Talent Show was the surprise winner of the Group 1 Perth Cup at Ascot Racecourse on January 1, 2013.
The six-year-old mare won the race by almost a length ahead of Mr Moet, who placed second, and Global Flirt, who rounded out the placings in third.
Talent Show has now won five of his 30 race starts and has earned more than $410,000 in prize money.
Jockey Jarrad Noske was the winning rider aboard Talent Show.
Noske is also known for riding Black Caviar to her first two career wins while he was on loan to Peter Moody’s stable as an apprentice.
“There is no greater thrill than riding your home town cup,” Noske said.
Trainer Graeme Ballantyne was thrilled with the surprising result.
“It was a really good run at weight-for-age, which is not her caper,” Ballantyne said.
“Earlier in her campaign she had bad draws and was caught wide in running.”
“Jarrad rode her an absolute treat.
“I was just hoping he would be able to get out and get clear passage in the run home.”
Talent Show was only given a run in the 2013 Perth Cup after Chester Road was scratched due to a tendon injury.
“It was tragic for connections of Chester Road and his trainer Adam Durrant but unfortunately that’s racing,” Ballantyne said.
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2012 Perth Cup Race Results & Finishing Order
Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 17e TALENT SHOW Graeme Ballantyne Jarrad Noske 2 53kg (cd 54kg) $31
2 1 MR MOET Adam Durrant Daniel Staeck 0.75L 8 59kg $3.50F
3 11 GLOBAL FLIRT Justin Warwick Mitchell Pateman (a) 0.75L 3 53kg $11
4 14 POP CULTURE Colin Webster Troy Turner 2L 16 53kg $7
5 16 STARLIGHT LADY Karen Kersley Shaun Meeres 2.5L 1 53kg $51
6 15 SHAMARDASHING John P Thompson Patrick Carbery 2.75L 10 53kg $13
7 5 RANGER Grant Williams William Pike 2.75L 6 55.5kg $8
8 10 DREAMAWAY Grant Williams Shaun O’Donnell 2.75L 13 53kg $61
9 9 BRIDGESTONE (NZ) Neville Parnham Brad Parnham 3.25L 4 53kg $17
10 4 WESTRIVER KEVYDONN Paige Kenney Takahide Ikenushi 3.25L 9 56kg $61
11 7 CANTONESE Bjorn Baker Jim Cassidy 5.25L 15 54kg $12
12 13 MOONLIGHT BAY Grant Williams Jason Whiting 6L 12 53kg $31
13 6 LORDS RANSOM Grant Williams Peter Hall 6.5L 5 55kg $41
14 2 PLAYING GOD Neville Parnham Jason Brown 8L 14 58kg $31
15 12 LOPOV (NZ) Adam Durrant Lucas Camilleri 8.25L 11 53kg $71
16 3 GOD HAS SPOKEN Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 10.25L 7 56kg $21