Bob Peters has been the dominant player during Perth’s summer carnival and he bobbed up again when Neverland nailed a last-stride victory in the LR Challenge Stakes (1500m).
Big Brown’s unbeaten filly toughed out a close verdict with Palace Intruder (Oratorio) and Delicacy (Al Maher) on Saturday. “I thought the other one had beaten us but you’ve got the favour the outside horse here,” Peters said. “I’ve always liked this filly and she was on the minimum today.”
Neverland is the first Australian stakes winner and the 14th world-wide for Vinery Stud’s Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown. “She’s not a robust type so we took her along slowly,” Peters said. “I supported Big Brown and they just need a bit of time. Hopefully, this filly can keep going over longer distances.”
Neverland (3f Big Brown – Midnight Special by Zabeel) had won on debut at Northam in September and then resumed for another impressive victory at Ascot on January 21. Trainer Grant Williams will continue on an autumn campaign aimed at the WATC Oaks (2400m) on March 28.
Peters paid $210,000 for her dam Midnight Special at the 2007 Sydney Easter Yearling Sale and she delivered Neverland first-up in 2011. The mare has a yearling filly by Myboycharlie, a colt at foot by All Too Hard and she was bred her back to Big Brown in November.
Big Brown provided an encouraging footnote to Magic Millions day thanks to Light Up The Sky in the $250,000 2YO Classic. She was the first filly home and earned black-type when runner-up to Lucky Street.
Big Brown had unveiled another very promising filly at Hawkesbury on Thursday. The Snowden trained Nancy streaked to an emphatic win over a rapid-fire 1000m on debut and looks assured of graduating to far better races as her career unfolds.