ROMA CUP BACKGROUND

  • The Roma Cup is a Group 3 race for open sprinters conducted by Perth Racing at Ascot in Perth.
  • It is run over 1200m under Weight For Age conditions.
  • The Roma Cup is the first of a series of WFA races during the winter in Perth. The Belmont Sprint, Hyperion Stakes and Strickland Stakes follow.
  • Perth’s premier winter sprint was first run in 1966 and won by Summer Storm, a six-year-old gelding that was trained by Harold Campbell and ridden by Danny Miller.
  • The Roma Cup was run over 2000m in 1966, 1600m in 1967, 1968 & 1974, 1400m in 1969-79 and 1200m since 1980. From 1980 it has held Group 3 status.
  • In 1968 Drynoch was first past the post but lost on protest to Santaland

ROMA CUP JOCKEYS SINCE 2000

  • Paul Harvey: Papillion (1999), Star System (2000m), Modem (2004) & No Questions (2007).
  • Jarrad Noske: Rock Magic (2017-2018).
  • John Claite: El Presidente (2008) & Vain Raider (2010).
  • Shaun O’Donnell: Luckygray (2012-2015).
  • Jason Brown: Avenida Madero (2005) & Magnifisio (2014).
  • Dan Staeck: Grand Nirvana (2009-2011).

 ROMA CUP TRAINERS SINCE 2000

  • Trevor Andrews: Modem (2004), No Questions (2007) & Luckygray (2015).
  • Jim Taylor: Avenida Madero (2005), Vain Raider (2010) & Magnifisio (2014).
  • Fred Kersley: Is Amazing (2006), Grand Nirvana (2009-2011).

ROMA CUP GENDER SINCE 2000

  • Geldings have won the Roma Cup 16 times and mares on six occasions.
  • The previous mare to win: Magnifisio (2014).

ROMA CUP BARRIERS SINCE 2000

  • Barriers 3, 4, 6, 9 & 11 have recorded three wins.
  • No wins from barrier 1, 7, 13, 14,15 & 16.

MULTIPLE ROMA CUP WINNERS

  • Multiple Roma Cups: Clear Mak (1973-1974), Tangiers (1980-1981), Wild Side (1982-1983), Doctor Golly (1992-1993), Grand Nirvana (2009-2011), Luckygray (2012-14) & Rock Magic (2017-18)

LEAD UP RACES SINCE 2000

  • 11 of the winners were first up.
  • 4 were winners at their previous starts.
  • 5 were placed at their previous runs.
  • Rock Magic ran second last in the G1 T.J.Smith at Randwick before winning the 2017 Roma Cup.
  • Kaprats ran fourth in the Bolton Sprint before taking out the 2002 edition of the Roma Cup.

FAVOURITES SINCE 2000

  • Seven favourites have been successful. The shortest-priced winner: Luckygray $1.55 (2012).
  • Last year’s winner, Money Matters, the longest-priced winner at $26.

FASTEST TIME SINCE 2000:

Is Amazing 1:09:94sec.

BIGGEST WINNING MARGIN SINCE 2000

  • Luckygray: 3 ½ lengths defeating Our Ol’ Fella & Grand Nirvana (2012).
  • Rock Magic 3 ¼ lengths defeating stable mates Battle Hero & Durendal (2018).

ROMA CUP WINNERS SINCE 2000                          

2021 Money Matters Joe Azzopardi Adam Durrant
2020 Vega Magic Pat Carbery Sean & Jake Casey
2019 Vital Silver Peter Hall Dan & Ben Pearce
2018 Rock Magic Jarrad Noske Chris Gangemi
2017 Rock Magic Jarrad Noske Chris Gangemi
2016 Battle Hero William Pike Grant Williams
2015 Luckygray Shaun O’Donnell Trevor Andrews
2014 Magnifisio Jason Brown Jim Taylor
2013 Power Princess Peter Knuckey Simon Miller
2012 Luckygray Shaun O’Donnell Gino Poletti
2011 Grand Nirvana Dan Staeck Fred Kersley
2010 Vain Raider John Claite Jim Taylor
2009 Grand Nirvana Dan Staeck Fred Kersley
2008 El Presidente John Claite Bruce Watkins
2007 No Questions Paul Harvey Trevor Andrews
2006 Is Amazing Shaun McGruddy Fred Kersley
2005 Avenida Madero Jason Brown Jim Taylor
2004 Modem Paul Harvey Trevor Andrews
2003 Tribula Alana Williams Arthur Mortimer
2002 Kaprats Paul King Warren Radford
2001 Secret Remedy Tim Stubberfield Neville Parnham
2000 Star System Paul Harvey Frank Maynard

Julio Santarelli