The Perth Cup
The Perth Cup is Western Australia’s premier Thoroughbred horse race and is held at Ascot Racecourse on New Year’s Day each year. It has been run since 1887.Always held on New Year’s Day, the annual Perth Cup is one of the biggest sporting events in the region and has become something of a New Year’s tradition in Perth.
Perth Racing have confirmed that for the first time in more than 30 years there will not be a tentland at Perth Cup in 2010. But don’t panic just yet because. he Perth Cup is a horse race, but at the same time it’s a big social event like the Melbourne Cup. Jockeys race their horses over a challenging 3,200m course creating an electric atmosphere in the stands That is, anyone with a $30 GA ticket can walk past – but can’t get in.
The Group two race is run and sponsored by BMW and known as the BMW Perth Cup. Prize money in 2008 was $400,000. The Perth Cup is the highlight of the Summer Racing Carnival in Perth and attracts a huge crowd of around 35,000+ people who get together to celebrate a quality day of racing, fashion and entertainment.
History Of Perth Cup
First run in 1887, the Perth Cup has a long and proud history and is the first major social event of the new year in Western Australia. The race was formerly run at 3200m but Perth Racing has announced that the 2009 running of the Cup will be over a distance of 2400m in an effort to attract a higher quality field But the racing is only part of the fun with the event providing a great excuse for racegoers to dress up in their finest clothes with flamboyant hats being de rigueur for many of the ladies.
Mr P.A. Connolly had an amazing five consecutive and two later wins in the Perth Cup, with Blue Spec (in 1904), Czarowitch (1905), May King (1906), Post Town (1907), Scorcher (1908), Jolly Beggar (1910) and Jolly Cosy (a son of Jolly Beggar) in 1922.From 2009 onwards the race distance was 2400m. Held at a time of the year when the weather is fine and the sun is almost certainly going to be shining, this is a popular event that is great way to welcome in the New Year.
2008 winner Guyno won this race after finishing unplaced in the Gr1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) in November before running a 6 length seventh in the Cox Stakes on his way to this event. Recent winners are as follows:
- 2018 – Material Man
- 2016 (Dec. 31) – Star Exhibit
- 2016 (Jan. 2) – Delicacy
- 2015 – Real Love
- 2014 – Black Tycoon
- 2013 – Talent Show
- 2011 (Dec. 31) – Western Jewel
- 2011 (Jan. 1) – Guest Wing
- 2010 – Lords Ransom
Location Of Perth Cup
The Perth Cup is a Group 2 open handicap held annually on New Year’s Day at Ascot racecourse in Perth, Western Australia. Ascot is Headquarters for racing in Western Australia. Situated 8 kilometres east of the Perth City Centre with the head office of The Western Australian Turf Club positioned directly opposite. Ascot today stages twenty-five days of racing over the course of the year, comprising sixteen Flat meetings held in the months of May and October. Click on the Below Youtube Video to view Perth Cup 2017: