Perth Cup Day is probably more important than the Perth Cup itself. As Perth Cup Day is always held on New Year’s Day each year, obviously it is a major social event in Perth and a popular draw to Ascot Racecourse.
The peak of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival actually takes place earlier in December, taking advantage of the continued momentum of the Spring racing. The Perth Cup is thus more important to the locals, as it gives everyone an excuse to wear the latest fashions and have an all-around classier celebration of the New Year than they would have had the night before.
The feature event is the Group 2 Perth Cup, which is now a 2400 metre race, down from 3200 metres before 2009. It has $500,000 in prizemoney and is run under open handicap conditions.
Most of the major Ascot races are run earlier than Perth Cup Day, so the only other big race of the day is the Listed Summer Scorcher, which is a 1000 metre sprint.
Perth Cup Day Fast Facts
When: New Year’s Day – every year
Where: Ascot Racecourse
Feature Race: $500,000 Group 2 Perth Cup