LEADING WA owner Bob Peters has all but confirmed star filly Perfect Jewel’s place in the Group One Kingston Town Classic in a fortnight’s time after winning the Group Two WA Guineas.
The Grant and Alana Williams-trained three-year-old was given an armchair ride by superstar jockey William Pike, who settled the $5.80 prospect at Crownbet into the race nicely from an awkward gate and let it amble up nicely on the turn to ran away with the race.
The win was the horse’s third win from five starts.
Pike said the race was within Perfect Jewels keeping a long way from home.
“It was a very nice win by her,” Pike said.
“(I) somehow managed to be out three-wide with cover in a reasonable position, got there way too early and she was still good enough to do it.”
Pike said the galloper did not finish the race off as strongly as he would have liked, but believes the class factor saw it register the win.
“She didn’t run right through the line, but we had the race won early.”
The group two win was the defining run of Perfect Jewel’s short career, but the horse looks set to step straight into group one company in a fortnight’s time.
The horse’s owner Bob Peters said there is a high possibility the daughter of Redoute’s Choice takes part in the Kingston Town Classic in an attempt to emulate the feats of Peters’ owned Perfect Reflection, which won the group one as a three-year-old.
From the 200-100 the sprint was awesome from Perfect Jewel. Loved the mile
— Scott (@scomars) November 25, 2017
“It just depends on how she pulls up,” Peters said when asked if Perfect Jewel can win the Kingston Town Classic.
“She’ll tell us. With Perfect Reflection I left it three weeks between runs and it’s worked for this filly today so maybe the two weeks will be a bit difficult but if she pulls up well there’s not much else for her.”
An emotional Peters paid tribute to Perfect Jewel, which jumped from barrier 14 to win the WA Guineas on a notoriously difficult track to win at over the mile journey from a wide draw.
The owner was in a reflective mood post-race, remembering an old favourite who failed to overcome a similar obstacle in a race gone by.
“It’s just wonderful you see you can do it from this barrier.
“I said before one of the best horses I’ve owned was Old Spice and he drew 16 and he got beaten a lip.
So it was good to see her be able to do that.”