The Perth Cup is a Group 2 open handicap race traditionally held each year on New Year's Day at Ascot racecourse in Perth, Western Australia. The race is run over a distance of 2400 metres and worth $500,000 in prizemoney. The 2019 Perth Cup was won by Star Exhibit from Action with Prize Catch third.
Formerly run over the Melbourne Cup distance of 3200 metres (2 miles), in 2009 the race distance was taken back to 2400 metres in an effort to attract a higher quality field. In a change of programming for the 2011/2012 racing season the 2011 Perth Cup was effectively held twice, once on New Year's Day and once on New Year's Eve, as was the 2016 edition.
The Perth Cup is the highlight of the Perth summer racing carnival and attracts a huge crowd of around 35,000+ people to Ascot racecourse, who get together to celebrate a quality day of racing, fashion and entertainment. 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.
|Date:||Friday 4th January 2019|
|Track:||Ascot racecourse, Perth|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
|2019 Winner:||Star Exhibit|
The Perth Cup is the premier distance race of the Perth summer racing carnival and being held at Ascot, with its uphill run home from the 400m to the winning post, makes it a true test for stayers over the 2400m distance of the race. The field generally assembles mostly local stayers with the odd visitor from the eastern states sometimes making the trek to Perth for the spoils on offer.
The Gr2 CB Cox Stakes, run a couple of weeks earlier at the same track has been the best guide to winners and placegetters of this race in recent times. It pays to keep a keep a keen eye on the CB Cox Stakes, as a future Perth Cup winner or placegetter could very well be running around. Star Exhibit (2019) finished 5th in the CB Cox Stakes before winning the Perth Cup.
In recent times Delicacy (2016), Lords Ransom (2010), Cats Fun (2008), Palatious (1994), Mirror Magic (1992) and Saratov (1989) have all taken out the CB Cox Stakes & Perth Cup double, while Early Express (3rd in 2006) and Free At Last (2nd in 2005) both won the CB Cox Stakes before placing in the Perth Cup.
A high number of horses have either won or placed in both races over the years and Lords Ransom (2010) was the last galloper to claim the Cox Stakes & Perth Cup double. Any horses that ran well in the Cox Stakes are ones to watch when assessing the form for this race.
Star Exhibit (2019) ran fifth in the CB Cox Stakes over 2100m at Ascot before winning this event in stylish fashion for trainer Adam Durant.
Recent Perth Cup winners include Material Man (2018), Star Exhibit (2016 Dec) and Delicacy (2016 Jan).
1. $31.00 Star Exhibit 55.0 Peter Hall
2. $3.20 Action 53.0 William Pike
3. $21.00 Prize Catch 53.0 Peter Knuckey
4. $5.50 Mississippi Delta 53.0 Chris Parnham
5. $6.00 Gatting 59.0 Damian Lane
6. $41.00 Elegant Blast 53.0 Ms Lucy Warwick
7. $17.00 Cappo D’Oro 53.0 Joseph Azzopardi
8. $151.00 Brother’S Keeper 53.0 Troy Turner
9. $81.00 Dark Musket 53.0 Shaun O'Donnell
10. $71.00 Royal Star 53.0 Clint Johnston-Porter
11. $26.00 Prying Tom 53.0 Randy Tan
12. $91.00 Queen Bey 53.0 Ben Paterson
13. $81.00 Like A Butterfly 53.0 Jason Whiting
14. $8.00 Perfect Jewel 53.0 Patrick Carbery
15. $101.00 Ihtsahymn 53.0 Steven Parnham
16. $9.50 Khartoum 53.0 Daniel Staeck
Margins: 0.35 len, 2.15 len
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|2019||Star Exhibit||Action||Prize Catch||2:28.1|
|2018||Material Man||Pounamu||Royal Star||2:28.5|
|2015||Real Love||Red Blast||Kirov Boy||2:29.9|
|2014||Black Tycoon||God Has Spoken||Ask Me Nicely||2:31.2|
|2013||Talent Show||Mr Moet||Global Flirt||2:29.7|
|2011||Western Jewel||God Has Spoken||Senhor Da Gama||2:28.2|
|2011||Guest Wing||Guyno||Simply Adorable||2:27.5|
|2010||Lords Ransom||Ma Chienne||Largo Lad||2:30.6|
|2008||Cats Fun||Exhilerating||Westerly Breeze||3:21.6|
|2006||Black Tom||Master Minx||Early Express||3:18.8|
|2005||Crown Prosecutor||Free At Last||Black Tom||3:21.4|
|2004||King Canute||Indigo King||Higgins Gold||3:23.7|
|2003||Tumeric||So Canny||Bold Mirage||3:23.0|
|2002||Cardinal Colours||Give Me A Chance||Shoeless||3:25.9|
|2001||Lottila Bay||Moonrise||King Brian||3:25.6|
|2000||Lunar Tudor||Victory Morn||Matriculate||3:21.0|
|1999||King Of Saxony||Rogan Josh||Victory Morn||3:23.7|
|1998||Heed The Toll||Old Cobber||In Name Only||3:25.5|
|1997||Time Frame||Regimental Tattoo||Beau Heed||3:22.8|
|1995||Ros Reef||Fine Whiskey||Sweet Glory||3:26.4|
|1993||Field Officer||Red Javelin||Kawtuban||3:22.1|
|1992||Mirror Magic||Red Javelin||Vite Filou||3:21.7|
|1991||Zamlight||Word Of Honour||Ideal Centreman||3:20.8|
|1990||Word Of Honour||Our King Crimson||Green Range Boy||3:20.5|
|1988||Linc The Leopard||Buckshot Bandit||Arcolad||3:24.3|
*The 2011 & 2016 Perth Cup was held twice during the year, firstly, on New Year's Day in January, and then on New Year's Eve in December.