Perth Cup 2016

Saturday 31 December, 2016

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 $500,000 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, the 2015 Perth Cup ran on January 2, the meeting supported by the Group 3 La Trice Classic (1800m) for fillies and mares. Perth Cup Day is the final race meeting of the annual Festival of Perth Racing and the day’s feature has run since 1887.

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) 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 latest edition of the Perth Cup ran on Saturday 31 December, 2016.

2016 Perth Cup Results

  • 1st: Star Exhibit
  • 2nd: Neverland
  • 3rd: Tradesman

Perth Cup Race Facts

  • Date: Saturday 31 December, 2016
  • Track: Ascot Racecourse
  • Distance: 2400m
  • Conditions: Open Qlty Handicap
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $500,000
  • First Run: 1887

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, but more often than not the Perth Cup trophy stays at home in WA.

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 at the same track over 300m shorter the month before and 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.

2016 Perth Cup Field

The second official 2016 Perth Cup field runs on New Year’s Eve and has attracted a 15-horse line-up with weights led by the Bob Peters-owned mare Perfect Reflection (59kg).

Check out the full Perth Cup 2016 field and barrier draw below before backing your favourites in our Perth Cup betting markets on the New Year’s Eve Group 2 feature race.

No. Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt.
1 PERFECT REFLECTION Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 6 59kg
2 IHTSAHYMN Fred Kersley Steven Parnham 5 56kg
3 COUGAR EXPRESS Lindsey Smith Randy Tan 1 54kg
4 DARK ALERT G. Durrant & Jason Miller Peter Hall 9 54kg
5 DARK MUSKET Graeme Ballantyne Jason Whiting 7 54kg
6 DUBAI ESCAPADE Justin Warwick Lucy Warwick 3 54kg
7 FATHOMS OF GOLD Robyne Martin Matthieu Autier 2 54kg
8 KIA ORA KOUTOU G. Durrant & Jason Miller Joseph Azzopardi 8 54kg
9 NEVERLAND Grant & Alana Williams Glenn Smith 13 54kg
10 RESPONDENT Fred Kersley Chris Parnham 15 54kg
11 STAR EXHIBIT G. Durrant & Jason Miller Jarrad Noske 10 54kg
12 THE FORGOTTEN ONE G. Durrant & Jason Miller Ben Paterson 12 54kg
13 TICK TICK BLOOM G. Durrant & Jason Miller Patrick Carbery 11 54kg
14 TRADESMAN Robert & Todd HArvey Troy Turner 14 54kg
15 ZARANTZ Simon A. Miller Brad Parnham 4 54kg

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.

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 Delicacy (2016), Real Love (2015) and Talent Show (2013).

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.

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 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.

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 – a double recently achieved by the likes of Delicacy (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).

2016 Perth Cup Results & Finishing Order

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 11 STAR EXHIBIT G Durrant & J Miller Jarrad Noske 9 54kg $5
2 9 NEVERLAND Grant & Alana Williams Glenn Smith 0.05L 12 54kg $19
3 14 TRADESMAN Robert & Todd Harvey Troy Turner 2L 13 54kg $7.50
4 1 PERFECT REFLECTION Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 2.5L 6 59kg $4.80
5 4 DARK ALERT G Durrant & J Miller Peter Hall 3.25L 8 54kg $21
6 6 DUBAI ESCAPADE Justin Warwick Ms Lucy Warwick 3.25L 3 54kg $18
7 15 ZARANTZ Simon A Miller Brad Parnham 3.75L 4 54kg $13
8 2 IHTSAHYMN Fred Kersley Steven Parnham 5L 5 56kg $15
9 8 KIA ORA KOUTOU G Durrant & J Miller Joseph Azzopardi 5L 7 54kg $4.40F
10 10 RESPONDENT Fred Kersley Chris Parnham 13L 14 54kg $17
11 13 TICK TICK BLOOM G Durrant & J Miller Patrick Carbery 14L 10 54kg $51
12 3 COUGAR EXPRESS Lindsey Smith Randy Tan (a) 18.75L 1 54kg $26
13 12 THE FORGOTTEN ONE G Durrant & J Miller Ben Paterson 20L 11 54kg $91
14 7 FATHOMS OF GOLD Robyne Martin Matthieu Autier 24.75L 2 54kg $18
5 DARK MUSKET Graeme Ballantyne Jason Whiting 0

Perth Cup Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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