The Perth Cup 2016 takes centre stage at Ascot Racecourse in WA this Saturday, January 2, with the Grant Williams-trained Delicacy tipped as the mare to beat in the summer classic.
This year’s $500,000 Group 2 G1X.Com.Au Perth Cup (2400m) is scheduled to run as Ascot Race 8 at 5:05pm (WA time) and features a full 16 starters plus four emergencies awaiting a scratching to make the field.
To wear the No. 1 saddlecloth from barrier one with Peter Hall in the saddle is the clear favourite in Perth Cup betting at Ladbrokes.com.au, who are offering Best Tote or SP + 20% on the race this Saturday, is Delicacy.
She pays $2.20 for the win on the back of her Group 2 CB Cox Stakes (2100m) success at the track last time out, but must stay out of trouble from the rails and carry the 59kg top weight to victory in a new weight carrying record.
The only other single figure hope in the latest Perth Cup odds at $4 is Delicacy’s stablemate Neverland in gate 10 with Perth’s best hoop William Pike coming off the favourite in favour of the better weighted four-year-old mare.
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Pike will ride Neverland, last seen running second in the Listed ATA Stakes (2200m) on December 23, on the 54kg minimum and gets the chance to score her seventh win at career start number 11.
So will the top fancied stablemates fight it out in the Perth Cup quinella or is there value tipping an upset from the likes of ATA Stakes winner Bedamijo ($10) or the Adam Durrant-trained Respondent ($13) who ran fourth in the same lead-up last Wednesday?
#11 Neverland ($4)
Neverland might not have matched it with the top seed Delicacy, but the weight advantage and Pike in the saddle gives her every chance to score the Group 2 win in an upset over her better fancied stablemate.
#1 Delicacy ($2.20)
Delicacy is the classiest horse in the Perth Cup field no doubt, but she’s got a few hurdles to overcome here including those kilos. The inside alley probably isn’t the best place to be either over 2400m in a big field, and Pike comes off. Peter Hall is a good replacement however having ridden her to two Group 1 victories in Adelaide back in May.
#13 Respondent ($13)
Respondent is the definite value bet and best roughie hope in the line-up. Is prepared by last year’s winning trainer Durrant and is drawn to win in gate six with Chris Parnham aboard. Well-weighted with 54kg, will relish the 2400m and hasn’t run a bad race this prep. Won the 2014 WATC Derby over this distance and could surprise at good odds.
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