Delicacy Delivers Once More

“She never surprises us. She’s a freak,” the words of trainer Grant Williams after outstanding mare Delicacy created a weight carrying record when leading home a trifecta for owner-breeders Bob and Sandra Peters in the $500,000 Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m).

Having already headed off to the spelling paddock after Saturday’s victory, Peters’ was a little coy about his plans as to where the mare would head in the Autumn, but said that an interstate programme would now need to be reviewed and could include the Group 1 Australian Cup on March 12.

They say weight can stop a train, and with the top weight of 59kg allotted to the dual Group 1-winning mare, many felt that the impost was too great, even jockey William Pike who got off the mare after her last start victory to ride lightly weighted stablemate Neverland.

But alas, Delicacy powered along the inside rail down the home straight to surge past stablemate Neverland (More Than Ready) to record her ninth career black type win.

Charging late for third was last year’s Group 2 Perth Cup winner and stablemate of the first two, Real Love (Desert King), giving Western Australia’s leading owner-breeders Bob and Sandra Peters an amazing one-two-three result.

With no mare winning with more than 55kg in the 129 year history of the race, and no winner carrying more than 55.5kg since 1972, the three-quarter length victory also saw Delicacy become the seventh horse in the last 30 years to capture the CB Cox Stakes – Perth Cup double.

With a few concerns as the field headed to the home corner, jockey Peter Hall knew Delicacy had a Rolls Royce motor to respond.

“I was worried, but I had to find a way through,” Hall said. “It was like peak hour traffic and I had to find a way through,” stated Hall.

“I had the upmost confidence in this horse.”

Having not ridden the mare to victory since her three-year-old season when capturing the Group 1 South Australian Oaks-Derby double, Hall went very close two starts back when unable to run down stablemate Reflected Image in the Group 1 Kingston Town Stakes.

While the Peters’ family celebrated after the victory of the daughter of Al Maher, another also over-joyed by the win was Scenic Lodge’s Jeremy Smith.

Set to offer Delicacy’s full brother at the Perth Magic Millions Yearling Sale as Lot 140 on February 15, the $4,000 Smith parted ways with to secure Delicacy’s dam Simply Wicked, carrying his colt a few years back, will forever be “one of those stories.”

“I went to the sales to look at a few mares for Scenic Lodge and thought if something came up in my price range that suited I may get a mare myself.”

“Simply Wicked appealed as she was by Scenic, a stallion who we stood at Scenic Lodge, and the mare was well bred and a city winner from limited race starts.”

“She was one of the last lots to go through the sales and being a Western Australian mare in a Sydney sale, not to many would have given her much regard.”

“The main thing though was the timing as Simply Wicked’s first foal had not performed on the track and Delicacy was not highly regarded finishing well back in two barrier trials. Not long after I purchased the mare, Delicacy won at her first start at big odds at Belmont and has kept improving ever since.”

Described by Smith as, “A big tall type that looks like he may need a little time to fill into his frame who certainly appears a staying type like his sister,” the colt is sure to have plenty of admirers from not only locally in Western Australia, but the eastern states as well.

Image: Western Racepix

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