5:44 PM (AEDST) Monday, January 1 at Ascot Racecourse, Perth
The Group 2 Perth Cup will be the feature race of the meet when horse racing resumes at Ascot Racecourse on New Years Day.
Race 1 – Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay Trophy (1500 metres)
Race 2 – Crown Towers Handicap (1200 metres)
Race 3 – TabTouch Handicap (2200 metres)
Race 4 – La Trice Classic (1800 metres)
Race 5 – Magic Millions Handicap (1600 metres)
Race 6 – Ifly Perth Indoor Skydiving Handicap (1400 metres)
Race 7 – XXXX Summer Scorcher (1000 metres)
Race 8 – TabTouch Perth Cup (2400 metres)
Race 9 – San Cisco Live After The Last Race Handicap (1200 metres)
Race 8 – TabTouch Perth Cup – This Group 2 main event will see half a million dollars in prize money on the line. Material Man has been reasonably solid since returning from a 6 month break, winning first up and then running second in his last two starts, after having run just behind the features in the two runs prior. He was very close to wins in all of his last three starts, finishing within a length of the winner on each occasion. Trap For Fools is the form horse in this race, having won all of his last 6 races, all of which were on this track over 2100 and 2200 metres. The extra distance shouldn’t pose any great issue for him. Pounamu has won 3 of his last four starts, all of which were by tight margins on this track. He’s in top form right now and is expected to be in the mix as well.
Betting: Material Man $4.20; Trap For Fools $4.60; Pounamu $5.00; Royal Star $8.00; Zarantz $9.00; Dark Alert $12.00; Star Value $17.00; Angola $20.00; Falcon Crest $21.00; Shinta Mani $26.00; Cosmic Storm $34.00; Bollywood Blitz $41.00.