Delicacy cemented her status as West Australia’s best galloper when she set a modern day weight carrying record in winning the Group 2 $500,000 Perth Cup (2400m) at Ascot on Saturday.
The star mare gave leading owner-breeder, Bob Peters, his sixth Perth Cup win and Grant Williams a training quinella with stable mate, Neverland, finishing runner-up.
Delicacy appeared to be in trouble when caught behind a tiring Kirov Boy, but in a sublime riding performance, Peter Hall, committed to an inside run along the fence.
The daughter of Al Maher, crowned Australia’s Champion Three-Year-Old Filly last season, accelerated quickly and won by 3/4 of a length.
The Adam Durrant-trained, Real Love, last year’s Perth Cup champion was a further length away in third place , giving Peters a unique trifecta.
Hall, who partnered Delicacy to dual Group 1 wins in Adelaide last year, reclaimed the ride from William Pike who opted for Neverland.
Pike, who combined with Delicacy to win the C.B.Cox Stakes (2100m) on December 19, cited the mares top weight of 59kg as his major concern.
No mare has carried more than 55kg to win the iconic Perth feature and no horse has carried more than 55.5kg to win the race since metric measurements were introduced in 1972.
Peters, who won the Perth Cup previously with, Field Officer (1993), Crown Prosecutor (2005), Lords Ransom (2010), Western Jewel (2012) and Real Love (2014), said Delicacy continues to defy expectations.
“She surprised us last year and continues to surprise us this year,” Peters said.
“I wouldn’t say it’s my most memorable Perth Cup but it’s right up there with Field Officer.
“The first ones always hold special memories.”
Hall, who claimed his second Perth Cup after guiding, Black Tom, (2006), said he was worried when Delicacy got shuffled behind runners.
“This horses attribute is pick up speed,” Hall said.
“I was always worried but you find a way.
“It’s like peak hour traffic you have to get out.
“But I had utmost confidence in the horse.
“She is a freak.”
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