WA’s Queen goes to town in Kingston

Sunday Mail - - SPORT - JAY ROONEY

FREAK filly Ar­ca­dia Queen con­firmed her sta­tus as WA rac­ing’s lat­est star when she blitzed her ri­vals in yes­ter­day’s Group 1 Kingston Town Clas­sic (1800m) at As­cot.

Owner Bob Peters choked back tears af­ter wit­ness­ing a per­for­mance for the ages, with Ar­ca­dia Queen smash­ing a qual­ity field by 4½ lengths.

Rid­den by cham­pion jockey Wil­liam Pike, the red-hot $2.25 favourite set­tled fifth and ex­ploded away from her ri­vals at the 200m.

Ma­te­rial Man ($6.50) fin­ished se­cond and Peters’ Group 1 Rail­way Stakes win­ner Galaxy Star ($5.50) was third.

Peters rated Ar­ca­dia Queen’s vic­tory one of his most mem­o­rable in more than 40 years of rac­ing thor­ough­breds.

The Grant and Alana Wil­liams-trained filly gave Peters his fifth vic­tory in the race he helped in­tro­duce in 1976.

“It’s quite emo­tional for me,” Peters said. “We’ve won the race five times and I’d say that was the best win I’ve seen. It’s a bit spe­cial, this one.

“I al­ways thought Old Com­rade was the best. He won it as a three-year-old and then went on and won four Group 1s.

“But she’s prob­a­bly done more than he did at this stage.”

Ar­ca­dia Queen be­came the first filly to win the WA Guineas, WA Cham­pion Fil­lies Stakes and Kingston Town in the same sea­son.

The daugh­ter of Pierro is also the se­cond filly to win the Kingston Town, em­u­lat­ing Per­fect Re­flec­tion (2015) – also owned by Peters, trained by the Wil­liams and rid­den by Pike.

“I got there so easy and so early,” Pike said. “She felt bril­liant through­out the run. She over-travelled a smidge but, hon­estly, once I let her go.’’

Peters and Pike were just three-quar­ters of a length away from a clean sweep of As­cot’s three Group 1 fea­tures.

They won the Rail­way and Kingston Town and fell nar­rowly short in the Win­ter­bot­tom Stakes, when En­tic­ing Star fin­ished se­cond to Voodoo Lad.

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