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Top WA owner-breeder Bob Peters has described Delicacy as a “strong and tough” filly and is confident she was going well enough to back-up off a Schweppes Oaks win last Saturday in the 2015 South Australian Derby against the boys this weekend.
Final acceptances for Saturday’s $500,000 Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m) at Morphettville Racecourse were taken on Tuesday morning, a capacity field of 16 starters plus four emergencies missing the VRC St Leger winner Authoritarian.
The likely favourite in SA Derby betting at Ladbrokes.com.au, despite a wide barrier 14 draw, is the Grant Williams-trained Delicacy who is the sole filly in the mix.
Two back the talented daughter of Al Maher beat home the boys back home at Ascot with her half-length victory over Keysbrook in the Group 2 W.A.T.C. Derby (2400m) on April 11.
That followed three previous black-type wins during the summer – autumn season in Perth, including the Group 3 W.A. Oaks (2400m) in late March.
She travelled east last weekend and had her first run in Adelaide, franking the form coming out of the Perth three-year-old races this year with her one and a quarter length victory over Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes winner Fenway in the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville.
The Schweppes Oaks result saw jockey Peter Hall enjoy his maiden Group 1 victory and boosted Delicacy’s total career earnings up over the $1.1 million mark.
Peters on Tuesday told The West Australian that Delicacy had come out of last Saturday’s run well and all signs were pointing to her backing-up in the Derby seven days later.
“So far everything’s good with her and she should go in the derby if she gets through this week well,” he said.
“She’s got to put a bad one in some time soon, but at this stage everything’s still OK.”
Peters was obviously thrilled with the filly’s Schweppes Oaks performance last weekend and was quick to label the filly as a better type than his previous dual Group 1 winner Miss Margaret.
“It was good for WA racing,” he said of the Oaks win.
“It helps protect our Oaks and Derby (form).
“Miss Margaret won two Group 1s, but only won one Oaks, so Delicacy is probably better than her. I’ve never had a filly as strong and tough as she is.”
With the VRC St Leger winner Authoritarian out of the mix, Delicacy’s main rivals in the Derby on Saturday include Galilee Final winner Manapine and the Nick Smart-trained October Date coming off a win in the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (2020m) at the track from April 25.
The South Australian Derby result will also go a long way to deciding whether Peters pays the late entry to get Delicacy into the $500,000 Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2200m) at Doomben Racecourse on May 30.
“I’ll tell you after Saturday. We’ll wait and see,” he said.
2015 Queensland Oaks second late entries close on May 20 and attract a fee of $7,500 for connections.
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