Ascot Races

Ascot Racetrack

Ascot Racetrack is a significant racecourse in Perth, Western Australia, located roughly 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) east of the Perth central business district, with the Perth Racing headquarters just across the street.

The Track

It is known as the “grand old lady” among Australian racetracks. It has a 2-kilometer (1.2-mile) track with contemporary, well-drained turf and a 300-metre (980-foot) course with an inclining straight rated by specialists as Australia’s most rigors stayer test.


The Tracks History

A race meeting was conducted on J. W. Hardey’s “Grove Farm” near the Swan River in 1848. Soon after, a location on Hardey’s farm was chosen for a permanent track, which became the Perth Race Course (later Ascot Racecourse). The West Australian Turf Club was founded in 1852.

In 1887, the first Perth Cup was held.

A railway was built to the northern side of Swan River, opposite the racetrack, in 1885. In 1897, the railway was extended over the river to the racecourse. In 1957, the railway and station were demolished.

Ascot Races

Most Famous Race Held At Ascot

The Perth Cup is a Perth Racing Group 2 Thoroughbred horse event held at Ascot Racecourse in Perth, Western Australia in January, generally on New Year’s Day, over a distance of 2,400 metres (1.5 mi). The total prize money available is $400,000.

The Last Five Winning Horses

  • 2023 – Buster Bash
  • 2022 – Midnight Blue
  • 2021 – Neufbosc
  • 2020 – Mississippi Delta
  • 2019 – Star Exhibit

Racecourse Parking

Ascot Racecourse features six public parking lots within easy walking distance of the course’s main gates. Gates 1, 2, 5, and 6 provide public parking, while gates 3 and 5 provide entrance to the Members carparks. All parking lots are open on racing days, including midweek.

ACROD bays are designated for those who require bigger berths and easy access to facilities. Parking in disabled parking bays is only permitted for motorists who have a current legal ACROD permit displayed on their vehicle’s dashboard.

They are located at the Leger, Members, and Matheson Road gate entries.

Individuals who use these bays without displaying a valid ACROD sticker will be issued an Infringement Notice with a fine of up to $300.00.

ACROD permits can be requested by calling (08) 9242 5544, sending an email, or visiting the ACROD website.

Wheelchair access is provided through our Food & Beverage office, which is located in the Grandstand’s service area. Michael Stewart can be reached at 9277 0775.

Directions To The Track