For all those summer racing fans and punters waiting for the 2012 Perth Cup, there is a long delay with the rescheduled Festival of Perth Racing program seeing the classic showdown moved from its traditional spot on New Year’s Day to New Year’s Eve.
This does mean, however, that there is a second 2011 Perth Cup scheduled this calendar year and that there is just over a month to go before the action!
Although only holding Group 2 status, the annual Perth Cup clash is one of the most anticipated features of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival and Perth Cup Day is always a party-themed affair for the race-goers and at-home punters alike.
Running on Saturday December 31, 2011, the second official Perth Cup 2011 is worth a total of $425,00 in prize money and is run over 2400 metres.
Perth Cup nominations close on Tuesday December 6 with the early entries to be published right here at Races.com.au.
This is also the time when the country’s leading online bookmaker Luxbet will open their futures Perth Cup betting markets offering juicy pre-field prices on all of the nominated horses.
Following the nomination stage the Perth Cup weights will then be declared on Tuesday December 13, with Races.com.au again the place to go to view the allotted handicaps.
Late entries for the Perth Cup will remain open until midday (Perth time) on December 13 also, attracting a late entry fee of $8,800.
Finally the 2011 Perth Cup field, the rescheduled 2012 Perth Cup, of final acceptances will be released on Tuesday December 27.
There are seven races on the Australian horse racing calendar that offer a Perth Cup ballot exemption, five Perth races and two Melbourne events.
Three of the seven events have already run including both of the interstate races, the $350,000 Group 2 Sandown Classic (2400m) won by former Melbourne Cup winner Americain and the $125,000 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) won by the Peter Moody-trained Rothera; neither horse continuing onto the Perth Cup.
The third already-run Perth Cup ballot exemption race was the $80,000 Listed Tattersall’s Cup (2200m) at Ascot last Saturday, won by the Elva Van Merwk-trained New Spice.
The remaining races offering a guaranteed Perth Cup start to the winner are the:
- $80,000 Listed JRA Trophy (2200m) – Held at Ascot on December 3
- $500,000 Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) – Held at Ascot on December 3
- $225,000 Group 2 C.B. Cox Stakes (2100m) – Held at Ascot on December 17
- $80,000 Listed WA St Leger (2100m) – Held at Ascot on December 17
The first 2011 Perth Cup for the season ran on January 1, New Year’s Day, and was won by the Shane Edwards-trained Guest Wing.
On New Year’s Eve the second 2011 Perth Cup will be sponsored by Golden River Developments.
Stay tuned to Races.com.au for all the latest Perth Cup news, field updates and betting info.
In the meantime, get in on the Festival of Perth Racing action by checking out the odds open on the 2011 Kingston Town Classic, the last of the Group 1 races to run in WA for the year on December 3, right now at Luxbet.
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