Arcadia Queen retires as the best female galloper to carry the cerise and white colours of the Peters family, a winner of three weight-for-age Group One races across Australia from one of her breeder’s most fruitful broodmare lines.

A tendon injury means the breeding barn is the next stop for Arcadia Queen, a Pierro-sired daughter of blue hen Arcadia, which is a full sister of Broadway Belle, the dam of Regal Power, Action and Wednesday debutant Vanman. Arcadia Queen won eight of her 16 starts, including the 2018 Kingston Town Classic, 2020 Caulfield Stakes and 2020 Mackinnon Stakes, to end up one Group One shy of Peters-bred gelding Old Comrade.

The lure of The Everest and Golden Eagle races resulted in Arcadia Queen not contesting the 2019 WS Cox Plate. There are collateral form lines that suggest Arcadia Queen would not have had the measure of Lys Gracieux over 2,040 metres at Moonee Valley on that October afternoon, but it would have been thrilling to see the Japanese star and one of Western Australia’s greats go head to head on the track.

Bob and Sandra Peters have been racing thoroughbreds since the 1970s, and their Peters Investments syndicate is famous around the world for its brilliant breeding operation. That Arcadia Queen is the finest female galloper to race for them – better than other Group One heroines Natasha, Dreamaway, Elite Belle, Delicacy, Perfect Reflection, Galaxy Star and Inspirational Girl – speaks volumes for her achievements.

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