The Perth Cup is the sole group 1 race run over the sprint trip in Western Australia.
The race is open to the best greyhounds nominated, with the final worth a massive $150,000 to the winner in 2016, the first year in which the race was run at the new $14 million greyhound racing complex at Cannington.
The 2018 Perth Cup was the most recent edition, held on Saturday April 21, and it was won by local chaser Trouper Monelli.
Best bookmakers for betting on the Group 1 Perth Cup
Dozens of interstate raiders make the trek west each year to take on the best sprinters WA has to offer, with the Perth Cup one of the most prestigious and highly sought after events on the Australian greyhound racing calendar.
With the best of the best in town, bookmakers are always on their toes, releasing fixed odds markets on the heats as soon as the box draws are complete, giving punters ample opportunity to get some cash on their top picks.
Some of our recommended online bookies also offer all-in markets for the winner of the final prior to the heats being conducted, giving you the opportunity to land some generous odds if you think you can spot the winner early on in the series.
The race often holds big pools on the final, so there is generally plenty of value to be found for those playing the exotic markets too.
With lots on offer when betting on the Perth Cup, be sure to check out the form and prices throughout the series and watch for any market movers.
Odds are not yet available for the 2019 Perth Cup, but be sure to check this page in the weeks leading up to the final to secure the best betting odds on offer.
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Group 1 Perth Cup history
The Perth Cup was first run back in 1976 when taken out by Marcus Rate on the old grass track at the former Cannington track. The dog picked up a $1300 winner’s cheque for taking out the feature, a sum which pales in comparison to the $140,000 on offer to the winner of the 2016 edition. Marcus Rate’s winning margin is still the second largest date, with the records showing a 10 length annihilation.
His winning margin benchmark was bettered 14 years later when Sand Pebble, the lesser known litter sister of champion Hall of Fame greyhound Sandi’s Me Mum, took out the 1990 Cup by a massive 10 and three quarter lengths over Quit.
Sand Pebble was also the first greyhound to win the race on loam since its upgrade from grass, the last grass winner being Miss Crisp. Although a fine sprinter in her own right, the brilliant bitch would go on to become an even better mum, producing one of the best sprinters the west has seen in Paradise Street which retired as a three time State Distance Championship winner and the 1998 National Distance Championship winner.
Since its inception, the Perth Cup has been won by some of the finest canine athletes the sport has seen such as Tenthill Doll (1996), Rapid Journey (1998), Betty’s Angel (2007), Size Can Matter (2008), High Earner (2010 & 2011), Keybow (2014) and My Bro Fabio (2015), the final winner over the testing 530m distance on the old track.
To this date, the only greyhound to have won dual Perth Cup titles is former star High Earner, which made the race his own in 2010 and 2011.
2016 marked the first running at the new Cannington track, which officially opened in March, with the feature event set to be run over the 520m trip. The new track are adjacent to the site of the old track, with the new complex worth a staggering $14 million.
Group 1 Perth Cup – the recent years
Trouper Monelli defeated one of the best Perth Cup fields assembled in recent years when saluting in the most recent edition of the Perth Cup at Cannington.
Trained by Dave Hobby, the youngster used box one to perfection, charging clear in the run to the line to defeat dual group 1 winner Up Hill Hill and Australian Cup champion Hecton Bale.
2018 Perth Cup results
February 21, 2018. Cannington GWA. First prize: $150,000.
Winner: Trouper Monelli (Fernando Bale x Bingle Monelli) November 2015 Brindle Dog.
Owner: Michael and Michelle Quinsee. Trainer: Dave Hobby.
Time: 29.86. Margins: 2.25 x 0.5
Others in finishing order: Up Hill Jill, Hecton Bale, Striker Light, Come On Emmaline, Black Bombshell, Alpha Georgiou, West On Augie.
Having drawn beautifully in box one, Equanimity speared the lids in the $150,000-to-the-winner final, rolling straight to the early lead over Pepper Fire (box five) in the race around the first turn.
The leading pair maintained their positions throughout the entirety of the race, with Equanimity defeating Pepper Fire by one-and-three-quarter lengths in a fast 29.94.
Crudeli, who had three greyhounds engaged in the final, also nabbed third with Sassy Ginger (box seven); the race favourite, Astrozone (box four) finished fifth after missing the start for Paul Stuart.
2017 Perth Cup results
February 4, 2017. Cannington GWA First Prize: $150,000
Winner: Equanimty (Barcia Bale x She’s Historic) Born: March 2015 Blue Dog
Owner: Robbie Brankstone. Trainer: Enzo Crudeli.
Time: 29.94. Margins: 1.75 x 1.
