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Perfect Group Form Demands Retirement Delay
Immediate retirement plans for WA mare Perfect Jewel have been shelved after she continued her outstanding winter campaign and captured a Group 3 double at Belmont on Saturday, reports rwwa.com.au. Just a fortnight after an upset victory in the Belmont Sprint (1400m), Perfect Jewel once again left punters bemused when she again scored at double figure odds in the Hyperion Stakes (1600m) – see below. Managing to navigate the hurdle of the widest gate in the field of 13 Hyperion runners, the 6YO Redoute’s Choice mare rocketed home from near last to defeat The Velvet King and stable mate Mississippi Delta. Having watched her bank balance swell to over $800,000, owner-breeder Bob Peters intends chasing a Gr3 hattrick in Saturday’s week’s Strickland Stakes (2000m) at Belmont before making any firm decisions. The biggest disincentive, short of sending her to Sydney or Melbourne where she can tackle weight-for-age company, is that Perfect Jewel is going be weighted out of handicaps in Perth.