Cedarberg Unlikely to Run in 2011 Sydney Cup Field

Connections of one of the early favourites for the $500,000 Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m), Cedarberg, have announced the last-start winner of The BMW is an unlikely runner in the testing two-mile feature at Randwick on Saturday April 23.

Cedarberg

Cedarberg is more likely to target the Queen Elizabeth Stakes than the Sydney Cup on April 23

Four-year-old Helenus gelding Cedarberg burst into Sydney Cup contention with an upset victory in the $2.25 million Group 1 The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill on April 2, beating home Mourayan by an easy 1 ¼ lengths despite carrying a hefty 58.5kg.

The elite level win saw bookies slash their price on Cedarberg in the ante-post Sydney Cup markets, the Pat Carey-trained galloper now the close $7.50 second favourite behind Lloyd William’s Mourayan.

However Cedarberg’s owner-breeder Trevor Delroy has told The West Australian that they are likely to bypass the Sydney Cup and contest the shorter-distanced Queen Elizabeth Stakes at the same meeting instead.

The Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes offers the same $500,000 in prize money but is run over a more suitable 2000m.

With rain likely to continue in Sydney throughout the remainder of the month, Delroy expressed concerns over running Cedarberg over the two-mile Cup distance on a wet track.

“I think it is unlikely he will go into the Sydney Cup,” Delroy said.

“I know he is pitched in on the weight, but there is a chance the Cup could be run on a wet track and running on a bog over 3200m is risky.

“The Queen Elizabeth is run on the same day and has the same money.”

Cedarberg is one of 85 horses nominated for the 2011 Schweppes Sydney Cup and has been allocated just 51kg for the showdown.

Other horses fancied to become the Sydney Cup winner in the current markets include Lee Freedman’s High Chaparral five-year-old Above Average ($8.50), improving Galileo four-year-old Linton ($11) who ran third in The BMW, Peter Moody’s Zabeel gelding Macedonian ($12) and the Anthony Cummings-trained veteran Zavite ($12).

Acceptances for the Sydney Cup will be taken on Wednesday April 20 with the final field and barrier draw published here first at Races.com.au.

