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WHITING’S GREAT HOPE

BY TRENT MASENHELDER - @tmase04
11 months ago Perth Cup

Jason Whiting rides Dark Musket in the G1X.com.au Perth Cup. (Pic: Perth Racing)

THE Perth Cup has been good to top Western Australia jockey Jason Whiting, the veteran hoop who has won the Group 2 New Year’s feature at Ascot three times.

In 2004, when the race was run over 3200m, Whiting guided Lou Luciani’s King Canute to victory. Three years later, ‘Fish’ tasted success with Paul Cave’s Respect, also at 3200m. And, in 2009, Guyno’s triumph handed Whiting and Luciani their second success together in the race.

Whiting will partner Graeme Ballantyne’s Dark Musket (Musket x Oriental Lass, by Faltaat) in Saturday’s 2016 G1X.com.au Perth Cup, and admits to being more hopeful than confident of making it a quartet of wins in the time-honoured contest.

“He’s an outside chance,” he said. “He’s been running some good races and he comes back from weight-for-age company. He drops in weight (from 58kg last start to 54kg), but I’m going to need a lot of luck from the awkward gate (19). We’ll probably have to go back from the barrier.”

The four-year-old is a winner of three of his 14 starts, the best of those the Listed Belmont Classic (2200m) in July. Two starts ago, Dark Musket defied his $151 starting price, finishing third in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic behind brilliant Bob Peters-owned females Perfect Reflection and Delicacy. The latter is all the rage for this year’s renewal, CrownB...

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