The Grant Williams-trained mare Delicacy took her earnings up over $2 million after an historical win in the Perth Cup 2016 at Ascot Racecourse over the weekend.
In an all Bob Peters-owned Perth Cup trifecta, four-year-old Al Maher mare Delicacy set a new weight-carrying record as the heaviest-weighted mare to win the mile and a half classic in history.
Hoop Peter Hall, aboard for her Group 1 double in South Australia’s Oaks / Derby as a three-year-old, reunited with race favourite Delicacy ($2.40) who lumped 59kg to victory in the $500,000 Group 2 Perth Summer Racing Carnival classic on Saturday.
Perth’s No. 1 hoop William Pike, aboard Delicacy for her lead-up win in the Group 2 CB Cox Stakes (2100m), jumped off in favour of the ride aboard the fellow Williams-trained, Peters-owned Neverland ($4.40).
It proved the wrong move from Pike with Neverland only managing to cross three quarters of a length away second to Delicacy despite getting in on the 54kg minimum.
Delicacy looked in trouble behind a group of horses but Hall, who won his first Perth Cup aboard Black Tom (2006), produced a masterful ride to hand Peters his sixth Perth Cup trophy following his previous victories with Field Officer (1993), Crown Prosecutor (2005), Lords Ransom (2010), Western Jewel (2012) and Real Love (2015) last year.
“Black Tom’s win was needed for my career because I hadn’t won a big race,” Hall said after the win.
“But to nail this for Bob Peters is absolutely huge.”
The Adam Durrant-trained Real Love ($12) was firmly in the mix again 12 months on crossing two lengths away third in this year’s all-mares Perth Cup trifecta.
Peters is now looking at a Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival raid over the coming months with Delicacy who could target the $1 million Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington Racecourse in March on Super Saturday.
“She surprised us last year and she keeps doing it this year,” Peters told Perth Now on Saturday.
“She continues to raise the bar.
“This win is probably up there with the first one.
“The first one always holds special memories.
“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.”
Did you back this summer’s Perth Cup winner Delicacy online at Ladbrokes.com.au at Best Tote or SP + 20%? If not, make sure you don’t miss out on amazing promotions again by signing-up with Ladbrokes today!
2016 Perth Cup Finishing Order
Ascot Race 8 – January 2, 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||–||–|