Ascot Gold Cup

The 2020 Ascot Gold Cup is a Listed 1800m event held at Ascot Racecourse in Perth.



The Ascot Gold Cup is a Listed 1800m event held at Ascot Racecourse in Perth at the beginning of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival in mid-November on WA Champion Fillies Stakes Day.

Open to all horses aged three years and older, the Ascot Gold Cup is a quality handicap event that cannot be missed serving as an early lead-up to the coveted Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m) run around New Year’s.

With $100,000 prize money on offer, the Ascot Gold Cup field is held alongside the Group 3 Champion Fillies Stakes, Group 3 Colonel Reeves Stakes and Group 3 R.J. Peters Stakes races at Ascot.

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 2020 Ascot Gold Cup was held on Saturday November 14, 2020 and won in a runaway by the favourite Too Close The Sun. 

Ascot Gold Cup 2020
Date: Saturday November 14, 2020
Track: Ascot Racecourse
Distance: 1800m
Race Type: 3YO+ Qlty
Status: Listed
Prizemoney: $100,000

2020 Ascot Gold Cup Results

  • 1st: #2 Too Close The Sun
  • 2nd: Utgard Loki
  • 3rd: Royal Command

The Group 2 Perth Cup looks on the summer agenda for the Lindsey Smith-trained Too Close The Sun ($2.20) following a four length win as the favourite in the 2020 Ascot Gold Cup results.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 TOO CLOSE THE SUN Lindsey Smith Joseph Azzopardi 13 57.5kg $2.20F
2 13 UTGARD LOKI Justin Warwick Ms Jade McNaught 4.2L 2 54kg $31
3 12 ROYAL COMMAND Adam Durrant Clint Johnston-Porter 5.09L 9 54kg $6
4 7 HARRY THOMAS Ross Price Ms Chloe Azzopardi (a) 5.56L 11 54kg $41
5 1 TELLEM WE’RE COMIN Grant & Alana Williams Paul Harvey 7.92L 8 58kg $15
6 10 NOIR DE RUE Justin Warwick Ms Lucy Warwick 8.24L 4 54kg $17
7 3 FRIAR FOX Justine Erkelens Shaun O’Donnell 9.41L 10 57kg $26
8 8 HE’S A PARKER Hec McLaren Ms Kyra Yuill 9.89L 1 54kg $20
9 6 FRIARESQUE Liz Strempel Brad Parnham 10.21L 5 54kg $15
10 11 PAMBELLAwestSpeed Platinum Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 11.82L 6 54kg $41
11 4 DARK MUSKET Graeme Ballantyne Jason Whiting 12.72L 12 54kg $201
12 9 MYSTERY MISS Adam Durrant Chris Parnham 13.03L 3 54kg $15
13 5 DOUBLE DIGIT Ashley Maley Shaun McGruddy 14.57L 7 54kg $8

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Ascot Gold Cup Betting

Betting on the Ascot Gold Cup is open the week of the race following acceptances with links to the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au to be provided below.

Too Close The Sun ($2.20 in 2020) was the last favourite in Ascot Gold Cup betting to salute for the punters.

2020 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 2020 Ascot Gold Cup field is released the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

The Ascot Gold Cup 2020 final field features 13 summer stayers led in betting by Too Close The Sun drawn the outside barrier and racing second-up off a lead-up second in the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 110x857x87 TELLEM WE’RE COMIN Grant & Alana Williams Paul Harvey 8 58kg 96
2 x3131110x2 TOO CLOSE THE SUN Lindsey Smith Joseph Azzopardi 13 57.5kg 95
3 49×0848213 FRIAR FOX Justine Erkelens Shaun O’Donnell 10 57kg 94
4 76662×8509 DARK MUSKET Graeme Ballantyne Jason Whiting 12 54kg 75
5 9052330411 DOUBLE DIGIT Ashley Maley Shaun McGruddy 7 54kg 84
6 246178×554 FRIARESQUE Liz Strempel Brad Parnham 5 54kg 82
7 31244×5478 HARRY THOMAS Ross Price Ms Chloe Azzopardi (a) 11 54kg 87
8 682333×836 HE’S A PARKER Hec McLaren Ms Kyra Yuill 1 54kg 87
9 x539185x85 MYSTERY MISS Adam Durrant Chris Parnham 3 54kg 81
10 6246735878 NOIR DE RUE Justin Warwick Ms Lucy Warwick 4 54kg 83
11 2155275×04 PAMBELLAwestSpeed Platinum Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 6 54kg 66
12 11x41020x2 ROYAL COMMAND Adam Durrant Clint Johnston-Porter 9 54kg 85
13 12123×9480 UTGARD LOKI Justin Warwick Ms Jade McNaught 2 54kg 84

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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
2020
Ascot Gold Cup
1st Too Close The Sun 1 minute 54.25 seconds
2nd Utgard Loki
3rd Royal Command
2019
Ascot Gold Cup
1st Taxagano 1 minute 50.35 seconds
2nd Forceful
3rd Missile Launch
2018
Ascot Gold Cup
1st Prize Catch 1 minute 50.22 seconds
2nd Elegant Blast
3rd Dark Musket
2017
Ascot Gold Cup
1st Gatting 1 minute 52.07 seconds
2nd Dark Alert
3rd Ihtsahymn
2016
Ascot Gold Cup
1st Tonto 1 minute 51.08 seconds
2nd Bedamijo
3rd Dark Alert
2015
Ascot Gold Cup
1st Drive West 1 minute 49.34 seconds
2nd Young Lionel
3rd Rebelson
2014
Ascot Gold Cup
1st Pop Culture 1 minute 50.30 seconds
2nd Rebelson
3rd Fancy Feet
2013
Ascot Gold Cup
1st Moonlight Bay 1 minute 49.45 seconds
2nd Finnegans Gold
3rd Doutable
2012
Ascot Gold Cup
1st Pop Culture 1 minute 50.43 seconds
2nd Rosie Rocket
3rd Moonlight Bay
2011
Ascot Gold Cup
1st Rocky Range 1 minute 50.24 seconds
2nd Gum Nut Guru
3rd Mega Steel
2010
Ascot Gold Cup
1st Colour Correct 1 minute 51.47 seconds
2nd West River Charley
3rd Mighty Rossa
2009

Ascot Gold Cup

1st Corporate Sam 1 minute 50.97 seconds
2nd Mikaldico
3rd Geyser Peak
2008

Ascot Gold Cup

1st Sentenza 1 minute 49.32 seconds
2nd Upgrade
3rd Mikaldico
2007

Ascot Gold Cup

1st Cat In A Hat 2 minutes 14.89 seconds
2nd Black Douglas
3rd Rossam
2006

Ascot Gold Cup

1st Zero Engagement 2 minutes 17.09 seconds
2nd Woodala
3rd Master Vision
2005

Ascot Gold Cup

1st My Thornbird 2 minutes 15.80 seconds
2nd Blevvo
3rd Power Mak
2004

Ascot Gold Cup

1st True Steel 2 minutes 17.49 seconds
2nd Laetare
3rd Zakarak
2003

Ascot Gold Cup

1st Desert Dreamer 2 minutes 16.03 seconds
2nd True Steel
3rd Bold Mirage
2002

Ascot Gold Cup

1st Alibi Bay 2 minutes 16.28 seconds
2nd Mr Tambourineman
3rd Dynaliebe
2001

Ascot Gold Cup

1st Special Jester 2 minutes 19.87 seconds
2nd So Canny
3rd Master Clan
2000

Ascot Gold Cup

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

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