Ascot Gold Cup

The 2016 Ascot Gold Cup is a Listed 1800m event held at Ascot Racecourse in Perth.

The 2016 Ascot Gold Cup is a Listed 1800m event held at Ascot Racecourse in Perth at the beginning of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival.

Open to all horses aged three years and older, the Ascot Gold Cup is a quality handicap event that cannot be missed.

With $100,000 prize money on offer, the Ascot Gold Cup is a fairly lucrative race, but simply not in the same league as the flagship Group 1 events hosted at Ascot Racecourse.

The Ascot Gold Cup is held on Lee Steere Stakes Day and shares a race schedule with the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) and the Listed Fairetha Stakes (1400m).

Horses that contest the Ascot Gold Cup usually do so either first up or fairly early into their campaign. The Ascot Gold Cup has proven to be a fairly popular first up target for above-average stayers, as the competition is relatively palatable and the distance is ideal for many stayers returning to competition.

There aren’t many lead up races to look to for form, with the possible exception of the Listed Northam Cup (1600m), which is usually a touch short for most runners targeting the Ascot Gold Cup.

Following the Ascot Gold Cup, many of the better types will have their sights set on the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) or other equivalent feature races.

The 2016 Ascot Gold Cup will be held on November 12th.

Ascot Gold Cup 2016
Date: November 12th, 2016
Track: Ascot Racecourse
Distance: 1800m
Race Type: 3YO+ Qlty
Status: Listed
Prizemoney: $100,000

2016 Ascot Gold Cup Field

The Ascot Gold Cup field usually attracts a fairly diverse range of runners. While there is rarely a maximum capacity Ascot Gold Cup field, you can still get some quality types squaring off. However, many trainers enter their horses into the Ascot Gold Cup field as a means of returning them to race fitness prior to stepping up in class to contest the major feature events of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival.

The 2016 Ascot Gold Cup field is published here.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 716x8172x8 DUBAI ESCAPADE Justin Warwick Brad Parnham 7 59kg
2 32241×6021 COUGAR EXPRESS Lindsey Smith Aaron Mitchell (a) 8 58.5kg
3 1×2111121 CHOCOLATE HOLIC Grant & Alana Williams Peter Hall 3 58kg
4 4x1669x482 YOUNG LIONEL Lou Luciani Jarrad Noske 10 57kg
5 1×84532015 DON’TGETCAUGHT Ben Pearce Ms Jerry Noske 4 56.5kg
6 4683×24972 BEDAMIJO Tara Itzstein Shaun O’Donnell 13 55kg
7 26677×4517 BIG SETUP (NZ) Wally Mitchell Jordan Turner (a) 9 55kg
8 21651111×5 DARK ALERT G Durrant & J Miller Glenn Smith 6 55kg
9 337×211791 DJANGO Alan Mathews Patrick Carbery 12 55kg
10 8050860445 DRIVE WEST Joe Miller Troy Turner 5 55kg
11 113x5324x5 KIA ORA KOUTOU G Durrant & J Miller Joseph Azzopardi 2 55kg
12 x1141213x7 SHINTA MANI Sharon Miller Jason Whiting 1 55kg
13 4524143×36 TONTO Lou Luciani Jason Brown 11 55kg

2016 Ascot Gold Cup Nominations

The Ascot Gold Cup nominations usually throw up a bit of a quandary for punters. The range of talent that usually appears in the Ascot Gold Cup nominations is quite broad, and can vary from horses that really don’t belong at black-type level to horses that have had multiple Group level starts.

The 2016 Ascot Gold Cup nominations are published below.

Ascot Gold Cup History

The Ascot Gold Cup has had a fairly long and healthy history of racing at Ascot Racecourse.

It has almost always been known as the Ascot Gold Cup, with the exception of 1983, ’84 and ’85 when it was known as the Penfold’s Gold Cup. It held the WATC prefix until 2011, when the Western Australian Turf Club became Perth Racing.

Originally held over 11 furlongs, the race distance was adjusted to 2400m in 1973. In 1979 it was dropped to 2200m, and then dropped again to 2100m in 1982. In 1983 and 1984 the Ascot Gold Cup returned to 2400m, before dropping again to 2200m in 1985. It held that distance until 2007 (with the exception of 1997, when it ran at 1800m) before changing to the modern 1800m distance. Holding the race over 1800m opens the Ascot Gold Cup up to a lot more horses so early in the carnival, and allows it to be more widely used as a preparatory race.

A Principal race until 1979, the Ascot Gold Cup has held listed status since the group system came into play.

Notable Ascot Gold Cup winners include Royal Coral (1965), Kabooki (1973), Swift Knight (1982), Flying Grau (1994), Cat In A Hat (2007) and Pop Culture (2012). Ascot Gold Cup results, place getters and winning times since 2000 are provided below.

Ascot Gold Cup Results

Year Place Horse Time
Ascot Gold Cup
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
Ascot Gold Cup
1st Drive West 1 minute 49.34 seconds
2nd Young Lionel
3rd Rebelson
Ascot Gold Cup
1st Pop Culture 1 minute 50.30 seconds
2nd Rebelson
3rd Fancy Feet
Ascot Gold Cup
1st Moonlight Bay 1 minute 49.45 seconds
2nd Finnegans Gold
3rd Doutable
Ascot Gold Cup
1st Pop Culture 1 minute 50.43 seconds
2nd Rosie Rocket
3rd Moonlight Bay
Ascot Gold Cup
1st Rocky Range 1 minute 50.24 seconds
2nd Gum Nut Guru
3rd Mega Steel
Ascot Gold Cup
1st Colour Correct 1 minute 51.47 seconds
2nd West River Charley
3rd Mighty Rossa

Ascot Gold Cup

1st Corporate Sam 1 minute 50.97 seconds
2nd Mikaldico
3rd Geyser Peak

Ascot Gold Cup

1st Sentenza 1 minute 49.32 seconds
2nd Upgrade
3rd Mikaldico

Ascot Gold Cup

1st Cat In A Hat 2 minutes 14.89 seconds
2nd Black Douglas
3rd Rossam

Ascot Gold Cup

1st Zero Engagement 2 minutes 17.09 seconds
2nd Woodala
3rd Master Vision

Ascot Gold Cup

1st My Thornbird 2 minutes 15.80 seconds
2nd Blevvo
3rd Power Mak

Ascot Gold Cup

1st True Steel 2 minutes 17.49 seconds
2nd Laetare
3rd Zakarak

Ascot Gold Cup

1st Desert Dreamer 2 minutes 16.03 seconds
2nd True Steel
3rd Bold Mirage

Ascot Gold Cup

1st Alibi Bay 2 minutes 16.28 seconds
2nd Mr Tambourineman
3rd Dynaliebe

Ascot Gold Cup

1st Special Jester 2 minutes 19.87 seconds
2nd So Canny
3rd Master Clan

Ascot Gold Cup

1st National Surprise 2 minutes 16.02 seconds
2nd Zaruche
3rd Lottila Bay

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