The 2017 Perth Summer Carnival information, Betting Preview & Tips

Preview of The Perth Summer Racing Carnival at Ascot racecourse from 21 through until January 1, 2018.

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The Perth Summer Carnival

 

DATE: 21st October – 1st January 2018

 

LOCATION: Ascot Racecourse.

 

DISTANCE: 1000m to 2400m

 

RACE TYPE: From the shortest course over 1000m stretched out to 2200m for the stayers heading towards the Perth Cup (2400m), on New Year’s Day.

 

STATUS: Handicaps, weight-for-age, set-weights, set-weights and penalties – the biggest carnival on turf in Perth, Western Australia

 

2016 WINNERS: Scales Of Justice (Railway Stakes), Takedown (Winterbottom), Stratum Star (Kingston Town Classic)

 

 

THE PRIZE MONEY: Total prize money: $5 million

 

 

THE PERTH SUMMER CARNIVAL HISTORY

 

The Ascot spring-summer carnival has undergone many facelifts since its halcyon era in the 1970s and ‘80s when the cream of Australasia’s thoroughbred trainers, jockeys and owners converged on the picturesque Federation-style course, nestled on the floodplain of the Swan River.

The Derby-Karrakatta Plate day, traditionally run on Boxing Day, was shifted to the autumn in the 1990’s as part of a business plan to give WA two thoroughbred carnivals and increase turnover.

The time-honoured Railway Stakes and Kingston Town Classic (first run in 1976) were moved back to a spring time-slot to bring them into line with the Victorian Spring Carnival.

The idea was the elite thoroughbreds racing at the Melbourne Cup Carnival could springboard straight into the Railway Stakes (run a fortnight after the Emirates (1600m)) and/or run in the Kingston Town Classic.

PR and the Victorian Racing Club forged an alliance where lucrative bonuses were offered to connections, who could win a series of “triple crown” races during the Victorian spring and Ascot spring carnivals.

The issue of transporting thoroughbreds to Perth, after the collapse of Ansett in 2001, saw Perth Racing book a charter flight to fly horses from the East to the carnival.

The prestigious Railway Stakes became WA’s first permanent $1 million race in 2007. (The $1m Australasian, won by Fair Sir in 1987, was WA‘s first million dollar race, but was a one-off, run to coincide with the celebrations of Fremantle’s defence of the America’s Cup yacht race.

 

 

PERTH SUMMER RACING CARNIVAL FORMAT

 

The Perth Summer Racing Carnival has attracted 15 interstate horses to Perth for the purpose of running at the Masters.

The Masters kicks off on Saturday November 25 with the running of the time-honoured Railway Stakes. The Railway is a handicap run over 1600m and boasts a powerhouse support card of the WA Guineas (three-year-olds), Placid Ark Stakes (three-year-old sprinters), Tattersall’s Cup (stayers), Carbine Club of WA Stakes (open aged sprinters) and the Jungle Mist Classic (for fillies and mares).

 

The following Saturday, December 2, sees the Winterbottom Stakes, which is WA’s premier sprinting race over 1200m, run under weight-forage conditions.

The Winterbottom card will see the best of the best of the country sprinters compete in the Final of the Regional Championship and the fleet-footed two-year-olds vie for honours in the Crystal Slipper Stakes.

Saturday, December 9, hosts the running of the Kingston Town Classic, a weight-for-age event over 1800m, with a support card including the Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Classic (three-year-old sprinters), the G A Towton Cup (stayers) and the Jungle Dawn Classic (fillies and mares).

 

Each of the three Saturday’s has a theme with the Railway Stakes day being for the racing purists, The Winterbottom Stakes day for the celebrations of the WA countryside and the Kingston Town day dedicated for the enjoyment of the family and friends.

 

The carnival continues on through to the first day of 2018 with the running of the $500,000 Perth Cup (2400m). The Perth Cup has traditionally been the celebration day of the New Year!

 

SPRING RACING CARNIVAL BETTING

 

The Masters Racing Carnival attracts the best three-year-olds, sprinters and middle-distance gallopers from around Australia and New Zealand.

 

The showcase of the three-year-olds is the running of the WA Guineas (run under set-weights over 1600m), the Placid Ark Stakes (under set-weight and penalties for three-year-olds run over 1200m),  the Tattersall’s Cup (a handicap run over 2100m for stayers heading towards the Perth Cup) and the Jungle Dawn Classic (the first leg of the prestigious mares series climaxed by the La Trice Classic run on January 1), all held on November 25.

