This year’s $500,000 Group 2 Golden River Developments Perth Cup 2400m seemed to most to be a one horse affair with raging public elect Real Love ($2.40) dominating the pre-post market, but few would have predicted the amazing victory that was about to unfold.
Having never led in its career and on a day that had played havoc with the front runners,most were surprised to see premiership jockey William Pike shoot the Desert King 4yo straight to the front from barrier five and proceed to stretched out the Perth Cup field.
Pouring on the speed, Pike challenged rivals to “catch me if you can” as expected pacemaker Kirov Boy ($13.00) and Mr Moet ($21.00) tried to close the gap, but as they swung for home Real Love found another gear – extending its dominance to race away with a 1 ½ length exhibition.
Red Blast ($9.00) produced the fastest final sectional (36.86 sec) to claim second, 1 ½ lengths clear of Kirov Boy would fought on bravely into third.
When asked about the riding tactics Pike stated “it was the last place (leading) I thought I’d be and the last place I wanted to be, but luckily with a good horse in form you get away with things you shouldn’t”.
It has been a stunning few months for owner/breeders Bob and Sandra Peters and trainer Adam Durrant having collected both the Group 3 Queens Cup and Listed WA St. Leger with Real Love. The Peters Investment Syndicate have taken all before them this summer carnival having claimed Group 1 success with Elite Belle in the Railway Stakes, whileother horses Antique Belle, Real Charm and Shining Knight have all tasted Group and Listed level success.
It was also the first time a Perth Cup winner had come via the Listed WA St. Leger 2100m lead up – recent victors preferring the Group 2 CB Cox Stakes 2100m or Listed ATA Stakes 2200m for their “Cup” warm up.
In other races, the Vaughn Sigley trained He Or She ($1.50 fav) continued on its winning ways with another crushing victory in the Golden Group (BM72+) 1500m.
Put to sleep near the tail of the field, hoop Chris Parnham careered the Kendel Star 4yo forward at the top of the turn with a dazzling turn of foot to waltz past rivals for an effortless 1 ½ length hiding.
Tick Tick Bloom ($7.00) rattled home from last to claim the runner up cheque – a half-length clear of Windswept ($11.00) who stuck on for third.
It was the fifth win on end for the talented gelding who has now registered six victories from its eight career starts and amassed over $200,000 in prize money