Peter Hall has reinforced his standing as the ‘Cups King’ of WA, steering Cappo D’Oro to victory in today’s WA Cup (3200m).
Hall, who took out the Perth Cup earlier this year, gave the Fred Kersley-trained stayer a perfect run throughout, where he settled midfield.
Saxon Saxoff and Midnight Banquet set a solid tempo in front, while the three runners in single figure odds Cappo D’Oro, Come Play With Me and Dark Musket were poised right behind
Despite having to urge the galloper along coming to the turn, Cappo D’Oro lifted under the big weight to score a 2 1/4 length win over Come Play With Me.
It was the six-year-old’s second feature win, after he took out the Listed Towton Cup in the spring.
Hall said winning the WA Cup had one of his major goals, given it has eluded him since its inception in 2015.
“It feels great,” he told The Races WA.
“I said to my two daughters and my wife this morning ‘the turf club only put this race on the calendar three years ago and it’s the only one I haven’t won so I better hurry up and try and win one’.
“Fred Kersley was one of my heroes growing up, him and the late Phil Coulson so to win it for Fred…it’s a great buzz.”
Pre-race, Kersley was circumspect about Cappo D’Oro’s chances of staying out the two miles, but Hall said the galloper relished the longer trip.
“If it was raining over east and it was a two mile race, he would go alright,” he said.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever ridden him, he’s a beautiful big animal and he had class written all over him.”
Meanwhile, Valour Road has booked his ticket to Adelaide with an impressive win in the Vale Barry Curtis Handicap (1000m).
It was the three-year-old’s first win since last year’s Karrakatta Plate, but he was made to work for it by Goldfields sprinter Mervyn.
Mervyn set a strong tempo in front and was well clear inside the final 200m, before jockey Chloe Azzopardi lifted the gelding to a 1 1/2 length victory.
Miller said Valour Road would progress to the Group 2 Euclase Stakes in a fortnight, before another shot in Group 1 company in the Goodwood a fortnight later.
Valour Road formed part of a winning treble on the day for Azzopardi, her first in town.
Azzopardi saluted aboard another Miller three-year-old Dance Music in the Chandler Macleod Handicap (1100m), then again with Settlers Creek in the Seacorp Handicap (1400m).
Miller also had a winning treble on the day, with Double Bubble taking out the Mumm Champagne Handicap (1200m).