The 2015 Roma Cup is a Group 3 race held annually during either May or June at Belmont Park Racecourse. Contested under weight for age conditions over 1200m, the Roma Cup is one of the most anticipated sprints in Western Australian racing.
The 2015 Roma Cup is the feature race on Roma Cup Day (known as Italian Day in 2014) and as such attracts a bumper crowd of race fans. Paying $125,000 prize money, the Roma Cup attracts talented sprinters from all around the state, putting on a fine display of Western Australian pedigree. Few interstate horses make the journey, although occasionally a few can be found amongst the field.
The Roma Cup is often contested by the same horses seeking the double header with the Belmont Sprint, which was last achieved by Grand Nirvana’s pair of wins in 2011. The Roma Cup is a fairly reliable form guide for the Belmont Sprint, as both honour rolls have a lot of names in common.
The 2015 Roma Cup will run on Saturday May 16, 2015.
|Date:||Saturday May 16, 2015|
|Track:||Belmont Park Racecourse|
|Race Type:||2YO+ WFA|
2015 Roma Cup Field
The 2015 Roma Cup field is provided here.
|1||9604125x4x||LUCKYGRAY||Trevor Andrews||Shaun O’Donnell||2||58.5kg|
|2||522x9780x4||RANGER||Adam Durrant||Joseph Azzopardi (a)||5||58.5kg|
|3||x1341224x2||SHINING KNIGHT||Grant Williams||Peter Hall||7||58.5kg|
|4||1x4327036x||RESPONDENT||Adam Durrant||Ms Lucy Warwick (a)||3||58.5kg|
|5||48×9053231||ZESTER||Daniel Morton||Ms Jerry Noske (a)||9||58.5kg|
|6||2261115231||DAWN APPROACH||Vaughn Sigley||Takahide Ikenushi||6||58.5kg|
|7||3467x41x9x||MODELLO||Lindsey Smith||Troy Turner||4||58.5kg|
|8||2111158×43||ROCK MAGIC||Chris Gangemi||Jarrad Noske||8||58.5kg|
|9||114x21255x||FUCHSIA BANDANA||Darren Mcauliffe||Ben Kennedy||1||56.5kg|
2015 Roma Cup Nominations
|1||2261115231||DAWN APPROACH||G||4||Vaughn Sigley||58.5kg|
|6||2111158×43||ROCK MAGIC||G||5||Chris Gangemi||58.5kg|
|7||x1341224x2||SHINING KNIGHT||G||6||Grant Williams||58.5kg|
|10||1211×12||LIBERTY’S GEM||G||3||Simon A Miller||57kg|
|11||114x21255x||FUCHSIA BANDANA||M||4||Darren Mcauliffe||56.5kg|
Roma Cup History
The Roma Cup was first run in 1966, with Summer Storm claiming the inaugural victory. Initially run as a principal race over 1400m (1600m in 1974), the Roma Cup received Group 3 status in 1980. At this time, the race length was adjusted to 1200m where it has since remained.
Due to its favour with local horses, some names can be found over several years amongst the Roma Cup results. Grand Nirvana won in 2009, placed third in 2010, won in 2011, placed third in 2012, and while he didn’t run in 2013, he will be making a bid for a third victory in 2014. Luckygray, well known WA horse, won in 2012. Power Princess returned from a second place in 2011 and a scratching in 2012 to seize victory in 2013.
Roma Cup results since 2000 are detailed below.
Roma Cup Results
|1st||Luckygray||1 minute 12.2 seconds|
|1st||Magnifisio||1 minute 11.2 seconds|
|1st||Power Princess||1 minutes 10.6 seconds|
|1st||Luckygray||1 minutes 11.1 seconds|
|2nd||Our Ol’ Fella|
|1st||Grand Nirvana||1 minutes 10.3 seconds|
|3rd||King Kool Kat|
|1st||Vain Raider||1 minute 10.6 seconds|
|1st||Grand Nirvana||1 minute 10.6 seconds|
|1st||El Presidente||1 minute 10.1 seconds|
|1st||No Questions||1 minute 10.1 seconds|
|1st||Is Amazing||1 minute 09.9 seconds|
|1st||Avenida||1 minute 12.9 seconds|
|1st||Modem||1 minute 10.6 seconds|
|1st||Tribula||1 minute 10.4 seconds|
|3rd||Dark ‘n’ Dangerous|
|1st||Kaprats||1 minute 10.6 seconds|
|1st||Secret Remedy||1 minute 11.4 seconds|
|2nd||Prince Of Pop|
|1st||Star System||1 minute 10.6 seconds|