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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; 115.92500Coordinates: 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. Featuring 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.

History

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.

Races

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

Key

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

Culture

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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