Americain Tops 2012 Sydney Cup Weights & Odds

The premier staying event of the autumn is only a month away with the Sydney Cup 2012 to light up Royal Randwick on April 28, former Melbourne Cup winner Americain heading both the weights and early odds for the classic.

Americain

Americain has been allocated topweight with 60.5kg for the 2012 Sydney Cup next month

Of the 80 gallopers nominated for this year’s edition of the $500,000 Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m), the now David Hayes-trained Americain has been allocated the hefty 60.5kg topweight.

Winner of the 2010 Melbourne Cup over the same testing two-mile distance as the Sydney Cup, the previously French-trained champion debuted for Hayes on March 10 with an excellent first-up third behind Manighar and Southern Speed in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m).

Despite their big Sydney Cup weight, Americain remains the favourite in the futures Sydney Cup odds at bookmaker.com.au paying $5.

They are also the firm favourite at a quote of $2.50 to win their next major autumn assignment, the $2.25 million Group 1 The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill on April 7 where they are sure to relish the step-up in distance.

Following Americain in the Sydney Cup weights is their last-start conqueror, fellow European import Manighar with 58.5kg.

Manighar has been a true autumn star having joined Peter Moody’s Melbourne-based operation at the end of the spring, coming back this year to win three of their four starts.

Two of those three victories have been Group 1’s with Manaighar backing up from their close Australian Cup success to score a similarly narrow win in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill last Saturday.

Manighar currently occupies the third line of Sydney Cup betting at bookmaker.com.au paying $7.

Sandwiched in between Americain and Manighar in the Sydney Cup markets for 2012 is then Niwot at $6.50.

The Hawkes-trained Galileo seven-year-old, winner of the Group 3 The Lexus Stakes (2500m) at Flemington last Derby Day, was last seen finishing a good fourth to Manighar in the Ranvet Stakes and they are nicely weighted for the Sydney Cup with 54kg.

Lloyd Williams’ 2007 Melbourne Cup hero Efficient ($21 bookmaker.com.au) is the third heaviest weighted nominee for the Sydney Cup with 56.5kg, followed by last-start Adelaide Cup runner-up Drunken Sailor ($11 bookmaker.com.au) and Kiwi stayer Wall Street ($61 bookmaker.com.au) on 55.5kg.

Other notable chances above the 52kg minimum weight include Gai Waterhouse’s 2010 The Metropolitan winner Herculian Prince ($17 bookmaker.com.au), Bart Cummings’ German import Illo ($11 bookmaker.com.au) and Graeme Rogerson’s New Zealand mare Scarlett Lady all on 54kg.

Savabeel four-year-old Scarlett Lady, winner of the NZ Stakes at the start of the month, is also the only other Sydney Cup hope currently under double figures in the bookmaker.com.au markets paying $9.

Reigning Sydney Cup winner Stand To Gain, meanwhile, has been allocated 52.5kg, one kilogram less than they carried to victory in the wet 12 months ago.

See below for the full 2012 Sydney Cup weights and ballot.

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2012 Sydney Cup Weights & Ballot

