The travelling West Australian contingent have posted a huge win at Morphettville Racecourse this afternoon as talented three-year-old Delicacy produced a monster turn of foot to take out the featured Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m).
Jumping from the gates only fairly, jockey Peter Hall settled Delicacy mid-pack in the capacity field, off the pace of Fenway and Cathy’s Mark who strode out to the lead without breaking any speed records.
Finding a good rhythm and receiving an ideal run in transit over the back straight and approaching the bend, the Al Maher filly found the final straight wide and somewhat awkward and appeared to have a little too great of a task in running down a runaway Fenway, but produced an impressive kick to hunt down Fenway and a brave Bahamas to post a fifth-consecutive black type win and maiden at the highest level.
Trainer Grant Williams was understandably thrilled with Delicacy’s 2015 Australasian Oaks wins and revealed a tilt at next weekend’s Group 1 SA Derby (2500m) may come to fruition.
“It was a great ride and he just used no petrol tickets early and just used them for one crack, that was our plan and it paid off,” Williams said.
“We’ll just see how she pulls up; maybe the Derby next week but we’ll just let her tell us that.
“This is what it’s all about.”
Peter Hall picked up the ride on Delicacy mid-week after regular hoop William Pike was ruled out with a dislocated shoulder, and was thrilled the classy filly was able to replicate her Perth summer form against a talent-rich field in the 2015 Australasian Oaks.
“She’s got an excellent turn of foot – she showed that through her summer campaign at Ascot and coming here today to Adelaide against the good horses from all around Australia, for her to have that same turn of foot is great,”
“They did slow up mid-race and a lot of horses were trucking but it was too far from home. I was just lucky to get the split and away she went.
“It was a Group 1 so thought I might as well enjoy the moment.”
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2015 Australasian Oaks Results
|1||3||DELICACY||Grant Williams||Peter Hall||–||10||56kg||$7|
|2||1||FENWAY||Lee & Shannon Hope||Blake Shinn||1.2L||6||56kg||$4.80|
|3||14||BAHAMAS||Dan O’Sullivan||Damien Oliver||1.5L||3||56kg||$21|
|4||5||JURASOUND||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Michael Walker||3.8L||1||56kg||$14|
|5||9||UNGRATEFUL ELLEN||Robert Smerdon||Craig Williams||4.3L||13||56kg||$13|
|6||7||SEA SPRAY||John Moloney||Nicholas Hall||5L||11||56kg||$17|
|7||4||WINE TALES||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||5.3L||8||56kg||$7|
|8||15||CATHY’S MARK||Nigel Blackiston||James Winks||5.4L||4||56kg||$21|
|9||6||FITOCRACY||Jon O’Connor||Todd Pannell||6.1L||9||56kg||$41|
|10||10||LADY SHARAPOVA||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||6.2L||7||56kg||$51|
|11||2||FONTEIN RUBY||Robert Smerdon||Mark Zahra||6.6L||2||56kg||$3.80F|
|12||8||KANSAS SUNFLOWER (NZ)||Luke Oliver||Chris Symons||6.9L||16||56kg||$17|
|13||16||HIPSTER GIRL||Jason Warren||Ben Melham||9.4L||12||56kg||$101|
|14||13||CHOIX DE MAIA (NZ)||Pat Carey||Rhys McLeod||10L||15||56kg||$19|
|15||11||NOT A HAPPY CAMPER||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Dom Tourneur||11.1L||5||56kg||$101|
|16||12||REDASUN||Greg Eurell||Steven Arnold||11.9L||14||56kg||$41|