Perth Cup

The $1 million Perth Cup (2400m) is a Group 2 race held at Ascot Racecourse on the first week of January during the WA Summer Racing Carnival.

2024 Perth Cup Results

  • 1st: #7 Casino Seventeen
  • 2nd: #4 Be Optimistic
  • 3rd: #8 Demolish

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*.

*The 2023 Perth Cup was rescheduled for January 14th following the original event being called off for the first time in the race’s 136-year history due to a horrific race fall that resulted in the death of mare Chili Is Hot. 

Held at Ascot Racecourse in Western Australia, the 2400m event is an open handicap that attracts the top local and interstate stayers.

The Perth Cup prize money is now set at a lucrative $1 million after having been doubled ahead of the 2024 edition,

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 Northerly Stakes (1800m) – formerly the Kingston Town Classic – and Group 2 Ted Van Heemst Stakes – formerly the C.B. Cox Stakes.

The last winner of the Ted Van Heemst 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.

The latest Perth Cup winner to come out of the Ted Van Heemst Stakes was the 2024 champion Casino Seventeen (3rd in the 2023 Ted Van Heemst Stakes results the start prior).

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 2023 Perth Cup was to run on New Year’s Day as the opening Group race in Australia for the new calendar year but was abandoned due to a nasty race fall and rescheduled for mid-January on the same Saturday as Queensland’s $11 million Magic Millions Race Day at the Gold Coast.

The Perth Cup 2024 ran on  Monday January 1, 2024 at Ascot Racecourse offering an unprecedented $1 million in total prize money and was won by the Grant & Alana Williams-trained favourite Casino Seventeen ($2.70F) in a fifth win for the stable. 

Perth Cup 2024
Date: Monday January 1, 2024
Track: Ascot Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $1,000,000

2024 Perth Cup Results

  • 1st: #7 Casino Seventeen ($2.70F)
  • 2nd: #4 Be Optimistic
  • 3rd: #8 Demolish

Co-trainer Grant Williams celebrated his fifth Perth Cup triumph and jockey William Pike his fourth with race favourite, well-travelled Casino Prince six-year-old Casino Seventeen ($2.70F), improving on a lead-up third in the Ted Van Heemst Stakes to hold off a late charge by Be Optimistic and salute for the New Year’s Day punters in the Perth Cup 2024 results.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 7 CASINO SEVENTEEN Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 5 53kg $2.70F
2 4 BE OPTIMISTIC Luke Fernie Clint Johnston-Porter 0.04L 8 53kg $8.50
3 8 DEMOLISH Neville Parnham Laqdar Ramoly 1.89L 4 53kg $26
4 1 NUMERIAN (IRE) Annabel Neasham Brad Parnham 2.35L 14 59kg $7
5 5 BLACK FANTASY Daniel & Ben Pearce Mrs Lucy Fiore 3.67L 13 53kg $16
6 13 PLAYHOUSE PATRON Bob McPherson Troy Turner 4.96L 12 53kg (cd 53.5kg) $101
7 10 HOLY ENCHANTMENT Stephen Miller Michael Poy 5.04L 15 53kg $26
8 15 TONI’S SPIRIT Jordan Rolfe Patrick Carbery 5.44L 1 53kg $81
9 9 DIAMOND SCENE Donna Riordan Steven Parnham 5.56L 2 53kg $17
10 6 BLAZING AWAY David Harrison Joseph Azzopardi 7.08L 7 53kg $31
11 14 QUEEN ALINA Daniel & Ben Pearce Chris Parnham 7.21L 6 53kg $8.50
12 11 LET’SDEAL Steve Wolfe Craig Newitt 11.77L 16 53kg $41
13 12 NEUFBOSC (FR) Neville Parnham Jason Brown 13.05L 3 53kg $31
14 2 ZOUMON Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Rachel King 14.52L 11 58.5kg $8.50
15 3 BAD WOLF Ashley Maley Ms Holly Watson 15.79L 9 53kg $151
16 16 TRULY INSPIRED Donna Riordan Jason Whiting 29.54L 10 53kg $81
17e ATLANTIS BEACH Cliff Green 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Perth Cup Betting Odds

The latest Perth Cup 2024 odds will be listed below complete with links to the markets at for you to back the best Perth Cup Betting Tips at the hottest summer racing prices.

