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Perth Cup: Date, how to watch, past winners and latest odds

The Perth Cup is a Group 2 thoroughbred horse race for three-year-olds and above that takes place at Ascot Racecourse in Western Australia in January.

The Perth Cup usually takes place on New Year’s Day and is a part of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival.

It is a staying contest raced under quality handicap conditions over 2400m and has a total prize pot of $1million.

Here is our guide to the Perth Cup.

WhatPerth Cup
WhereAscot Racecourse, Perth
WhenMonday 1st January, 2024
How to watchChannel 7
OddsCasino Seventeen 4.50, Zoumon 4.50, Be Optimistic 7.00, Ihts Closing Inn 7.00

What is the Perth Cup?

The Perth Cup is Group 2 thoroughbred horse race which attracts some of Australia’s top-class stayers, who are suited to the 2400m trip.

Perth Cup date

The Perth Cup is raced on Perth Cup Day, which is one of the highlights of the Australian summer racing calendar.

Perth Cup Day is the final big meeting of the Perth Summer Carnival and takes place in the first week of January.

In 2024, the Perth Cup will be raced on 1st January.

Perth Cup location

The Perth Cup will take place at Ascot Racecourse in Western Australia.

Perth Cup - how to watch

The Perth Cup will be shown free-to-air on Channel 7.

Perth Cup history

The Perth Cup was first raced way back in 1887 and was graded as a Principal Race.

From 1972 to 1992, the Perth Cup was a Group 1 race before dropping to Group 2 and has remained that way since.

Up until 2008 the Perth Cup was raced over a trip of 3200m, just like the Melbourne Cup, but dropped down to 2400m from 2009 onwards.

Perth Cup previous winners

First Prince was the first-ever winner of the Perth Cup back in 1887, while Buster Bash won the latest edition in 2023.

The Perth Cup has been dominated by local stayers in recent years, with the likes of Delicacy, Lords Ransom and Cats Fun taking the honours.

Local trainer Bob Peters has also made the Perth Cup his own, when winning it on 10 occasions.

Perth Cup prize money

The Perth Cup has recently seen the prize money on offer doubled and in 2024 the pot will stand at a bumper $1million.

Perth Cup favourites

Traditionally, the favourites tend to thrive at the Perth Cup.

As things stand, both Casino Seventeen and Zoumon can be backed at 4.50, while Be Optimistic and Ihts Closing Inn are priced at 7.00.

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