There's a new Queen in Western Australia

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A star was born at Ascot today when three-year-old Arcadia Queen demolished a stellar cast to stamp herself as Australia’s best three-year-old with her convincing win in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic.

Arcadia Queen (Pierro-Arcadia, by Redoute’s Choice) became the first horse to win the Group 3 Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m), Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) and Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m), when she romped away to a 4 ½ lengths win over Material Man (Vital Equine-Del Lirio)).

Arcadia Queen’s stable-mate and Railway Stakes winner Galaxy Star (Redoute’s Choice-Galaxy Queen) stormed home from second last on the home turn to snatch third place.

Arcadia Queen, who was plunged into a $2.25 favourite today, won her debut in a 1400m maiden at Belmont Park on September 19.

She has been beaten once when finishing third to Lady Cosmology in the Listed Burgess Queen Stakes (1400m), in six starts.

Arcadia Queen’s win in the final Group 1 for 2018 was the fastest, at 1 minute 48.55 seconds, since Sniper’s Bullet was clocked at 1.46.96 in 2009.

Bob Peters' best win

Arcadia Queen is bred and owned by WA’s premier owner-breeders Bob and Sandra Peters.

She follows Perfect Reflection, who also was owned and bred by the Peters, to become the second filly to win the Kingston Town since its inaugural running in 1976.

Bob Peters was almost left almost speechless from the enormity of the moment.

“We have won this race five times and I would say this is our best win." - Bob Peters

When asked if Arcadia Queen was the best horse he has produced, he first replied Old Comrade, who won the Kingston Town Classic as a three- and four-year-old in 2000 and 2001.

But after a few moments of thought replied: “We have won this race five times and I would say this is our best win.

Jockey Willaim Pike with owners Sandra and Bob Peters following Arcadia Queen's G1 win

Backing up easily

“This is her first preparation and it is a bit unusual as we would normally not race a three-year-old this much off her maiden prep.

“I would have preferred her not to race in the Champion Fillies and back up a week later in the WA Guineas, but she did it all so easily.

“We thought she was our best three-year-old filly at the start of the season." - Bob Peters

“She has just kept coming through doing the job so well. I always thought Old Comrade was our best winner of this race. He won it as a three-year-old and then came back the next year and won it again. Maybe she can do the same.

“We thought she was our best three-year-old filly at the start of the season.

“I always thought Old Comrade was our best horse he won the Kingston Town as a three-year-old and then went on to win four Group 1s. She has done more than he had done at this stage.”

Old Nick was Peters’ first winner in the Kingston Town in 1998. He also won the WA Guineas.

Cox plate on the agenda

Yesterday was Peters’ 24th Group 1 win in a career spanning nearly five decades.

Peters believes next year’s Cox Plate (2040m) could be on the agenda for Arcadia Queen.

“She will get 2000m on what I know about her pedigree,” Peters said.

Arcadia Queen’s dam Arcadia (Redoute’s Choice-Antique, by Metal Storm) is one of Peters’ most valued broodmares.

Arcadia has produced Arcadia Dream (Domesday), who won the Group 2 WATC Derby, and Listed Natasha Stakes and WA St Leger and Arcadia Rose (Kheleyf ) the winner of the Listed Belgravia Stakes and six times winner Arcadia Prince (Pierro). All of her six foals to race have won.

WA's premier training team

For Grant and Alana Williams, WA’s premier husband and wife training team, it has been a magnificent spring, following up their prestigious 1600m double in the WA Guineas and Railway Stakes a fortnight ago with the Kingston Town Classic.

Grant Williams was proud of Arcadia Queen’s effort and of Galaxy Star.

“We are just so proud of her,” Williams said. “We will take her home and hopefully she pulls up really good, which we think she will.

Alana and Grant Williams

“She will then go back to Yalebrae Stud (Peters’ Keysbrook farm) and we will go from there.

"Galaxy Star got home really strong. She had a bit of traffic to get through, but when you have a filly like Arcadia Queen on 50kg it is hard to put them away.”

"When you have a filly like Arcadia Queen on 50kg it is hard to put them away.” - Grant Williams

Williams also won the WATC Derby with Action and the WA Oaks with Special Alert for Peters at Ascot last autumn.

It was another fantastic ride by WA’s perennial leading rider William Pike, who had Arcadia Queen tracking the leader Great Shot, before easing out at the top of the straight to surge home by one of the biggest winning margins seen in the race.

Pike had the arduous task of picking between Arcadia Queen and Galaxy Star in the Kingston Town.

He again pulled the right rein after picking Perfect Reflection above Delicacy in the 2015 edition. Perfect Reflection pipped Delicacy by a nose in a riveting climax.

Pike has had an outstanding "Masters" winning four races including the Tattersall’s Cup, WA Guineas and Railway Stakes for Peters – on the first day and riding a winner and riding Enticing Star into second place in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) on last week’s second day.

Pike rode a feature double for Peters today, also winning the Listed Jungle Dawn Classic (1400m) on Celebrity Dream (Thorn Park).