Friday January 1st 2016
There’s one group of people in Western Australia for whom New Year’s Eve is no raucous night on the tiles until dawn appears (although this group certainly have plenty of experience seeing the sun come up). New Year’s Day in Perth is also Perth Cup Day, so while for some it’s a day of topping up from the night before, for the trainers, jockeys, strappers, stewards and racing journos (well, maybe not the racing journos) it’s a day of hard work and sobriety. Yawn.
The Perth Cup is a Group 2 event and up until 2008 it was run over the classic Cup distance of 3,200m, but since 2009 the distance has been brought back to 2,400m. And it’s lucky for the horses – one of the reasons Perth Cup betting is so damn exciting is that running any metres at all in Perth in January is a big ask. This is why backing something with plenty of ticker (and that’s not too hung-over) is crucial when weighing up Perth Cup odds.
When is the Perth Cup 2016?
The Perth Cup will be held on Friday January 1st 2016, at Ascot Racecourse in Perth (of course).
Facts about the Perth Cup
- Champion horse Rogan Josh ran second to King Of Saxony in 1999 – the same year he won the Melbourne Cup.
- In the 2011-’12 season, the Perth Cup was held on New Year’s Eve instead of New Year’s Day for the first and so far only time.
- A total of seven horses have won two Perth Cups, so don’t be shy of last year’s runners when looking at the placing a bet.
Winners of the Perth Cup
Below is a list of Perth Cup Winners and Perth Cup runners up in the past few years:
|2015||Real Love||Red Blast||Kirov Boy||2:29.94|
|2014||Black Tycoon||God Has Spoken||Ask Me Nicely||2:31.3|
|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|
What happened in the 2014 Perth Cup?
Western Australian racing’s most famous export, Damien Oliver, won the Perth Cup for the second time, this time on Black Tycoon. The horse went on to be unplaced in two Listed races in WA before a tenacious second in the Group 2 Adelaide Cup.
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