Respect takes out Perth Cup
1st January 2007
Well travelled Sydney stayer Respect made it a profitable trip to the west when he won the $400,000 Perth Cup at Ascot today.
The Paul Cave-trained Queensland Cup winner stuck on gamely for a stirring victory over Bay Story with Rossam third in the 120th running of the 3200m Group Two race.
The eight-year-old Respect led in the early stages before apprentice Jessica Valas made her move on Rossam at the 1800m-mark and charged to the front by a couple of lengths over Respect.
Soon after, there was drama in the race when jockey Jason Brown fell off Coalseam approaching the turn.
Brown was taken from the course by ambulance but did not appear to be seriously injured.
However out in front in the straight Respect took control of the race with English stayer Bay Story fighting hard on the inside, while Rossam did her best to stick with the pair.
In the final 100m, Respect dug deep to fend off Bay Story by half a length with Rossam boxing on for third another length away.
The finish delivered odds of $7.70 for a win and $2.30 for a place to lucky punters who backed the winner.
Second place-getter Bay Story delivered returns of $3.50 while third-placed Rossam paid out $20.20.
The win capped off a successful run for noted trainer of stayers Cave who also won the Listed Christmas Cup (2400m) with Taken At The Flood at Rosehill on December 16.
Respect wins Perth Cup thriller
By Andrew Chubb at Ascot
New Zealand-bred super stayer Respect completed a golden double over 3,200m yesterday, landing the $400,000 Perth Cup at Ascot.
The Paul Cave-trained eight-year-old held off English import Bay Story by half a length to add WA's biggest horse race to the Queenland Cup he took out on November 25.
It was jockey Jason Whiting's second Perth Cup in four years after he rode King Kanute to victory in 2004.
Sydney-based stayer specialist Cave said Respect might not have raced this summer but for some impressive form in spring.
"We were actually talking about retiring him prior to running second at Randwick on Melbourne Cup day,'' Cave said.
"He's like a good wine - he's improving with age.''
Whiting said respect's fitness was clear before the race. "I've seen him down the track just about every morning. I've seen him in the yard and he always looks a picture,'' Whiting said.
Rank outsider Rossam ran a mighty race from near the front to take third.
Whiting said Rossam forced the pace up throughout the race.
"I was pretty eager to go forward,'' Whiting said.
"Rossam sort of took off around me and made Respect race a little bit harder than I would have liked. But all credit goes to the horse.
"I wasn't quite sure what horse was outside me. I was just keeping my head down and looking for that winning post.''
The race was marred by a nasty fall that 2000 Perth Cup-winning jockey Jason Brown was lucky to walk away from, unhurt, after being thrown from Coalseam.
Favourite and 2006 winner Black Tom ran last - after apparently suffering interference in the fall. Brown was taken from the course by ambulance but did not appear to be seriously injured.
The Perth Cup drew more than 35,000 spectactors who bet $1.7 million at the track.
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