Leading owner-breeder Bob Peters has enjoyed phenomenal success over the summer months in Perth and that continued with Battle Hero and Delicacy at Ascot on Saturday.
Both three year-olds are trained by Grant Williams and are being set for their respective classics – Battle Hero (G2 WATC Derby) on April 11 and Delicacy (G3 WA Oaks) on March 28.
Battle Hero (3g Stratum – Fromm by O’Reilly) is on a winning roll with four wins in five starts following victories in the LR Lex Piper Stakes (1600m) and LR Roberts Stakes (1800m). He won the latter by three-quarters of a length from fast closer Tonto (Onemorenomore).
Peters has his unraced 2yo half-sister Treasured Gift (Big Brown) with trainer Jason Pateman at Keysbrook and he sent their NZ bred mare back to Big Brown last year.
Delicacy (3f Al Maher – Simply Wicked by Scenic) notched her third-black victory in the LR Natasha Stakes (2200m) on Saturday following the G3 Champion Fillies Stakes in November and LR Ascot 1000 Guineas last month.
She was always travelling like an even-money favourite to score by a almost two lengths from Shinta Mani (Viscount) and Neverland (Big Brown) who also carries Peters’ cerise and white colours.
Peters sold her dam Simply Wicked to Scenic Lodge for just $4,000 last year. She delivered an Al Maher colt in September and is in foal to Blackfriars.