Perth Cup 2018

Monday January 1, 2018

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, 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.

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 Railway Stakes (1800m) also serves as a nice Perth Cup lead-up race.

The latest edition of the Perth Cup ran on New Year’s Day Monday January 1, 2018 .

2018 Perth Cup Results

  • 1st: #2 Material Man
  • 2nd: #1 Pounamu
  • 3rd: #13 Royal Star

Perth Cup Race Facts

  • Date: Monday January 1, 2018
  • Track: Ascot Racecourse
  • Distance: 2400m
  • Conditions: Open Qlty Handicap
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $500,000
  • First Run: 1887

2018 Perth Cup Results

The official Perth Cup 2018 Results & Finishing Order will be available below once the 2400m summer staying classic is run and won on New Year’s Day, Monday January 1, 2018 .

The 2018 Perth Cup Results saw the $3.60 favourite Material Man turn the tables on Pounamu, who beat him home in both the Kingston Town Classic and Ted Van Heemst Stakes, reversing the quinella for a win in the mile and a half summer classic. Royal Star, a filly prepared by Grant & Alana Williams, rounded out the Perth Cup trifecta in a brave third.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 2 MATERIAL MAN Justin Warwick Ms Lucy Warwick 3 56.5kg $3.60F
2 1 POUNAMU Alan Mathews Patrick Carbery 0.05L 8 59kg $4.80
3 13 ROYAL STAR Grant & Alana Williams Clint Johnston-Porter 2.25L 5 53kg $14
4 7 COSMIC STORM Grant & Alana Williams Shaun Mc Gruddy 2.5L 2 53kg $19
5 9 DARK MUSKET Graeme Ballantyne Daniel Staeck 2.5L 14 53kg (cd 54kg) $151
6 3 TRAP FOR FOOLS Lindsey Smith Alan Kennedy 3.5L 4 54.5kg $6.50
7 15 STAR VALUE Daniel O’Connor Lee Newman 4.75L 6 53kg $11
8 14 SHINTA MANI Sharon Miller Jason Whiting 5L 11 53kg $101
9 8 DARK ALERT Joe Miller Peter Knuckey 5L 1 53kg $14
10 4 ZARANTZ Adam Durrant Chris Parnham 7L 9 54.5kg $10
11 11 JUICING CARROTS Raquel Reid Mr Craig Staples 7L 16 53kg $201
12 6 BOLLYWOOD BLITZ Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 8.5L 13 53kg $101
13 10 FALCON CREST Grant & Alana Williams Joseph Azzopardi 11.25L 12 53kg $26
14 16 TOPPA DAWOZZA Gary Crispin Jason Brown 25L 7 53kg (cd 53.5kg) $201
15 5 ANGOLA Justin Warwick Troy Turner 33.25L 15 53kg $41
16 12 NOT AGAIN KEN Mark Wright Shaun O’Donnell 36L 10 53kg $41
17e SUNSET SUPERMAN Brett Pope 0

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

2018 Perth Cup Betting

The season’s latest Perth Cup 2018 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.

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.

2018 Perth Cup Field

The official Perth Cup 2018 Final Field & Barrier Draw will be released by Perth Racing the week before the race is run and won on New Year’s Day, so stay tuned to see what summer stayers make the starting line-up.

The 2018 Perth Cup Field features a capacity line-up of summer stayers with Kingston Town Classic – Ted Van Heemst Stakes champion Pounamu carrying the 59kg top weight. Favourite in Perth Cup betting is the Lindsey Smith-trained four-year-old Trap For Fools in gate four chasing a seventh win on the trot.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x4963x1611 POUNAMU Alan Mathews Patrick Carbery 8 59kg 107
2 1114×14522 MATERIAL MAN Justin Warwick Ms Lucy Warwick 3 56.5kg 102
3 6112111111 TRAP FOR FOOLS Lindsey Smith Alan Kennedy 4 54.5kg 98
4 26122×0753 ZARANTZ Adam Durrant Chris Parnham 10 54.5kg 98
5 x417x07x02 ANGOLA Justin Warwick Troy Turner 16 53kg 90
6 x111895554 BOLLYWOOD BLITZ Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 14 53kg 87
7 1511×46004 COSMIC STORM Grant & Alana Williams Shaun Mc Gruddy 2 53kg 93
8 4×50537272 DARK ALERT Joe Miller Peter Knuckey 1 53kg 90
9 356×008546 DARK MUSKET Graeme Ballantyne Daniel Staeck 15 53kg 74
10 22×1892723 FALCON CREST Grant & Alana Williams Joseph Azzopardi 13 53kg 90
11 0806672027 JUICING CARROTS Raquel Reid Mr Craig Staples 17 53kg 70
12 419×879183 NOT AGAIN KEN Mark Wright Shaun O’Donnell 11 53kg 84
13 612×152265 ROYAL STAR Grant & Alana Williams Clint Johnston-Porter 5 53kg 84
14 4322216568 SHINTA MANI Sharon Miller Jason Whiting 12 53kg 84
15 1×21145321 STAR VALUE Daniel O’Connor Lee Newman 6 53kg 75
16 251×453403 TOPPA DAWOZZA Gary Crispin Jason Brown 7 53kg 70
17e 27×9979885 SUNSET SUPERMAN Brett Pope TBA 9 53kg 62

2018 Perth Cup Nominations

The official Perth Cup 2018 Nominations are taken around four weeks out from Perth Cup Day and attract the top summer stayers getting about in WA for the season.

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.

2018 Perth Cup Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Perth Cup 2018 Tips and summer betting guide on the Group 2 New Year’s Day race will be detailed below the week of the event so stay tuned for the stayers to back and sack.

  • 1st: #4 ZARANTZ ($11)
  • 2nd: #3 TRAP FOR FOOLS ($4.40)
  • 3rd: #8 DARK ALERT ($12)

Value tipping Zarantz to win the Perth Cup this summer at double-figures, leading trainer of stayers Adam Durrant saddling-up the veteran on the back of a Ted Van Heemst Stakes third. Zarantz has winning form up to two miles and is well-weighted looking to improve on his midfield finish here last New Year’s Eve. Trap For Fools is the easing second elect and brings to the race all the form having won six on the trot, including a trio of stakes races in the lead-up. He is in on just 54.5kg from a gun barrier (4) and will take some beating. Dark Alert on the rails is value from the Joe Miller stable on the back of a close second to Trap For Fools in the ATA Stakes (2200m), the six-year-old proven over the 2400m and fifth in the last edition of the race.

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.

2018 Perth Cup Form Guide

A link to a comprehensive Perth Cup 2018 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 – 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
2019 TBD TBD TBD TBD
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