Delicacy Wins 2016 Perth Cup – Results

January 4th, 2016

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.


Delicacy (pictured in SA) handed owner Bob Peters with his sixth Perth Cup victory taking out the 2016 edition with the 59kg top weight. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

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.”

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2016 Perth Cup Finishing Order

Ascot Race 8 – January 2, 2016

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
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