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.

2022 Perth Cup Results

  • 1st: #12 Midnight Blue
  • 2nd: #13 Paddy's Shadow
  • 3rd: #2 Platoon



The Group 2 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.

In 2022 prolific WA owner-breeder Bob Peters celebrated his 10th Perth Cup victory with the favourite Midnight Blue.

The Perth Cup 2022 ran on  Saturday January 1, 2022 at Ascot Racecourse in WA and saw the well-backed  Midnight Blue ($4.20F) salute for the punters. 

Perth Cup 2022
Date: Saturday January 1, 2022
Track: Ascot Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $400,000

2022 Perth Cup Results

  • 1st: #12 Midnight Blue ($4.20F)
  • 2nd: #13 Paddy’s Shadow
  • 3rd: #2 Platoon
Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 12 MIDNIGHT BLUE Grant & Alana Williams Patrick Carbery 4 53kg $4.20F
2 13 PADDY’S SHADOW Raquel Williams Shaun O’Donnell 0.62L 12 53kg $11
3 2 PLATOON Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 1.07L 13 56kg $10
4 14 PURE DEVOTION Grant & Alana Williams Clint Johnston-Porter 1.44L 5 53kg $5
5 1 TRAP FOR FOOLS Lindsey Smith Brad Rawiller 1.89L 9 59kg $31
6 9 COCKNEY CREW Kieran McDonagh Shaun McGruddy 2.15L 10 53kg $15
7 15 STAFFORD’S LAD Daniel Morton Chris Parnham 2.93L 1 53kg $6
8 3 NEUFBOSC (FR) Neville Parnham Brad Parnham 3.49L 3 55.5kg $11
9 6 BAD WOLF Ashley Maley Ms Jerry Noske 3.74L 2 53kg $61
10 10 COME RIGHT BACK Adam Durrant Laqdar Ramoly (a) 4.33L 8 53kg $41
11 5 MAROCCHINO Lou Luciani Peter Knuckey 7.14L 6 53.5kg $41
12 7 BELLA’S IDOL Summer Dickson Ms Natasha Faithfull 7.77L 16 53kg $51
13 8 BLACK SHADOW Jim Taylor Jason Brown 8.42L 11 53kg $16
14 11 DIVINE SHADOW Brett Pope Ms Jade McNaught 10.9L 14 53kg $101
15 4 TELLEM WE’RE COMIN Daniel Morton Joseph Azzopardi 12.28L 15 54.5kg $31
16 16 TRULY RELIABLE (NZ) Ray Vincent Ms Shelby Bowtell 14.31L 7 53kg $81

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2022 Perth Cup Betting Odds

The latest Perth Cup 2022 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.

Mississippi Delta ($3.50 in 2020) followed by Midnight Blue ($4.20 in 2022) are the latest favourites in Perth Cup betting to salute for the punters.

2022 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 2022 Perth Cup field and barriers will be provided here the week of the race and published below once released by Perth Racing.

The Perth Cup 2022 final field features 16 summer stayers led in betting by the Grant & Alana Williams-trained Midnight Blue out to improve on a third in last season’s race.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 67232x3x09 TRAP FOR FOOLS Lindsey Smith Brad Rawiller 9 59kg 106
2 284×646082 PLATOON Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 13 56kg 100
3 0x65095665 NEUFBOSC (FR) Neville Parnham Brad Parnham 3 55.5kg 99
4 6x221P3606 TELLEM WE’RE COMIN Daniel Morton Joseph Azzopardi 15 54.5kg 97
5 111×679187 MAROCCHINO Lou Luciani Peter Knuckey 6 53.5kg 95
6 4112563227 BAD WOLF Ashley Maley Ms Jerry Noske 2 53kg 88
7 2394232712 BELLA’S IDOL Summer Dickson Ms Natasha Faithfull 16 53kg 91
8 142×073117 BLACK SHADOW Jim Taylor Jason Brown 11 53kg 94
9 0481x7x343 COCKNEY CREW Kieran McDonagh Shaun McGruddy 10 53kg 91
10 x1316x7062 COME RIGHT BACK Adam Durrant Laqdar Ramoly (a) 8 53kg 77
11 5513x40x70 DIVINE SHADOW Brett Pope Ms Jade McNaught 14 53kg 92
12 11233×4143 MIDNIGHT BLUE Grant & Alana Williams Patrick Carbery 4 53kg 92
13 312x06x644 PADDY’S SHADOW Raquel Williams Shaun O’Donnell 12 53kg 94
14 322×511152 PURE DEVOTION Grant & Alana Williams Clint Johnston-Porter 5 53kg 87
15 1325264331 STAFFORD’S LAD Daniel Morton Chris Parnham 1 53kg 90
16 62232×6976 TRULY RELIABLE (NZ) Ray Vincent Ms Shelby Bowtell 7 53kg 67

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2022 Perth Cup Nominations

The Perth Cup nominations are released around a month 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 2022 Perth Cup nominations will be published below as soon as available from Perth Racing.

