The 2014-2015 Perth Summer Racing Carnival is held at Ascot Racecourse in Perth, Western Australia. It runs from late October to early January and incorporates no less than ten action packed race meetings. Three days of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival, which is also known as the Ascot Summer Carnival, are part of the Festival Of Perth Racing, which features the biggest races hosted during the summer season at Ascot.
Ascot Racecourse is reserved exclusively for Perth’s summer racing season; the winter races, including the Perth Winter Racing Carnival, are held at the alternative venue of Belmont Park Racecourse. The Summer Carnival is intensely popular and attracts visitors from all corners of Australia, as well as a large number of international visitors. If you really want to turn up the summer heat, the ten days of Perth Racing Summer Carnival are the ideal racing festival for you!
Festival of Perth Racing
The annual Festival of Perth Racing incorporates some of the biggest race days of the Summer Racing Carnival at Ascot Racecourse. The first day of the festival features the Railway Stakes Day and Winterbottom Stakes Day and the final day is the Kingston Town Classic Day.
Perth Summer Racing Carnival Days
Asian Beau Stakes Day
Asian Beau Stakes Day, held in late October, features three main races:
The Asian Beau Stakes is a 1,400 metre Group 3 event for horses aged three and older which awards prize money of $125,000.
The Burgess Queen Stakes, which is run over 1,400 metres for prize money of $80,000, is classified as a Listed race and is open to three-year-old fillies.
Finally, the Fairetha Stakes sees three-year-old colts and geldings toughing it out over 1,400 metres in this Listed Race worth $75,000.
Ascot Gold Cup Day
Ascot Gold Cup Day is held in early November and hosts two feature races:
This day features the WAROA Lee Steere Stakes, a Group 2 race over 1,400 metres for prize money of $200,000. It is open to thoroughbreds aged three-years-old and over.
The Ascot Gold Cup is a Listed Race; a quality handicap for thoroughbreds over the age of three worth $80,000.
WA Guineas Day
Guineas Day is held in mid-November and sets the stage for four feature races:
The Sky Racing WA Guineas is a Group 2 race worth $250,000; it is open to three-year-old thoroughbreds and runs over a distance of 1,600 metres.
The Colonel Reeves Stakes is run over 1,100 metres and awards prize money of $125,000; this Group 3 quality handicap is open to thoroughbreds aged three-years-old.
The RJ Peters Stakes is a handicap race over 1,500 metres and is open to horses aged three and older; the purse is worth $125,000 and the race is classified Group 3.
The Jungle Mist Classic offers $80,000 in prize money and is run over a distance of 1,200 metres. The Listed race is a quality handicap for fillies and mares.
Railway Stakes Day
Railway Stakes Day is held in mid-November and offers four big races:
The Carlton Draught Railway Stakes is run over 1,600 metres and is open to horses aged three-years-old and over. It is a Group 1 quality handicap and offers $1million in prize money.
The Placid Ark Stakes is open to three-year-old colts and fillies, who compete over 1,200 metres in this Listed race worth $80,000.
The Tattersall’s Cup is a Listed race running over 2,200 metres. It is a quality handicap for thoroughbreds over the age of three and offers $80,000.
The Carbine Club WA Stakes is another Listed race over the distance of 1,400 metres. This handicap race is for horses aged three and over is worth $80,000.
Winterbottom Stakes Day
Winterbottom Stakes Day is held in late November and hosts three feature races:
The Winterbottom Stakes is a Group 2 race open to horses aged three and older, is run over 1,200 metres and awards prize money of $750,000.
The Aquanita Stakes is a quality handicap for three-year-old colts and fillies. It is run over 1,800 metres and is worth $80,000.
The Jungle Dawn Classic is worth $80,000 and is open to fillies and mares aged three and older. It is run over 1,400 metres and a Listed quality handicap.
Kingston Town Classic Day
Kingston Town Classic Day is held in early December and features three big races:
The Kingston Town Classic is a Group 1 race and the feature event of the day. It is open to thoroughbreds over the age of three, is run over 1,800 metres and is worth $500,000 in prize money.
The Sir Ernest Lee Steere Classic awards prize money of $125,000 and is open to three-year-old colts and fillies. It is runs over 1,400 metres and is classified as Group 3 race.
The GA Towton Cup is held over 2,200 metres. This Listed quality handicap is open to horses over the age of three and is worth $80,000.
Scahill Stakes Day
Scahill Stakes Day hosts three feature races in early to mid-December:
The AJ Scahill Stakes is the most important race of the day and holds Group3 status. The race runs over 1,400 metres and is open to thoroughbreds aged three and over. The AJ Scahill Stakes offers prize money of $125,00.
The WA St Leger is a Listed race for three-year-old colts and fillies worth $100,000. It is run over the distance of 2,100 metres.
The Starstruck Classic offers prize money of $80,000 and is open to fillies and mares. It is a Listed quality handicap over 1,600 metres.
Cox Stakes Day
Cox Stakes Day, held in mid to late December, draws crowds with two main fixtures:
The CB Cox Stakes is open to thoroughbreds over the age of three and is a Group 2 race over 2,100 metres. It offers total total prize money of $225,000.
The RS Crawford Stakes awards prize money of $80,000 for thoroughbreds aged three and older. This Listed quality handicap runs over 1,000 metres.
La Trice Day
La Trice Day is devoted to the La Trice Classic, a Listed event for fillies and mares over 1,8000 metres. This feature race is worth $75,000 in prize money.
Perth Cup Day
As the final day of the Perth Racing Summer Carnival, Perth Cup Day offers a great day of racing with two excellent feature races and is held every year on New Year’s Day:
The Perth Cup, currently sponsored by BMW, tests thoroughbreds over the age of three in a 2,100 metre Group 2 quality Handicap. The prize money up for grabs is $400,000.
The final feature of the Ascot Summer Carnival is the Summer Scorcher, a Listed quality handicap for thoroughbreds over the age of three. It awards prize money of $100,000 and is run over 1,000 metres.