Arcadia Queen (outside) beating Fifty Stars and Melody Belle (Image: Racing Photos)
Class Perth mare Arcadia Queen finished a spring campaign of mixed fortunes on an almighty high by putting away a class weight-for-age field to win the $2 million Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.
Arcadia Queen took her spring earnings beyond $2 million following the victory, with her new rider Luke Currie allowing her to sit last before producing a huge run to win running away over Fifty Stars, with New Zealand mare Melody Belle finishing third.
It was also the great mare's second G1 win of the spring following her Caulfield Stakes victory over Russian Camelot last month.
She then failed in the Cox Plate after having no luck before saving her best for last with a crushing Mackinnon Stakes win.
The year has looked similar for both Arcardia Queen and for Currie, with both spending time injured on the sidelines.
Trainer Grant Williams said that at one point in the spring, he thought Arcadia Queen was finished as he struggled to get her feet right: "I didn't think we were going to get to this stage after we had a few issues early, but she'll go home and have a nice break now and hopefully we can come back."
As for where she stands among owner/breeder Bob Peters' horses, Williams did not need to think.
"She's the best. She was a really good three-year-old and she's had a few issues on the way but to do this on her way back is just fantastic."