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Perth Cup 2018

DateMonday, 1 January
TrackAscot Racecourse
Distance2400m
ClassGroup 2
Race TypeHandicap
Prize Money$500,000
Age3YO and Upwards

PERTH CUP BETTING SELECTIONS & TIPS

Our experts will have their pre-race predictions and Perth Cup betting selections available for the Group 2 race.

Some key Perth Cup pointers are:

  • Mares have a great record in this race
  • Four-year-olds are also the age group to focus on
  • Important to draw in between Barriers 1 to 5

WHERE TO BET ON ASCOT RACES

Bookmakers Ladbrokes and CrownBet offer some of the best odds on Perth racing throughout the year. Or take advantage of the top 5 bookmaker deals below.

For the best way to make a profit at Ascot races, read our guide on "How to make money betting online" or visit our Betting Masterclass section.

PERTH CUP HISTORY AND GUIDE

The $500,000 Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m) is Perth’s feature staying event and is fast becoming Australia’s most prominent race on New Year’s Day.

The Cup draws a 35,000 strong crowd of spectators and punters each year and has been the highlight of Perth’s social calendar for many years.

It was first run in 1887, when the race was run at its original distance of two miles and was won by First Prince.

In 1947 the race distance was increased to 2 miles 11 yards and remained the same until 1962 when it was changed back to 2 miles.

A decade later the race distance was changed to 3200m until in 2009 the race distance was dramatically cut to its current 2400m in a bid to attract a higher quality field.

Since its inception, four horses have managed to go back-to-back with Scarpia (1893-94), Cueesun (1933-34), Fairetha (1958-59) and Magistrate (1981-82) completing the double. 

Wandering Wille (1890 and 1892), Artesian (1911 and 1913) and Fait Accompli (1970 and 1972) managed to win two Perth Cups but not in consecutive years.

There has been one dead-heat in the race’s history when the judge couldn’t separate Rivose and Eurythmic in 1919.

Perth’s premier staying race has been won by some quality gallopers with Wandering Willie, Scarpia, Artesian, Pheonix Park (1927), Dayana (1973) and Crying Game (1976) being the most popular winners.

What was to be the 2012 Perth Cup, was run on the 31st of December 2011, giving that year two renewals of the race. The same happened in 2016 with the 2017 running taking place on New Year's Eve.

The Group 2 CB Cox Stakes (2100m) is the key lead up race to the Perth Cup, taking place around two weeks earlier depending on the day New Year's Day falls on.

Perth Cup Winners (Since 2000)

2000Luna Tudor
2001Lottila Bay
2002Cardinal Colours
2003Tumeric
2004King Canute
2005Crown Prosecutor
2006Black Tom
2007Respect
2008Cats Fun
2009Guyno
2010Lords Random
2011 (Jan)Guest Wing
2011 (Dec)Western Jewel
2013Talent Show
2014Black Tycoon
2015Real Love
2016 (Jan)Delicacy
2016 (Dec)Star Exhibit

ASCOT RACECOURSE TRACK DESCRIPTION

Regarded as the 'grand old lady' of Australian racecourses, Perth’s Ascot Racecourse is a well-drained turf track with a 300 metre inclining straight regarded by experts as the most severe test of stayers in Australia. 

Ascot is one of the smaller racecourses in Australia and inside barriers can be an advantage. 

Races are run in an anti-clockwise direction.

ASCOT RACECOURSE HISTORY

Perth Racing (formerly the Western Australian Turf Club) has been hosting thoroughbred race meetings at Ascot Racecourse for over 150 years. 

Although the course hosts three Group 1 events throughout the year, the time-honoured Perth Cup (2400m) remains one of Perth’s feature races and is held on New Year’s Day.

The racecourse is situated approximately 8 kilometres east of the Perth City Centre with the head office of The Western Australian Turf Club positioned directly opposite.

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