The Old Firm Combines to Win the Railway Stakes at Ascot with Inspirational Girl

Mark Smith - Saturday November 21

The five-year-old Reliable Man (GB) mare Inspirational Girl provided owners Bob and Sandra Peters, trainers Grant and Alana Williams and jockey William Pike with a third consecutive winner of the $1 million Group 1 Kirin-Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot on Saturday.

The sequence began with Galaxy Star (Redoute's Choice) in 2018 and Regal Power (Pierro) last year.

Sent off favourite off the back of a fast-finishing win in the Group III Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) three weeks back, Inspirational Girl came from midfield under a ground-saving ride to defeat Too Close the Sun (Carlton House) by one and three-quarter lengths with Uni Time coming from last to be a further half-head back in third.


Purchased by John Chalmers Bloodstock for $190,000 out of the Jamieson Park draft at the 2017 NZB Premier Yearling Sale, Inspirational Girl advances her record to nine wins, one second and one third from 11 starts with earnings of $896,625.

Pike elected to miss the winning ride on Arcadia Queen in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington to enter a two-week quarantine to ride at the Ascot Summer Carnival.

Winning owner Bob Peters said he was instrumental in the decision.

"I made it for him. I said you will get a lot more rides here than there. You will get one there and probably eight here," Peters revealed.

Although Inspirational Girl was purchased in New Zealand, Peters revealed she comes from a family he has had huge success with.

"She is from one of our good families. Her dam is a full-sister to Midnight Special who we raced, and the family is growing.

"Midnight Special is the dam of two stakes-winners, (Demonetization and Neverland) and this mare has had two stakes-winners now, and we have put a Group 1 in it."

Bred by Jamieson Park, Inspirational Girl is a half-sister to three winners led by the Listed VRC All Victorian Series Final winner Ruettiger (Duporth) out of the Zabeel mare Be Inspired.

Reliable Man

This a family that Macquarie Stud has enjoyed great success with.

Be Inspired is a sister to the Group III MRC Naturalism Stakes winner Rainbow Styling and a half-sister to Group III ATC Birthday Card Stakes winner Zingaling (Redoute's Choice).

Purchased by Badger's Bloodstock for $150,000 out of the Macquarie Stud draft at the 2008 Inglis Australian Easter Broodmare Sale, Be Inspired has an unraced 3yo colt by Hinchinbrook named Brookspire who was purchased by Chris Waller Racing/Brae Sokolski for $300,000 out of the Bhima Stud draft at the 2019 MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Brookspire recently finished second in a barrier trial at Rosehill.

Inspirational Girl becomes the third Group 1 winner for Westbury Stud's Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby) and ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Reliable Man (Dalakhani) after the Victoria Oaks winner Miami Bound and NZ Oaks winner Sentimental Miss.


Race Result - Kirin-Railway Stakes Gr1 1600m

Ascot Track: Good(4) Time: 1:33.79
Inspirational Girl
T: G & A Williams J: W Pike 53
5m Reliable Man (GB) x Be Inspired (AUS) (Zabeel (NZ))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $190,000
V:Jamieson Park
B: John Chalmers Bloodstock
Too Close The Sun
T: L Smith J: Joseph Azzopardi 53
5g Carlton House (USA) x Old Money (AUS) (Old Spice (AUS))
Uni Time
T: Ms S L Miller J: J Whiting 53
5g Universal Ruler (AUS) x Darntime (AUS) (Danetime (IRE))
Red Can Man
T: S J Wolfe J: S Mc Gruddy 53.5
4g Gingerbread Man (AUS) x Brocky's Ace (AUS) (Surtee (AUS))
MM Perth Yearling Sale $50,000
V:Western Breeders Alliance
B: Commercial Bloodstock Services P/L (FBAA)
Material Man
T: J T Warwick J: P Harvey 58
9g Vital Equine (IRE) x Del Lirio (AUS) (Hussonet (USA))
Cup Night
T: B A Miller J: P Carbery 53
5g Maschino (AUS) x Walk In Beauty (AUS) (Barely A Moment (AUS))
Truly Great
T: G & A Williams J: C Johnston-Porter 53
5g Dundeel (NZ) x Truly Special (AUS) (Jeune (GB))
T: James Cummings J: Chris Parnham 58
6g Lonhro (AUS) x Yavanna (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
T: N D Parnham J: B Parnham 53
5g Playing God (AUS) x Oriel (AUS) (Oratorio (AUS))
MM Perth Yearling Sale $26,000
V:Mungrup Stud Narrikup WA
B: Neville Parnham Racing
T: F R Kersley J: P Knuckey 54.5
7g Rogano (AUS) x Taxa (AUS) (Carry A Smile (AUS))
Kay Cee
T: N D Parnham J: J Brown 56
4m Playing God (AUS) x Flirt 'n' Hope (AUS) (McFlirt (NZ))
Great Shot
T: Rhys Radford J: C Staples 54
8g Magnus (AUS) x Satin Covers (AUS) (Dr. Grace (NZ))
MM Perth Yearling Sale $31,000
V:Scenic Lodge, Muchea, WA
B: Francis Edwards
Dance Music
T: Simon Miller J: Jade Mc Naught 53
5m War Chant (USA) x Fast Flowing (NZ) (Dubawi (IRE))
Missile Launch
T: Vaughn Sigley J: T Turner 53
7g Smart Missile (AUS) x Takeiteasyedye (USA) (Opening Verse (USA))
MM Perth Yearling Sale $40,000
V:Yarradale Stud, Gidgegannup, WA
B: Vaughn Sigley
Spiritual Warrior
T: J T Warwick J: Lucy Warwick 55.5
6g Blackfriars (AUS) x Angelic Heart (AUS) (Show A Heart (AUS))
Gailo Chop
T: M J Williams J: B Rawiller 57
10g Deportivo (GB) x Grenoble (FR) (Marignan (USA))
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