Feature winners replays & comments from the weeekend's racing


Feature winners, replays and comments, from Caulfield and Randwick

Pike caps red letter day with Guineas win

He is known as the 'wizard from the west' and Willie Pike showed why he has that moniker with a magical day at Caulfield which culminated in a Caulfield Guineas win on Ole Kirk.

After the victory, Ole Kirk's co-trainer Wayne Hawkes proclaimed that the colt was the best three-year-old in the country.

The Guineas triumph gave Pike his fourth win for the day and his second Group One as he also captured the Caulfield Stakes on Arcadia Queen.

A Golden Rose winner at his previous start, Ole Kirk's Caulfield Guineas success came courtesy of an outstanding ride.

"Hats off to Willie. It's not easy to win four," Wayne Hawkes said.

"He's like D Oliver. He was cool, he was calm, he was relaxed and he was on the best horse and got the job done.

"At the half-mile he had two options, go in, or go out, and as per usual he pulled the right rein.

"You have to get them right on the right day and you have to have the right bloke on top."

Hawkes pointed out Ole Kirk's outstanding pedigree and said he was the hottest stallion prospect in the land.

Perth Queen regains her crown over Camelot

Top Perth jockey Willie Pike has stolen the show early in the Caulfield meeting with a winning treble, highlighted by a shock victory aboard Arcadia Queen, who claimed the scalp of boom galloper Russian Camelot.

Pike stalked Russian Camelot throughout and came from off his back to run him down in the closing stages, giving the rider his first Group One win in Victoria.

Pike said he didn't think Arcadia Queen could beat Russian Camelot and went out with a plan to follow him and run second.

"I didn't want to match motors with him. I wanted my horse to be strong to the line and that's what happened," Pike said.

"She settled well and she should be a good chance in the Cox Plate."

The win also gave Arcadia Queen's trainers Grant and Alana Williams their first Group One victory in Victoria.

Grant Williams admitted he was overcome with emotion as it had been a long 22 months since she claimed the 2018 Kingston Town Classic for the Perth trainers.

Her one victory since then was in last year's Theo Marks Stakes during her stint with Sydney trainer Chris Waller.

The mare has struggled with hoof problems and Williams says a lot of hard work has been involved in getting her back to the winner's circle.

"It's a great team effort," Williams said.

Wild Ruler stakes Everest claims with win

The door has been left ajar for Wild Ruler to take the final spot in The Everest after he outclassed his Roman Consul Stakes opponents at Randwick.

Chris Waller Racing remains the only slot holder yet to lock in a runner for next weekend's $15 million race.

Wild Ruler put his hand up as a likely contender and Henry Field, representing part-owners Newgate Bloodstock, says they are open to discussions about an Everest start.

"He will either go to the Coolmore or The Everest," Field said.

"He is an exciting horse."

Trainers Peter and Paul Snowden won the first two editions of the Everest with seasoned sprinter Redzel before Yes Yes Yes became the first three-year-old to claim the race last year.

Paul Snowden will leave any decisions up to Wild Ruler's owners but says they have the horse ready to take his place.

"He's had a really good preparation," Snowden said.

"We've never done it before, obviously, but he is pretty tough and I don't think that was too hard for him today.

"It's a different year. Who knows?"

Montefilia earns Spring Champion honours

Montefilia has landed her second Group One win in eight days and given jockey Jason Collett his first major in Sydney with a classy performance in the Spring Champion Stakes.

Backing up from her Flight Stakes win at Randwick last Saturday, the David Payne-trained filly upstaged the colts and geldings to stamp herself as Sydney's superior middle-distance three-year-old.

Collett broke his Group One duck aboard Invincibella in last year's Tatt's Tiara in Brisbane but the Spring Champion was his first major in his adopted hometown.

"She's a star. Credit to David Payne and his team to get her here in top shape," Collett said.

"I galloped her Thursday morning and I left there pretty excited.

"Everything panned out perfectly. I got the barrier to suit, it was just a matter of getting her into the clear at the right time."

Kah produces peach to win on Mr Quickie


A decision to concentrate on the feature mile races has paid dividends for connections of Mr Quickie, who has taken out the prestigious Group One Toorak Handicap.

Although Mr Quickie won the 2019 Queensland Derby, his owners decided that, rather than concentrate on the Caulfield Cup which he ran in last spring, he was better suited over 1600 metres and being kept fresh.

Trainer Phillip Stokes said the credit for going down that path should go to his managing owner, Wylie Dalziel.

"We bounced a lot of ideas off each other, including (part owner) Peter Moody, and we thought this was the best way to go and he's found his best form," Stokes said.

Stokes said Jamie Kah gave Mr Quickie a peach of a ride and put him in a great position.

"He hasn't jumped that clean for that long and it was really nice to watch," Stokes said.

The trainer will now wait for another feature mile race in Melbourne, the Cantala Stakes at Flemington on October 31, for his next start.


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