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Perth Cup

The 2019 Perth Cup is the jewel in the crown of racing in Western Australia and one of the most popular social events. It’s undoubtedly the feature event on the Perth calendar and the climax of the Perth summer racing carnival.

The Perth Cup is a Group 2 rated event raced under open handicap conditions. It is run across a trek of 2400m with $500,000 in prize money on offer. The event was originally run across the traditional two mile cup’s distance but like a lot of towns and cities across Australia this was dropped back to try and entice a bigger field. The shift from 3200m to the current 2400m first occurred in 2009.

The Perth Cup is held on January 2nd this year whereas during the 2011/2012 racing season the Perth Cup was held on New Year’s Eve. This means that there was no Perth Cup run in 2012. The same situation occurred when there were two editions of the 2016 Perth Cup, without a 2017 Perth Cup taking place.

The Perth Cup gives the West a chance to start the calendar year of racing in style and at the same time put on an outstanding show for the locals.

The history of the Perth Cup dates back to 1887 making it one of the oldest events still in action anywhere in Australia.

Ascot is well known for its long 400m straight which rises on an uphill slope. This means while the distance may be 2400m in reality it takes a horse a lot stronger than that to run it out at full steam.

Because of this the locals have an advantage having been trained there with the occasional well performed Eastern raider coming across to take them on.

The perfect lead up race to the Perth cup is the Group 2 CB Cox Stakes held just two weeks earlier over the slightly shorter 2100m distance and now known as the Ted Van Heemst Stakes.

That was shown immediately when Lords Ransom won the 2009 CB Cox Stakes before winning the Perth Cup two weeks later.

Other horses to complete the double while it was still a two mile race include Cats Fun in 2008, Palatious in 1994, Mirror Magic in 1992 and Saratov in 1989.

There have been plenty of champions over the years in the Perth Cup with a very strong winners list assembled.

2019 Perth Cup Field

The final Perth Cup field is usually released a few days prior to the race itself. Because it’s such a major feature race in the Perth Summer Racing Carnival, the Perth Cup field attracts some very decent horses and some pretty hefty punting action.

The 2019 Perth Cup field is displayed below.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 44431×1242 GATTING Darren Mcauliffe Damian Lane 15 59kg 108
2 9L54x77705 STAR EXHIBIT Adam Durrant Peter Hall 17 55kg 100
3 251×225062 ACTION Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 4 53kg 91
4 4523×22213 CAPPO D’ORO Fred Kersley Joseph Azzopardi 9 53kg 88
5 1×77303796 DARK MUSKET Graeme Ballantyne Shaun O’Donnell 8 53kg 82
6 22×3332283 ELEGANT BLAST Justin Warwick Ms Lucy Warwick 5 53kg 82
7 33×4464487 IHTSAHYMN Fred Kersley Steven Parnham 3 53kg 87
8 580×875141 KHARTOUM Pat Carey Daniel Staeck 6 53kg
9 2269×52742 LIKE A BUTTERFLY Lou Luciani Jason Whiting 14 53kg 79
10 111×612121 MISSISSIPPI DELTA Grant & Alana Williams Chris Parnham 7 53kg 92
11 1414×68483 PERFECT JEWEL Grant & Alana Williams Patrick Carbery 11 53kg 92
12 x811851544 PRIZE CATCH Lindsey Smith Peter Knuckey 10 53kg 93
13 441111×657 PRYING TOM Sharon Miller Randy Tan 2 53kg 88
14 1652512315 QUEEN BEY Grant & Alana Williams Ben Paterson 16 53kg 74
15 2653×64075 ROYAL STAR Adam Durrant Clint Johnston-Porter 12 53kg 88
16 38×3621611 THE BIG SHOW Darren Mcauliffe Julien Kokotajlo 18 53kg 78
17e 1233380615 JUICING CARROTS Raquel Reid Craig Staples 13 53kg 76
18e 0921153614 BROTHER’S KEEPER Tiarnna Robertson Troy Turner 19 53kg 75
19e 1515812734 MR ALBY Paula Wagg 1 53kg 69

2019 Perth Cup Nominations

The Perth Cup nominations regularly draw some of the top local talent. Quite often, a few eastern horses will enter the Perth Cup nominations either as part of an extended campaign in Western Australia or simply as a test leading up to the Autumn Carnival back east.

The 2019 Perth Cup nominations are published here.

Perth Cup Winners & Results

Winners and placers in the Perth Cup since 2000 with winning times.

Year Results Winning Time
2019 1 Star Exhibit 2 Action 3 Prize Catch 2:28.1
2018 1 Material Man 2 Poundamu 3 Royal Star 2:29.5
Dec 2016 1 Star Exhibit 2 Neverland 3 Tradesman 2:29.4
Jan 2016 1 Delicacy 2 Neverland 3 Real Love 2:30.0
2015 1 Real Love 2 Red Blast 3 Kirov Boy 2:29.9
2014 1 Black Tycoon 2 God Has Spoken 3 Ask Me Nicely 2:31.3
2013 1 Talent Show 2 Mr Moet 3 Global Flirt 2:29.8
2011# 1 Western Jewel 2 God Has Spoken 3 Senhor Da Gama 2:28.2
2011* 1 Guest Wing 2 Guyno 3 Simply Adorable 2:27.5
2010 1 Lords Ransom 2 Ma Chienne 3 Largo Lad 2:30.6
2009 1 Guyno 2 The Fuzz 3 Ballack 2:25.9
2008 1 Cats Fun 2 Exhilerating 3 Westerly Breeze 3:21.6
2007 1 Respect 2 Bay Story 3 Rossam 3:21.0
2006 1 Black Tom 2 Master Minx 3 Early Express 3:18.8
2005 1 Crown Prosecutor 2 Free At Last 3 Black Tom 3:21.4
2004 1 King Canute 2 Indigo King 3 Higgins Gold 3:23.7
2003 1 Tumeric 2 So Canny 3 Bold Mirage 3:23.0
2002 1 Cardinal Colours 2 Give Me A Chance 3 Shoeless 3:25.9
2001 1 Lottila Bay 2 Moonrise 3 King Brian 3:25.6
2000 1 Lunar Tudor 2 Victory Morn 3 Matriculate 3:21.0

# Race held on December 31 2011.
* Race held on January 1 2011.

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