A talented field of eleven runners have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s featured 2015 Group 2 CB Cox Stakes (2100m) at Perth’s Ascot Racecourse; highlighted by the inclusion of a number of standouts performers at the highest level.
Delicacy is a two-time Group 1 winner, will carry a race-low 56kgs and will leave from the ideal barrier 6 in the 2015 CB Cox Stakes.
Delicacy returned to racing in exceptional form this year; winning each of the Listed Ascot 1000 Guineas (1800m), Listed Natasha Stakes (2200m), Group 3 WA Oaks (2400m) and Group 2 WATC Derby (2400m) in succession.
Floated to South Australia for a maiden tilt at the highest level, the daughter of Al Maher charged home to win the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) before repeating the dose in the Group 1 SA Derby (2500m) only one week later.
Having performed well through three starts this time, highlighted by a close second in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) last time out, Delicacy will relish a step-up to 2100m for the 2015 CB Cox Stakes and will be very hard to beat.
Seven horses have been charged with carrying a race-high 59kgs in the 2015 Cox Stakes, including east coast raider Extra Zero and classy local Black Heart Bart.
Extra Zero has posted a number of the best results of his 81 start career this year and will also relish a return to 2100m; very close to if not his pet distance.
Making a competitive return to black type company when second in the Listed Mornington Prelude (2000m) on February 28th, the Danzero gelding ran an agonizingly-close second to stable mate Spillway in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) most notably on March 14th.
Having finished fifth in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) and seventh in each of the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) and Kingston Town Classic most notably this time, Extra Zero may require luck in running from barrier 10.
Posting ten wins and seven minors through 25 career starts, Black Heart Bart has undoubtedly been the stable star for Vaughn Sigley over the last 18 months but is something of a query at the distance in the CB Cox Stakes.
Returning this year for success in the Listed Summer Scorcher (1000m), the Blackfriars gelding continued his unbeaten run through each of the Listed Cyril Flower Stakes (1200m), Listed Pinjarra Classic (1300m) and Listed Bunbury Stakes (1400m) before running on from a luckless run for fourth in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) in South Australia.
Returning this time for consecutive wins in the Listed Birthday Stakes (1200m), Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1420m) and Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m), Black Heart Bart has since struggled in placing fourth in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) and ninth in the Kingston Town Classic.
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