History Of Roma Cup

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ROMA CUP BACKGROUND

  • 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 1969-70 and 1200m from 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

  • Tom Pike and Paul Harvey hold the best Roma Cup riding record with four wins:
  • Pike: Firelight (1969), Star Glitter (1971), Tangiers (1980) & Hanging In (1986)
  • Harvey: Papillion (1999), Star System (2000m), Modem (2004) & No Questions (2007).
  • Mark Sestich, Paul Dyson and Paul King have won the race on three occasions.

ROMA CUP TRAINERS

  • Len Pike has trained a record 4 winners: Firelight (1969), Star Glitter (1971), Super Red (1976) & Hanging In (1986).
  • Albie Beckett, Brian Boyle, Buster O’Malley, Trevor Andrews, Jim Taylor and Fred Kersley have won the Roma Cup three times.
  • Beckett: Chemech (1967), Wabasso (1994) & Double Blue (1998).
  • Boyle: Bernvale (1972), Private Section (1977) & National Boy (1979).
  • O’Malley: Wild Side (1982-1983) & Century God (1990).
  • Andrews: Modem (2004), No Questions (2007) & Luckygray (2015).
  • Taylor: Avenida Madero (2005), Vain Raider (2010) & Magnifisio (2014).
  • Kersley: Is Amazing (2006)& Grand Nirvana (2009-2011).
  • Grant Williams, now in co-partnership with partner Alana Williams, won the 2016 Roma Cup with Battle Hero.
  • Alana Williams can win it a second time after riding Tribula in 2003.

ROMA CUP GENDER

  • Geldings have won the Roma Cup on 31 occasions including nine out of the past 11 years.
  • Entires have taken out the race seven times and mares on nine occasions, the latest Magnifisio (2014).
  • Wildside is the only successful filly to win the Roma Cup (1983).

ROMA CUP BARRIERS

  • Barrier four is the most successful Roma Cup starting position with seven wins.
  • Barriers five, six and 10 have the next best record with six wins each.
  • Barriers one and three has taken the race out five times.
  • Barriers two and 11 have won four races apiece.
  • Barriers 13, 14 and 15 are the least successful with no wins.

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)

FASTEST TIME (1200M)

  • Century God: 1.09.73sec (1980).

ROMA CUP AGE

  • Four year-olds have won the Roma Cup on 21 occassions.
  • Five-year-olds have been successful 13 times.
  • Rock Magic, as an eight-year-old last year, is the oldest horse to win the Roma Cup.

ROMA CUP WINNERS SINCE 2000

2018 Rock Magic William Pike Chris Gangemi
2017 Rock Magic Jarrad Noske Chris Gangemi
2016 Battlle Hero William Pike Grant Williams
2015 Luckygray Shaun O’Donnell Trevor Andrews
2014 Magnifisio Jim Taylor Jason Brown
2013 Power Princess Simon Miller Peter Knuckey
2012 Luckgray Gino Poletti Shaun O’Donnell
2011 Grand Nirvana Fred Kersley Dan Staeck
2010 Vain Raider Jim Taylor John Claite
2009 Grand Nirvana Fred Kersley Dan Staeck
2008 El Presidente Bruce Watkins John Claite
2007 No Questions Trevor Andrews Paul Harvey
2006 Is Amazing Fred Kersley Shaun McGruddy
2005 Avenida Madero Jim Taylor Jason Brown
2004 Modem Trevor Andrews Paul Harvey
2003 Tribula Arthur Mortimer Alana Williams
2002 Kaprats Warren Radford Paul King
2001 Secret Remedy Neville Parnham Tim Stubberfield
2000 Star System Frank Maynard Paul Harvey

Julio Santarelli
www.rwwa.com.au

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