2016 Perth Cup Field Released

December 29th, 2015

A capacity field of stayers are accepted to face off this Saturday, January 2, in the Perth Cup 2016 field at Ascot Racecourse in Western Australia.

Delicacy

Delicacy is short priced favourite to win the 2016 Perth Cup this Saturday despite carrying the 59kg top weight. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

Sixteen confirmed starters plus four emergencies make up the field for the $500,000 Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m), one of the highlights of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival, the weights for which are topped by the Grant Williams-trained favourite Delicacy.

The four-year-old Al Maher mare has to set a new weight carrying record to salute for the punters in the mile and a half handicap but is short-priced favourite in Perth Cup betting to make the history books this weekend.

Winner of the Group 1 SA Oaks – Derby double at Morphettville back in May, she returned to the winners’ stall on December 19 with a one and a half length win in the Group 2 C.B. Cox Stakes (2100m).

Perth’s leading hoop William Pike was aboard for that lead-up win but has opted to ride stablemate Neverland at the lighter weight in Saturday’s rematch.

Delicacy carried 56kg to victory in the CB Cox Stakes but goes up to 59kg on the weekend, her Group 1 winning jockey in Adelaide Peter Hall back aboard on Perth Cup Day.

Neverland meanwhile is also prepared by the Karnup-based Williams and races for Bob & Sandra Peters.

Owner-breeder Bob Peters rates the four-year-old daughter of Big Brown his winning hope in this year’s Perth Cup following his success with Real Love 12 months ago.

Neverland comes off a second in last Wednesday’s Listed A.T.A. Stakes (2200m) at the track, and while she only has winning form up to 1500m Peters is confident she can see out a strong 2400m this weekend with Pike staying on.

ATA Stakes winning eight-year-old Helenus mare Bedamijo also gets the chance to step up in class and take out the Perth Cup in an upset with Shaun O’Donnell continuing his association with the 50-start veteran.

Peters meanwhile also has the defending Perth Cup winner Real Love, the Adam Durrant-trained Desert King mare coming off a CB Cox Stakes fourth, and stablemate Respondent who was fourth in the ATA Stakes in the mix on Saturday to be ridden by Glenn Smith and Chris Parnham respectively.

Real Love is the second heaviest weighted galloper in the Perth Cup field with 57kg while another mare, Balmont Girl, is the only other runner weighted above the 54kg minimum with 56kg.

Other notable Perth Cup final acceptors include CB Cox Stakes 10th placed six-year-old Kirov Boy, the Colin Webster-trained Danehill Express four-year-old Properantes and last start Tattersall’s Cup winner Dubai Escapade.

The 2016 Perth Cup barrier draw takes place shortly so stay tuned.

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2015 Perth Cup Final Field

Ascot Racecourse – 02/01/2016

# Horse Weight (kg) Rating Jockey Trainer
1 DELICACY 59 106 PETER HALL GRANT WILLIAMS
2 REAL LOVE 57 102 GLENN SMITH ADAM DURRANT
3 BALMONT GIRL 56 100 PATRICK CARBERY PAULA WAGG
4 ASK ME NICELY (NZ) 54 87 SHAUN MC GRUDDY FRED KERSLEY
5 BEDAMIJO 54 81 SHAUN O’DONNELL TARA ITZSTEIN
6 DARK MUSKET 54 77 JASON WHITING GRAEME BALLANTYNE
7 DUBAI ESCAPADE 54 90 LUCY WARWICK JUSTIN WARWICK
8 DUST ME OFF 54 86 BRAD PARNHAM PAUL TAPPER
9 FULGUR (GB) 54 87 STEVEN PARNHAM NEVILLE PARNHAM
10 KIROV BOY 54 94 DANNY MILLER ARTHUR MORTIMER
11 NEVERLAND 54 84 WILLIAM PIKE GRANT WILLIAMS
12 PROPERANTES 54 83 TROY TURNER COLIN WEBSTER
13 RESPONDENT 54 92 CHRIS PARNHAM ADAM DURRANT
14 SAVANAROLA 54 78 JARRAD NOSKE DARREN MC AULIFFE
15 TOWER OF LONHRO 54 96 JOSEPH AZZOPARDI ADAM DURRANT
16 WOODSVILLE 54 88 JERRY NOSKE JEFF NOSKE
17e OPERATIONAL 54 79 PETER KNUCKEY FRED KERSLEY
18e COUGAR EXPRESS 54 73 SHAUN MEERES LINDSEY SMITH
19e SAXON SAXOFF 54 67 TBA KEVIN GREEN
20e THE LADIES CHOICE 54 68 TBA MARK WRIGHT