The worst fears of WA’s leading owner-breeder Bob Peters were confirmed this week when his champion mare and last weekend’s Perth Cup winner Delicacy was forced into retirement due to injury.
Last season’s Champion Three-Year-Old Filly, the now four-year-old daughter of Al Maher posted her 12th win at career start number 19 last Saturday with her historical win in the Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m).
Carrying the heaviest weight for a mare to victory in the race’s history with 59kg, the Grant Williams-trained Delicacy pulled up sore post-Perth Cup triumph and subsequent scans revealed the career-ending news.
A dual Group 1 winner with success in last year’s SA Oaks and SA Derby, Delicacy the first filly to achiever an Oaks – Derby double in two states having also won both races in WA earlier, she was found to have torn both her front tendons leading to her immediate retirement.
“She will be retired,” Peters, who is also the owner of this year’s Perth Cup second and third placegetters Neverland and Real Love, told The West Australian yesterday.
“She has two torn tendons. It’s as bad as it gets.
“It’s disappointing, but these things happen.”
Delicacy, who was tipped to head to Victoria this coming Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival to target the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington, amassed over $2.15 million in prize money over her prestigious career.
Stud duties now beckon the star of the turf after her rehabilitation with Peters and his wife, fellow owner Sandra.
“I’ll rehabilitate her to be a broodmare,” Peters said.
“She should be all right to be served later this year.
“There are about nine months until then and she should be rehabilitated.”
Delicacy won her sole start as a two-year-old at Belmont in June of 2014, and incredibly before her debut Peters considered offering her for sale at the Magic Millions auction.
Holding onto her became one of his best ever decisions as she went on to win a host of Group races over her career finishing out of the money just twice.
Peters said she was “getting up there” as the best horse he had ever raced, an honour still held by his four-time Group 1 winner and 2002 Australian Cup champion Old Comrade.
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