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Ascot Racecourse, Perth
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Ascot grandstand
Location Ascot, Western Australia
Coordinates 31°56′6″S 115°55′30″E / 31.93500°S 115.92500°E / -31.93500; 115.92500
Operated by Perth Racing
Date opened March 1848 (1848-03)
Screened on Seven Network
Race type Flat
Course type Tri-oval
Notable races
  • Kingston Town Classic
  • Railway Stakes
  • Winterbottom Stakes
  • Perth Cup

Ascot Racecourse is the major racecourse in Perth, Western Australia, situated approximately 8 kilometres east of the Perth central business district, with the headquarters of the Perth Racing positioned directly opposite.

It is regarded as the "grand old lady" of Australian racecourses. It has a 2 km (9.94-furlong) track with modern, well drained turf, and a 300-metre inclining straight regarded by experts as the most severe test of stayers in Australia.


In 1848 a race meeting was held on J.W. Hardey's ‘Grove Farm’ alongside the Swan River. Soon afterwards a site was selected for a permanent course on Hardey's property - this became the Ascot Racecourse. In 1852, the West Australian Turf Club was formed.

In 1897 a railway was constructed to the Racecourse. The railway and station was removed in 1957.


The following is a list of Group races which are run at Ascot Racecourse.

Grp Race Name Age Sex Weight Distance Date
1 Kingston Town Classic 3YO+ Open wfa 1800 December
1 Railway Stakes 3YO+ Open hcp 1600 November
1 Winterbottom Stakes 3YO+ Open wfa 1200 November
2 C B Cox Stakes 3YO+ Open wfa 2100 December
2 Karrakatta Plate 2YO Open sw 1200 March
2 Lee Steere Stakes 3YO+ Open wfa 1400 November
2 Perth Cup 3YO+ Open hcp 2400 December
2 WATC Derby 3YO Open sw 2400 April
2 WA Guineas 3YO Open sw 1600 November
3 A J Scahill Stakes 3YO+ Open wfa 1400 December
3 Asian Beau Stakes 3YO+ Open hcp 1400 October
3 Colonel Reeves Stakes 3YO+ Open hcp 1100 November
3 Lee Steere Classic 3YO Open sw 1400 December
3 Prince Of Wales Stakes 3YO+ Open wfa 1200 October
3 R J Peters Stakes 3YO+ Open hcp 1500 November
3 WA Champion Fillies Stakes 3YO Fillies sw 1600 November
3 WA Oaks 3YO Fillies sw 2400 March
3 WATC Sires Produce 2YO Open sw 1400 April


  • hcp - handicap
  • sw - set weights
  • wfa - Weight for Age


The Perth Cup is Perth's feature event on the racing calendar held annually either on New Year's Day or a nearby Saturday.

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