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It was an all-Perth quinella in the $5 million The All-Star Mile (1600m) at Caulfield with jockey William Pike thrilled to atone aboard Railway Stakes champ Regal Power who scored an upset win ahead of the fellow Grant & Alana Williams-trained WA raider Superstorm.
The second edition of the Special Condition The All-Star Mile may have taken place without a crowd of spectators to cheer on the horses due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but Pike still gave the salute as he guided his mount Regal Power first past the post in the weight-for-age showdown.
“I am thrilled, I even gave a salute, but it was for me,” he said.
Pike had been critical of his ride on the gun Pierro four-year-old second-up at Flemington last weekend when he got out too early and allowed Fifty Stars to run him down in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m).
On the quick back-up he learnt his lesson, giving the gelding a peach of a ride in the All-Star Mile having made the tough decision to partner Regal Power over the fellow Team Williams-trained and Bob Peters-raced Sebring three-year-old Superstorm.
“This horse, he’s been so good to me,” Pike said.
“I wasn’t at my best last week, so it goes somewhat towards atoning for that.
“The Williams camp right now, I don’t think there’s anyone training better than them.
“Their record in big races is amazing.”
The ‘Wizard of the West’ gave the eventual winner a 10/10 ride, following the right horses into the race to secure a great position, biding his time and allowing Regal Power to cruise up and go through his gears in what was a high-pressure running of the mile feature.
Gun filly Flit really got going from her wide barrier putting all the speed into the race charging to the front, while Pike was happy to settle back around fourth in the run.
“I was waiting for that mid-race steady…it just didn’t come, I thought the Blood [Alligator Blood] would steal it when the mid-race steady came, but that didn’t happen today.
“He just kept hanging in there.”
At the 1000m, Flit was out by five lengths clear of Streets Of Avalon, while the hot favourite Alligator Blood was settled third the fence before moving up to sit second the outside.
Flit came back to them around the turn, Alligator Blood taking up the lead briefly before Regal Power ($11) followed him up, hitting the front at the 150m and flying home for a three-quarter length victory.
Superstorm ($15) on the back of the Australian Guineas second to Alligator Blood was brilliant late ridden into second down the outside by Mark Zahra.
Rounding out the All-Star Mile trifecta in another big run was the pride of New Zealand, 10-time Group 1 winning mare Melody Belle ($4.40) a touch unlucky not to get a clear run at a crucial stage in the race.
Alligator Blood meanwhile failed to continue his winning streak fading to run four lengths back 11th in his first run worse than second.
Co-trainer Grant Williams was emotional after the race, giving credit to owner-breeder Peters and the whole team.
“I didn’t even see the other one [Superstorm], I’ll have to go back and watch the replay,” he said.
“He’s been super to us [Bob Peters].
“[Superstorm] he come over as a travelling companion. He’s going to be a serious horse in 12 months, not bad for a travelling companion hey.”
See below for the full The All-Star Mile 2020 results and finishing order.
2020 The All-Star Mile Results
|1||4||REGAL POWER||Grant & Alana Williams||William Pike||–||3||59kg||$11|
|2||13||SUPERSTORM||Grant & Alana Williams||Mark Zahra||0.75L||14||56kg||$15|
|3||9||MELODY BELLE (NZ)||Jamie Richards||Opie Bosson||1.25L||5||57kg||$4.20|
|4||3||FIERCE IMPACT (JPN)||Matthew Smith||Craig Williams||1.45L||12||59kg||$12|
|5||12||DALASAN||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Jamie Kah||1.55L||13||56kg||$61|
|6||6||SO SI BON||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Luke Nolen||2.3L||9||59kg||$81|
|7||1||KOLDING (NZ)||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||3.05L||7||59kg||$11|
|8||2||BLACK HEART BART||Lindsey Smith||Brad Rawiller||3.55L||6||59kg||$61|
|9||7||MR QUICKIE||Phillip Stokes||Damien Oliver||3.65L||4||59kg||$17|
|10||11||ALLIGATOR BLOOD||David Vandyke||Ryan Maloney||4.05L||10||56kg||$2.80F|
|11||10||ARISTIA||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Dwayne Dunn||4.15L||8||57kg||$81|
|12||5||STREETS OF AVALON||Shane Nichols||Ben Melham||4.45L||11||59kg||$41|
|13||8||STAR MISSILE||Greg Eurell||Craig Newitt||4.65L||2||59kg||$201|
|14||15||FLIT||James Cummings||Damian Lane||12.65L||15||54kg||$17|
|15||14||HEART OF PUISSANCE||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||John Allen||13.4L||1||56kg||$91|
|–||18e||GOLD FIELDS||Logan McGill||–||–||0||–||–|
|–||17e||ADMIRAL’S JOKER||Kylie Vella||Steven Vella||–||0||–||–|
|–||16e||SPANISH REEF||Ken Keys||–||–||0||–||–|
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