The Western Australian racing industry has been left reeling following the devastating death of Elite Belle who suffered a heart attack during a plane trip to Melbourne.

Elite Belle, raced by leading breeder-owners Bob and Sandra Peters, was heading east to take on the nation’s best gallopers at the upcoming Melbourne and Sydney autumn carnivals

The daughter of Canny Lad set Perth racing alight at the recent Ascot carnival with victory in the state’s most prestigious race: the Group One $1million Railway Stakes.

In a stunning campaign she also took out the Group 2 C.B.Cox Stakes (2100m), her final race, and Group 3 Prince Of Wales Stakes (1400m).

Her other highlights during a stellar 25 start career included the Group 3 Hyperion Stakes (1600m), Group 3 Belmont Sprint (1400m), Listed La Trice Classic (1800m) and Listed Carbine Club of WA Stakes (1400m).

Elite Belle, who made her first appearance at Bunbury in 2012, won 10 races, was placed on nine occasions and earned $1,404,300 in stake earnings.

The Western Australian Racing Trainer’s Association extends their condolences to Grant and Alana Williams, jockey William Pike and owners Bob and Sandra Peters.