The Roma Cup is a Group 3 weight-for-age race held annually in May each year at Belmont racecourse in Perth, Western Australia. The race is run over a distance of 1200 metres and worth $125,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Roma Cup was won by Rock Magic from Battle Hero with Durendal third.
|Date:||Saturday 19th May 2018|
|Track:||Belmont racecourse, Perth|
|2018 Winner:||Rock Magic|
The Roma Cup is a weight-for-age event sprint race that usually attracts the best available local sprinters suited to the conditions of the race. It provides the ideal lead up race to the upcoming Gr3 Belmont Sprint in a couple of weeks time at the same track.
Talented gallopers Rock Magic (2017), Luckygray (2012), Grand Nirvana (2011), Modem (2004) and Tribula (2003) have all won the Roma Cup & Belmont Sprint double in recent years, while multiple horses have run places in both races, or placed in this race and gone on to win the Belmont Sprint and vice versa.
Grant Williams trained gelding Shining Knight (5th in 2015), smart mare Elite Belle (2nd in 2014) and Bunbury galloper Kerrific (5th in 2013) all managed to win the Belmont Sprint at their next start after contesting this race.
Rock Magic (2017-2018) ran fifth in the Gr1 William Reid Stakes over 1200m at Moonee Valley in Melbourne before heading back to Perth to win this race for the second successive year. Recent Roma Cup winners include Battle Hero (2016) and Luckygray (2015).
1. $2.15 Rock Magic 58.5 William Pike
2. $5.00 Battle Hero 58.5 Peter Knuckey
3. $16.00 Durendal 58.5 Shaun O'Donnell
4. $31.00 Gatting 58.5 Mitchell Pateman
5. $8.50 Great Shot 58.5 Mr Craig Staples
6. $12.00 Red Ora 58.5 Shaun Mc Gruddy
7. $6.00 Achernar Star 57.0 Aaron Mitchell
8. $101.00 It's It 58.5 Randy Tan
9. $51.00 Cosmic Storm 56.5 Clint Johnston-Porter
Margins: 3.25 len, 1.75 len
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|2018||Rock Magic||Battle Hero||Durendal||1:10.1|
|2017||Rock Magic||Military Reign||Durendal||1:12.5|
|2015||Luckygray||Dawn Approach||Fuchsia Bandana||1:12.2|
|2013||Power Princess||Ranger||Playing God||1:10.6|
|2012||Luckygray||Our Ol'Fella||Grand Nirvana||1:11.1|
|2011||Grand Nirvana||Power Princess||King Kool Kat||1:10.3|
|2010||Vain Raider||Idyllic Prince||Grand Nirvana||1:10.6|
|2009||Grand Nirvana||Kens Double||Sheenasaidgrey||1:10.6|
|2008||El Presidente||Arctic Park||Oroya Gold||1:10.1|
|2007||No Questions||Star Laser||Scuffs||1:10.1|
|2006||Is Amazing||Electic||River Mist||1:09.9|
|2005||Avenida Madero||River Mist||Ambers Halo||1:12.9|
|2003||Tribula||Suspicion||Dark 'n' Dangerous||1:10.4|
|2002||Kaprats||Corporate Bruce||Cool Business||1:10.6|
|2001||Secret Remedy||Prince Of Pop||Country Blazer||1:11.4|
|2000||Star System||Double Blue||Corporate James||1:10.4|
|1999||Papillion||Double Blue||Cranky Tikit||1:10.9|
|1998||Double Blue||Wabasso||True Lover||1:10.8|
|1997||Singing The Blues||Wabasso||Bar Dreamer||1:10.2|
|1996||Red Eye Special||Jacks Or Better||Ciderian||1:11.3|
|1994||Wabasso||Welcome Knight||Pago Escort||1:11.5|
|1993||Doctor Golly||Chancery Star||Pago's King||1:10.7|
|1992||Doctor Golly||Blonde Jev||Karlgarin Town||1:11.2|
|1990||Century God||Faneso||Edge Of Darkness||1:09.7|
|1989||Straight Cash||Manhattan||Amber Gambler||1:11.0|