Others in finishing order: Pepper Fire, Sassy Ginger, Times Square, Astrozone, Single Sticka, Kid Kansas, Starlight Asha.
The 2016 edition of the Perth Cup was taken out by Ima Wagtail, giving trainer John Iwanyk his first win at the highest level of racing after running second in the feature in 2007 and 2008 respectively. The son of Oaks Road and Aella was able to stalk the leaders throughout the race before switching to the outside in the home straight and finishing strongly to score by a nose over Tiggerlong Await, with Shared Equity a neck away in third spot.
2016 Perth Cup results
April 23, 2016. Cannington GWA First Prize $150,000
Winner: Ima Wagtail (Oaks Road x Aella) Born: March 2013 Black Dog
Owner: Norm Burke, Trainer: John Iwanyk, Time: 30.29. Margins: Nose x Nose.
Others in finishing order: Tiggerlong Await, Shared Equity, Ramifications, Blazin Bomber, Katsuro Sahara, Lorus Time, Miracle.
My Bro Fabio took out the final running of the Perth Cup on the old Cannington track. The son of Turanza Bale and Flamenco started from box eight and had to do it the hard way, coming from behind to score by one length over Whodat Knockin in a fast 30.34. My Bro Fabio retired later in the year as a three time group 1 winner with over $478,000 in career earnings.
2015 Perth Cup results
February 7, 2015. Cannington GWA First Prize $140,000
Winner: My Bro Fabio (Turanza Bale x Flamenco) Born March 2012 Black Dog
Trainer: Michelle Jones. Trainer: Brooke Ennis.
Time: 30.34 Margins: 1 x 5.
Others in Finishing Order: Whodat Knockin, Quartz Bale, Star Recall, Xtreme Knocka, Starlight Jack, Downlight, Astronomize.
Keybow announced his arrival on the biggest stage of greyhound racing with a determined win in the 2014 Perth Cup, giving family man Kel Lean his first group 1 winner as an owner. The son of Take The Kitty and Key Exit defeated a classy field including the likes of Star Recall, Zelemar Fever and Allen Deed to win by five and half lengths in 30.15.
2014 Perth Cup results
February 8, 2014. Cannington WAGRA. First Prize $140,000
Winner: Keybow (Take the Kitty x Key Exit) Dec 2011 Black Dog
Owner: Kelvin Lean. Trainer: Darren McDonald.
Time 30.15. Margins: 5.5 x 5.25
Others in finishing order: Saving Bundles, Star Recall, High Recall, Zelemar Fever, Sveta Monelli, Hillbilly Flash, Allen Deed.
2013: Superstar local Dyna Nalin gave Paul Stuart a night to remember, taking out the 2013 edition of WA’s biggest race. Stuart scored a group 1 double that night, with his sensational stayer Miata also taking out the Group 1 Galaxy over the 715m trip.
February 9, 2013. Western Australian GRA. First Prize: $140,000
Winner: Dyna Nalin (Ashom Bale x Tally Bale) March 2011 Black Dog.
Owner: Brendan Wheeler. Trainer: Paul Stuart.
Margins: 1.25 x 0.5 Time: 30.58
Other in finishing order: Grigorieva Bale, Hot Irish, Glen Gallon, Harry Monelli, Saving Bundles, Renegade Chief, Hello Good Bye.
Group 1 Perth Cup honour roll
1976 – Marcus Rate
1977 – Canonero’s Gift
1978 – Biafra’s Son
1979 – Rare Discovery
1980 – White Panther
1981 – General Jeff
1982 – Wotta Wizard
1983 – Superstar
1984 – Legatee
1985 – Supreme Carmen
1986 – Farquhar
1987 – Pretty Fearless
1988 – Karinya Flash
1989 – Miss Crisp
1990 – Sand Pebble
1991 – Frantic Night
1992 – Wynlee Supreme
1993 – Amy’s Doll
1994 – Just Like Whisky
1995 – Brisk Bill
1996 – Tenthill Doll
1997 – Star Tribute
1998 – Rapid Journey
1999 – Bliss Bale
2000 – Nifti Fire
2001 – Sammy Mint
2002 – Modern Assassin
2003 – Elgrando
2004 – Kilby Supreme
2005 – Sun Hero
2006 – Superman
2007 – Betty’s Angel
2008 – Size Can Matter
2009 – Miss Slick
2010 – High Earner
2011 – High Earner
2012 – Oaks Road
2013 – Dyna Nalin
2014 – Keybow
2015 – My Bro Fabio
2016 – Ima Wagtail
2017 – Equanimity
2018 – Trouper Monelli