It will not be too long until we see the famous cerise and white colours on Victorian tracks again according to owner and breeder Bob Peters.
Peters who has had a strangle hold on racing in Western Australia for years and was able to quinella The All-Star Mile earlier this year has six contenders in Victoria with four of them ready to race first-up in August.
“Things are going well in Victoria, we’re lucky to have such a good facility in Bendigo with Brent Stanley,” Peters said.
“Regal Power and Showmanship both jumped out at Bendigo this morning and the reports back to me have been positive.
“Arcadia Queen was also meant to jump out but she has a stone bruise at the moment.”
With spring approaching, Peters said the program has been sorted out for four of his six runners if all goes to plan.
“Regal Power will go first-up in the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 17,” he said.
“Arcadia Queen was meant to head to the same race, but with the stone bruise we may have to kick off her campaign in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 31.”
Showmanship and Windstorm are both hopeful of finding their way into The Everest and Peters said they may have to go head-to-head at The Valley.
“There aren’t actually too many races for them at the moment,” he said.
“I may look at putting them both in a Benchmark 90 over 1200m at Moonee Valley on August 22.”
While champion WA jockey William Pike will have first opportunity on all the rides, Peters said he has told Pike to do what is best for him and that he does have jockeys on hold.
“With the COVID restrictions it makes it tough for someone like William, he’ll probably have to stay for a while if they’re going well, but I have told him he doesn’t need to be here straight away,” he said.
“If he isn’t here or we have two in a race then I will keep the WA theme going and put Damian Lane or Mark Zahra on.”