IF she wasn’t before, there is now no dispute that Delicacy is the Queen of the west after her record-breaking win in today’s G1X.com.au Perth Cup.
Delicacy lumped the biggest-ever weight (59 kg) for a mare and overcame trouble just before the home turn before displaying her undoubted class to win the $500,000 G2 race at Ascot.
The four-year-old added the G1X.com.au Perth Cup to her wins in the West Australian Derby and Oaks and the Group 1 double of the South Australian Derby and Oaks, and her latest triumph pushed her prizemoney to $2,127,120.
A winner of 12 of her 19 starts, Delicacy gave owner-breeder Bob Peters back-to-back to wins in the Perth Cup - and the biggest owner in the west captured an extraordinary G1X.com.au Perth Cup trifecta.
Thanks to a rail-hugging ride by Peter Hall, $2.40 favourite Delicacy defeated stablemate Neverland ($4.40), ridden by William Pike, by three-quarters of a length, with last year’s Perth Cup winner Real Love ($12) third.
Peters has won five of the past 12 Perth Cups. He won last year with Real Love, Western Jewel (2011), Lords Ransom (2010) and Crown Prosecutor (2005). He won his first Perth Cup in 1993 with Field Officer.
“She keeps on surprising us,” Peters said. “She surprised us last year and she keeps doing it this year. She keeps raising ...