It has become a fact of racing life that for every wonderful filly Bob and Sandra Peters produce, another even better one, is on the way.
Over the past few seasons such outstanding fillies as Elite Belle, Real Love and Real Charm have emerged in succession, only to drop back a notch when Delicacy arrived.
But the point might never have been better made than at Ascot last Saturday when Delicacy chased her successor Perfect Reflection to the line in the G1 Kingston Town Classic.
“I thought we had it won when Perfect Reflection got to the front,” Peters said. “Then Delicacy started coming, and I thought we had it won again.”
Perfect Reflection, whose sister Ideal Image and stablemate Arcadia Dream had all won on the same card, scored by a nose, helping to make it a typical summer’s day at the races for her owners.
Last December at Ascot, it had been the ill-fated Elite Belle who led in a four-timer for Peters-owned runners winning the G2 C B Cox Stakes while her stablemates Real Love, Shining Knight and Real Charm all won stakes races.
Together they were part of a summer carnival in which the Peters won nearly everything on offer in Perth, finishing the season with 26 stakes wins, all with horses they bred themselves. Only Darley, with 29, bred more stakes winners in Australia.
Bob and Sandra Peters have been racing horses for 40 years and they’ve also had success in the eastern states with such good horses as Congressman, Spectrum and Miss Margaret.
The Perth couple have established a record that’s nothing short of astounding.
Since the 2010-11 season they’ve had 171 individual starters – and 149 of them have been winners. The magnitude of their achievement is acknowledged by the world’s biggest racing and breeding organisations.
“Bob is one of the best breeders in the country and has been for many, many years,” said Coolmore’s Australian general manager Michael Kirwan said. “He and Sandra have enjoyed a wonderful year and their success is testament to the work they put in to achieving the best results.
“I expect, given their investment in more quality bloodstock in recent years, that their success will continue to grow from here. Many of Bob’s families have been patiently developed over time and he is very conscientious with his matings.”
For his part, Peters says he’s not making a decision on the autumn yet. “It comes around a bit quick. I don’t have anything in mind yet for Perfect Reflection.
“Delicacy runs in the Cox Stakes and I’ll see how she is after that. She had a full campaign earlier this year so I’ll look at the program and have a think about it when we get this one out of the way.”