Perth Cup News

The second edition of the Perth Cup 2016 takes place at Ascot Racecourse this Saturday, December 31, with a fifteen horse field set to contest the summer classic. Back on New Year’s Day the Bob Peters-raced mare Delicacy carried 59kg to victory in the first 2016 Perth Cup. This weekend…

Perth Cup

The 2018 Perth Cup is Western Australia’s premier staying race. Held at Ascot Racecourse on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, it is the headline feature of the prestigious Perth Summer Racing Carnival and attracts a 35,000 strong crowd of spectators and punters every year.

The Perth Cup is usually held on New Year’s Day. The next edition will be run on New Year’s Day 1st January, 2018.Perth Cup

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The Perth Cup returned to New Year’s Day in 2013, the last edition of the race that was run on New Year’s Eve was on December 31 2011 and meant that there was no Perth Cup in 2012.

A Group 2 status race, the Perth Cup is run under open handicap conditions  with stakes set at a lucrative $500,000.

Perth Cup History

First run in 1887 this time-honoured race has a rich history and is now officially registered as the BMW Perth Cup due to sponsorship from BMW.

Originally run over 2 miles the distance of the race was increased to 2 miles 11 yards in 1947 and remained the same up until 1962 when it reverted back to its original length of two miles. A decade later in 1972 the distance was changed to 3200m with Australia’s adoption of the metric system and in line with the Melbourne Cup. Then in 2009 the race length was cut dramatically to 2400m in an attempt to attract a higher quality field of contenders.

Perth Cup Betting

One of the best lead-up races to the Perth Cup is the Group 2 C B Cox Stakes (2100m) held a fortnight earlier. The C B Cox Stakes has served as an excellent indicator to the Perth Cup in recent years with Delicacy (2015-16), Cats Fun (2008), Palatious (1994), Mirror Magic (1992) and Saratov (1989) all claiming the C B Cox Stakes – Perth Cup double.

This double is a great betting option for punters looking to add some extra excitement to the Perth Carnival and can be placed online with one of Australia’s leading bookmakers including

When betting on the Perth Cup, also keep the C B Cox Stakes winner in mind for your Place bets as Early Express (2006) and Free At Last (2005) both won this earlier race prior to placing third and second respectively in the Perth Cup.

Perth Cup – Fast Facts

  • Date Held: Late December / Early January
  • Track Location: Ascot Racecourse, Perth
  • Race Status: Group 2
  • Race Distance: 2400m
  • Race Conditions: Open Handicap
  • Stakes: $500,000
  • Inaugurated: 1887

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