She was the odds-on favourite and didn’t disappoint, the Grant Williams-trained mare Delicacy securing her Perth Cup bid next month with an effortless win in the CB Cox Stakes 2015 at Ascot Racecourse over the weekend.
A dual Group 1 winner in Morphettville as a three-year-old back in May, the now four-year-old daughter of Al Maher was four runs into her Perth Summer Racing Carnival bid on Saturday and posted her maiden win this campaign.
Backing up from a brave second in the wet from a nasty barrier 16 of 16 draw behind stablemate Perfect Reflection in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) a fortnight before, Delicacy had Perth’s premier hoop William Pike back aboard for the $250,000 Group 2 C.B. Cox Stakes (2100m).
On the line the odds-on fancy had one and a half lengths to spare over Vaughn Sigley’s Black Heart Bart ($11) who ran a brave second while just a further half-length back in an upset for third was the Neville Parnham-trained $101 roughie Bass Strait.
Delicacy is now odds-on favourite again to win her next start on January 2 in the $500,000 Group 1 Perth Cup (2400m), but she will have to break a 100-year-old record to do so.
Her CB Cox Stakes win seeks her jump even higher up the ratings’ scale ahead of the mile and a half clash meaning she is likely to cop at least 59kg, the minimum top weight, for the Perth Cup from Perth Racing’s chief handicapper Ian Malpass.
Second top weight will likely be the fellow Bob & Sandra Peters-owned mare Real Love, the defending Perth Cup winner having run fourth in the CB Cox Stakes.
This century the highest Perth Cup weight carried to victory in the race was another Peters-owned stayer, Lords Ransom, who had 55.5kg on his back in 2010.
The highest weight carried to victory by a mare in the Perth Cup meanwhile was Saratov (55kg) back in 1989, while Real Love saluted on just the 54kg minimum 12 months ago.
“She is going to have to create history to win,” co-owner breeder Bob Peters said of Delicacy to The West Australian after her CB Cox Stakes success.
“No mare has ever carried that weight to win. She is tough, but we are going to have to think about it some more.”
Along with Delicacy and the Adam Durrant-trained Real Love, the other top fancy heading into this summer’s Perth Cup clash is another Williams-trained mare Neverland.
The Big Brown four-year-old bypassed the Cox Plate and hasn’t raced since her Kingston Town fourth, her next run happening this Wednesday in the $100,00 ATA Handicap (2200m).
“Neverland has handled the workload so far, but we will have to see how she pulls up after Wednesday,” Peters said.
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2015 CB Cox Stakes Results
Ascot Race 7 – 19/12/2015
|1||11||DELICACY||Grant Williams||William Pike||–||6||56kg||$1.50|
|2||2||BLACK HEART BART||Vaughn Sigley||Glenn Smith||1.5L||2||59kg||$11|
|3||5||BASS STRAIT (NZ)||Neville Parnham||Steven Parnham||2L||4||59kg||$101|
|4||10||REAL LOVE||Adam Durrant||Peter Hall||2.75L||5||57kg||$6|
|5||3||ASK ME NICELY (NZ)||Fred Kersley||Paul Harvey||3.5L||8||59kg||$51|
|6||4||TOWER OF LONHRO||Adam Durrant||Joseph Azzopardi||3.5L||3||59kg||$41|
|7||9||BALMONT GIRL||Paula Wagg||Shaun O’Donnell||4.25L||7||57kg||$13|
|8||8||DARK MUSKET||Graeme Ballantyne||Jason Whiting||5.25L||11||58kg||$26|
|9||7||WOODSVILLE||Jeff Noske||Ms Jerry Noske||5.5L||9||59kg||$101|
|10||6||KIROV BOY||Arthur Mortimer||Danny Miller||7L||1||59kg||$31|
|11||1||EXTRA ZERO||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Chris Parnham||7.25L||10||59kg||$15|