Mississippi Delta ($3.50 in 2020), Midnight Blue ($4.20 in 2022), Buster Bash ($5 in 2023), and Casino Seventeen ($2.70 in 2024) are the latest favourites in Perth Cup betting to salute for the punters.


2024 Perth Cup Form Guide


2024 Perth Cup Tips

Stay tuned for our exclusive Perth Cup 2024 Tips on the million dollar feature this January.

  • To Win: TBD

2024 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 2024 Perth Cup field and barriers will be provided here the week of the race and published below once released by Perth Racing.

2024 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 2024 Perth Cup nominations will be published below as soon as available from Perth Racing.

The Perth Cup 2024 nominations are now out featuring 45 summer stayers led in all-in betting by the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Five Diamonds runner-up Zoumon and talented local gelding Casino Seventeen from the stables of Grant & Alana Williams.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 41112×7510 ANOTHER CHINO G 4 Daniel Morton 92
2 48x84x4778 ATLANTIS BEACH G 6 Cliff Green 72
3 7x11280x70 AURORA’S SYMPHONY G 7 Symon Wilde
4 0903613107 BAD WOLF G 9 Ashley Maley 84
5 4×93773139 BANDALERA MISS M 8 Fred Kersley 69
6 46×2632191 BE OPTIMISTIC M 5 Luke Fernie 90
7 0x7626x354 BERNBRAE M 4 Adam Durrant 67
8 333111×463 BLACK FANTASY G 5 Daniel & Ben Pearce 88
9 3317×05006 BLAZING AWAY G 6 David Harrison 83
10 112311×342 CASINO SEVENTEEN G 6 Grant & Alana Williams 97
11 96565125×4 COME RIGHT BACK G 7 Adam Durrant 84
12 9730000724 CREZEE G 7 Hec McLaren 57
13 225x323x23 DEMOLISH G 4 Neville Parnham 74
14 147×1311 DESENNEA G 4 Jordan Rolfe 71
15 51468×111 DIAMOND SCENE G 4 Donna Riordan 73
16 5x31823x23 DOM TO SHOOT G 6 Sean & Jake Casey 107
17 272×121213 DUN WITH THE BLUES M 4 Daniel & Ben Pearce 66
18 858x58610x FANCY MAN (IRE) G 6 Annabel Neasham
19 1329408×78 GALARIAN G 5 Sharon Miller 55
20 224×753533 GAN TEORAINN (IRE) M 4 Chris Waller
21 1x7165x401 GLITTER ’N’ GOLD M 5 Lindsey Smith
22 x06538x551 GRATIAS DEO G 6 Daniel O’Connor 58
23 x040005399 HEAPS OF MOOLAH G 7 Michael Miller 57
24 836x6408x1 HOLY ENCHANTMENT G 6 Stephen Miller 76
25 61711111×8 IHTS CLOSING INN M 4 Adam Durrant 82
26 08x21x239x JADAVI M 9 Ian Shield 92
27 97011x40x0 KERMAN ROCK G 6 Chris Willis 66
28 1430x0039x KING FRANKEL (IRE) G 6 Annabel Neasham
29 5314×70968 KUKERACHA (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller
30 12x534224x LET’SDEAL G 5 Steve Wolfe 75
31 34×6685065 NEUFBOSC (FR) G 9 Neville Parnham 85
32 222208×809 NO APOLOGY G 7 Brandon Fiore 88
33 426256×947 NUMERIAN (IRE) G 8 Annabel Neasham
34 581335559x OUR NORMAN G 6 Chris Willis 70
35 23434×1243 PLAYHOUSE PATRON G 4 Bob McPherson 75
36 x34322x634 QUEEN ALINA M 5 Daniel & Ben Pearce 81
37 3616×83222 RED SUN SENSATION G 4 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman
38 x295x08083 SHERAZ (FR) G 7 Chris Waller
39 05912×8090 STARTRADE G 7 Daniel Morton 101
40 41211x2x69 THE VELVET QUEEN M 5 Darren McAuliffe 98
41 043100x00x TIMOUR (FR) G 6 Chris Waller
42 4×21815321 TONI’S SPIRIT M 5 Jordan Rolfe 74
43 4411614×00 TRULY INSPIRED G 7 Donna Riordan 87
44 111252×621 WESTOZI G 4 Albert Bowtell
45 65x2111x02 ZOUMON G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott

