Ascot Racecourse (Western Australia) facts for kids
|Location||Ascot, Western Australia|
|Coordinates||31°56′6″S 115°55′30″E / 31.93500°S 115.92500°E|
|Operated by||Perth Racing|
|Date opened||March 1848|
|Screened on||Seven Network|
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.
|1||Kingston Town Classic||3YO+||Open||wfa||1800||December|
|2||C B Cox Stakes||3YO+||Open||wfa||2100||December|
|2||Lee Steere Stakes||3YO+||Open||wfa||1400||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||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.