Jeune sired his third Perth Cup winner in the last four years when Talent Show scored a long-priced victory in the Group 2 feature at Ascot on Tuesday.
The Lindsay Park champion’s previous winners were Lords Ransom (2010) and Western Jewel (2011).
Talent Show (6m Jeune – Oregon Seal by Oregon) was initially raced by leading owner Bob Peters but was jettisoned at the 2011 Perth Magic Millions Winter Sale.
Lark Hill trainer Graeme Ballantyne bought the mare for $26,000 and the Perth Cup boosted her bank balance to $435,000. “It’s unbelievable, you dream about winning this race,” Ballantyne said. “We didn’t really expect to win it and I would have been more confident if the Cup was still run over 3200 metres!”
Talent Show was suited by the fast sectionals set by interstate raider Cantonese and local stayer Lopov in the 2400 metre event. She peeled off heels at the top of the straight and chimed in to win by three-quarters of a length over Mr Moet (Mosayter) and Global Flirt (McFlirt).
Peters bought Talent Show out of Eliza Park’s consignment at the 2008 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale for $100,000. She is a half-sister to city winners Biaseal (Bianconi), Oregon Spirit (Bel Esprit) and last Friday’s Cranbourne winner Bel Seal (Bel Esprit).
Their NZ bred dam Oregon Seal won the G3 Tesio Stakes at Moonee Valley for trainer Bob Skelton. She has a yearling filly by Bel Esprit and was covered by Domesday in September.
Talent Show completed a feature double for cast-offs on New Year’s Day. Earlier at Flemington, the former Lloyd Williams owned gelding Module won the LR Bagot Hcp for Gippsland trainer Peter Gelagotis.
– Karl Patterson
Lark Hill mare wins another Perth Cup for Jeune