Ascot Christmas Cheer as Arcadia Queen Secures Group 1 Success

Arcadia Queen has delivered the WA team of jockey William Pike, owner/breeder Bob Peters and trainers Grant & Alana Williams their second Group 1 victory of The TABTouch Masters with today's win in the $1 million Magic Millions-Kingston Town Classic.

The foursome last teamed up with Galaxy Star to take out the Group 1 Kirin-Railway Stakes on November 24. Galaxy Star finished third this afternoon, with Material Man coming second for trainer Justin Warwick and daughter Lucy Warwick in the saddle.

The final event of the TABtouch Masters was quite the showcase with the southern hemisphere’s richest Group One, 1800m race, the $1M Magic Millions-Kingston Town Classic attracting horses from east coast stables of the likes of Chris Waller and Darren Weir.

Perth Racing Managing Director, Professor John Yovich said the Magic Millions-Kingston Town Classic, named after the legendary three-time WS Cox Plate winner, again turned on beautiful summer weather and a terrific day out for racegoers.

“We’ve had an amazing three weeks of Group 1 racing,” Yovich said. “We are really thrilled and honoured to host the TABtouch Masters at Ascot - one of the prettiest, racecourses in the country - and know we have something special to offer both Perth patrons and interstate visitors, particularly with the calibre of racing on offer through the Group One TABtouch Masters Series,” Mr Yovich said.

With the shades of the Flametree Garden providing a stunning setting, over 400 patrons also enjoyed their organisation’s end-of year get together nestled amongst white-picketed reserved areas. With a backdrop of all-day music courtesy of Groove Night Avenue, work groups enjoyed catered food and beverage packages, as they flowed between the hospitality on offer and the trackside action.

A special visit from Santa and kids face painting also provided that Christmas feel, as did the inclusion of Mili Market’s offering a diverse range of unique Christmas gift ideas, courtesy of 10 individual market stalls.

“The TABtouch Masters is foremost about first-class racing. However, we are delighted to be able to appeal to a broader range of racegoers,” Professor Yovich said.

“Perth Racing has a clear focus to provide its patrons with the best entertainment on and off the track and our crowd numbers across the last three weeks clearly show we are doing just that. Additionally, working with the State Government through Tourism WA, we offer a unique westcoast racing experience, helping drive eastern states and international guests to Perth.”

The Magic Millions-Kingston Town Classic is the last of the Group 1 races for this Season rounding out the TABtouch Masters event for 2018.

Perth racing now turns its attention to the final race day of its Carnival, the TABtouch Perth Cup, this year being held on a new day on Saturday 5 January, 2019. With a truly party atmosphere on offer Perth Racing expects to see a large crowd of keen racegoers and day-time party seekers, head to Ascot to enjoy this iconic raceday and traditional Perth experience.