Bob Peters was riding home Distill in the Group 1 Levin Classic at Otaki on Friday evening.
Perth based Peters bought his younger half-sister by High Chaparral for $200,000 from the Windsor Park draft at the 2011 NZ Bloodstock yearling sales.
WA agent John Chalmers remembers going to Karaka and bidding for the filly. “Bob commissioned me to purchase two fillies in New Zealand earlier this year.,: he said. “While I was inspecting the High Chaparral filly, they told me her older half brother Distill and had just won his maiden at Taranaki.”
Distill (3g Volksraad – Fairy Tipsy by Casual Lies) came from the back of the field with a stunning late charge to win the Levin Classic. Trainer Roydon Bergerson is already looking forward to the G1 NZ Derby.
Apart from Distill, the High Chaparral filly is a younger half-sister of NZ stayer Mr Tipsy (Montjeu). He went back home empty-handed after an Aussie campaign in February but rebounded to claim the LR Counties Cup at Pukekohe in September.
Peters is on another good thing with four nominations for this Saturday’s G1 Kingston Town Classic at Ascot – Ranger (Testa Rossa), Tranquility (Redoute’s Choice), Rafferty (More Than Ready) and Lords Ransom (Jeune).