2016 Queen Elizabeth Stakes an Option for Perfect Reflection

December 8th, 2015

Three-year-old Perfect Reflection stamped herself as a serious racehorse in delivering a talented field defeat in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic over the weekend and appears likely to be set for the 2016 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) during The Championships as a result.

Perfect Reflection beat Delicacy (pictured) to win the Kingston Town Classic over the weekend. Photo: Jenny Barnes

Perfect Reflection beat Delicacy (pictured) to win the Kingston Town Classic over the weekend. Photo: Jenny Barnes

Jumping from the gates well, leading West Australian hoop William Pike settled the More Than Ready filly in an ideal position on the heels of the Kingston Town Classic’s early leaders, receiving a good run in transit.

Electing to peel off the fence and press forward at the bend, Perfect Reflection pulled clear of her rivals and maintained a strong enough sprint to beat two-time Group 1 champion Delicacy to the line.

Prominent owner Bob Peters was understandably thrilled with his star filly’s performance and told The West Australian Racing NSW Chairman John Messara has already been in touch in regards to The Championships 2016.

“I have already received an email from John Messara listing all the details of The Championships,” Peters said.

“She has had five runs now and she can go to the paddock.”

Peters does not believe the traditional path for Perth three-year-old fillies will suit Perfect Reflection; underlining a trip east and the 2016 Queen Elizabeth Stakes as a legitimate prospect.

“The WA Oaks and WATC Derby don’t look to be her races,” Peters said.

“I think she will be at her best up to 2000m and she can capitalise on her brilliance between 1400m and 1600m.”

The two editions of The Championships so far have been plagued by rain; something that will not hinder Perfect Reflection’s chances of success whatsoever.

“That has resolved the issue of a wet track,” Peters said.

Perfect Reflection is yet to experience anything but success through her short racing career so far; chalking up a perfect record of five wins from as many starts.

Taking out a pair of Perth sprints over 1200m upon debuting to racing in September and early October, Perfect Reflection made a successful transition to black type racing when saluting in the Listed Belgravia Stakes (1200m) on October 21st; repeating the dose in the Group 3 WA Champions Fillies Stakes (1600m) in her only other start prior to the Kingston Town Classic.

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