Perth Cup 2020

Saturday January 4, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: Mares have an excellent recent record over the boys in the Perth Cup

The Perth Cup is a Group 2 staying showdown contested over the mile and a half at Ascot Racecourse in Western Australia each January during the Perth Summer Racing Carnival.

The 2400m quality handicap clash offers a lucrative $400,000 in total prize money and Perth Cup Day is one of the biggest summer race meetings anywhere in Australia.

Traditionally held on New Year’s Day, there were two editions of the 2016 Perth Cup one run in January and the other on New Year’s Eve in December. That meant there was no official 2017 Perth Cup, with the next edition run on New Year’s Day in 2018. Perth Cup Day is the final race meeting of the annual Festival of Perth Racing and the day’s feature has run since 1887.

In more recent years, the Perth Cup has taken place on the first Saturday of the New Year in early January.

Previously contested over the two miles (3200m) like the iconic Melbourne Cup, in 2009 the Perth Cup distance was shortened to the current 2400m and has been attracting top-class stayers since.

The traditional lead-up race is the Group 2 CB Cox Stakes (2100m), now known as the Ted Van Heemst Stakes, run at Ascot in December and the last horse to complete the CB Cox Stakes – Perth Cup double was Delicacy (December 2015 & January 2016). The Group 1 Kingston-Town Stakes (1800m) also serves as a nice Perth Cup lead-up race.

The latest edition of the Perth Cup ran on Saturday January 4, 2020 and was won by the Grant & Alana Williams-trained mare Mississippi Delta. 

Perth Cup Race Facts

  • Date: Saturday January 4, 2020
  • Track: Ascot Racecourse
  • Distance: 2400m
  • Conditions: Open Qlty Handicap
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $400,000
  • First Run: 1887

2020 Perth Cup Results

  • 1st: #7 Mississippi Delta
  • 2nd: #6 Missile Launch
  • 3rd: #13 Taxagano

The official Perth Cup 2020 Results & Finishing Order will be available below once the 2400m summer staying classic is run and won on Saturday January 4, 2020 .

The 2020 Perth Cup results again went the way of an in-form Grant &  Alana Williams-trained mare with the $3.50 favourite Mississippi Delta defeating $21 roughie Missile Launch by a length. The Fred Kersley-trained Taxagano rounded out the trifecta in a close third just ahead of dual Perth Cup winner Star Exhibit who was far from disgraced in fourth.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 7 MISSISSIPPI DELTA Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 11 53kg $3.50F
2 6 MISSILE LAUNCH Vaughn Sigley Patrick Carbery 1.05L 5 53kg $21
3 13 TAXAGANO Fred Kersley Brad Parnham 1.23L 2 53kg $5
4 1 STAR EXHIBIT Adam Durrant Peter Hall 1.61L 6 58kg $5
5 12 SPIRITUAL WARRIOR Justin Warwick Ms Lucy Warwick 2.29L 4 53kg $7.50
6 9 PRINCE TURBO Jason Miller Clint Johnston-Porter 2.55L 9 53kg $17
7 2 ARCTIC STREAM Ross Price Peter Knuckey 2.65L 7 53kg $13
8 3 BRITISH BESSY Sharon Miller Joseph Azzopardi 3.52L 10 53kg $31
9 5 FRIAR FOX Justine Erkelens Steven Parnham 3.67L 3 53kg $26
10 8 PLAYS THE GAME (NZ) Michael Lane Ms Kyra Yuill 4.2L 13 53kg $151
11 11 ROYAL COMMAND Adam Durrant Shaun McGruddy 4.42L 1 53kg $16
12 4 DARK MUSKET Graeme Ballantyne Jason Whiting 5.59L 8 53kg $101
13 10 PRIZE CATCH Lindsey Smith Ms Jade McNaught (a) 9.95L 12 53kg $31

Perth Cup Odds

Perth Cup odds open weeks in advance of the race with bookmakers around the country offering futures prices and all-in markets on the event.

Local stayers with proven form at Ascot and over the 2400m dominate Perth Cup betting each summer, as do Grant Williams-trained runners with the right lead-up form as he has trained multiple winners of the classic in recent years including the latest – Mississippi Delta (2020).

The best out of the CB Cox Stakes earlier in the festival often feature high up the markets and in-form mares make a nice bet with the girls boasting a top recent record thanks to wins by the likes of Mississippi Delta (2020), Delicacy (January 2016), Real Love (2015) and Talent Show (2013).

2020 Perth Cup Betting

The season’s latest Perth Cup 2020 betting odds will be provided below as soon as open so stay tuned for the top summer racing markets online.

