Prominent Perth owner and breeder Bob Peters achieved another Group 2 WATC Derby (2400m) win when Reset (Zabeel – Assertive Lass, by Zeditave) three-year-old Mystic Prince (Reset – Purfect Size, by Catbird) took out the 2013 edition of the Ascot feature.
The race was run just 40 minutes after the sudden passing of another of Reset’s progeny after Karrakatta Plate (1200m) winner Ms Funovits died of a suspected heart attack minutes before her scheduled assignment in the Group 3 WA Sires’ Produce Stakes.
Melbourne jockey Ben Melham travelled to Perth to ride Ms Funovits but Peters asked him to ride Mystic Prince, who was one of four stable representatives, in the WATC Derby.
Melham rode a terrific race on Mystic Prince, giving his mount a soft run midfield on the fence for the first mile before improving his position approaching the home turn. Mystic Prince accelerated strongly once balanced in the straight to defeat the WA Oaks winner Moreish (More Than Ready – Pink City, by Danehill) and another Peters-bred runner, Desert Glow (Desert King – Flaming Heart, by Salieri).
Peters won the WATC Derby with Dreamaway (2011 – More Than Ready – Legal Consent, by Danehill), and Old Money (Old Spice – Balmy Night, by Balmerino) in recent years. Mystic Prince’s Group 2 success was also the gelding’s first city win.
“I decided to put them on different paths and he went to the provincials against the older horses,” Bob Peters said. “He ran a good race last start and I thought he was the best of our four chances.”
Mystic Prince became the 24th individual stakes winner for Reset with his Derby win. Purfect Size (Catbird – Assizes, by Kenmare) has only visited Reset in her four seasons as a broodmare. The mare has an unraced two-year-old daughter by the stallion while she foaled a brother to Mystic Prince in 2011.