Perth Cup Race Information

The Perth Cup is Western Australia’s premier horse racing event  which carries prize money totaling $400,000. The Group Two race is for three-year-olds and up and is now run over 2400 metres.

  • Race Type: Group 2
  • Distance: 2400 metres
  • Conditions: Quality handicap
  • Track: Ascot Racecourse, Perth, Western Australia
  • Prizemoney: $1,000,000
  • Date: Saturday 1 January 2024

Perth Cup Race History

See the 2024 Perth Cup Preview and results.

See the 2023 Perth Cup Preview and results.

See the 2021 Perth Cup Preview and results.

The race is held at Perth’s Ascot Racecourse on New Year’s Day of each year. Ascot, called by some “the grand old lady” of Australian racecourses, is regarded as the country’ toughest test for thoroughbreds.

The circumference of the track is 2022 metres with the straight being 294 meters long. There is a good cambered home turn and a slight rise from the 400-metre pole to the finish line. Experts regard the home stretch as the most severe test of stayers in Australia.

The Western Australian Turf Club, now operating as Perth Racing, has been hosting thoroughbred racing in the state for over 150 years and runs Ascot Racecourse along with Belmont Park. Both are within minutes of Perth.

A six-year-old, Black Tom, ridden by Peter Hall and trained by Frank H. Maynard, won the 2006 Perth Cup. In 2005, Crown Prosecutor, a four-year-old, was the champion.

On 1 January 2023 the Perth Cup was abandoned mid-race after a horrific fall 200m into the race where the beautiful mare Chili Is Hot clipped the heels of a horse in front and crashed to the turf then Dom To Shoot couldn’t avoid her and also fell. He picked himself up and with the saddle slipped right back and over one flank made his way to the front of the field with no rider until stewards flagged the field down before it came back into the straight, Chili Is Hot was euthanised and the race rescheduled for 14 January. A terrible thing to happen on what should have been a happy day.

Perth Cup Facts

Last mare to win; Mississippi Delta (2020)

Last 3YO to win: C&G – Field Officer (1993); Filly – none

Multiple winners: Star Exhibit (2016 & 2019); Magistrate (1981 & 1982); Fait Accompli (1970 & 1972); Fairetha (1958 & 1959); Cueesun (dec 1933 & Jan 1935); Artesian (1911 & 1013); Scarpa (1893 & 1894); Wandering Willie (1890 & 1892).

Interesting trivia: 1919 winner Eurythmic won the 1920 Caulfield Cup. 1904 winner Blue Spec won the 1905 Melbourne Cup.

Previous winners of the Perth Cup

Other recent winners include King Canute, 2004; Tumeric, 2003; Cardinal Colours, 2002; Lottila Bay, 2001; Luna Tudor, 2000; King Of Saxony, 1999; Heed The Toll, 1998; Time Frame, 1997; and Crying Game 1996. Seven Horses have captured two Perth Cups. The last was Magistrate with wins in 1981 and 1982.

Jockey F. J. Treen has ridden five champions: 1949, 1952, 1963, 1964 and 1969.

Six other riders have three wins each. Both J. J. Kelly and G. A. Towton have saddled seven winners. Kelly’s wins were in the early 1900’s and Towton’s in the late 1800’s. More recently, Alan D. Mathews has trained six winners. They were in 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2001 and 2003.

