite Masquerade to the home corner, before the mare showed a strong turn-of-foot to run down Minus Looks.
Smith said he would likely give Seannie a shot in blacktype company following the win.
“There were positive signs, because she looked like she wanted to be there,” he said.
“If you can keep her together, space her runs, then there’s the Jungle Dawn Classic or one of those races.
“We’ll see how she recovers, it might take three weeks, it might take six weeks.”