First Start Away from Home and Perfect Jewel Smashes them in the Cockram Stakes

Mark Smith - Saturday August 29

Making her first start outside of Western Australia, the 6yo Redoute’s Choice mare Perfect Jewel gave the easterners a taste of her ability when powering home under Willie Pike in Saturday’s Group III Moet and Chandon Cockram Stakes at Caulfield.

Perfect Jewel ends the day on a winning note for Willie Pike (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

The Grant and Alana Williams-trained mare advanced her earnings to a tad shy of a million dollars with her sixth stakes success.

The Bob and Sandra Peters homebred came from midfield with a barnstorming finish to defeat Bless Her (Street Boss) by a length with She Shao Fly (Epaulette) the same distance back in third.

Originally trained by Grant and Alana Williams, Perfect Jewel was transferred to Adam Durrant before switching back to make the trip east.


Grant Williams said it was a pleasing result after Regal Power had beaten just one home in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes.

“She’s done a great job, she had 12 months where she was a bit quiet but the Durrant team at home have done a tremendous job with her and she has really blossomed since being here,” Grant Williams said.

“We had been using her to get the others fit but she has been beating them.”

Redoute's Choice (Mark Smith)

Perfect Jewel is the third consecutive stakes winner for the Listed stakes winner Star Encounter (Jeune) who placed in the WA Oaks, WA Derby and Strickland Stakes on the way to compiling a record of eight wins and seven placings from 30 starts with earnings of $563,090.

Her first foal Star Exhibit (Statue Of Liberty) is the winner of six stakes races highlighted by the Group II Perth Cup twice while Perfect Jewels full-sister Royal Star won the Listed Natasha Stakes and finished second in the WA Oaks and recently had her first foal, a colt by Pierro.

Star Encounter has a yearling colt by Dundeel and was covered by the Arrowfield stallion again last spring.


Race Result - Moet & Chandon Cockram Stakes Gr3 1200m

Caulfield Track: Good(3) Time: 1:10.22
Perfect Jewel
T: G & A Williams J: W Pike 57
6m Redoute's Choice (AUS) x Star Encounter (AUS) (Jeune (GB))
Bless Her
T: Shea Eden J: Jye McNeil 55
4m Street Boss (USA) x Blessit (AUS) (Commands (AUS))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $40,000
V:Maluka Thoroughbreds, Kilmore
B: TD Wilson
She Shao Fly
T: K L Corstens J: D Dunn 55
4m Epaulette (AUS) x Shao Shao (AUS) (Shinko Forest (IRE))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale $67,500
V:Ambergate Farm Scone NSW
B: Bennett Racing/McEvoy Mitchell Racing
She's A Thief
T: M D Moroney J: D W Stackhouse 55
5m Showcasing (GB) x Steal (AUS) (Red Ransom (USA))
NZB National Weanling Broodmare and Mixed Sale - Weanlings $13,000
V:D. J. Myers
B: Woburn Farm
NZB Festival Yearling Sale $30,000
V:Woburn Farm
B: Paul Moroney Bloodstock
Street Icon
T: K L Corstens J: Jamie Kah 55
5m Street Boss (USA) x Villa Albani (AUS) (Mossman (AUS))
Madam Rouge
T: C J Waller J: Craig Williams 57
5m Zoustar (AUS) x Cabernet (AUS) (Al Maher (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $310,000
V:Widden Stud Widden Valley NSW
B: Waller Racing/Mulcaster Bloodstock
Pretty Brazen
T: T & C McEvoy J: L Currie 58
4m Brazen Beau (AUS) x Pretty Penny (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $700,000
V:Coolmore Stud, Jerrys Plains
B: McEvoy Mitchell Racing Pty Ltd
T: A & S Freedman J: D Oliver 56
4m Snitzel (AUS) x Precious Lorraine (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $500,000
V:Newgate Farm, Aberdeen
B: Hilldene / Gelagotis Racing
Clarice Cliffs
T: G Eurell J: C Newitt 55
6m Canford Cliffs (IRE) x No Vanity (AUS) (Keep The Faith (AUS))
Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale $8,000
V:Little Plains Stud, Wangaratta
B: Hancox Bloodstock Pty Ltd
T: Patrick Payne J: W Egan 58
4m Rubick (AUS) x Senro Kisaki (AUS) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale Book 2 $85,000
V:Edinburgh Park, Wingham
B: Prime Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd
Jamaican Hurry
T: Amy & Ash Yargi J: M J Dee 55
6m Von Costa De Hero (AUS) x Grano D'Oro (AUS) (Gold Ace (AUS))
T: Mitchell Freedman J: B Melham 56
4m Smart Missile (AUS) x Broadway Harmony (AUS) (Statue Of Liberty (USA))
T: R D Griffiths J: D Yendall 55
5m Not A Single Doubt (AUS) x Fidele (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale $170,000
V:Attunga Stud Scone NSW
B: Griffiths Racing/Peter Ford T'breds/McKeever B'stock
Missile Mantra
T: P & P Snowden J: Damian Lane 55
4m Smart Missile (AUS) x Wecansay Mak (AUS) (Starcraft (NZ))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $30,000
V:Arrowfield Stud Scone NSW
B: Triple Crown Syndications Pty Ltd
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