The Ron Quinton trained Peeping rebounded from a last start failure to take out the Group 2 $400,000 Ronald McDonald House Westmead Golden Pendant (1400m) at Rosehill today.
While connections of Peeping were celebrating the turnaround in form, the Chris Waller camp were left lamenting as odds on favourite Catkins struggled all the way down the straight and missed a place.
Peeping’s connections were in the same predictament when the mare was beaten ten lengths when last of nine behind Catkins in the Group 3 $125,000 Irresistible Pools Sheraco Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill two weeks ago, but she was later found to be suffering from cardiac arrhythmia.
Quinton was able to rectify the problem and Peeping showed that she was back on track with a Randwick barrier trial win on September 17.
“Poor old Peepo, last time she wasn’t real good, but probably ended up a better price today,” Quinton said.
“Her record speaks for itself except for that last time. A very, very special win, She is a great little filly and a perfect ride.”
Quinton is tipping that Peeping will be at her best in the Autumn next year and might give her another Spring Carnival run in the Group 3 $125,000 Angst Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on October 10.
Winning jockey Sam Clipperton was apprenticed to the former champion jockey and said today’s win was the best race the pair have combined to win.
Clipperton had Peeping ($16) poised just behind the leader Two Blue ($26) and was strong at the finish to score by three quarters of a lengths with Berry Delicious ($12) making up ground late for third.
Odds on favourite Catkins ($1.75) was first to leave the barriers before Hugh Bowman eased the grey mare back to midfield before circling the field on the home turn but she struggled to make any impression in the straight.