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Timeform Recap - 2018 Railway Stakes

Bob Peters has been racing horses for over 40 years — he is the pronounced King of racing in West Australia.

Timeform Recap - 2018 Railway Stakes

Bob Peters has been racing horses for over 40 years — he is the pronounced King of racing in West Australia.

Over the years he has had many stars, Old Comrade Horseform currently heads that list, however emerging filly Arcadia Queen Horseform could be his best yet.

Set to create history on Saturday, Arcadia Queen became the first filly to complete the WA Champion Fillies Stakes/WA Guineas double in close to 60 years (Queen Of The May, 1959) and did so with consummate ease.


Having made her debut back in September, Arcadia Queen has won four of five starts, her only defeat coming on Cup Day when third in the Listed Burgess Queen Stakes [1400m].

Unable to reel in Lady Cosmology Horseform, she simply gave her too great a start, her closing speed was again top drawer.

A dominant winner of the WA Champion Fillies Stakes [1600m], she confirmed her place alongside some elite company, rated 105 by Timeform .

Only Perfect Reflection Horseform has been rated as high in recent years, she went on to defeat star mare Delicacy Horseform in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic [1800m] at her next start.

On Saturday Arcadia Queen took full advantage of a positive ride from Pike, settling third behind leader Ulusaba Horseform.

Popping off the fence coming into the straight, she worked her way around the heels of The Velvet King Horseform, before putting the race away in a few strides.

Displaying a sharp turn of foot, she raced away to score by three lengths, returning a new career peak in the process.

Now rated 112 by Timeform, she is the equal highest rated winner of the Guineas and is one of the best fillies in the country.

Megatic Horseform returned the same figure in 2007, before going on to complete the Kingston Town Classic double.

The WFA feature will be her next start with Pike now having to weigh up who he rides (Arcadia Queen or Galaxy Star).

3YOs have dominated the Kingston Town Classic in recent years, they've won 6/21 while providing just 13% of the participants.

Of the 3YOs to win the feature, (2015 - Perfect Reflection Horseform; 2013 - Ihtsahymn Horseform; 2010 - Playing God Horseform; 2007 - Megatic Horseform; 2000 - Old Comrade Horseform; 1998 - Old Nick Horseform;) only Old Comrade went into the race off a higher rating - 116.

Win, lose or draw at her next start, to achieve what Arcadia Queen has in her first preparation, she is clearly a star.

Stablemate Galaxy Star Horseform shapes as the main danger, following her dominant display in the Group 1 Railway Stakes [1600m].

An impressive winner of the local lead up [Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes], Galaxy Star was sent out the well supported favourite (15-8) and duly saluted.

Pike affectionately known as "The Wizard" by punters across the country, was at his supreme best saving all the ground, before cutting the corner into the straight.

Pulled to the centre, she loomed ominously and once let rip she was all you wanted to be on passing the 200m.

Drawing away to score by close to two lengths, she returned a new career peak, rated 115 by Timeform.

Her 10th win from 13 starts, she is a testament to Peters' patience and she has rewarded him in spades.

At just her third start beyond 1400m, she is clearly trending the right way and would already be an up to scratch winner of the Kingston Town.

Whether she can topple the filly though remains to be seen, either way it should be a fascinating clash.

Racing And Sports



145207
R8 ASCOT 24 November 2018
Kirin-Railway Stakes 3U , 1600m
Race Synopsis: High-quality Bob Peters-raced mare Galaxy Star took her imposing record to ten wins from 13 starts in recording her second Group victory here, capping a great day for connections. She did not show any early pace and settled near the tail of the 15-horse field. William Pike steered her along the inner from the 600m, got through behind the leading group on straightening, eased deeper and into clear running at the 200m and she then dashed away to win impressively. It was yet another brilliant ride by Pike. Gatting travelled nicely back in eighth place on the rails, behind a solid pace. He went through to fifth nearing the home turn, challenged at the 200m and then fought on well for second. Topweight Material Man, who was having his first start since a winning hat-trick in June, raced back in third place, tracking the quick tempo, headed the free-running leader (Wrinkly) and went to the front at the home turn and held on well for a good third. Perfect Jewel, a stablemate of the winner, was last at the home turn, got along the inner on straightening but then struck traffic before running on well for fourth, looking somewhat unlucky. Of the eastern states-trained runners, Mister Sea Wolf did best in fighting on to dead-heat for fifth, Iconoclasm finished eighth, Prized Icon ninth with Peaceful State dropping out to finish last.

FP
 
Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
11. GALAXY STAR (AUS)
6yo Mare
G & A WILLIAMS
WILLIAM PIKE
53.0
$2.88
 
REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS) - GALAXY QUEEN (AUS)
Peters Investments Pty Ltd Syndicate(Mgr: R J & Mrs S L Peters)
2nd  
4. GATTING (AUS)
5yo Gelding
DARREN MC AULIFFE
DAMIAN LANE
54.0
$13.00
 
HARD SPUN (USA) - STUBBORN (AUS)
Impressive Racing Pty Ltd(Mgr: K S Berry), C R Mathers, H A Money, F W Stanford, S J Trigwell, G J Artemis, N F Viandante, L G Rowland, D Gibson, B J Hayden, V C McKinnel, N A Rampant, D P Russell, R K Mason, C J Grover, J Jaworski, N J Magro, M G Paratore, Ms K J Reid, A L Rowland
3rd  
1. MATERIAL MAN (AUS)
7yo Gelding
JUSTIN WARWICK
LUCY F WARWICK
57.0
$9.00
 
VITAL EQUINE (IRE) - DEL LIRIO (AUS)
 M J Mac Dermott, Mrs J Mac Dermott
4th  13. PERFECT JEWEL (AUS)
4yo Mare
G & A WILLIAMS
CRAIG NEWITT
53.0
$81.00
5th  3. MAN BOOKER (AUS)
6yo Gelding
D MORTON
PAUL HARVEY
55.0
$16.00
5th  6. MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE)
6yo Gelding
CHRIS WALLER
MICHAEL DEE
53.5
$16.00
7th  14. STAR EXHIBIT (AUS)
7yo Gelding
ADAM DURRANT
J AZZOPARDI
53.0
$151.00
8th  12. ICONOCLASM (AUS)
4yo H
DARREN WEIR
CRAIG WILLIAMS
53.0
$7.00
9th  5. PRIZED ICON (AUS)
5yo H
KRIS LEES
BEN MELHAM
54.0
$13.00
10th  8. ACHERNAR STAR (AUS)
4yo Gelding
SIMON A MILLER
SEAN MCGRUDDY
53.0
$26.00
11th  9. ACTION (AUS)
4yo Gelding
G & A WILLIAMS
PATRICK CARBERY
53.0
$41.00
12th  10. DISPOSITION (AUS)
7yo Gelding
CHRIS GANGEMI
SHAUN O'DONNELL
53.0
$151.00
13th  2. GREAT SHOT (AUS)
6yo Gelding
RHYS RADFORD
CRAIG STAPLES
55.5
$31.00
14th  15. WRINKLY (AUS)
5yo Gelding
NEVILLE PARNHAM
STEVEN PARNHAM
53.0
$101.00
15th  7. PEACEFUL STATE (AUS)
4yo H
DARREN WEIR
BEN ALLEN
53.5
$6.50


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