Per­fec­tion re­quired for Peters mare to win Cup

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - By RAY HICK­SON

If you look at the weights she she? – Bob Peters

IF owner Bob Peters is to win his sec­ond Perth Cup in 2016 he be­lieves it won’t be with top weight Per­fect Re­flec­tion.

In a frank as­sess­ment of his star mare, Peters said there are few sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween Per­fect Re­flec­tion and Del­i­cacy who rewrote the record books when she car­ried the 59kg to win the Group 2 $500,000 Perth Cup ( 2400m) on Jan­uary 1.

Then again he was proved wrong with Del­i­cacy as well.

“If you look at the weights she can’t win, can she?” Peters said of Per­fect Re­flec­tion.

“I didn’t think Del­i­cacy could win it ei­ther but she did. She’s a bit dif­fer­ent though.

“Del­i­cacy was very tough, the tough­est mare we’ve ever owned.”

Per­fect Re­flec­tion beat Del­i­cacy in the 2015 Kingston Town Clas­sic and has some- what taken over as the Peters’ head­line act fol­low­ing Del­i­cacy’s re­tire­ment.

Like that mare, Per­fect Re­flec­tion was placed in the Kingston Town then scored a strong win in the Group 2 Ted Van Heemst Clas­sic (ex-Cox Stakes).

Peters said he thought long and hard be­fore com­mit­ting the four-year-old to the Perth Cup but af­ter she pulled up so well from her last start win he saw no rea­son to deny her the chance.

“There’s not much else around for her and she can go to the pad­dock af­ter the race,” he said.

“The only thing is she car- ried the minium (last start) and now she meets most of

horses from that race 8kg worse, and Iht­sahymn who fin­ished right next to her 6kg worse.

“So it is go­ing be pretty hard.”

Like most of Perth’s fea­ture races, Peters has mul­ti­ple run­ners in the Perth Cup.

Tal­ented mare Nev­er­land has taken a sim­i­lar path to Per­fect Re­flec­tion, though is rac­ing be­low her best, while Star Ex­hibit and Dark Alert have tack­led the hand­i­cap route.

Star Ex­hibit an­nounced him­self as a live chance when he claimed the ATA Stakes (2200m) last Satur­day.

“He’s com­ing along well,” Peters said.

been through in the not so strong races, the B di­vi­sion, the oth­ers have come through Group 1s and weight-for-age.

“It’s hard to tell when those horses sud­denly meet the bet­ter horses.”

Per­fect Re­flec­tion, inside, pic­tured beat­ing for mer sta­ble­mate Del­i­cacy, will need to match that mare’s feat of carr ying 59kg to win to­mor­row’s Per th Cup

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