A hot William Pike caused a boil over win with Cox Plate bound Arcadia Queen knocking off the odds on favourite Russian Camelot to win the Group 1 $1m Neds Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield today.
The Wizard From The West, Pike, claimed his third win for the day when he brought Arcadia Queen ($5.50) from last on the corner to overhaul Russian Camelot ($1.40 favourite) in the last 50m to claim a Victorian Group 1 win form Western Australian trainers Grant and Alana Williams.
Damien Oliver had Russian Camelot in a sweet position just behind the leaders and he eased the hot pot out three wide approaching the home.
Russian Camelot raced to the front at the 300m but couldn’t hold out the strong finishing burst of Arcadia Queen.
The Chris Waller trained Humidor ($8.50) ran another honest race to claim third spot just ahead of Harbour Views.
Arcadia Queen had been suffering from hoof problems, but Team Williams and the stable staff have been treating her and she showed today that she is back to her best.
“This is a great team effort,” Grant Williams said.
“It has been a lot of months in the making. They have done a heap of recovery work and fixed her up.”
“I would still like them (her feet) to be better. We put the plates on for the and the bars will go back on Monday to be cautious.”
“It was typical Willie Pike ride, cut the corner, and got onto the back of the horse that we were hoping to follow through the race.”
“Its is great to see her back and now look forward to the Cox.”
Arcadia Queen has firmed dramatically in the betting for the Group 1 $5m Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley on October 24 with bookies at Ladbrokes.com.au winding in her price from $19 to $5.50.
Russian Camelot remains at the top of Cox Plate betting at $3.20 out from $2.90.