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.
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.
Acceptances revealing the Sydney Cup 2012 final field will be taken on Tuesday April 24.
You don’t have to wait until then to get your Sydney Cup bets down thanks to our preferred online bookie bookmaker.com.au who is offering generous odds on all the current nominees.
2012 Sydney Cup Weights & Ballot
Saturday April 28, 2012
|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|
|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|
|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|
|40||KELINNI (IRE)||Chris Waller||66=||52kg||72|
|41||KING DIAMOND||Peter G Moody||23=||52kg||96|
|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|
|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|
|66||SADDLER’S STORY||Robert Smerdon||36=||52kg||88|
|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|
|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|