Last year’s All-Star Mile winner Regal Power out of contention to defend his crown

Regal Power is out of contention for back-to-back wins in the $5 million All-Star Mile.

Owner Bob Peters hoped to gain a wildcard to run Regal Power in next month’s All-Star Mile but the gelding will head home to Perth after one autumn run.

Regal Power’s abrupt end to his autumn leaves star mare Arcadia Queen as Peters’ sole runner in the All-Star Mile. He quinellaed the race last year with Regal Power and Superstorm.

Regal Power only beat one runner home when resuming in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield last Saturday but Peters said there was a problem with the five-year-old.

“His bloods just weren’t right and I just thought it was just silly to be messing around when you get to that level,” Peters said.

“So I decided I’d just bring him home and look after at home and see what we find.

“There’s just something there that’s not quite 100 percent with him and at this level, you’ve got to be at 100 percent.”

Jockey William Pike riding Regal Power to victory in last year’s All-Star Mile at Caulfield. Photo: AAP Image/Vince Caligiuri.Source:AAP

Perfect Jewel will join Regal Power on a plane back to Perth despite her solid second to Rich Hips in the Group 3 Mannerism Stakes (1400m).

Peters said Perfect Jewel has run her last race.

“Perfect Jewel just had a little internal bleed so that’s the end of her career,” Peters said.

“We could have tried to patch her up but she’s got to that age where this was her last campaign anyway.

“She’s pretty well bred so we won’t be taking any risks with her.”

However, Peters, jockey William Pike and trainers Grant and Alana Williams enjoyed a triumph at Caulfield when Celebrity Girl dead-heated for first in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m).

Celebrity Girl will head to Flemington on Saturday week to tackle the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m).

Celebrity Girl will carry 54kg in the Newmarket Handicap, which is a half-kilogram rise on her Oakleigh Plate weight.

“Everything going well, she’ll go on to the Newmarket,” Peters said.

“She only went up a half kilogram because the Newmarket is probably a lot stronger race, but I’m happy with that weight.”

Originally published asPeters pulls plug on Power’s All-Star Mile bid

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