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Roma Cup

The Roma Cup is a Group 3 weight-for-age race held annually in May each year at Belmont racecourse in Perth, Western Australia. The race is run over a distance of 1200 metres and worth $125,000 in prize money. The 2020 Roma Cup was won by Vega Magic from The Velvet King with Durendal third.

The Roma Cup is one of four group races held during the Perth winter racing carnival including the Gr3 Hyperion Stakes and Gr3 Strickland Stakes.

Roma Cup info

Date: Saturday 15th May 2021
Track: Belmont racecourse, Perth
Distance: 1200 metres
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $125,000
2020 Winner: Vega Magic

The Roma Cup is a weight-for-age event sprint race that usually attracts the best available local sprinters suited to the conditions of the race. It provides the ideal lead up race to the upcoming Gr3 Belmont Sprint in a couple of weeks time at the same track.

Talented gallopers Rock Magic (2017), Luckygray (2012), Grand Nirvana (2011), Modem (2004) and Tribula (2003) have all won the Roma Cup & Belmont Sprint double in recent years, while multiple horses have run places in both races, or placed in this race and gone on to win the Belmont Sprint and vice versa.

Grant Williams trained gelding Shining Knight (5th in 2015), smart mare Elite Belle (2nd in 2014) and Bunbury galloper Kerrific (5th in 2013) all managed to win the Belmont Sprint at their next start after contesting this race.

Vital Silver (2019) ran third in the Listed Bunbury Stakes over 1400m at Bunbury before heading to Perth to win this event in classy style for Karnup based training duo Daniel & Ben Pearce.

Recent Roma Cup winners include Rock Magic (2017-2018) and Battle Hero (2016).

2020 Roma Cup result

1. $4.00 Vega Magic 58.5 Patrick Carbery
2. $9.00 The Velvet King 58.5 Mitchell Pateman
3. $61.00 Durendal 58.5 Shaun McGruddy

then followed
4. $4.00 Flirtini 56.5 Joseph Azzopardi
5. $3.80 Angelic Ruler 56.5 William Pike
6. $71.00 Taxagano 58.5 Peter Hall
7. $31.00 Electric Light 56.5 Ms Jade McNaught
8. $81.00 Disposition 58.5 Shaun O'Donnell
9. $26.00 Gatting 58.5 Ms Lucy Warwick
10. $41.00 Perfect Jewel 56.5 Clint Johnston-Porter
11. $8.00 Man Booker 58.5 Chris Parnham
12. $16.00 Black Heart Bart 58.5 Paul Harvey

Margins: 0.26 len, 0.29 len
Time: 1:11.05

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Roma Cup winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Vega Magic The Velvet King Durendal 1:11.0
2019 Vital Silver Galaxy Star Great Shot 1:10.6
2018 Rock Magic Battle Hero Durendal 1:10.1
2017 Rock Magic Military Reign Durendal 1:12.5
2016 Battle Hero Magnifisio Luckygray 1:10.5
2015 Luckygray Dawn Approach Fuchsia Bandana 1:12.2
2014 Magnifisio Elite Belle Checkpoint 1:11.2
2013 Power Princess Ranger Playing God 1:10.6
2012 Luckygray Our Ol'Fella Grand Nirvana 1:11.1
2011 Grand Nirvana Power Princess King Kool Kat 1:10.3
2010 Vain Raider Idyllic Prince Grand Nirvana 1:10.6
2009 Grand Nirvana Kens Double Sheenasaidgrey 1:10.6
2008 El Presidente Arctic Park Oroya Gold 1:10.1
2007 No Questions Star Laser Scuffs 1:10.1
2006 Is Amazing Electic River Mist 1:09.9
2005 Avenida Madero River Mist Ambers Halo 1:12.9
2004 Modem Cento Golden Delicious 1:10.6
2003 Tribula Suspicion Dark 'n' Dangerous 1:10.4
2002 Kaprats Corporate Bruce Cool Business 1:10.6
2001 Secret Remedy Prince Of Pop Country Blazer 1:11.4
2000 Star System Double Blue Corporate James 1:10.4
1999 Papillion Double Blue Cranky Tikit 1:10.9
1998 Double Blue Wabasso True Lover 1:10.8
1997 Singing The Blues Wabasso Bar Dreamer 1:10.2
1996 Red Eye Special Jacks Or Better Ciderian 1:11.3
1995 Defensive Play Wabasso Bayside 1:11.2
1994 Wabasso Welcome Knight Pago Escort 1:11.5
1993 Doctor Golly Chancery Star Pago's King 1:10.7
1992 Doctor Golly Blonde Jev Karlgarin Town 1:11.2
1991 Faneso Caliway Island Gossip 1:10.6
1990 Century God Faneso Edge Of Darkness 1:09.7
1989 Straight Cash Manhattan Amber Gambler 1:11.0
1988 Miss Muffet Ableson Fimiston 1:10.5