The Perth Cup is a Group 2 open handicap race traditionally held each year on New Year's Day at Ascot racecourse in Perth, Western Australia during the Perth summer racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 2400 metres and worth $400,000 in prizemoney. The 2013 Perth Cup was won by Talent Show from Mr Moet with Global Flirt third.
The race was formerly run over 3200 metres (2 miles) but in 2009 the race distance was taken back to 2400 metres in an effort to attract a higher quality field. In a change of programming for the 2011/2012 racing season the 2011 Perth Cup was effectively held twice, once on New Year's Day and once on New Year's Eve.
The Perth Cup is the highlight of the Summer Racing Carnival in Perth and attracts a huge crowd of around 35,000+ people who get together to celebrate a quality day of racing, fashion and entertainment. First run in 1887, the Perth Cup has a long and proud history and is the first major social event of the new year in Western Australia.
The Perth Cup is the premier distance race of the Perth summer racing carnival and being held at Ascot, with its uphill run home from the 400m to the winning post, makes it a true test for stayers over the 2400m distance of the race. The field generally assembles mostly local stayers with the odd visitor from the eastern states sometimes making the trek to Perth for the spoils on offer.
The Gr2 CB Cox Stakes run over 2100m a couple of weeks earlier at the same track has been the best guide to winners and placegetters of this race in recent times and it pays to keep a keep a keen eye on the CB Cox Stakes as a future Perth Cup winner or placegetter could very well be running around. Talent Show (2013) finished 4th in the CB Cox Stakes before winning the Perth Cup.
Lords Ransom (2010), Cats Fun (2008), Palatious (1994), Mirror Magic (1992) and Saratov (1989) all won the CB Cox Stakes before winning this race, while Early Express (3rd in 2006) and Free At Last (2nd in 2005) both won the CB Cox Stakes before running placings in the Perth Cup.
A high number of horses have either won or placed in both races over the years and more recently Lords Ransom (2010) scored the Cox Stakes & Perth Cup double and those horses that ran well in the Cox Stakes are ones to watch when assessing the form for this race.
Talent Show (2013) ran fourth in the CB Cox Stakes over 2100m at this track before tasting success in this event and recent Perth Cup winners include Western Jewel (2011 Dec) and Guest Wing (2011 Jan).
2013 Perth Cup result
1. $31.00 Talent Show 54.0 Jarrad Noske
2. $3.50 Mr Moet 59.0 Daniel Staeck
3. $11.00 Global Flirt 53.0 Mitchell Pateman
4. $7.00 Pop Culture 53.0 Troy Turner
5. $51.00 Starlight Lady 53.0 Shaun Meeres
6. $13.00 Shamardashing 53.0 Patrick Carbery
7. $8.00 Ranger 55.5 William Pike
8. $61.00 Dreamaway 53.0 Shaun O’Donnell
9. $17.00 Bridgestone 53.0 Brad Parnham
10. $61.00 Westriver Kevydonn 56.0 Takahide Ikenushi
11. $12.00 Cantonese 54.0 Jim Cassidy
12. $31.00 Moonlight Bay 53.0 Jason Whiting
13. $41.00 Lords Ransom 55.0 Peter Hall
14. $31.00 Playing God 58.0 Jason Brown
15. $71.00 Lopov 53.0 Lucas Camilleri
16. $21.00 God Has Spoken 56.0 Steven Parnham
Margins: 3/4 len, 3/4 len Time: 2:29.78
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*The 2011 Perth Cup was held on January 1st 2011 for the 2010/2011 racing season and December 31st 2011 for the 2011/2012 racing season, which meant the race was held twice in 2011.
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