Year Winner Second Third
2024 Casino Seventeen Be Optimistic Demolish
2023 Buster Bash Stafford’s Lad Pure Devotion
2022 Midnight Blue Paddy’s Shadow Platoon
2021 Neufbosc Truly Great Midnight Blue
2020 Mississippi Delta Missile Launch Taxagano
2019 Star Exhibit Action Prize Catch
2018 Material Man Pounamu Royal Star
2016 (Dec) Star Exhibit Neverland Tradesman
2016 (Jan) Delicacy Neverland Real Love
2015 Real Love Red Blast Kirov Boy
2014 Black Tycoon God Has Spoken Ask Me Nicely
2013 Talent Show Mr Moet Global Flirt
2011 (Dec) Western Jewel God Has Spoken Senhor Da Gama
2011 (Jan) Guest Wing Admiring Big Ted
2010 Lords Ransom Ma Chienne Largo Lad
2009 Gunyo The Fuzz Ballack
2008 Cats Fun Exhilerating Westerly Breeze
2007 Respect Bay Story Rossam
2006 Black Tom Master Minx Early Express
2005 Crown Prosecutor Free At Last Black Tom
2004 King Canute Indigo King Higgins Gold
2003 Tumeric So Canny Bold Mirage
2002 Cardinal Colours Give Me A Chance Shoeless
2001 Lottila Bay Moonrise King Brian
2000 Lunar Tudor Victory Morn Matriculate
1999 King Of Saxony Rogan Josh Victory Morn
1998 Heed The Toll Old Cobber In Name Only
1997 Time Frame Regimental Tattoo Beau Heed
1996 Crying Game Ernesto Bullwinkle
1995 Ros Reef Fine Whiskey Sweet Glory
1994 Palatious Diamond Heist Kathros
1993 Field Officer Red Javelin Kawtuban
1992 Mirror Magic Red Javelin Vite Filou
1991 Zamlight Word Of Honour Ideal Centreman
1990 Word Of Honour Our King Crimson Green Range Boy
1989 Saratov Rising Fear Muromoon
1988 Linc The Leopard Buckshot Bandit Arcolad
1987 Rocket Racer Puckle Harbour Royal Sharif
1986 Ullyatt Importune Rant And Rave
1985 Phizam Swift Knight Pilancy
1984 Moss Kingdom Chiamare Head For Space
1983 Bianco Lady Swift Knight Port Carling
1982 Magistrate Allez Bijou Pearl Lover
1981 Magistrate Rubicon Yashmak
1980 Rothschild Gay Affair Belle Talk
1979 Meliador Arwon Taksan
1978 Golden Centre Muros Reckless
1977 Muros Valadero So Clear
1976 Philomel Ace Queen Wolf City
1975 Runyon Taras Bulba Think Big
1974 Allegation Kabooki Phar Ace
1973 Dayana Always Morning Piping Lane
1972 Fait Accompli Aubella Santa Martel
1971 Artello Bay Reodoro Kilrickle
1970 Fait Accompli Nauprius Aubella
1969 Jenark Naupella Polo King
1968 Lintonmarc Rock Drill Hilney
1967 Special Reward Royal Coral Menos
1966 Royal Coral Carol’s Choice Friendly
1965 Fair’s Print Rack And Ruin Royal Coral
1964 Resolution Cygnet Star Light Cargo
1963 Bay Count Dorbella Rack And Ruin
1962 Royal Khora Little Empire Ghost Town
1961 England’s Dust Thompson’s Bay Kilfinane
1960 Rendition Brown Express Cunderdin
1959 Fairetha Zaicia Friar’s Luck
1958 Fairetha Tribal Ring Rendition
1957 Elmsfield Fairetha Fair Remarc
1956 Yabaroo Dominic Rexaldo
1955 Lenarc Beau Scot Priandy
1954 Beau Scot Mercavy Night Porter
1953 Raconteur Jewel Time Coronate
1952 Avarna Kingsman Beau Scot
1951 Azennis Jovial Lad Resound
1950 Beau Vasse Leofred Dhostar
1949 Gurkha Black Law Prince Brian
1948 Kingscote Royal Pageant Repulse
1947 Sydney James Nullabung Easewold
1946 Maddington Gold Patois Lord Treat
1945 Gay Parade Smithie Earl Mond
1944 Loyalist Smithie Sydney James
1943 Temple Chief Tropics Pantheist