Perth Cup Field

The Perth Cup field attracts a line-up of primarily local stayers that do battle over the 2400m. Some interstate raiders have contested recent editions of the race including the December 2016 win by the Darren Weir-trained Star Exhibit, but more often than not the Perth Cup trophy stays at home in WA.

Star Exhibit returned to win the 2019 Perth Cup but not for Weir having been transferred to the local Karnup stables of Adam Durrant. Star Exhibit also finished a close fourth in the 2020 Perth Cup results only 1.6 lengths off the winner Mississippi Delta.

Perth Cup odds favoured the 2016 January winner Delicacy

Delicacy (pictured in Adelaide) is one of the shortest-priced recent Perth Cup winners having won at $2.40 in January of 2016. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

The bulk of the Perth Cup field come via a run in the weight-for-age CB Cox Stakes – now known as the Ted Van Heemst Stakes – at the same track over 300m shorter the month before.

The CB Cox Stakes – Perth Cup is a popular betting double. Perth Cup nominations close a month prior to the race in the first week of December before the final field of acceptances and barrier draw is released the week of the race.

2020 Perth Cup Field

The official Perth Cup 2020 Final Field & Barrier Draw will be released by Perth Racing the week before the race is run and won in the first week of January so stay tuned to see what summer stayers make the starting line-up.

2020 Perth Cup Nominations

The official Perth Cup 2020 Nominations are taken around four weeks out from Perth Cup Day and attract the top summer stayers getting about in WA for the season.

The 2020 Perth Cup Nominations currently feature 26 early entries including the Grant & Alana Williams-trained Railway Stakes winner Regal Power and dual champion Star Exhibit (2016, 2019) chasing an historic third win in the summer classic.

Perth Cup Tips

Perth Cup betting tips usually feature proven stayers at the track and distance from local stables and graduates out of the CB Cox Stakes earlier during the Perth Summer Carnival of Racing.

Grant Williams-trained runners have a very good recent Perth Cup record so a good tip is to get behind his in-form stayers of the current season, especially the mares.

2020 Perth Cup Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Perth Cup 2020 Tips and summer betting guide on the Group 2 staying showdown will be detailed below the week of the event so stay tuned for the stayers to back and sack.

Perth Cup Form Guide

The Perth Cup form guide provides punters with all the must-know information on the race before placing bets like saddlecloth numbers, jockeys, trainers, barriers and the weights each runner in the field is to carry.

Wide barriers can be overcome in the Perth Cup, as can big weights proven most recently by Delicacy who carried 59kg to victory in the January edition in 2016. She was the second mare in as many years to beat home the boys in the Perth Cup results, so looking for in-form female stayers on the Perth Cup form guide can prove profitable.

2020 Perth Cup Form Guide

A link to a comprehensive Perth Cup 2020 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Perth Cup Results

Perth Cup results have been dominated over the past decade by local stayers coming out of a run in the CB Cox Stakes (now the Ted Van Heemst) – a double recently achieved by the likes of Delicacy (January 2016), Lords Ransom (2010) and Cats Fun (2008).

Favourites have a strong Perth Cup record, but upsets are also not uncommon including in 2013 when Talent Show saluted at $31 on the back of a CB Cox Stakes fourth – the same lead-up placing as the follow year’s Perth Cup winner Black Tycoon (2014).

Perth Cup Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Mississippi Delta Missile Launch Taxagano 2:33.4
2019 (January) Star Exhibit Action Prize Catch 2:28.1
2018 Material Man Pounamu Royal Star 2:28.5
2016 (December) Star Exhibit Neverland Tradesman 2:29.4
2016 (January) Delicacy Neverland Real Love 2:30.0
2015 Real Love Red Blast Kirov Boy 2:29.9
2014 Black Tycoon God Has Spoken Ask Me Nicely 2:31.2
2013 Talent Show Mr Moet Global Flirt 2:29.7
2011 Western Jewel God Has Spoken Senhor Da Gama 2:28.2
2011 Guest Wing Guyno Simply Adorable 2:27.5
2010 Lords Ransom Ma Chienne Largo Lad 2:30.6
2009 Guyno The Fuzz Ballack 2:25.9
2008 Cats Fun Exhilerating Westerly Breeze 3:21.6
2007 Respect Bay Story Rossam 3:21.0
2006 Black Tom Master Minx Early Express 3:18.8
2005 Crown Prosecutor Free At Last Black Tom 3:21.4
2004 King Canute Indigo King Higgins Gold 3:23.7
2003 Tumeric So Canny Bold Mirage 3:23.0
2002 Cardinal Colours Give Me A Chance Shoeless 3:25.9
2001 Lottila Bay Moonrise King Brian 3:25.6
2000 Lunar Tudor Victory Morn Matriculate 3:21.0