2011 Schweppes Sydney Cup Ballot & Weights

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 DESCARADO (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 1 58kg 115
2 ZAVITE (NZ) Anthony Cummings 2 57.5kg 114
3 LINTON Robert Hickmott 3 55kg 109
4 HAWK ISLAND (IRE) Chris Waller 4= 54.5kg 108
5 ILLUSTRIOUS BLUE (GB) David Payne 4= 54.5kg 108
6 C’EST LA GUERRE (NZ) Robert Hickmott 7= 53.5kg 106
7 SPEED GIFTED (GB) Lee Freedman 7= 53.5kg 106
8 LORNE DANCER Gai Waterhouse 9 53kg 105
9 ONCE WERE WILD Gai Waterhouse 4= 52.5kg 108
10 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 10= 52kg 103
11 SHOWCAUSE Frank Ritchie 10= 52kg 102
12 ABOVE AVERAGE (IRE) Lee Freedman 12= 51.5kg 100
13 LARRY’S NEVER LATE (NZ) Jim Conlan 12= 51.5kg 101
14 MUIR (GB) Robert Hickmott 12= 51.5kg 100
15 TINSELTOWN (NZ) Michael Moroney 12= 51.5kg 101
16 ABSOLUTELYAWESOME (NZ) Michael Moroney 62 51kg 78
17 AJHAR (USA) Lee Freedman 52= 51kg 84
18 ALEXANDER OF HALES (USA) Chris Waller 36= 51kg 92
19 ANUDJAWUN (NZ) Shaun Dwyer 67= 51kg 73
20 BEIJING BOY (NZ) Chris Waller 33= 51kg 93
21 BERLIOZ (NZ) David Hayes 52= 51kg 84
22 BID SPOTTER Graeme Rogerson 22= 51kg 96
23 CEDARBERG Pat Carey 18= 51kg 97
24 COUNT ENCOSTA John P Thompson 38= 51kg 91
25 CYBER CRIME Guy Walter 82 51kg 60
26 DAVCON Heath Conners 51 51kg 85
27 DOOSRA DIAMOND Bob Challis 49= 51kg 86
28 DOSTANA (NZ) Bob Thomsen 84= 51kg 55
29 ESKIMO DAN (NZ) Bevan Laming 22= 51kg 96
30 FAST FUTURE (NZ) Russell Cameron 16 51kg 99
31 FAZZA (NZ) Jeff Lynds 40= 51kg 89
32 GALIZANI John P Thompson 70= 51kg 72
33 GALLANT LADY Lee Freedman 58= 51kg 79
34 GUDERIAN Paul Perry 70= 51kg 72
35 HALFWAYTOLONDON Ken Callaughan 76= 51kg 67
36 HARMONY (NZ) Peter G Moody 73= 51kg 71
37 HE’S UNDER THE GUN (NZ) Michael Moroney 56 51kg 83
38 I’M JAKE (NZ) David Brideoake 65 51kg 75
39 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan 45 51kg 88
40 KING DIAMOND Mark Kavanagh 18= 51kg 97
41 KING LIONHEART Gai Waterhouse 57 51kg 80
42 LARISTAN (FR) David Hayes 22= 51kg 96
43 LOOSE CHANGE (NZ) David Haworth 33= 51kg 93
44 MACEDONIAN (NZ) Peter G Moody 17 51kg 98
45 MARKAB Bart Cummings 75 51kg 69
46 MARTIAL LAW (IRE) Robert Hickmott 63= 51kg 76
47 MISS DARCEY Anthony Cummings 40= 51kg 89
48 MISS KEEPSAKE (NZ) Joseph Pride 28= 51kg 95
49 MONTAHLIA (NZ) Michael Kent 40= 51kg 89
50 MOUNT EVEREST Lee Freedman 66 51kg 74
51 MR CHARLIE (NZ) Peter G Moody 38= 51kg 91
52 MR CONSOLIDATOR Leon Corstens 78 51kg 66
53 MR PONZI (NZ) Joseph Pride 67= 51kg 73
54 MR TIPSY (NZ) Murray & Bjorn Baker 22= 51kg 96
55 MUKARRAR David Hayes 81 51kg 62
56 NAZABEEL (NZ) Shaun Dwyer 80 51kg 63
57 OLDER THAN TIME Gai Waterhouse 18= 51kg 97
58 OUR CANNAVARO (NZ) Chris Waller 58= 51kg 79
59 OUR SERENA Pat Carey 58= 51kg 79
60 PERGOLA (NZ) Colin & Cindy Alderson 46= 51kg 87
61 PLATINUM PASSION Michael Moroney 52= 51kg 84
62 POPNAE Guy Walter 79 51kg 64
63 POWER TO SURPRISE (NZ) Joseph Pride 73= 51kg 71
64 ROI D’JEU (NZ) Shaune Ritchie 40= 51kg 89
65 RUBINACCI Tony Vasil 49= 51kg 86
66 SADDLER’S STORY Robert Smerdon 36= 51kg 92
67 SAINT ENCOSTA John P Thompson 28= 51kg 95
68 SANDBERG Guy Walter 63= 51kg 76
69 SCOTTISH BORDER Garry Frazer 40= 51kg 89
70 SCOUTING WIDE (NZ) Tim Martin 32 51kg 94
71 SHADOW MINISTER Garry White 58= 51kg 79
72 SHAMOLINE WARRIOR Mark Kavanagh 28= 51kg 95
73 SHOW DANCER (NZ) Bart Cummings 83 51kg 56
74 SOLID BILLING Craig Ritchie 22= 51kg 96
75 SPACE STATION Bede Murray 84= 51kg 55
76 STAND TO GAIN (IRE) Chris Waller 52= 51kg 84
77 STRIKE ONE (GB) Chris Waller 28= 51kg 95
78 THE PARTY STAND (NZ) Roger James 18= 51kg 97
79 THE PATRIOT Luke Price 76= 51kg 67
80 TRIUMPHANT CHOICE Peter G Moody 70= 51kg 72
81 VESPER Robert Hickmott 33= 51kg 93
82 VIVID VIXEN (NZ) Mick Price 22= 51kg 96
83 WELL HANDLED David Payne 67= 51kg 73
84 ZARA DANCER (NZ) Bruce Wallace 46= 51kg 87
85 ZAUBERIN Russell Cameron 46= 51kg 87