The 2011 Perth Cup, the final Group race showdown of the annual Perth Summer Racing Carnival, will take place on New Year’s Day, January 1st, 2011 and the early nominations for the feature have been taken.
Worth a lucrative $400,000 in prize money and run over a distance of 2400m under handicap conditions, the 2011 Perth Cup is the last of the major attractions held at the esteemed Ascot Racecourse for the 2010/2011 summer racing season.
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The Perth Cup always attracts a top-class field of mainly local stayers and gives punters one of the best betting opportunities of the New Year.
Forty-nine horses have been nominated for next year’s Perth Cup, including eight interstate raiders.
New South Wales galloper Capecover is one of the early favourites to win the 2011 BMW Perth Cup following the veteran eight-year-olds’ consistent spring racing season in Melbourne, most recently running fourth in the Sandown Cup (3200m).
Two other eastern state raiders are also at the top of the early Perth Cup betting markets, with Chris Waller’s stablemates Beijing Boy and Strike One the next shortest priced entries.
Beijing Boy has won both of their starts this preparation in Sydney, while Gosford Cup second placegetter Strike One is also in excellent form.
Waller has also nominated Triple Honour for the Perth Cup following their eye-catching sixth in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot on December 4.
Other notable 2011 Perth Cup nominees likely to gain plenty of attention from the punters include the Neville Parnham-trained Blackfriars four-year-old God Has Spoken, classy mare Impressive Jeuney coming off a gallant second in the Kingston Town Classic, Grant William’s consistent Testa Rossa four-year-old Ranger and improving gelding Mighty Rossa.
The final field and barrier draw for the BMW Perth Cup 2011 is due to be released on December 27.
2011 BMW Perth Cup Nominations
|1||TRIPLE HONOUR (NZ)||Chris Waller|
|2||COLOUR CORRECT||Ross & Clint Price|
|3||IMPRESSIVE JEUNEY||Darren Mcauliffe|
|4||GONDORFF (NZ)||Mike Powell|
|5||GOD HAS SPOKEN||Neville Parnham|
|6||GUYNO (NZ)||Lou Luciani|
|7||MA CHIENNE||Adam Durrant|
|8||GREAT DESTINY||Adam Durrant|
|9||BRANDY LANE||Ray Saw|
|10||NEW SPICE||Elva Van Merwyk|
|11||SIMPLY ADORABLE||Vaughn Sigley|
|13||MEGA STEEL||Bruce MCClune|
|15||GEYSER PEAK||Frank Maynard|
|18||LATE NIGHT FLIGHT||Suzanne Forrest|
|21||BIG TED||Ivan Haggerty|
|22||IT’S JUDGEMENT DAY (NZ)||Peter Morley|
|24||MIGHTY ROSSA||Micahel Grant|
|25||CHIN CHIN||Brett Wilkinson|
|26||DOUBLE BARREL||Adam Durrant|
|27||TIMELY REIGN||Paul Hunter|
|29||RICH SUCCESS (NZ)||Rhona MacPhilomey|
|32||WESTERN JEWEL||Grant Williams|
|36||PEG’S PRIDE||Michael Morton|
|37||GUEST WING||Shane Edwards|
|38||LITTLE GREY TEAPOT||Meaghan Dwyer-Davies|
|39||MR D’ALTON||Sheldon Cook|
|40||THE MOON DAY||Peter Morley|
|41||RED GEISHA||Ivan Haggerty|
|42||SPEECH ROOM||Shane Edwards|
|43||BEIJING BOY (NZ)||Chris Waller|
|44||BUTWAITTHERE’SMORE (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|45||CAPECOVER (NZ)||Paddy Payne|
|46||FAST FUTURE (NZ)||Russel Cameron|
|48||STRIKE ONE (GB)||Chris Waller|
|49||TARA MAN||Tony McEvoy|