Perfection required for Peters mare to win Cup
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