Williams Chasing Record Burgess Queen


Grant Williams gives himself excellent chance of going past Frank Maynard as the most successful trainer in the Burgess Queen Stakes (1400m) at Ascot on Tuesday.

Along with partner and co-trainer Alana, Williams is confident he can secure a fourth Burgess Queen Stake’s triumph when he saddles Arcadia Queen and Leading Girl.

Antique Belle (2012) and Ideal Image (2014) launched William’s winning run in the Burgess Queen Stakes. Mikimoto’s victory last year, was shared with Alana.

The husband and wife combination, fresh from an Ascot double last Saturday, will have potent representation in the 2018 edition of the Burgess Queen Stakes.

Heading their two-pronged attack is unbeaten Pierro filly and firm TAB favourite, Arcadia Dream, while Leading Girl, rated a $9 hope, is a very good backup.

Williams (Grant) said Arcadia Dream, the $1.95 fancy, is the horse to beat in the Burgess Queen Stakes.

“She is coming along really good,” Williams said.

“Her last run was impressive and she hasn’t gone backwards.”

Arcadia Dream has drawn barrier 10.  Champion jockey William Pike, a dual winner of the race with Pantenny (2006) and Mikimoto (2017), has the mount.

Leading Girl has also been successful in her two races, winning at Northam maiden and backing up with a Saturday victory at Belmont in October.

Williams says the chestnut filly and daughter of Reliable Man, to be ridden by in-form hoop, Chris Parnham, should not be underestimated.

“I don’t think Leading Girl is that far behind them to be honest, Williams said.

“She is a real nice looking staying filly.

“She is pretty strong and has a long stride.

“Whether she’ll be sharp enough to beat Arcadia Dream over the 1400m we will have to wait and see.

“I’m pretty happy with the way she is coming along.”

Julio Santarelli