1942 Ragtime Rimutaka Hestia
1941 Fernridge Yodvara Jiggle
1940 Tomito True Flight Meadow line
1939 Gay Balkan Tetbury Dark David
1938 Maikai Tetbury Footmark
1937 Manolive Panto Mariner
1936 Picaro Staunch Yaringa
1935 Cueesun Dilemma Game Pie
1934 Cueesun Ballandallock Prince Paladin
1933 Alienist Adeline’s March Olympian
1932 Bonny Note Adeline’s March Camarina
1931 The Dimmer Serbury Knight Commander
1930 Coolbarro Abergwain Flying Miss
1929 Jemidar Ductile Exceeder
1928 Phoenix Park Pica Pica Spearage
1927 Au Fait Char Maple
1926 Great Applause Prince MacDonald Eracre
1925 Mercato Eracre Char
1924 Lilypond Char Feathernest
1923  ** Race not held **
1922 Jolly Cosy Scorpius Poondarra
1921 Earl Of Seafield Queen Comedy Gold Digger
1920 Seigneur Earl Of Seafield Jolly Cosy
1919 Rivose
 * dead-heat 2nd Red Banner
1918 Macadam New Tipperary Tom Castro
1917 Downing Street Ian ‘Or Mindoolah
1916 Lucky Escape Mistico Irish Comedy
1915 Irish Knight Lucky Escape La George
1914 Dollar Dictator Tom Castro Chief Secretary
1913 Artesian Lilyveil Keer Weer
1912 Sparkle Maori Lad Swagger
1911 Artesian Mousme Florabel
1910 Jolly Beggar Boidol Dyed Garments
1909 Loch Shiel Jolly Beggar Willy Wally
1908 Scorcher Loredano Valere
1907 Post Town Rhubarb Brunswick
1906 May King Spinder Charles Stuart
1905 Czarovitch Fifeness Piata
1904 Blue Spec Fifeness Avalon
1903 Cypher Homeward Bound Sport Royal
1902 Novitiate Loch Dee Homeward Bound
1901 Dec Australian Limber Sport Royal
1901 Jan Flintlock Australian Loch dee
1900 Carbineer Euglo Islamite
1899 Mural Blackwood Lucky Dog
1898 Le Var Onslow Tarquin
1897 Snapshot The Black Rock Dryden
1896 Inverary Snapshot Sunbeam
1895 Durable Scarpia Happy Jack
1894 Scarpia The Imp The Magistrate
1893 Scarpia The Magistrate Mount Zeehan
1892 Wandering Willie The Crash Somnolence
1891 The Duke Will-O-The-Wisp Wandering Willie
1890 Wandering Willie Satyr Aim
1889 Aim Fishmonger Hinemoa
1888 Telephone Metal Hermit
1887 First Prince Telephone Tremando

From the Archives:

Perth Cup Preview & Tips 2018

Track: Good   Weather: Fine

There is a full field of 16 plus one emergency for the $500,000 TABTouch Perth Cup. The early favourite is Material Man who was 2nd in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic then 2nd in the G2 Ted Van Heemst Stakes and drops 2.5 kg here. Second favourite is Trap For Fools who has won 8 of his last 9 starts and is facing his toughest test, but clearly has talent. Third favourite is Pounamu who won the Kingston Town Classic then the Ted Van Heemst Stakes over 2100m last start, but is badly weighted here.

Royal Star ran on strongly from last for 6th on the Kingston Town than ran 5th in the ATA Stakes. Dark Alert tried hard for a close 2nd in the ATA Stakes. Zarantz wound up from last for 3rd in the Ted Van Heemst. Angola ran 2nd in the GA Towton Cup over 2200m last start. Star Value won by 2.5 lengths over 2200m in a BM 66 and up last start.  All other runners are currently 20 to 1 or longer in the early market.

The following are the top 4 selections for this years race.

Jo’s Tips
3 Trap For Fools
2 Material Man
1 Pounamu
8 Dark Alert