 

The three Group 1 races attract the best trainers from around Australia including Darren Weir (Victoria), Team Hayes (Victoria), Lloyd Kennewell (South Australia), Chris Waller (NSW) and James Cumnings (Godolphin, NSW)

 

The Railway, Winterbottom and The Kingston Town are the prime targets of the interstate brigade this year.

 

Darren Weir won his first WA Group 1 with Stratum Star in last year’s Kingston Town Classic and Chris Waller has won a Railway Stakes and a Kingston Town Classic.

 

Sniper’s Bullet was the last horse to win the double of the Railway Stakes and Kingston Town Classic in the same season back in 2009.

 

There are a host of “feeder” Group 1 races at Ascot, Caulfield, Moonee Valley and Flemington into the Railway Stakes and Kingston Town Classic.

 

The Masters and the Ascot spring-summer carnival caters for all horses, with feature two-year-old, three-year-old and older horse's races over distances from 1000m to 2400m.

 

Over $3 million is expected to be wagered in on-course bets on the three Group 1 Saturday’s this year with another 25,000 patrons to pass through the turn-styles of the Ascot gates.

 

Almost 10 per-cent of those that go to Ascot will be visitors from interstate or overseas, delivering a key boost to Perth social and entertainment industry.

 

The running of the Perth Cup is the final day of the Ascot spring-summer carnival. The first Perth Cup was run and won by First Prince in 1887.

It is now usually run on New Year’s Day each season and carries one of the richest purses in WA at $500,000.

It is a handicap race and in recent seasons has been dominated by the couple of Bob and Sandra Peters, who have won the past three Perth Cups with Star Exhibit (2016, Dec), Delicacy (2016, Jan) and Real Love (2015).

The Peters family has also won the Perth Cup with Western Jewel (2011, Dec), Lords Ransom (2010), Crown Prosecutor (2005) and Field Officer (1993),

The leading WA owner-breeders are sure to have another strong line-up in the Perth Cup this New Year’s Day.

The Perth Cup has undergone several changes in the past decade with the primary change being its distance reduced from 3200m to 2400m.

The controversial issue of changing the distance of the Perth Cup, was undertaken by the Ted Van Heemst committee, when the 2009 Perth Cup was run over 2400m for the first time.

It was won by the brilliant WA stayer Guyno. The last winner of the 3200m Perth Cup was Cat’s Fun in 2008.

 

PERTH SUMMER CARNIVAL ODDS

 

Compare all the latest prices for every race at the Perth Summer Carnival, covering all the big races right up to the Perth Cup on January 1, 2018 – the carnival finale.

 

PERTH SUMMER CARNIVAL BETTING TIPS

 

As the Perth Summer Carnival progresses check back for our race-by-race tips and previews for the big racedays, with Best Bet, Next Bet and Best Roughie selections along with multiples at selected meetings throughout the carnival.

 

KEY PERTH SUMMER RACING CARNIVAL RACE DATES

 

 

 

Date

Race

Distance

Track

21-Oct-17

Northerly Stakes (Group 3)

1400

Ascot

4-Nov-17

Prince of Wales Stakes (Group 3)

1200

Ascot

4-Nov-17

Asian Beau Stakes (Group 3)

1400

Ascot

11-Nov-17

Lee Steere Stakes (Group 2)

1400

Ascot

18-Nov-17

WA Champion Fillies Stakes (Group 3)

1600

Ascot

18-Nov-17

Colonel Reeves Stakes (Group 3)

1100

Ascot

18-Nov-17

RJ Peters Stakes (Group 3)

1500

Ascot

25-Nov-17

Railway Stakes (Group 1)

1600

Ascot

25-Nov-17

WA Guineas (Group 2)

1600

Ascot

2-Dec-17

Winterbottom Stakes (Group 1)

1200

Ascot

9-Dec-17

Kingston Town (Group 1)

1800

Ascot

16-Dec-17

AJ Scahill Stakes (Group 3)

1400

Ascot

23-Dec-17

CB Cox Stakes (Group 2)

2100

Ascot

1-Jan-18

Perth Cup (Group 2)

2400

Ascot

1-Jan-18

La Trice Classic (Group 3)

1800

Ascot

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