Perth Cup

The Perth Cup (2400m) is a Group 2 race held at Ascot Racecourse on the first week of January during the WA Summer Racing Carnival.

2020 Perth Cup Results

  • 1st: #7 Mississippi Delta
  • 2nd: #6 Missile Launch
  • 3rd: #13 Taxagano



The Group 2 2020 Perth Cup is one of the premier features of the annual Perth Summer Racing Carnival and after traditionally being run on New Year’s Day has changed dates a number of times in recent years. The Perth Cup is now run in either late December or the first week of January.

Held at Ascot Racecourse in Western Australia, the 2400m event is an open handicap that attracts the top local and interstate stayers and offers a lucrative $400,000 in total prize money to its entrants. It is joined on the Perth Cup Day card by the Group 3 La Trice Classic (1800m) and the Listed Summer Scorcher (1000m).

Horses come into the Perth Cup field each summer via traditional WA lead-up races including the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) and Group 2 C.B. Cox Stakes (2100m) (now the Ted Van Heemst Stakes). The last winner of the CB Cox Stakes – Perth Cup double in a single season was Delicacy (December 2015 & January 2016), while the 2018 Perth Cup winner Material Man improved on a lead-up second in both the Kingston Town and Ted Van Heemst Stakes.

In 2019 the Perth Cup winner Star Exhibit won the race for a second time after an earlier success on New Year’s Eve in 2016. Star Exhibit would also go on to finish a close fourth just 1.6 lengths off the winner Mississippi Delta in the 2020 Perth Cup results.

Graduates out of the Perth Cup may continue onto the autumn’s Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) and the 2014 Perth Cup winner Black Tycoon finished second in that year’s Adelaide Cup over the two miles.

After two editions of  of the 2016 Perth Cup, one run in January and the other on New Year’s Eve in December, there was no 2017 Perth Cup.

The Perth Cup 2020 ran on  Saturday January 4, 2020 at Ascot Racecourse in WA and was won by the Grant & Alana Williams-trained favourite Mississippi Delta. 

Perth Cup 2020
Date: Saturday January 4, 2020
Track: Ascot Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $400,000

2020 Perth Cup Results

  • 1st: #7 Mississippi Delta
  • 2nd: #6 Missile Launch
  • 3rd: #13 Taxagano

The in-form Grant & Alana Williams-trained mare Mississippi Delta ($3.50) handed the punters another win in the 2020 Perth Cup results adding to the gun recent record of the female gallopers in the race with her one length win over the Vaughn Sigley-trained roughie Missile Launch ($21).

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 7 MISSISSIPPI DELTA Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 11 53kg $3.50F
2 6 MISSILE LAUNCH Vaughn Sigley Patrick Carbery 1.05L 5 53kg $21
3 13 TAXAGANO Fred Kersley Brad Parnham 1.23L 2 53kg $5
4 1 STAR EXHIBIT Adam Durrant Peter Hall 1.61L 6 58kg $5
5 12 SPIRITUAL WARRIOR Justin Warwick Ms Lucy Warwick 2.29L 4 53kg $7.50
6 9 PRINCE TURBO Jason Miller Clint Johnston-Porter 2.55L 9 53kg $17
7 2 ARCTIC STREAM Ross Price Peter Knuckey 2.65L 7 53kg $13
8 3 BRITISH BESSY Sharon Miller Joseph Azzopardi 3.52L 10 53kg $31
9 5 FRIAR FOX Justine Erkelens Steven Parnham 3.67L 3 53kg $26
10 8 PLAYS THE GAME (NZ) Michael Lane Ms Kyra Yuill 4.2L 13 53kg $151
11 11 ROYAL COMMAND Adam Durrant Shaun McGruddy 4.42L 1 53kg $16
12 4 DARK MUSKET Graeme Ballantyne Jason Whiting 5.59L 8 53kg $101
13 10 PRIZE CATCH Lindsey Smith Ms Jade McNaught (a) 9.95L 12 53kg $31

2020 Perth Cup Betting Odds

The latest Perth Cup 2020 odds will be listed below complete with links to the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au for you to back the best Perth Cup Betting Tips at the hottest summer racing prices.

2020 Perth Cup Field

The Perth Cup field is usually comprised of some very talented stayers. The majority of the Perth Cup field is comprised of local gallopers, with some eastern stayers coming over most years to have a crack at the race.

