Perfect Reflection became the first three-year-old filly in the history of the race to win the 1800m Kingston Town Classic at Perth’s Ascot racecourse in the forty-year history of the race. It was her first try beyond 1600 metres and her first Group 1 win.
Her other significant wins include the 2015 Group 3 W.A. Champion Fillies Stakes on the same course over 1600m and the 2015 Listed 1200m Belgravia Stakes at Ascot. Other than her Australian dam Reflected Image, she is primarily an American horse.
At 200 m out, the favourite, jumping at $4.40, looked to be cruising to any easy win until Delicacy ($5) closed from the outside, but fell a nose short at the line.
Perfect Reflection’s trainer, Grant Williams, describes her as an up-and-comer that had performed well as a two-year-old. Jockey W. Pike admitted afterward that he went too early, but with the light impost Perfect Reflection was given, he was able to wait for Delicacy to come on.
Magic Artist ridden by Damien Oliver, a short-priced starter, ran well back and finished in 13th. He said that the heavy track was ill-suited to his horse.
Anyone picking Dark Musket to place got a nice payday, as that horse went off at $151.