The Queen Elizabeth Stakes was run and won without Arabian Gold and trainer David Vandyke has no regrets over the decision keep her at home.
The filly was among original entries for Saturday’s $4 million weight-for-age race but her exertions to win the Adrian Knox Stakes seven days earlier confirmed the decision not to back her up.
She instead runs this week against her three-year-old peers in the Group Three Frank Packer Plate (2000m), a race dear to the heart of her owner Nick Moraitis.
The Moraitis-owned Might And Power claimed his first stakes win in the 1997 running of the Frank Packer. Later that year he won the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups on his way to becoming an Australian champion.
Arabian Gold is unlikely to be tested over the distances of the Cups but Vandyke has a high opinion of the filly who claimed her second stakes win in the Adrian Knox Stakes to extend her unbeaten record on wet tracks to four carrying top weight of 59kg.
“The effort told on her and she definitely needed the week off,” Vandyke said.
“She has bounced back now and the extra week has helped.
“Damien Oliver will ride her and she drops in weight to 54-1/2 kilos so that also helps.”
Arabian Gold is the only filly among the 11 Frank Packer entries which include Australian Derby third and fourth Hooked and Savvy Nature.
Blake Shinn, who rode Arabian Gold to her Adrian Knox win, had a commitment to the John Thompson-trained Hooked, prompting the change of rider for the filly.
The grey, pink and white Moraitis colours will also be seen at Randwick on Saturday aboard 2010 Melbourne Cup runner-up Maluckyday.
The Joe Pride-trained gelding runs in the JRA Plate (2000m).