ARCADIA QUEEN SET TO BE SOLD

Champion mare Arcadia Queen is set to be sold at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale on May 25th up at the Gold Coast after being retired in March due to injury.

Acradia Queen Racing At Radnwick

The popular Western Australian racer will go under the hammer at the broodmare sale after a tendon injury forced the Group 1 winner out of the Sydney Autumn Carnival and subsequently from racing all together.

Holbrook Thoroughbreds will act as agent for her breeders and owners Bob and Sandra Peters who were coming off an impressive Spring with the triple Group 1 winner before persistent injuries prematurely brought an end to her racing career.

After having come from WA to plunder the Melbourne Racing Carnival riches in recent years Arcadia Queen had built up a cult following and Bob Peters openly admits the decision to sell was “very tough”.

"Not much of her family has ever gone to auction and I'm not very popular with much of my family for the decision to sell her," Peters told Magic Millions.

"There's only one other horse I compare her to and that is Old Comrade who won four Group Ones before a tendon injury."

"It's hard to say, but I think she's better than him and that's something and he was pretty good.

"She was a world class racehorse with huge ratings and really could have been anything."

Arcadia Queen arrived on the scene winning 4 of her first 5 starts including an effortless outing in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic winning by 4.5l.

"That was probably her best run," Peters noted. "What she did as a three-year-old filly against the older horses, that just doesn't happen - and it's the way she did it."

With a promising career ahead 2019 was full of trouble with constant feet issues putting pay to an Everest and Golden Eagle campaign and a lengthy period on the side lines.

She would bounce back in 2020 however when fully fit arriving in Victoria to win the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes over 2000m and round of the Carnival winning the Group 1 MacKinnon Stakes on the final day.

"Her record is outstanding and she didn't have a lot of luck in a few others races including the Cox Plate and Golden Eagle," Peters said.

"She's a big, strong mare and is probably the strongest in the family. Pierro goes really well with Redoute's Choice and this family in particular.

"Going forward I have got a yearling full sister on the ground and there's three other full sisters (to dam Antique) going to Pierro this year and others in foal - there's a lot of the blood to come for the family."

Arcadia Queen will be offered late on Day One of the sale, comprising race fillies and maiden mares, on May 25.

Fellow triple Group One-winning mare Sunlight fetched a Magic Millions sales record of $4.2 million last year.

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