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.

The 2023 Perth Cup was originally abandoned on New Year’s Day due to a terrible race fall that saw one horse, Chili Is Hot, euthanised on track. Jockey Joe Azzopardi aboard Buster Bash was later suspended for six weeks after causing the fall when his mount clipped the heels of the fallen mare. Another runner, Dom To Shoot, also fell during the shocking incident that occurred just 200m into the event in front of 10,000 fans. The event was then rescheduled for mid-January with Buster Bash going on to win with another hoop, Shaun McGruddy, aboard in dominant four-length victory as the favourite.

In 2024 the Perth Cup offered $1 million in stakes for the first time and was won by the favourite Casino Seventeen in a fifth win for co-trainer Grant Williams and fourth for the ‘Wizard of the West’, ace hoop William Pike.

Recent Perth Cup Winners

Year Place Horse Time
Perth Cup
1st Casino Seventeen 2 minutes 29.12 seconds
2nd Be Optimistic
3rd Demolish
Perth Cup
1st Buster Bash 2 minutes 28.23 seconds
2nd Stafford’s Lad
3rd Pure Devotion
Perth Cup
1st Midnight Blue 2 minutes 30.83 seconds
2nd Paddy’s Shadow
3rd Platoon
Perth Cup
1st Neufbosc 2 minutes 30.15 seconds
2nd Truly Great
3rd Midnight Blue
Perth Cup
1st Star Exhibit 2 minutes 28.13 seconds
2nd Action
3rd Prize Catch
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
Perth Cup
1st Real Love 2 minutes 29.94 seconds
2nd Red Blast
3rd Kirov Boy
Perth Cup
1st Black Tycoon 2 minutes 31.27 seconds
2nd God Has Spoken
3rd Ask Me Nicely
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
Perth Cup
1st Lords Ransom 2 minutes 30.63 seconds
2nd Ma Chienne
3rd Largo Lad
Perth Cup
1st Gunyo 2 minutes 25.9 seconds
2nd The Fuzz
3rd Ballack
Perth Cup
1st Cats Fun 3 minutes 21.6 seconds
2nd Exhilerating
3rd Westerly Breeze
Perth Cup
1st Respect 3 minutes 21 seconds
2nd Bay Story
3rd Rossam
Perth Cup
1st Black Tom 3 minutes 18.8 seconds
2nd Master Minx
3rd Early Express
Perth Cup
1st Crown Prosecutor 3 minutes 21.4 seconds
2nd Free At Last
3rd Black Tom
Perth Cup
1st King Canute 3 minutes 23.7 seconds
2nd Indigo King
3rd Higgins Gold
Perth Cup
1st Tumeric 3 minutes 23 seconds
2nd So Canny
3rd Bold Mirage
Perth Cup
1st Cardinal Colours 3 minutes 25.9 seconds
2nd Give Me A Chance
3rd Shoeless
Perth Cup
1st Lottila Bay 3 minutes 25.6 seconds
2nd Moonrise
3rd King Brian
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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