Peter Knuckey punched Platinum Rocker into the elite field for the Carlton Draught Railway Stakes with a brilliant win in today's Asian Bueau Stakes at Ascot.
It was a dream comeback for the leading jockey from a knee injury to give Ascot trainer Simon Miller the feature race double of the Asian Beau Stakes and the Burgess Queen Stakes on Miss Rose De Lago in successive races.
Knuckey had been out for the past fortnight due to injurying his knee in a fall from Our Emily Mia soon after the start on Ascot's opening day a fortnight ago.
Knuckey was replaced by Ryan Hill on Platinum Rocker that day, when the mare finished a gallant third to Playing God in the Northerly Stakes (1400m).
Punters anticipated a Knuckey-Miller double today backing Platinum Rocker from $3.30 into a $2.80 favourite to win the Asian Beau (1400m).
The winner of the Asian Beau is free from the ballot in the $1 million Railway Stakes (1600m) to be run on November 23.
Knuckey settled the daughter of Love A Dane behind the leader The Corporation ($31) before unleashing a finishing burst to run home a 1/2 length win over Vermeer ($5), with another 1 1/2 lengths back to the third placed Rohan ($8), who had edged out The Corporation for the minor end of the trifecta.
"I told Simon on Tuesday that I was still a bit sore but I felt I would be right by Saturday," Knuckey said after Platinum Rocker's win in the Group 3 race. "He put his faith in me that I would be fine and it has paid off."
Arcadia Rose had gone into the Burgess Queen Stakes (1400m) a raging $2.30 favourite to keep her unbeaten streak intact.
Knuckey sensing there was not pacemaker took ther initiative to lead on Miss Rose De Lago ($7), after crossing from the widest gate in 12.
The ploy paid rich dividends with the daughter of Encosta De Lagio running away a clear cut 1 length winner over Via Laurentina ($13) and Cool Trade ($9) in the Listed event.
Arcadia Rose finished fourth, 4 1/4 lengths behind the winner.
Miller will head Miss Rose De Lago into the Champion Fillies Stakes and she also is entered in the $400,000 Sky Raing bWA Guineas (1600m), to be run on November 23.
Miss Rose De Lago had bungled the start and then over-raced when wearing blinkers for the first time when finishing fifth to Arcadia Rose in last Saturday week's Belgravia Stakles (1200m).
was a bit fierce in the first part of the race but then she came back under Peter," Miller said. "I earmarked her as a Blue Diamond horse last season and I don't usually do that.
"Then we thought she would run in the Karrakatta Plate but she wasn't ready there either.
"Next autumn she will end up in Melbourne."
Platium Rocker claimed her first feature win in last month's Birthday Stakes (1200m) at Belmont Park and now will run in WA's biggest race."Her work Tuesday was the best she had done," Miller siad. "Peter did not use her up sitting outside The Corporation, we know she's tough and now she is in the Railway."