A Perfect Reflection Of Peters’ Success

Perfect Reflection - Photo courtesy of Western Racepix


Two hundred metres from home at Ascot on Saturday, you would have loved to have had your money on the runaway leader. No way were they going to catch that Fathoms of Gold. 

Then, all of a sudden, William Pike made his move on Perfect Reflection and while Fathoms of Gold started to look like he was sinking fast, it still appeared he might get to the wire first.

In a truly remarkable finish though, Perfect Reflection mowed down the leader and managed to get the verdict, now adding the Group Two Ted Van Heemst Stakes (2100m) to an already impressive CV.

Indeed, this was to be Perfect Reflection’s seventh win (fifth at stakes level) from only 12 starts and her earnings have now shot to $1.3 million. After previously running third in both the Group One Kingston Town and Group One Railway Stakes this time in, Perfect Reflection won last year’s Kingston Town Classic and might now target the Group Two Perth Cup (2400m) at Ascot on New Year’s Eve.

Leading industry figure, Bob Peters both bred and races Perfect Reflection and even 24 hours on from the race, was intrigued by the win.

“You don’t see that very often … I didn’t think Perfect Reflection was going to catch him so I was pretty surprised when she got up,” Peters reveals. “I’m not sure what we’ll do with the mare from here: she’ll probably have to end up giving some of those other horses that ran today eight kilos in the Perth Cup and that’s a big ask.”

Perfect Reflection became Peters’ third winner in succession (and fifth overall) in the Ted Van Heemst, which was previously known as the CB Cox Stakes.

The race is now named in honour of former West Australian Turf Club Chairman and successful businessman, Ted Van Heemst, who is also a former Chairman and currently a director of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia. Somewhat fittingly, Peters is a former Chairman of the WATC as well.

Peters was also successful in the leadup race to the Ted Van Heemst at Ascot with home-breds filling the first three placings in the Listed Starstruck Classic (1600m), courtesy of Cosmic Storm, Silverstream and Antique Dream.

“I’ve had up to four stakes winners on the one day before, but a stakes trifecta is pretty special. That doesn’t happen very much.”

Apart from his monumental contribution to the West Australian thoroughbred industry, Peters is a notable supporter of breeding in other states, sending numerous mares east every year – as is the case with the dams of Perfect Reflection (by More Than Ready) and Cosmic Storm (by Street Sense).

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