Ascot Racecourse (Western Australia)

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Coordinates: 31°56′6″S 115°55′30″E / 31.93500°S 115.92500°E / -31.93500; 115.92500

Ascot grandstand

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 2,000 metre 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[edit]

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[edit]

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

Grp Race Name Age Sex Weight Distance Date
1 Kingston Town Classic 3YO+ Open wfa 1800 December
1 Railway Stakes 3YO+ Open hcp 1600 November
1 Winterbottom Stakes 3YO+ Open wfa 1200 November
2 C B Cox Stakes 3YO+ Open wfa 2100 December
2 Karrakatta Plate 2YO Open sw 1200 March
2 Lee Steere Stakes 3YO+ Open wfa 1400 November
2 Perth Cup 3YO+ Open hcp 2400 January
2 WATC Derby 3YO Open sw 2400 April
2 WA Guineas 3YO Open sw 1600 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 Hyperion Stakes 3YO+ Open wfa 1400 March
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 Strickland Stakes 3YO+ Open wfa 1800 April
3 WA Champion Fillies Stakes 3YO Fillies sw 1600 February
3 WA Oaks 3YO Fillies sw 2400 March
3 WATC Sires Produce 2YO Open sw 1400 April

Key[edit]

Culture[edit]

The Perth Cup is Perth's feature event on the racing calendar held annually on new years day.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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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