Crossing the Nullarbor Plain the old-fashioned way was always going to present its risks, but trainer Grant Williams has confirmed the early signs are encouraging for four of Western Australia’s best horses after they completed the potentially arduous road journey late last week.
Arcadia Queen, Regal Power, Superstorm and Perfect Jewel arrived in Victoria via a float at Brent Stanley’s Sutton Grange property on Friday to prepare for the spring after a four-day road trip from the west coast of Australia.
Williams, who arrived at Stanley’s Cloud 9 Thoroughbreds stables north of Melbourne on Sunday after tackling the same road trip, said on Monday that although he has done little with the horses since their arrival, he has been encouraged by what he’s seen.
“They are all good,” WA’s leading trainer said. “They got in Friday, but I haven’t been able to do much with them as I got (COVID-19) tested yesterday so we’re waiting on a result and they’ll just have some nice quiet days settling in.”
Dehydration can be a problem when floating horses long distances, but Williams said the quartet ate and drank well during the trip and on arrival and seemed to be ‘doing fine’.
Cox Plate hopefuls Arcadia Queen and Regal Power are the most advanced in their preparations so far, with the pair expected to kick off their spring campaigns in the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield on August 15.