Perfect Reflection a chance for Sydney Autumn Carnival

Prominent Perth owner Bob Peters hasn‘t ruled out an Eastern States Autumn campaign for his unbeaten Group 1 winning filly Perfect Reflection.

Dual Group 1 winner Delicacy, above, was beaten a nose by Perfect Reflection in the Kingston Town Classic at Ascot. Photo by Jenny Barnes.

Dual Group 1 winner Delicacy, above, was beaten a nose by Perfect Reflection in the Kingston Town Classic at Ascot. Photo by Jenny Barnes.

Perfect Reflection took her winning tally to five wins from five starts with her narrow victory over stablemate Delicacy in the Group 1 $1m Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot in Perth last Saturday.

Peters has order a spell for his new stable star but hasn’t set down a time frame and said he could be tempted to make the trip to either Melbourne or Sydney or both for their rich Autumn Carnivals with the More Than Ready three year old filly.

“Yes I would be. As I said she will tell us,” Peters said.

“I have already received an email from John Messara (Racing New South Wales Chairman) listing all of the details for the Championships.”

But Peters said he is still not sure what Perfect Reflection’s future holds and will monitor her progress in the paddock before making any further plans.

“It is hard to know what we will do with her in the future,” Peters said.

“She is coming out to the farm today, and I am out here waiting for her to come and she will tell us when she is ready to go back into work so we will know what we are doing then.”

Peters explained that during the Autumn this year he had kept an open mind with his three year old filly Delicacy who had just won the Group 3 $250,000 Reliance Partners W.A. Oaks (2400m) and the Group 2 $400,000 Schweppes W.A.T.C. Derby (2400m) at Ascot and after sending her to the paddock, put her back into work after only two days.

The Al Maher filly was put back into work and then went to Adelaide where she claimed a Group 1 winning double at Morphettville with victories in the $400,000 Schweppes Oaks (registered as Australasian Oaks) (2000m) and the $500,000 South Australian Derby (2500m).

“Last year we had a similar situation with Delicacy. I put her out and within a couple of days she told us she was okay to go back,” Peters said.

“She had two days spell I think. This one’s will definitely be longer than that.”

Kingston Town Classic winning jockey William Pike has been associated with Perfect Reflection for all her five wins and had no hesitation in selecting her as his mount against the older horses in the $1m weight for age Perth Summer Carnival feature race last Saturday.

The feature races during the Melbourne Autumn Carnival that could catch Peters’ eye are the Group 1 $750,000 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on March 5 and the Group 1 $1.5m Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington seven days later.

While the Sydney Autumn Carnival offers the Group 1 $600,000 Randwick Guineas (1600m) at Randwick for the three year olds, the Group 1 $500,000 Storm Queen Stakes (Vinery Stud Stakes) (2000m) at Rosehill for the three year old fillies and the weight for age Group 1 $4m Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on April 9, the second day of ‘The Championships’.

Perfect Reflection only began her racing career in September when she won a Pinjarra Maiden then kept her unbeaten record intact with wins at Belmont and Ascot before taking out the Group 3 $200,000 Breast Cancer Care- W.A. Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m) at Ascot on November 14 before she lined up in the Kingston Town Classic.

Her win in Kingston Town Classic took her earnings to $870,950.

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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