Leviathan owners Bob and Sandra Peters and champion jockey William Pike continued their domination of the meeting in the feature race the GroupII CB Cox Stakes (2100m) with Elite Belle’s stunning victory.
Red Blast and Bass Strait battled on well to fill the places in the Cox Stakes.
Pike rode five winners and the Peters had four feature wins.
Bob Peters said he his best effort previously had been three feature wins at a fixture.
The Peters have 25 wins this season, (since August 1), and 14 of them have been black type.
Peters said he and trainer Grant Williams had discussed turning Elite Belle out before this race. “I wanted to go on and it paid off,” Peters said.
As for Pike it was the first time he has won five races at a meeting but he still said “nothing beats winning a Railway” (Stakes).
“But on the day this was my best win and not because it was the main race. It is because Elite Belle is not really a stayer but she is all heart and displayed it with this effort.”
Pike said although he had a good run, racing midfield, he was a bit worried at the 500m mark of the race. “It went a bit pear shaped at that stage as I was pushed wide,” the jockey said.
Bob Peters said he was very proud of Elite Belle. “She has won three black type races in this campaign, over short and staying distances.”
Elite Belle’s other important 2014 carnival victories have been the Railway Stakes (1600m) and earlier the Prince of Wales Stakes (1200m).
Elite Belle has now won 10 races from 25 starts with 9 places and over $1.4 million in prize money.
She will be turned out for a spell.