Star WA 3YO Receives International Recognition


Boom Western Australian three-year-old Arcadia Queen received international recognition last night when the 2018 Longine’s World’s Best Racehorse Rankings were released in London.

The Pierro filly, prepared by husband and wife training partnership Grant and Alana Williams, was listed with an international rating of 116 for her ultra-impressive win in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m), becoming only the second 3yo filly to win the race since its inception.

The Bob & Sandra Peters bred and raced galloper is a winner of five of her 6 career starts, including the WA Champion Fillies Stakes (G3), WA Guineas (G2) as well as the states premier weight-for-age contest at her first attempt at Group 1 level.

“I hope their assessment of Arcadia Queen is right,” Peters said.

“It’s recognition on what she has done and achieved.

“I hope she can justify her rating in the future.”

Former Western-Australian handicapper Ian Malpass, who participates on the panel on behalf of the Hong Kong Jockey Club said that it was deserved recognition.

“It was a super performance by the filly and inclusion in the listings is a deserved accolade,” Malpass said.

“The way she asserted her authority, winning by 4 ½ lengths over multiple Group 1 performed horses was super impressive.

“She looks to have a very bright future and hopefully she can continue to improve.

“Feature spring races in Melbourne and Sydney could provide the filly with an opportunity to support and perhaps improve her international rating.”

A total of 51 Australian trainer horses made the 2018 listings, headed by Australian champion Winx, who shares top billing in the listings with British trained colt Cracksman at 130.

The listing’s which are formulated by a panel of international handicappers on behalf of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) have listed thoroughbred performances rated 115+ for the calendar year.

WA owned gallopers Trap For Fools and Vega Magic both made the listings, as well as Voodoo Lad for his win in the Winterbottom Stakes (G1).

Julio Santarelli