Western Jewel Wins 2011 Perth Cup

January 3rd, 2012

Five-year-old mare Western Jewel surpassed her rivals in the Group 2 Perth Cup on December 31, 2011, to win the race by a startling two lengths.

Western Jewel won the race ahead of God Has Spoken, who ran home for second, and Senhor Da Gama, who finished in third.

Trained by Grant Williams, the Jeune mare proved she was still at the top of her game when winning the prestigious 2011 Perth Cup.

The win gave jockey Kyra Yuill the honour of becoming the first female rider to win the Perth Cup since it was first run in 1887.

“It’s an amazing feeling and I never thought this would happen,” Yuill said.

“She has been a good horse to me and is one of my favourites.

“She has had her critics this campaign but she has been a little unlucky.

“(But) half way down the straight I knew we had it.”

Western Jewel finished fourth in the Perth Cup prior, which was run on January 1, 2011.

“I made the decision this time a year ago to set her for the Cup because I thought she was unlucky in last year’s race,” owner-breeder Bob Peters said.

“She was the best of our runners and got caught in traffic but ran home well.

“Yesterday was a very good run because she covered a lot of ground.

“I was a bit worried by being out wide on the corner but it didn’t seem to worry her.

“It’s a nice way to end the carnival because we haven’t had a lot of luck along the way.”

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2011 Perth Cup Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 16 WESTERN JEWEL Grant Williams Ms Kyra Yuill (a) 14 52kg $7
2 1 GOD HAS SPOKEN Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 2L 12 57kg $10
3 15 SENHOR DA GAMA Simon A Miller Patrick Carbery 2.5L 4 52kg $9
4 5 TRANQUILITY Grant Williams William Pike 2.75L 7 52.5kg $8.50
5 6 VERACIOUS Trevor Andrews Shaun O’Donnell 4.25L 11 52.5kg $17
6 14 SAINT ENCOSTA John P Thompson Jason Brown 4.75L 1 52kg $12
7 12 MOONLIGHT BAY Grant Williams Marco Chui 5.25L 5 52kg $18
8 2 BATTLE EMBLEM Grant Williams Paul Harvey 6.75L 13 56kg $19
9 7 BIG TED Ivan Haggerty Danny Miller 8L 9 52kg $61
10 11 MISS TIPSY TOPSY Stan Bates Jason Whiting 8.75L 8 52kg $19
11 10 MANILA I SCREAM Adam Durrant Daniel Staeck 10.75L 6 52kg (cd 53kg) $31
12 3 KINCAPLE (NZ) Mark Reed Dwayne Dunn 11.25L 15 56kg $4.20F
13 13 RINGMEISTER Lindsey Smith Troy Turner 13.75L 10 52kg $26
14 8 DOUBLE BARREL Adam Durrant Shaun Mc Gruddy 15.75L 3 52kg $31
15 9 LOPOV (NZ) Simon A Miller Peter Knuckey 18.25L 16 52kg $21
16 4 NEW SPICE Elva Van Merwyk Ryan Hill (a) 31.5L 2 53.5kg $18