Saturday April 28, 2012

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 AMERICAIN (USA) David Hayes 1 60.5kg 118
2 MANIGHAR (FR) Peter G Moody 2 58.5kg 114
3 EFFICIENT (NZ) Robert Hickmott 3= 56.5kg 110
4 DRUNKEN SAILOR (IRE) Michael Moroney 6= 55.5kg 108
5 WALL STREET (NZ) Michael Moroney 3= 55.5kg 110
6 ZAVITE (NZ) Anthony Cummings 8 55kg 107
7 HERCULIAN PRINCE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 9= 54kg 105
8 ILLO (GER) Bart Cummings 9= 54kg 105
9 NIWOT Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 9= 54kg 105
10 PRECEDENCE (NZ) Bart Cummings 9= 54kg 105
11 SCARLETT LADY (NZ) Graeme & Debbie Rogerson 5 54kg 109
12 HAWK ISLAND (IRE) Chris Waller 13= 53.5kg 104
13 ONCE WERE WILD Gai Waterhouse 6= 53.5kg 108
14 TULLAMORE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 13= 53.5kg 104
15 BOOMING (NZ) Jeff Lynds 16 52.5kg 101
16 ROTHERA Peter G Moody 15 52.5kg 102
17 STAND TO GAIN (IRE) Chris Waller 17= 52.5kg 100
18 ADROITLY Peter Snowden 43= 52kg 85
19 AGENT BAUER Gwenda Markwell 63 52kg 74
20 ALMODOVAR (NZ) Peter G Moody 51= 52kg 81
21 ANUDJAWUN (NZ) Shaun Dwyer 33= 52kg 89
22 BEIJING BOY (NZ) Chris Waller 28 52kg 93
23 BIG TIME Chris Waller 61= 52kg 75
24 BLACK AND BENT Robert Smerdon 20= 52kg 98
25 BRAYROAN (NZ) Chris Waller 45= 52kg 84
26 BUCCELLATI (GB) Michael Moroney 36= 52kg 88
27 BUDAI (GER) David Hayes 20= 52kg 98
28 COLISEO Norm Gardner 47= 52kg 83
29 CROSS CONSTANCE Patrick F Ryan 69 52kg 69
30 DON’T PUT IT THERE (NZ) Jim & Greg Lee 70= 52kg 66
31 DUBLIN DARLIN (NZ) Shaun Dwyer 77 52kg 57
32 ENDOR (NZ) Graeme & Debbie Rogerson 57= 52kg 77
33 GALIZANI John P Thompson 20= 52kg 98
34 HANKS Peter G Moody 31= 52kg 91
35 HINDU’S GIRL Keith Horobin 79 52kg 52
36 I’M JAKE (NZ) David Brideoake & David Feek 29= 52kg 92
37 INNOCENT LADY (NZ) Graeme & Mark Sanders 36= 52kg 88
38 JIMMY FORTUNES Michael Clout 45= 52kg 84
39 KASAFUEGO Dennis Watling 80 52kg 50
40 KELINNI (IRE) Chris Waller 66= 52kg 72
41 KING DIAMOND Peter G Moody 23= 52kg 96
42 KINNERSLEY Gai Waterhouse 53 52kg 80
43 KUTCHINSKY Tony Noonan 33= 52kg 89
44 LEICA LARRIKIN Les Bridge 31= 52kg 91
45 MARDEN (IRE) Chris Waller 54 52kg 79
46 MAXIMUS GLADIATOR David Vandyke 64= 52kg 73
47 MERCHANDISE (GB) Chris Waller 59= 52kg 76
48 MONTGOMERY (NZ) Colin & Cindy Alderson 33= 52kg 89
49 MR MONOPOLIZE (GB) Gai Waterhouse 76 52kg 58
50 MUIRFIELD (NZ) Michael Moroney 36= 52kg 88
51 NEXTANIX Kerry Parker 43= 52kg 85
52 NORSQUI Walter McShane 19 52kg 99
53 OLDER THAN TIME Gai Waterhouse 17= 52kg 100
54 OLYMPIC WIN (NZ) Robert Smerdon 29= 52kg 92
55 OUR SERENA Pat Carey 47= 52kg 83
56 PEAL OF BELLS Gwenda Markwell 74= 52kg 63
57 PERMIT (GB) Chris Waller 36= 52kg 88
58 PLANET PURPLE Kerry Parker 70= 52kg 66
59 PRAECIDO (NZ) David Payne 26= 52kg 94
60 PRIDE OF COUPEZ Ken Keys 47= 52kg 83
61 RAIN DRUM Gai Waterhouse 59= 52kg 76
62 REBEL SOLDIER (IRE) David Hayes 41 52kg 87
63 REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 51= 52kg 81
64 ROI D’JEU (NZ) Craig Ritchie 26= 52kg 94
65 ROWLAND Robbie Laing 55= 52kg 78
66 SADDLER’S STORY Robert Smerdon 36= 52kg 88
67 SANDBERG Guy Walter 66= 52kg 72
68 SHOWCAUSE Frank Ritchie 23= 52kg 96
69 SNAKE DANCER Keith Horobin 74= 52kg 63
70 SO LIGHT Sarah Murray-Leslie 72 52kg 65
71 SOLID BILLING Craig Ritchie 25 52kg 95
72 SURIN Anthony Cummings 78 52kg 55
73 TEMPELTEN (NZ) Scott Lucock 57= 52kg 77
74 TENBY LADY (USA) Gai Waterhouse 55= 52kg 78
75 TENNO (NZ) Michael Kent 61= 52kg 75
76 THE GREAT SNOWMAN (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 64= 52kg 73
77 TWO FOR TEA (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 50 52kg 82
78 UNDER THE SUN (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 73 52kg 64
79 WESTERN SYMBOL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 42 52kg 86
80 YOU THINK SO (NZ) Michael Kent 68 52kg 70