Perth Cup Perth - Wednesday January 1st 2014
The Perth Cup 2014 – which will be run on New Year’s Day, Wednesday 1st of January – is considered Western Australia’s premier Thoroughbred horse race. Held at Ascot Racecourse in Perth, over a 2400 metre distance, this Group 2, open handicap race is held annually and has a purse of $500,000. The 2013 winner, Talent Show, blew everyone away completely, winning at a margin of 2-29.78, and with odds of $31!
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When is the Perth Cup 2014?
The Perth Cup will be held on Wednesday January 1st 2014, at Ascot Racecourse in Perth.
Facts about the Perth Cup
- F. J. Treen has jockeyed the most winners in the Perth Cup, with success in 1949, 1952, 1963, 1964 and 1969.
- Trainer, Alan D. Mathews, has been responsible for six winners in 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2001 and 2003.
- A total of seven Horses have won two Perth Cups. Magistrate – with wins in 1981 and 1982 – was the last to do so.
Ascot Racecourse in Perth, WA, holds host to what is considered to be the premier Thoroughbred horse race in Western Australia. Held every year (besides 2012, when it was skipped), the Group2 Perth Cup is an open handicap and has a nice new allocated prize amount of $500,000, which was determined in October 2012. In 2014, the Perth Cup will be run on Wednesday 1st of January, which is, of course, New Year’s Day (and not on New Year’s Eve, as had occurred in 2011).
These aren’t the only changes to take place since the Perth Cup’s first run in 1887; the distance has been altered five times as well, with the original two mile race (1887-1946) being converted to two miles and 11 yards between 1947 and 1961, then back to two miles (1962-1972). With the introduction of the metric system, it was changed once again, with a 3,200 metre race between 1972 and 2008, before the final change in 2009, down to its current 2,400 metres.
There is one thing that has remained the same during the lifetime of this race, and that is its popularity. As it is held on New Year’s Day, it is an attractive option for Perth locals to attend to bring in the New Year. With an estimated annual crowd of around 35,000, this is one party that is sure to put a smile on your face.
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Winners of the Perth Cup
Below is a list of Perth Cup Winners and Perth Cup runners up in the past few years:
|2013||Talent Show||Mr Moet||Global Flirt||2:29.7|
|2012||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|
Ascot Racecourse in Perth is Western Australia’s primary racecourse. The racecourse has been running for over 100 years, and now hosts the Western Australian Autumn Racing Carnival in March and April, and the Summer Racing Carnival in November and December. Located just 8 kms from the CBD, this 2,022 metre circumference track, with a 294 metre long straight, is one of the world’s toughest stayer’s tracks and guarantees an exciting atmosphere at any of the racing events held there.
The long length of the Perth Cup means that barrier position isn’t much of a factor, so no worries if your favourite draws an outside barrier – which is usually a bit of cause for concern at Ascot. The race will begin in a short extension at the top part of the home straight, and will run in an anti-clockwise direction.
Because of the Perth summer heat at Ascot, it is always a good idea, when looking at the Perth Cup odds, to check out your favourite horses past performance in similar conditions. Similarly, if you are personally going to attend Ascot for the Perth Cup, be aware of the heat and enjoy the beautiful tiered restaurants, the terrace and the other ‘cooler’ Ascot facilities as much as you can.
Most Successful at Perth Cup
The most successful Perth Cup winner title definitely goes to owner and breeder, Patrick Andrew Connolly (1866-1946). Connolly – who was an extremely colourful character – managed five consecutive wins, followed by two further wins, in the Perth Cup (among others) between 1904 and 1922. His first purchase, Blue Spec, won him the race in 1904, followed by Czarowitch (1905), May King (1906), Post Town (1907), Scorcher (1908), Jolly Beggar (1910) and Jolly Cosy (1922). ‘Lucky Connolly’, as he was known, owned or leased at least 120 horses, as well as a controlling interest in the Helena Vale racecourse, at the height of his racing career. Amazing.
In the history of the Perth Cup, a total of seven horses have managed to win it twice, with Scarpia (1893-94), Cueesun (1933-34), Fairetha (1958-59) and Magistrate (1981-82) winning it back-to-back, and Wandering Willie (1890 and 1892), Artesian (1911 and 1913) and Fait Accompli (1970 and 1972) winning in non-consecutive years. Some of the outstanding and most popular horses to win this race are Wandering Willie (1890, 1892), Scarpia (1893-94), Artesian (1911, 1913), Phoenix Park (1927), Dayana (1973) and Crying Game (1976).
The best lead-up race for the Perth Cup is probably the Cox Stakes, so keep an eye on this race when considering your Perth Cup betting strategy.
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