Class mare Delicacy set a new weight carrying record to take out the Perth Cup over the weekend with the 2016 Australian Cup in Melbourne this March a potential autumn target for the Bob Peters-owned mare.
Continuing to raise the bar, the dual Group 1 winning Al Maher four-year-old headed an all Peters-raced trifecta in this summer’s $500,000 Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m) that ran at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday, January 2.
Despite her 59kg top weight, the SA Oaks – Derby double winner successfully backed up from her Group 2 CB Cox Stakes (2100m) triumph last time out to continue her gun record over the mile and a half.
Peter Hall jumped back aboard the now $2.15 million earner in place of Perth’s leading jockey William Pike who opted to ride the fellow Grant Williams-trained mare Neverland in this year’s Perth Cup field.
Neverland ($4.40), carrying the 54kg minimum, was brave in defeat but was no match for Delicacy ($2.40) who stayed out of trouble despite her inside barrier and charged home for a three-quarter length victory.
Two lengths off the winner in third was Adam Durrant’s defending Perth Cup winner Real Love ($12), Glen Smith aboard the five-year-old Desert King mare who jumped from barrier 13 in the 16-starter line-up.
Hall got Delicacy out of trouble behind a bunch of gallopers to score his second Perth Cup win following that aboard Black Tom (2006), and was thrilled to get the job done this year for Peters.
“Black Tom’s win was needed for my career because I hadn’t won a big race,” he said post-win.
“But to nail this for Bob Peters is absolutely huge.”
The win was WA’s leading owner-breeder Peters’ sixth Perth Cup success following his previous wins with Field Officer (1993), Crown Prosecutor (2005), Lords Ransom (2010), Western Jewel (2012) and Real Love (2015) last year.
Delicacy’s historical win came very close to his most thrilling however as Australia’s Champion Three-Year-Old Filly from last season became the highest weighted Perth Cup winning mare in history.
“She surprised us last year and she keeps doing it this year,” Peters told Perth Now.
“She continues to raise the bar.
“This win is probably up there with the first one.
“The first one always holds special memories.”
Saratov held the previous record when the Adelaide-trained mare carried 55kg to victory back in 1989.
Only three other Perth Cup winners have carried more than Delicacy’s 59kg to victory with Wandering Willie (66.75kg) in 1982, Australian (61.5kg) in 1901 and May King (61.25kg) in 1906.
Peters is chasing the Perth Cup winning record set by owner Paddy Connolly who prepared seven winners between 1904 and 1920 including history’s maiden WA-owned Melbourne Cup winner Blue Spec (1905).
“I have to get another couple,” Peters said.
“One more evens me up and two will put me in front.
“It will be nice to create a slice of history.”
Peters is waiting to see how Delicacy comes through her gutsy victory, her third from three runs over the distance and 12th from 19 career starts overall, before confirming her next preparation plans.
He is keen to set her on an interstate raid on the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival however including a possible shot at the $1 million Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington in mid-March on ‘Super Saturday’.
“I will look at the logistics of getting to something like the Australian Cup, but we will wait and see how she pulls up,” Peters said on Saturday.
“She will go to the paddock tomorrow (Sunday).
“Last time she had a couple of days off so we will see what she gets this time.”
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2016 Perth Cup Results
Ascot Race 8 – 02/01/2016
|1||1||DELICACY||Grant Williams||Peter Hall||–||1||59kg||$2.40F|
|2||11||NEVERLAND||Grant Williams||William Pike||0.75L||7||54kg||$4.40|
|3||2||REAL LOVE||Adam Durrant||Glenn Smith||2L||13||57kg||$12|
|4||6||DARK MUSKET||Graeme Ballantyne||Jason Whiting||2.25L||15||54kg||$31|
|5||15||TOWER OF LONHRO||Adam Durrant||Joseph Azzopardi||4.75L||9||54kg||$26|
|6||7||DUBAI ESCAPADE||Justin Warwick||Ms Lucy Warwick||6L||12||54kg||$41|
|7||16||WOODSVILLE||Jeff Noske||Ms Jerry Noske||6.25L||11||54kg||$91|
|8||12||PROPERANTES||Colin Webster||Troy Turner||6.25L||5||54kg||$21|
|9||9||FULGUR (GB)||Neville Parnham||Steven Parnham||6.75L||10||54kg||$51|
|10||3||BALMONT GIRL||Paula Wagg||Patrick Carbery||10L||6||56kg||$26|
|11||4||ASK ME NICELY (NZ)||Fred Kersley||Shaun Mc Gruddy||11L||3||54kg||$51|
|12||13||RESPONDENT||Adam Durrant||Chris Parnham||11.75L||4||54kg||$8.50|
|13||5||BEDAMIJO||Tara Itzstein||Shaun O’Donnell||12L||2||54kg||$13|
|14||14||SAVANAROLA||Darren Mcauliffe||Jarrad Noske||15L||14||54kg||$71|
|15||10||KIROV BOY||Arthur Mortimer||Danny Miller||17.75L||16||54kg||$20|
|16||8||DUST ME OFF||Paul Tapper||Brad Parnham||18.25L||8||54kg||$51|
|–||19e||SAXON SAXOFF||Kevin Green||–||–||0||–||–|
|–||20e||THE LADIES CHOICE||Mark Wright||–||–||0||–||–|
|–||17e||OPERATIONAL||Fred Kersley||Peter Knuckey||–||0||–||–|
|–||18e||COUGAR EXPRESS||Lindsey Smith||Shaun Meeres||–||0||–||–|