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French jockey Jerome Lermyte is likely to ride WA Oaks-WATC Derby winner Dreamaway as owner-breeder Bob Peters sorts out riders for five runners in his quest for a fifth triumph in next Tuesday's Golden River Developments Perth Cup (2400m).

Peters has an outside chance of a sixth starter, with Galaxy Prince 27th on the order of entry into the $500,000 feature, following a recent win over 2200m and a closing fourth to Pop Culture in last Saturday's WA St Leger at Ascot.

Peters bred Moonlight Bay, Ranger, Lords Ransom, Battle Emblem and Dreamaway, who are qualified for the Group 2 handicap.

Lermyte arrived in WA three weeks ago and has secured a one-year working permit to ride in Australia.

The natural lightweight (51kg) has ridden Group 2 and Group 3 winners in Germany and has raced in France, the United States, Qatar, Mauritius and Macau.

Trainer David Edwards used Frenchman Olivier Doleuze to ride Shot Of Thunder when he finished sixth to Old Money in the 2000 WATC Derby and Englishman Brett Doyle on the same horse to finish third to Old Comrade in the 2001 Kingston Town Classic.

Old Money and Old Comrade were owned by Peters.

Doyle won the Channel Nine Stakes (1200m) on Lady Belvedere and won aboard Suspicion on Perth Cup day for Peters during a stint in 2001-02.

He rode Thurston in the 2002 Perth Cup for Lindsey Smith, but the gelding flopped as the favourite to finish second last.

Peters said stable rider William Pike had the first choice of rides from the cerise and white army, but was yet to make a decision.

Pike has ridden all of Peters' Perth Cup runners at one time, but has been closely associated with Ranger, who was third to Mr Moet in the weight-for-age Cox Stakes (2100m) last Saturday.

Peters scratched Ranger from last year's Perth Cup when he was made the 58kg topweight.

"I thought he would have picked Ranger," Peters said.

"William has asked for more time to make a decision. There is no pressure as we have been looking for jockeys to be on standby."

Ranger is the third topweight on 55.5kg and the highest fancied of the Peters' runners at $14 on Player.

Galaxy Prince is at $15, ahead of Moonlight Bay ($26), Dreamaway ($34), Battle Emblem ($41) and 2010 Perth Cup winner Lords Ransom ($61). With the exception of Lords Ransom (55kg), all other horses are on the 53 limit.

Co-trainers Ross and Clint Price are likely to scratch Colour Correct (54kg) today.

"I thought he would have picked Ranger. William has asked for more time to make a decision." "Owner-breeder *Bob Peters *

The West Australian

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