2013 Sydney Cup Hopes Contest Randwick City Stakes

This Saturday at Warwick Farm Racecourse Randwick Guineas Day will get underway with the $100,000 Listed Randwick City Stakes (2200m) where a field of potential Sydney Cup 2013 runners will face off.


Permit will continue towards the 2013 Sydney Cup racing in the Randwick City Stakes this weekend. Photo: Steve Hart.

Kicking the meeting off at 12:50pm (AEST) this year’s Randwick City Stakes field features eight hopefuls, five of which are also nominated for the classic $500,000 Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) at Royal Randwick on April 27.

One of these is 2011 Sydney Cup winner Stand To Gain from the stables of Chris Waller.

The veteran Hawk Wing seven-year-old hasn’t won a race since that big two mile triumph two years ago, the injury-prone stayer last seen running 24 lengths away seventh to Havana Rey in a 1600m race at Warwick Farm last month where they failed to let down on the Heavy (10) track.

Waller’s other Sydney Cup chance this year racing in the Randwick City Stakes is then Permit in barrier three with Hugh Bowman in the saddle.

The Dansili six-year-old is two runs into their autumn preparation most recently running fifth in the Parramatta Cup in the wet at Rosehill.

Permit looked on track for last year’s Sydney cup winning their two lead-up runs including the Group 2 Chairman’s Quality (2600m) but failed to finish when injured during the big event.

Waller’s last start Warwick Farm winning five-year-old Marden will also join his two Sydney Cup bound stablemates in Saturday’s race jumping from barrier four with Peter Robl to ride.

Other notable stayers in the Randwick City Stakes field heading towards the end of season Group 1 include the Stephen Farley-trained Street Cry eight-year-old Gazza Guru, Steve Hodge’s relative unknown French Gift and progressive Zabeel four-year-old Tremec.

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2013 Randwick City Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Warwick Farm Race 1 – 12:50pm (AEST) – 16/03/2013

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 x826050x45 PERMIT (GB) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 3 59kg 101
2 00x8000Px7 STAND TO GAIN (IRE) Chris Waller Jason Collett 8 55kg 93
3 28238×8058 GAZZA GURU Stephen Farley Brenton Avdulla 7 54kg 85
4 113×050932 KAYPERS Greg Bennett Tommy Berry 6 54kg 85
5 x856223331 MARDEN (IRE) Chris Waller Peter Robl 4 54kg 83
6 7D685x4802 FRENCH GIFT Steve Hodge Jay Ford 2 54kg 74
7 1×33857122 NOW I SEE Tracey Bartley Kerrin McEvoy 1 54kg 74
8 72114×8112 TREMEC (NZ) John P Thompson Christian Reith 5 54kg 72