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Eagle Tempts Coy Peters As Queen's Spring Target

By Ray Hickson

Arcadia Queen, the rising star of Australian racing, remains on the radar for the inaugural $7.5m The Golden Eagle according to owner Bob Peters.

All options are on the table for the filly in 2019 but Peters said on Sky Sports Radio he’s in no rush to lock in any target especially with the uncertainty surrounding the use of Regu-Mate on mares.

As Arcadia Queen arrived at Peters’ property for a well earned spell following her dominant Group 1 Kingston Town Classic victory, Perth’s leading owner admits The Golden Eagle is quite a carrot.

“It sounds good. If you’ve got a four-year-old it sounds very enticing,’’ Peters said.

“I think we could handle that.’’

The Golden Eagle, to be run on November 2 in 2019 over 1500m at Rosehill Gardens, is a unique race for Australia in that is it exclusively for four-year-olds.

It is the headliner of three new races announced by Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club last week as part of an enhanced post-Everest spring carnival.

Arcadia Queen’s Group 1 win saw her move into second favouritism at $8 in TAB’s futures market behind the crack colt The Autumn Sun ($3.50).

Peters, whose visits to Sydney are rare, backtracked a little on his initial post-race comments regarding the Regu-Mate ban outside New South Wales but said it remains a concern and if it isn’t worked out to his liking a Victorian spring campaign would seem unlikely.

Racing NSW introduced a local rule allowing the use of Regu-Mate, which is used to control the cycles of mares.

“The Regu-Mate thing was in the back of my mind because of what happened with Enticing Star,’’ he said.

Enticing Star, who was the centre of some Everest talk during her eight start winning streak, raced heavily in season when she suffered her first defeat in the Lee Steere Stakes on November 10 prior to her gallant second in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes last Saturday week.

Peters said “I haven’t seen a win like that for a long time’’ in reference to Arcadia Queen’s Kingston Town victory and it was made even more remarkable given the race was just her sixth career start and she didn't debut until mid-September.

For now it seems any autumn campaign is out for the Peters clan, including Railway winner Galaxy Star, and that’s not unusual given Perth’s carnival runs into the heart of December.

And if the filly does target Sydney it would increase the chances of Peters sending a few including the likes of Galaxy Star and Enticing Star.

“I wouldn’t imagine we’d do anything in the autumn but you never know,’’ he said.

“We’re half way through December and the autumn (carnival) starts in February. It’s her first campaign, she needs a spell, and the timing says we can’t go there.

“The filly will tell us what she wants to do.’’

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