Arcadia Queen & Regal Power Win Trials Ahead of Melbourne Autumn
- Group One winners Arcadia Queen and Regal Power have won trials on February 9
- They are both heading east for the Melbourne Autumn Carnival
- Arcadia Queen is predicted to return in the Futurity Stakes on February 20
Arcadia Queen has won a Lark Hill trial ahead of her expected return in the Group One Futurity Stakes. (Getty)
Star Western Australian gallopers Arcadia Queen and Regal Power have both won Lark Hill trials ahead of their mission east to tackle features over the Melbourne Autumn Carnival.
Three-time Group One winner Arcadia Queen was the first of the Bob Peters runners to hit the track on February 9, competing in just a three-horse field and stretched out nicely under William Pike, recording a soft win over the stakes-placed Serenity Bay in a 950m trial.
The five-year-old is expected to return in the Group One Futurity Stakes at Caulfield on February 20.
Speaking with Julio Santerelli via The Races WA following the Tuesday trial was jockey William Pike, who was pleased with the hit-out from the mare.
"I sat back off them and made a bit of a dash at them in the straight, which was good and one came up on my outside which I thought was good as well because it kept her switched on through to the line," Pike said.
"She did it well and had to run it out to the line which I was hoping to do so she would get the full amount out of the trial."
2020 All-Star Mile winner Regal Power was making his first public appearance since a short and aborted Spring campaign last year, with the gelding returning to Perth after a lung infection was detected following the Memsie Stakes.
Contesting a 1450m heat which also included Group One winner Trap For Fools, the son of Pierro settled off the leading trio before striding up and taking the lead under a hold in a strong return from the talented gelding.
Pike was aboard Regal Power in Heat Seven from Lark Hill and "The Wizard" was happy with the work of this Bob Peters-owned runner.
"He was over a bit further (1450m) and what I was trying to do was keep him on the bridle for as long as I could and then rush past them late," Pike said.
"I got there probably a lot earlier than I'd have liked but I always like to try and get them right through to the line and he did it very easy."
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Arcadia Queen and Regal Power are a part of a contingent of Bob Peters gallopers coming east for the autumn which also includes Perfect Jewel and Celebrity Queen while there's no confirmation on three-year-old Western Empire, who does hold a nomination for the Group One Australian Guineas on February 27.
William Pike will quarantine ahead of another Melbourne carnival and the champion rider is expected to remain in the east for a three to six-week stint, starting on Blue Diamond Day (February 20).