The 2020 Perth Cup field and barriers will be provided here the week of the race and published below once released by Perth Racing.

2020 Perth Cup Nominations

The Perth Cup nominations are usually released around two weeks prior to the race. Usually, the Perth Cup nominations include a majority of western horses along with some particularly talented eastern types looking to engage in the Perth Summer Racing Carnival.

The 2020 Perth Cup nominations will be published below as soon as available from Perth Racing.

Perth Cup History

First held in 1887 and won by First Prince, the Perth Cup has a long history of winners with several horses adding a second Perth Cup win to their name. The double winners include Wandering Willie (1890,92), Scarpia (1893-94), Artesian (1911,13), Cueesun (1934-35), Fairetha (1958-59), Fait Accompli (1970,72) and Magistrate (1981-82).

The race has also undergone several distance changes starting as a two mile event to two miles and 11 yards and then 3200 metres and finally in 2009 it became a 2400m event.

The continued change of Perth Cup Day dates has a number of “double-up” editions. There were two official 2016 Perth Cups, one run in January and one in December the same as in 2011. That saw no running of the 2017 Perth Cup.

See below for the Perth Cup results dating back to 2000.

Recent Perth Cup Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Perth Cup
1st Mississippi Delta 2 minutes 33.41 seconds
2nd Missile Launch
3rd Taxagano
2019
Perth Cup
1st Star Exhibit 2 minutes 28.13 seconds
2nd Action
3rd Prize Catch
2018
Perth Cup
1st Material Man 2 minutes 28.50 seconds
2nd Pounamu
3rd Royal Star
DEC 2016*
Perth Cup
1st Star Exhibit 2 minutes 29.42 seconds
2nd Neverland
3rd Tradesman
JAN 2016*
Perth Cup
1st Delicacy 2 minutes 30.01 seconds
2nd Neverland
3rd Real Love
2015
Perth Cup
1st Real Love 2 minutes 29.94 seconds
2nd Red Blast
3rd Kirov Boy
2014
Perth Cup
1st Black Tycoon 2 minutes 31.27 seconds
2nd God Has Spoken
3rd Ask Me Nicely
2013
Perth Cup
1st Talent Show 2 minutes 29.78 seconds
2nd Mr Moet
3rd Global Flirt
DEC 2011*
Perth Cup
1st Western Jewel 2 minutes 28.24 seconds
2nd God Has Spoken
3rd Senhor Da Gama
JAN 2011*
Perth Cup
1st Guest Wing 2 minutes 27.5 seconds
2nd Admiring
3rd Big Ted
2010
Perth Cup
1st Lords Ransom 2 minutes 30.63 seconds
2nd Ma Chienne
3rd Largo Lad
2009
Perth Cup
1st Gunyo 2 minutes 25.9 seconds
2nd The Fuzz
3rd Ballack
2008
Perth Cup
1st Cats Fun 3 minutes 21.6 seconds
2nd Exhilerating
3rd Westerly Breeze
2007
Perth Cup
1st Respect 3 minutes 21 seconds
2nd Bay Story
3rd Rossam
2006
Perth Cup
1st Black Tom 3 minutes 18.8 seconds
2nd Master Minx
3rd Early Express
2005
Perth Cup
1st Crown Prosecutor 3 minutes 21.4 seconds
2nd Free At Last
3rd Black Tom
2004
Perth Cup
1st King Canute 3 minutes 23.7 seconds
2nd Indigo King
3rd Higgins Gold
2003
Perth Cup
1st Tumeric 3 minutes 23 seconds
2nd So Canny
3rd Bold Mirage
2002
Perth Cup
1st Cardinal Colours 3 minutes 25.9 seconds
2nd Give Me A Chance
3rd Shoeless
2001
Perth Cup
1st Lottila Bay 3 minutes 25.6 seconds
2nd Moonrise
3rd King Brian
2000
Perth Cup
1st Lunar Tudor 3 minutes 21 seconds
2nd Victory Morn
3rd Matriculate

* In 2011 the Perth Cup was held twice due to the race date moving from January 2 to December 31 for the 2011/2012 racing season.

*In 2016 the Perth Cup was held twice due to the race date moving from early January to December 31 for the 2016/17 racing season meaning there was no 2017 Perth Cup.

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