Neverland Takes Out Carbine Club of WA Stakes

The good run of favourites on Railway Stakes Day in Perth on the weekend continued in the 2015 Carbine Club of W.A. Stakes where Grant Williams’ super-consistent mare Neverland won at a nearly odds-on price.

Damien Oliver

Damien Oliver (pictured at Flemington) rode Halo Express to third in the 2015 Carbine Club of W.A. Stakes on Saturday won by Neverland. Photo: Sarah Ebbett.

The four-year-old daughter of Big Brown came off back-to-back wins over the track and distance this time in and made it four-from-four in total over the 1400m at Ascot Racecourse in Saturday’s $100,000 Listed Carbine Club of W.A. Stakes.

Undefeated over the distance now with five wins over the 1400m, she jumped at $2 in betting for her class test on the weekend with Perth’s premier hoop William Pike retaining his association with the up-and-comer.

Pike rode the Bob and Sandra Peters’ bred and owned mare up closer to the speed than her previous runs this campaign, Neverland settling nicely fourth on the rails behind the pacesetter Resonates.

On the line Neverland had a length to spare over Sharon Miller’s outside hope Sireeze ($17) who flew home late with Lucy Warwick aboard, the Choisir six-year-old not having won a race since the Listed Hannans Handicap (1400m) at Kalgoorlie back in September of last year.

Another Williams-trained runner in the clash, Danehill Express four-year-old Halo Express ($3.90), finished off the trifecta a further one and a quarter lengths back for a hard-fought third.

Bob Peters now plans to run the Carbine Club of W.A. Stakes winner Neverland again on December 5 for her elite level debut in the $1 million Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m).

“I definitely had her as my number one (three-year-old) last year,” he told Perth Racing after Saturday’s win.

“I had in the back of my mind if she won well today she would go that way (to the Kingston Town).

“At this stage, provided she pulls up well, that’s where we will head.”

She has winning form only up to 1500m but is black-type placed over further including her second in the Listed 1000 Guineas (1800m) and third in the Listed Natasha Stakes (2200m) behind star mare Delicacy back in the autumn.

Karnup-based trainer Williams has saddled-up 13 starters in the weight-for-age Kingston Town Classic for two seconds and a third.

Pre-field Kingston Town Classic odds at are led by German raider Magic Artist ($4) last seen running fourth in both the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) and Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington during the Cup Carnival, Williams’ star mare Delicacy ($4.60) out to atone for her sixth in the weekend’s Railway Stakes behind Good Project, and the Adam Durrant-trained Railway seventh placed mare Real Love ($5).

Neverland, who won the Carbine Club of WA Stakes in a race record time of 1.21.70, meanwhile can be found further down the futures Kingston Town Classic betting markets at $13 to hand Williams’ his maiden win in the feature.

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2015 Carbine Club of W.A. Stakes Results

Ascot Race 4 – 21/11/2015

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 8 NEVERLAND Grant Williams William Pike 1 54.5kg $2
2 1 SIREEZE Sharon Miller Ms Lucy Warwick 1L 2 57.5kg $17
3 5 HALO EXPRESS Grant Williams Damien Oliver 2.25L 5 55kg $3.90
4 10 DANCING EXPRESS Neville Parnham Brad Parnham 2.25L 4 53kg $31
5 9 FASHION PRINCESS (NZ) Adam Durrant Joseph Azzopardi 3.25L 6 53kg $13
6 4 GALAXY PRINCE Adam Fairey Ryan Hill 4L 3 55kg $101
7 7 RESONATES Gavin Slater Chris Parnham 5.25L 7 54.5kg $4
8 2 GLOBAL FLIRT Justin Warwick Willie White 5.75L 9 56.5kg $101
9 6 MINIMALIST Ivan Haggerty Shaun Meeres 6L 8 55kg $81
3 DREAM LIFTER Paul Hunter Patrick Carbery 9


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