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BY Trent Masenhelder - @TMASE04
3 years ago Perth Cup

In-form mare Bedamijo. Pic: WesternRacePix

A STUDY of the market for the Saturday’s Perth Cup suggests owner Bob Peters is an undeniable chance of winning the Group 2 feature for a sixth time.

The colossus of racing in the west has four runners in the race, including favourite Delicacy, select-elect Neverland – who leading jockey William Pike has chosen to ride – and defending champion Real Love.

But there's one horse that could stop the Peters juggernaut - the Tara Itzstein-trained Bedamijo. The mare, along with Peters’ "fab four" of Delicacy, Neverland, Real Love and Respondent, dominate betting.

Bedamijo (50:10-7-4) rocketed into Perth Cup contention with an impressive win in the Listed A.T.A Stakes (2200m) at Ascot on December 23, beating the luckless odds-on favourite Neverland by two and three-quarter lengths.

“Last year we were first emergency and didn’t get a run, so we have had our eye on this race for a while now," Itzstein said. "The year before, it was in our sights as well, but she wasn’t quite close enough to be reaching for it. So, third time lucky is what we’re hoping for.

“She’s a really honest mare. She always tries her hardest. I got lucky, she’s a really easy horse to train because she wants to do the job right for you.”

CrownBet has the eight-year-old on the fourth line of betting at $11, behind Delicacy ($2.20), Neverland ($4) and Real Love ($10)....


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