Pike off 2016 Perth Cup Favourite Delicacy

December 29, 2015

Pike off 2016 Perth Cup Favourite Delicacy

Perth’s premier hoop William Pike has opted to jump off the top weight and race favourite Delicacy in Saturday’s Perth Cup 2016 field in favour of the ride on fellow Bob & Sandra Peters-owned mare Neverland.

Delicacy

Delicacy will be ridden by Peter Hall in Saturday’s 2016 Perth Cup field at Ascot Racecourse. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

A capacity 16 starters plus four emergencies are engaged for the $500,000 Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m) this summer including the Grant Williams-trained dual Group 1 winner Delicacy.

The four-year-old daughter of Al Maher won the SA Oaks – Derby double back in May as a three-year-old and also controlled proceedings at home last start to take out the Group 2 CB Cox Stakes (2100m).

Likely favourite in Perth Cup betting through Ladbrokes.com.au this weekend, Delicacy only carried 56kg in the CB Cox Stakes and goes up to 59kg this weekend with Peter Hall booked for the ride after Pike opted to partner Neverland following a long discussion with owner-breeder Bob Peters.

“I had a good talk with him (Pike) and we thought the weight difference was too much,” Peters told Seven West Media.

“It will have to be a pretty special effort for Delicacy to win with that weight over that distance.

“At the weights, Neverland is a better chance. I don’t think there’s a lot between them.”

Hall rode $1.82 million earner Delicacy in her Group 1 Morphettville double in Adelaide as well as her second to stablemate Perfect Reflection two back in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m).

Pike agrees this Saturday with history against Delicacy weight-wise in the Perth Cup, the fellow Williams-trained Neverland is a better winning hope getting in on the 54kg minimum.

The four-year-old Big Brown mare chases her first win since the Listed Carbine Club of WA Stakes (1400m) in November.

She was fourth with Douglas Whyte aboard in the Kingston Town on December 5 before her second last Wednesday in the Listed A.T.A. Stakes (2200m) from barrier 13 of 16 at Ascot with Pike in the saddle.

“She didn’t have a gut-buster last start because she didn’t get out,” Peters said of Neverland.

“I wouldn’t think the 2400 (metres) will be a problem.

“It all depends on how the race is run.”

Neverland gets the chance to turn the tables on her last start conqueror in the Perth Cup with ATA Stakes winner Bedamijo also accepted for the mile and a half summer feature.

Prepared at Ravenswood by Miss Tara Izstein, the eight-year-old daughter of Helenus has her 51st career start in the Perth Cup with regular rider Shaun O’Donnell continuing his association on the back of the solid two and a quarter length win last week.

Stay tuned to Races.com.au for the full Perth Cup 2016 field and barrier draw, then head to our preferred online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au for all the best summer odds and promos including up to $500 in bonuses when you deposit and quote the code BETBONUS!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

All Aged to The Everest 2018 f...

2018 TJ Smith Stakes Grand Fin...

2018 TJ Smith Stakes Grand Final for The Everest Bound Redzel

Inaugural The Everest champion Redzel has been specifically set for an autumn...

Daysee Doom Heads 2018 Emancip...

Daysee Doom Heads 2018 Emancipation Stakes Field & Betting

Ron Quinton’s flying five-year-old Daysee Doom is tipped as the mare to beat...

Winx To Climb The Everest 2018...

Winx To Climb The Everest 2018?

Winx next race? It’s the question always on the horizon after she leaves her...

Written By Is The 2018 Ladbrok...

Written By Is The 2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Winner

The well-supported, clear Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes 2018 favourite Written...

Horse Racing Today

Victorian filly So Far Sokool ...

Gai’s 2 head the list of...

Gai’s 2 head the list of nominations for the 2018 Japan Racing Association Plate

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Ecuador and Arbeitsam head up the...

Single Gaze looking to the fut...

Single Gaze looking to the future as a brood mare, out of 2018 Sydney Cup

Group 1 winning mare Single Gaze will begin preparations for the upcoming...

Savvy Coup looking for another...

Savvy Coup looking for another Kiwi win in 2018 Australian Oaks

Savvy Coup will be trying to keep the Kiwi fillies strong winning record...

Oliver back aboard Almandin in...

Oliver back aboard Almandin in 2018 Sydney Cup

Damien Oliver has found himself back on Melbourne Cup winner Almandin who is...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field