Slot Holder: The Star
Breeding: Pierro – Arcadia
Trainer: Chris Waller
Owners: Peters Investments Pty Ltd
Jockey: James McDonald
Career: 7: 6-0-1
Perth’s leading owner Bob Peters has his first runner in The TAB Everest, with Arcadia Queen securing The Star’s slot.
Peters said he’s excited to have his star rising four-year-old in The Everest and indicated she’s likely to have a run before the big event at Randwick on October 19.
“I think it’s great, I’ve learned a lot about The Everest since we got involved and I found The Star people very good to deal with,’’ Peters said.
Of course with Arcadia Queen now confirmed as an Everest runner she’s likely to remain in Sydney to run in the inaugural $7.5 million The Golden Eagle (1500m) at Rosehill on November 2.
If she is good enough to win both races she’ll earn well over $10 million for her trouble.
And that’s the big question – we don’t know how the Perth form will line up in Sydney but she has the reputation and the record that tells Peters she’s a potential star.
“All the experts tell me she’s pretty good, the offers I get to buy her tell me those people think she’s pretty good, the handicappers think so, I hope they are right,’’ he said.
“Until we won (the Kingston Town) with Perfect Reflection a three-year-old filly had never won it. In their defence not many went in it, we’re the only ones silly enough to do it.
“We’ve won the race five times but she was definitely the one that stands out to me. Before that it was Old Comrade but he didn’t have the record she does and didn’t win it as well as she did.’’
In suggesting Arcadia Queen will likely have a lead up run into The Everest, Peters said that’s because he has a healthy respect for the Randwick 1200m and she delivered winning the Group 2 Theo Marks (1300m) at her Sydney debut.
And it will provide a good grounding to go straight into The Golden Eagle.