The Perth Cup 2022 nominations attracted 35 stayers including Ascot Gold Cup winner Midnight Blue who ran third in the 2021 trifecta, the ultra-consistent Grant & Alana Williams-trained mare Pure Devotion and last season’s champion Neufbosc.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 3411256322 BAD WOLF G 7 Ashley Maley 40kg 88
2 4239423271 BELLA’S IDOL G 8 Summer Dickson 40kg 89
3 323142×073 BLACK SHADOW G 7 Jim Taylor 40kg 76
4 5213713×60 CHILI IS HOT M 4 Graeme Ballantyne 40kg 70
5 x0481x7x34 COCKNEY CREW G 6 Kieran McDonagh 40kg 89
6 54x1316x70 COME RIGHT BACK G 5 Adam Durrant 40kg 76
7 234214×778 CREZEE G 5 Hec McLaren 40kg 65
8 7574189421 DANCE OF THE SOUTH M 4 Greg Cave 40kg 63
9 3808722694 DECOY NOXIOUS G 8 Summer Dickson 40kg 65
10 13475×2505 DIG DEEP G 5 Daniel & Ben Pearce 40kg 97
11 05513x40x7 DIVINE SHADOW G 6 Brett Pope 40kg 94
12 33x501x082 DOM TO SHOOT G 4 Sean & Jake Casey 40kg 87
13 121566×261 EXPRESSIONIST G 5 Adam Durrant 40kg 69
14 50×9683875 FINAL CHILL G 5 Kieran McDonagh 40kg 66
15 415177x73x GREAT WATERS G 5 Martin Allan 40kg 66
16 137x322x22 HOLY ENCHANTMENT G 4 Stephen Miller 40kg 70
17 06737×0019 JUICING CARROTS G 9 Raquel Reid 40kg 81
18 30572553×0 KERMAN ROCK G 4 Chris Willis 40kg 70
19 11111×6791 MAROCCHINO G 5 Lou Luciani 40kg 95
20 411233×414 MIDNIGHT BLUE G 5 Grant & Alana Williams 40kg 92
21 190×650956 NEUFBOSC (FR) G 7 Neville Parnham 40kg 100
22 75312x06x6 PADDY’S SHADOW M 7 Raquel Williams 40kg 94
23 30284×6460 PLATOON G 6 Neville Parnham 40kg 97
24 05403×5550 POULTON LE SANDS G 6 Alan Mathews 40kg 64
25 21322×5111 PURE DEVOTION M 4 Grant & Alana Williams 40kg 82
26 21384×1922 RELIABLE STAR (NZ) M 4 Adam Durrant 40kg 70
27 3712×969 SAVVY DAN G 4 Daniel Morton 40kg 61
28 2413252643 STAFFORD’S LAD G 7 Daniel Morton 40kg 78
29 8x04660x93 SUPERIOR SMILE G 7 Daniel & Ben Pearce 40kg 81
30 x0804x8607 TAXAGANO G 8 Fred Kersley 40kg 92
31 76x221P360 TELLEM WE’RE COMIN G 7 Daniel Morton 40kg 97
32 32×5563106 TEMPTACION M 4 Daniel Morton 40kg 78
33 x750x31x85 TOO CLOSE THE SUN G 6 Lindsey Smith 40kg 104
34 2467232x3x TRAP FOR FOOLS G 8 Lindsey Smith 40kg 107
35 4162232×69 TRULY RELIABLE (NZ) G 4 Ray Vincent 40kg 68

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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.

Owner Bob Peters enjoyed a record 10th Perth Cup victory in 2022 with the win by classy stayer Midnight Blue who improved on a third in the race the season prior.

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

Recent Perth Cup Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2022
Perth Cup
1st Midnight Blue 2 minutes 30.83 seconds
2nd Paddy’s Shadow
3rd Platoon
2021
Perth Cup
1st Neufbosc 2 minutes 30.15 seconds
2nd Truly Great
3rd Midnight Blue
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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