WA’s Queen goes to town in Kingston
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.