Lucy Warwick was the only woman in the race and the second ever to win a Perth Cup.
Perth Cup delivers New Year’s Good Times
The TABtouch Perth Cup was a ripper start to 2018 with Material Man ridden by female Jockey Lucy Warwick and trained by her father Justin Warwick winning the iconic TABtouch Perth Cup on January 1, 2018.
At just 20, young West Australian talent, Lucy Warwick is carving up the field. In just three years, Lucy has moved from Apprentice Jockey, to racing group winners, Luci is only the second female Jockey to have won a Perth Cup in 132 years. This is the first father-daughter combination to win the Perth Cup, and another successful win for Justin who trained Black Tycoon to win the Perth Cup back in 2014.
Crowds waved goodbye to 2017 and enjoyed New Year’s Good Times with an action packed day of sensational racing featuring the Group Two $ 500,000 TABtouch Perth Cup and the Group Three La Trice Classic. Western Australia's oldest horse race, the Perth Cup, is an event with a rich history. Perth Racing’s Managing Director John Yovich said the race, first run in 1887, has played a part in many West Australian’s must do events.
In counting down the days until the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast in April 2018, Jockey William Pike made quite the entrance at this year’s TABtouch Perth Cup aboard premier thoroughbred Perfect Reflection, as part of the official Queen’s Baton Relay. The Queen’s Baton carries a message from Her Majesty the Queen around the Commonwealth and through the host nation to the start of the Commonwealth Games.
Perth Racing has attracted significant crowds across a very busy and successful Ascot Racing Carnival for 2017. The success story has seen the TABtouch Masters generate further national and international interest in 2017 to deliver a significant boost to crowd numbers, wagering and turnover.
“Today’s TABtouch Perth Cup rounds up a very successful Ascot Racing Carnival. Perth Racing set out to create an exciting Racing Carnival that brought together unique experiences in food, fashion and entertainment along with great racing. We’re thrilled with the crowds that came out to Ascot Racecourse to enjoy good times,” said Professor John Yovich, Managing Director of Perth Racing.
Revellers headed for the DJs, shady lawns and bean bags and mingled with friends and celebs such as Perth Cup Ambassador Nikki Gogan and local favourites San Cisco closing out another fabulous TABtouch Perth Cup day at Ascot Racecourse.
Crowds enjoyed the complimentary pamper lounge with free Hair & Makeup in the Bookies Pavilion, DJ Entertainment in the Mounting Yard all day, Bright & Cutts Acoustic Duo playing In the Flametree Lawn, the Tag Snaps Photo Booth Station, Flower Walls, a Red Bull Silent Disco and Food Trucks galore.
About the Queen’s Baton Relay
The Queen’s Baton Relay is a much loved tradition. The Queen’s Baton carries a message from Her Majesty the Queen around the Commonwealth and through the host nation to the start of the Commonwealth Games. The Games are declared officially open when the Queen’s Baton arrives at the Opening Ceremony. Her message is removed and read aloud. The Queen’s Baton Relay for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) is the longest and most accessible in history, travelling a record 388 days and 230,000 kilometres around the world, engaging with all nations and territories of the Commonwealth. In Australia, the Queen’s Baton will travel for 100 days through every state and territory. About 3,800 batonbearers will carry it as it makes its way to the Games Opening Ceremony on Wednesday 4 April on the Gold Coast.
Each host city designs their own Queen’s Baton. The GC2018 Queen’s Baton has been designed to reflect the people, place and spirit of the Gold Coast. It uses three distinct materials of macadamia wood, stainless steel and reclaimed plastic to represent our past, our present and our future. Its looped design captures the boundless energy of the Gold Coast; and the lights on the inside of the baton represent the warm spirit of the people inviting you to share in the excitement of the Games.