Leading Perth owner Bob Peters has put prize money ahead of prestige in selecting the Sydney Spring Carnival for his outstanding performer Arcadia Queen.
Champion Sydney trainer Chris Waller will take over the preparation of the rising four-year-old, who has won five of her six starts for Grant and Alana Williams, including the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) in December.
Peters has his eyes on the $A14 million The Everest (1200m) along with the inaugural $A7.5 million Golden Eagle (1500m), rather than the Group 1 $A5 million Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley.
“As a racing purist I would love to win a Cox Plate,” Peters said. “I think it’s the greatest race in Australia, but money talks. We’ve got a big operation to run and there are a lot of expenses and stakes are what keep us going.”