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  • Ascot Racecourse (Western Australia)

    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.[1] 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.


    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.[2]

    In 1897 a railway was constructed to the Racecourse.[3] The railway and station was removed in 1957.


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

    GrpRace NameAgeSexWeightDistanceDate
    1Kingston Town Classic3YO+Openwfa1800December
    1Railway Stakes3YO+Openhcp1600November
    1Winterbottom Stakes3YO+Openwfa1200November
    2C B Cox Stakes3YO+Openwfa2100December
    2Karrakatta Plate2YOOpensw1200March
    2Lee Steere Stakes3YO+Openwfa1400November
    2Perth Cup3YO+Openhcp2400December
    2WATC Derby3YOOpensw2400April
    2WA Guineas3YOOpensw1600November
    3A J Scahill Stakes3YO+Openwfa1400December
    3Asian Beau Stakes3YO+Openhcp1400October
    3Colonel Reeves Stakes3YO+Openhcp1100November
    3Lee Steere Classic3YOOpensw1400December
    3Prince Of Wales Stakes3YO+Openwfa1200October
    3R J Peters Stakes3YO+Openhcp1500November
    3WA Champion Fillies Stakes3YOFilliessw1600November
    3WA Oaks3YOFilliessw2400March
    3WATC Sires Produce2YOOpensw1400April



    The Perth Cup is Perth’s feature event on the racing calendar held annually either on New Year’s Day or a nearby Saturday.[4]

    See also


    1. ^ Ascot
    2. ^ City of Belmont (Heritage) Inventory 2012 page 3
    3. ^ City of Belmont (Heritage) Inventory 2012 page 3
    4. ^ “Perth Cup”. Retrieved 17 May 2015.

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