December’s 2016 Perth Cup Field & Odds

December 29th, 2016

The second edition of the Perth Cup 2016 takes place at Ascot Racecourse this Saturday, December 31, with a fifteen horse field set to contest the summer classic.

Back on New Year’s Day the Bob Peters-raced mare Delicacy carried 59kg to victory in the first 2016 Perth Cup.

This weekend the $500,000 Group 2 race run over 2400m highlights the New Year’s Eve racing action and another Peters-owned mare is out to get the job done with the same hefty kilos as the current Perth Cup winner.

Perfect Reflection gives the weight away to all her rivals in the Perth Cup field, but is drawn ideally in barrier six with premier WA hoop William Pike retaining the ride.

Winner of last summer’s Kingston Town Classic, the four-year-old daughter of More Than Ready is prepared by Grant & Alana Williams and comes off a win in the Group 2 Ted Van Heemst Stakes (2100m).

Saturday is her first run over further than that distance and how she handles the 2400m under the big weight is key to her chances of giving Peters a seventh Perth Cup trophy.

Currently Perfect Reflection occupies the second line of Perth Cup betting at at quote of $5 after easing out from $4.40 earlier in the week.

The clear favourite in the Perth Cup odds at a firm $3.30 is Kia Ora Koutou in gate eight with Joseph Azzopardi booked to ride the 54kg lightweight.

The Geoff Durrant & Jason Miller-trained Blackfriars four-year-old carried a kilo more to victory in the Listed JRA Trophy (2200m) on December 10 and is a Group 1 placegetter in Melbourne having finished third in last year’s Victoria Derby.

Two other stayers are also under $10 to add their name to the list of Perth Cup winners.

At $7.50 is the in-form Star Exhibit also representing Durrant & Miller.

The five-year-old Statue Of Liberty gelding has an excellent record at Ascot with four wins, two seconds and a third from 10 starts at the track.

His latest triumph came last Saturday when he carried 56.5kg to victory in the Listed A.T.A Stakes (2200m).

He is on the quick back-up and is also over the mile and a half for the first time, but looks to have the upside and ability to see out the distance without a worry.

Rounding out the single-figure fancies at $8 is Tradesman who hasn’t won a race since October, but who has been doing plenty right leading up to the Perth Cup.

The Trade Fair five-year-old is prepared by Robert & Todd Harvey and was far from disgraced in the Ted Van Heemst when carrying 59kg from barrier 12 of 12 to cross just over two lengths off Perfect Reflection in fifth.

With the lightweight on Saturday in the rematch he can close that gap getting less weight and more metres to post a deserving Perth Summer Racing Carnival win.

Other notable Perth Cup hopes at more generous prices after an upset include the likes of surprise Ted Van Heemst Stakes runner-up Fathoms Of Gold ($14) and the Fred Kersley-trained ATA Stakes second placegetter Respondent ($16).

See below for the official 2016 Perth Cup Field, Barriers, Jockeys, Weights and latest Fixed Win odds provided by