Peters Plans Early Spring Returns

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The familiar cerise and white colours of Western Australian owner Bob Peters look certain to be active in the early part of the Melbourne Spring Carnival, with most of his sizeable Group 1 team being set for an August kick-off.

Peters said the likes of his G1 winners Regal Power, Inspirational Girl, Western Empire, Superstorm and comeback sprinter Graceful Girl are all aimed at August returns, with the G2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 13 and the $1 million G1 Memsie Stakes over the same course on August 27 high on the agenda for some of them.

“We’ll hopefully have quite a few of them ready by then (Lawrence and Memsie), so it might be a matter of trying to split them a bit,” Peters said.

“They quickly tell you which way they are going when they start racing.”

Peters said it is inevitable that some of his horses could clash this spring.

“We have to sort out where we go and I’ve had discussions with (trainer) Danny (O’Brien) about that,” he said.

“I said, ‘We can’t be frightened of running them in the same races because there’s the whole rest of the field to beat let alone our own’.”

He said his proven gallopers of the likes of Regal Power, Inspirational Girl, Western Empire and Superstorm had all begun their spring preparations.

“They are all coming along but they haven’t been in work that long,” he said. “Showmanship is back in work again but he won’t race for a while as he’s been a while out.”

Peters said of the large team he sent east to be prepared at O’Brien’s Flemington and Barwon Heads stables, rising five-year-old I Am Invincible mare Real Charisma is the most forward and showing good signs before she has her first start since January 1.

“The only one that is coming through at this stage is Real Charisma,” he said of the $200,000 yearling purchase.

“She’s not that high up in the rankings but hopefully she can get there.

“She’ll be trialing in the next few weeks. She’s a nice mare. We don’t know how far we can go but we are hoping she can go through a couple of ratings races and go up to the mares’ races.”

Not all has gone smoothly for Peters’ dozen horses in the east, with 2020 WA Oaks and WATC Derby winner Tuscan Queen starting a new career.

“Unfortunately, one of them didn’t make it,” he said. “Tuscan Queen’s gone to the breeding farm.

“That was a hard one as we put a lot of work and time into her. She had a tendon and then we got her back and she did a suspensory and now she’s showing us she wants to be a broodmare.

“Another one, Zaratite, he didn’t pull up too good from a gallop, so he’s gone to the paddock.”

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