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.
|Location||Ascot, Western Australia|
|Operated by||Perth Racing|
|Date opened||March 1848|
|Screened on||Seven Network|
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.
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.
The following is a list of Group races which are run at Ascot Racecourse.
|1||Kingston Town Classic||3YO+||Open||wfa||1800||December|
|2||C B Cox Stakes||3YO+||Open||wfa||2100||December|
|2||Lee Steere Stakes||3YO+||Open||wfa||1400||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||WATC Sires Produce||2YO||Open||sw||1400||April|
- hcp - handicap
- sw - set weights
- wfa - Weight for Age
The Perth Cup is Perth's feature event on the racing calendar held annually either on New Year's Day or a nearby Saturday.