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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.

    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.[2]

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

    Races

    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

    Key

    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.[4]

    See also

    References

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

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