The Melbourne Spring Carnival is winding down for another year, but such is the ‘travelling show’ nature of Australia’s thoroughbred industry, Aushorse reports Western Australia is gearing up for their annual show.
Saturday week sees the running of the $1 million Group 1 Railway Stakes over 1600m at Ascot, while seven days on, the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes – also worth a million – is staged over 1200m.
Perth’s third and final Group One in 2017 is the Kingston Town Stakes is over 1800m on December 9 and yes, it too is worth seven figures.
The Winterbottom has fallen prey to numerous Eastern States raiders in the last 10 years including Takedown, Buffering (twice), Ortensia (twice) and Takeover Target but locals – particularly owner-breeders Bob and Sandra Peters – will be hoping the Railway stays on track in 2017.
The Perth couple certainly took a step closer on Saturday when their homebred mare Silverstream captured the Group 2 Lee-Steere Stakes over 1400m in a thriller and it’s now full steam ahead for the Railway.
Trained by Adam Durrant and flying the famous Peters’ colours of cerise and white, Silverstream came into the Lee-Steere fresh from a win in the Group 3 Northerly Stakes over the same journey on October 21, but was looking a place chance at best 50 metres from home on Saturday.
However, a brilliant ride from William Pike saw the Al Maher mare gather in the front runners – Great Shot and odds-on favourite Scales of Justice – to record her 8th win for over $552,000 in prizemoney.
Peters has confirmed Silverstream will be given the chance to turn that tally into a million plus by taking on the Railway which he has won with Old Comrade and Elite Belle.
“The Railway is the way she is going to go,” Peters points outs. “That was very close on Saturday and we were fortunate the leaders brought themselves undone. She is a 6yo mare and hasn’t got long to go before heading off to stud so we will at least give the Railway a try with her.”
Pike was also counting his lucky stars and was clearly relieved at securing the win: “I rode her to have the last say in the Lee Steere but that line was coming up pretty quick. It was a very good win.”
Bred by Arthur Mitchell, Silverstream was offered by the Mitchell family’s Yarraman Park Stud at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale where she was knocked down to Damon Gabbedy’s Belmont Bloodstock Agency on behalf of the Peters for $320,000.
Silverstream is one of seven winners from Brocco mare Speedy Bell who won the LR AJC Gimcrack Stakes on debut at two, but has really shown her mettle in the breeding barn. Aside from the Perth mare, she is also the dam of Speedy Natalie (G3 Adrian Knox Stakes) and Calanda (LR Ramornie Stakes).