Superstar filly from WA Delicacy continued to frank the three-year-old form coming out of Perth this season becoming a dual Oaks and dual Derby winner in the space of only six weeks thanks to her barnstorming effort in the South Australian Derby 2015.
Only a week earlier the Grant Williams-trained, Bob Peters-owned daughter of Al Maher made her interstate debut when beating home a field of fellow fillies in the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville Racecourse.
She returned to the track on subsequent only seven days later and jumped odds-on favourite to beat home the boys in the lucrative $500,000 Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m).
The big money on the ace filly proved well worth it, the punters getting it spot on as Delicacy and jockey Peter Hall ran them ragged in a come-from-behind winning effort.
The step up in distance proved a non-issue for the favourite as Delicacy had already won the Group 3 WA Oaks (2400m) – Group 2 WATC Derby (2400m) back home over the mile and a half earlier this campaign.
She was drawn wide in the SA Derby but got away nicely from the gates, racing on the outside and back but settled well as the Ron Daniel-trained Chu Chu Charlie led them round after his third to October Date in the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (2020m) two weeks back.
The front runner was followed in running by Maysoor, Allergic and Crimson Cape during the first half of the staying showdown.
Delicacy was still well back travelling well one off the fence as they went into the back straight, Magicool making a move then to join Chu Chu Charlie up it the lead.
They held their positions until the 800m mark when the Mark Kavanagh-trained Fastnet Rock gelding Magicool, out to atone for a Chairman’s eighth at the track on April 25, took over and they travelled towards the home turn.
Delicacy got to the outside when they swung round into the straight, Magicool leading from the New Zealander Werther who got a gun run throughout settled fourth off the pace.
She may have been wide but Delicacy ($1.90) quickly cut loose on the outside, hitting the front and putting her rivals to bed after a patient and well-timed ride to snare back-to-back Group 1 wins in as many weeks.
The favourite was badly checked 1600m out but fought back and simply outstayed them in a SA Derby result that surprised few.
On the line she had one and a half lengths to spare over the Andrew Campbell-trained Tavistock gelding from New Zealand Werther ($13) who came off a Group 2 win back home from late April.
Finishing off the SA Derby trifecta a further long neck back for third was then John O’Shea’s Street Cry gelding Allergic ($21) for Godolphin, the galloper up in class and distance but handling both well as he got the gun run throughout after jumping from the inside.
Delicacy may not be nominated for any Queensland races during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival ruling out a trip to the Sunshine State on the back of her awesome autumn efforts, but she’s one to watch for sure with the spring features calling in Sydney and Melbourne later in the year.
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2015 South Australian Derby Results & Finishing Order
Morphettville Race 7 – 09/05/2015
|1||16||DELICACY||Grant Williams||Peter Hall||–||11||54.5kg||$1.90F|
|2||1||WERTHER (NZ)||Andrew R Campbell||Noel Callow||1.6L||14||56.5kg||$12|
|3||6||ALLERGIC||John O’Shea||Patrick Moloney (a)||2L||1||56.5kg||$18|
|4||3||MAGICOOL||Mark Kavanagh||Damien Oliver||3.3L||16||56.5kg||$15|
|5||5||MANAPINE||Nigel Blackiston||Dwayne Dunn||4.3L||5||56.5kg||$12|
|6||9||TRIPLE GOLD||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||6.6L||3||56.5kg||$18|
|7||8||ALL I SURVEY||Pat Carey||Rhys McLeod||6.7L||6||56.5kg||$17|
|8||14||MAYSOOR||Mick Price||Dom Tourneur||8.3L||4||56.5kg||$18|
|9||4||BOOM TIME||Peter G Moody||Vlad Duric||9.4L||8||56.5kg||$15|
|10||11||CRIMSON CAPE (NZ)||Robert Smerdon||Mark Zahra||12.5L||7||56.5kg||$26|
|11||15||TIME WALKER||Phillip Stokes||Steven Arnold||14.1L||10||56.5kg||$101|
|12||7||CHU CHU CHARLIE||Ron Daniel||Dean Yendall||14.3L||9||56.5kg||$51|
|13||10||LUCQUES||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Chris Symons||15.6L||13||56.5kg||$101|
|14||12||CUBAN FIGHTER||Robbie Laing||Joe Bowditch||17L||12||56.5kg||$51|
|15||2||OCTOBER DATE||Nick Smart||Shayne Cahill||17.6L||2||56.5kg||$12|
|16||13||TURBO STREET||Tony McEvoy||Matthew Neilson||35.6L||15||56.5kg||$71|
|–||20e||GRUMPY GURU||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Clare Lindop||–||0||–||–|
|–||17e||GIFTED LAD (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Michael Walker||–||0||–||–|
|–||18e||LIGHT MOTION||Robert Smerdon||–||–||0||–||–|