Delicacy Crowned Racehorse Of The Year

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Aug

Outstanding filly Delicacy was crowned WA Racehorse of the Year and Champion three-year-old at the Western Australian Raceowners Association Racing Awards (WAROA) held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Grand Ballroom on Saturday

The daughter of Al Maher, trained by Grant Williams and raced by Bob and Sandra Peters, won nine races from 13 starts, highlighted by dual Group 1 wins in the South Australian Oaks (2000m) and South Australian Derby (2500m).

Delicacy’s dual success in Adelaide came just less than a month after she demolished the best of WA racing’s best three-year-olds in the Group 3 WA Oaks (2400m) and Group 2 WA Derby (2400m) in March and April.

Delicacy, who has amassed almost one and a half million dollars in stake earnings from her 14 career starts, was also successful in the Listed Ascot 1000 Guineas (1800m) and the Listed Natasha Stakes (2200m),

Brilliant juvenile, Lucky Street, prepared by Ascot trainer, Trevor Andrews, clinched honours as champion Two-year-old-of-the Year.

The Oratorio colt proved electrifying in winning four of his five career starts with his biggest triumph, the Group 2 Karrakatta Plate (1200m).

Lucky Street won WA racing’s most prestigious and richest juvenile race in a canter when he led and won by 4 ½ lengths from his nearest rival.

Success in the Magic Millions Perth 2YO Classic (1100m) and Listed Perth Stakes (1100m) completed an almost flawless maiden campaign for Lucky Street.

The ill-fated Elite Belle, trained by Grant Williams and raced by Bob and Sandra Peters, won the Champion 4-year-old and upwards title.

The daughter of Canny Lad had shown her ability to win races over a variety of distances and was equipped with an electrifying turn-of-foot.

This was no better exposed than when she charged home from tenth to defeat Balmont Girl and Moriarty in a thrilling finish to the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m).

Elite Belle won the Group 2 Cox Stakes (2100m), her final run and placed third in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m).

She was one of the brightest talents to emerge out of WA, but tragically died of a heart attack on a flight from Perth to Melbourne.

William Pike, who ended the season with 81 city wins, won his 7th Champion Jockey’s award.

Adam Durrant won Champion Trainer for the fifth year after preparing 70 city wins for the season.

Glamour rider, Lucy Warwick, was named Champion apprentice.