Two Moons Top Sydney Cup Weights 2013

Weights for the highly-anticipated 2013 Sydney Cup were released by Racing NSW this week with reigning Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon and fellow imported stablemate Sea Mooninstalled as the 59kg co-top weights but both unlikely to run.


Sangster will jump Sydney Cup 2013 top-weight should the current heavy weights defect. Photo: Taron Clarke.

There are currently 70 early entries for this year’s $500,000 Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) due to run at the end of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival at Royal Randwick on April 27.

Owner Lloyd Williams’ head trainer Robert Hickmott is in with four of the top five heaviest weighted entries most notably Green Moon.

Winner of the world’s richest handicap during the spring the Montjeu six-year-old has had two runs this time in when fourth in both the Futurity Stakes behind crack colt All Too Hard and then fourth again behind another exciting young gun, Super Cool, in the Australian Cup at Flemington on March 9 but aren’t likely to continue onto the Sydney Cup.

Their stablemate Sea Moon meanwhile is rated a $12 chance in the latest Sydney Cup odds despite their hefty weight allocation and news they too are set to miss the clash.

A dual Group 1 minor place-getter in Europe the Beat Hollow stallion hasn’t raced since their eighth to Solemia in the Prix de L’Arc Triomphe in October at Longchamp with a first-up run down under still to be confirmed.

Hickmott’s two other Sydney Cup chances are then Sandown Classic winner Tanby (56kg) who caught the eye when third in the Australian Cup on March 9 and who is paying $13 to win, and seven-year-old Mourayan (55.5kg).

Sandwiched between all the Hickmott-trained hopes with 57kg is then exciting Kiwi raider Sangster with 57kg.

The horse is currently paying $10 as the co-second favourite in the Sydney Cup markets along with fellow New Zealand-trained Randwick Guineas winner It’s A Dundeel (54kg) whose grand final is more likely to be the $1.5 million Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) two weeks earlier.

Winner of the 2011 Victoria Derby Savabeel four-year-old Sangster travelled to Sydney last Saturday for the Ranvet Stakes where they finished a disappointing seventh to upset winner Foreteller.

They did however win the Auckland Cup back in the native NZ over the 3200m on March 6 and are considered a good chance on improving on their Ranvet form when getting back up in distance for the Cup next month.

Should Green Moon and Sea Moon both defect Sydney Cup weights will need to be raised at least one kilogram with Sangster to then wear the No. 1 saddlecloth.

The defending Sydney Cup winner Niwot meanwhile has 55.5kg, the same as their winning weight last autumn after weighs were raised at final acceptance stage, and pays $15 to go back-to-back in the two mile showdown, an equal price with Gai Waterhouse’s Geelong Cup winner Gatewood (53.5kg).

Niwot’s trainers Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes also prepare the current Sydney Cup betting favourite Maluckyday (54kg), the 2010 Melbourne Cup runner-up paying $7 on the back of their Ranvet Stakes third.

Other horses high up the futures Sydney Cup odds and their weight allocations then include Waterhouse’s Sky High Stakes winner at Rosehill last weekend Julienas ($11 / 53.5kg), the Chris Waller-trained Kelinni ($11 / 54.5kg) and the lightly-raced Hathras ($13 / 52kg).

Check out the official Sydney Cup 2013 weights and ballot in the table below with the final field to be announced on Wednesday April 24.

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2013 Sydney Cup Weights & Ballot

Royal Randwick – 27/04/2013

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 1= 59kg 114
2 SEA MOON (GB) Robert Hickmott 1= 59kg 114
3 SANGSTER (NZ) T Busuttin & N Young 3 57kg 110
4 TANBY Robert Hickmott 4 56kg 108
5 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 5= 55.5kg 107
6 NIWOT Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 5= 55.5kg 107
7 KELINNI (IRE) Chris Waller 8 54.5kg 105
8 IT’S A DUNDEEL (NZ) Murray Baker 5= 54kg 107
9 MALUCKYDAY (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 9= 54kg 104
10 TAC DE BOISTRON (FR) Michael Kent 9= 54kg 104
11 GATEWOOD (GB) Chris Waller 11= 53.5kg 103
12 JULIENAS (IRE) Gai Waterhouse 11= 53.5kg 103
13 SANAGAS (GER) Bart Cummings 11= 53.5kg 103
14 SHOOTOFF (NZ) Graeme Rogerson 11= 53.5kg 103
15 BLOOD BROTHA (NZ) Raymond Connors 16 53kg 102
16 NORSQUI Walter McShane 18 52.5kg 100
17 PERMIT (GB) Chris Waller 17 52.5kg 101
18 ABOVE ALL (GB) David Vandyke 52= 52kg 73
19 AGENT BAUER Gwenda Markwell 60= 52kg 70
20 ALIYANA TILDE Kerry Parker 34 52kg 86
21 ALTONIO (NZ) Pat Carey 48= 52kg 76
22 ANGOLA Pat Carey 48= 52kg 76
23 BASS STRAIT (NZ) David Hayes 57= 52kg 71
24 BUDAI (GER) David Hayes 37= 52kg 84
25 BUFFETT (NZ) Bruce W Hill 63= 52kg 66
26 CHAPARRONE (NZ) Stephen Mckee 33 52kg 89
27 COLISEO Norm Gardner 26= 52kg 92
28 DAME CLAIRE (NZ) Pat Carey 23 52kg 96
29 DANCE WITH HER David Brideoake & David Feek 11= 52kg 103
30 DEEP COVE (NZ) Bevan Laming 68 52kg 58
31 DRAGONZONE Bart Cummings 62 52kg 67
32 DUELLING GODDESS (NZ) Joanna Methven 70 52kg 47
33 EMERITUS (NZ) Anthony Cummings 66 52kg 62
34 EPINGLE (NZ) Michael Kent 42= 52kg 80
35 FRENCH GIFT Steve Hodge 54= 52kg 72
36 GAZZA GURU Stephen Farley 35= 52kg 85
37 GERONTIUS David Hayes 60= 52kg 70
38 GREEN ROLLER David Hayes 57= 52kg 71
39 GUNS AT FIVE (NZ) Chris Wood 31= 52kg 90
40 HATHRAS (GB) Kris Lees 47 52kg 77
41 HIPPOPUS (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 57= 52kg 71
42 HULA LUA (NZ) Michael Kent 44= 52kg 79
43 KUTCHINSKY Danny O’Brien 30 52kg 91
44 LE ROI (GER) Tony McEvoy 21= 52kg 97
45 LUCKY ANGEL Tony Vasil 37= 52kg 84
46 LUNAYIR (FR) Chris Waller 24= 52kg 94
47 MACEDONIAN (NZ) Peter G Moody 26= 52kg 92
48 MR MONOPOLIZE (GB) Gai Waterhouse 63= 52kg 66
49 MR PEDANTIC (NZ) Trevor Bailey 67 52kg 60
50 MY HIGHLIGHT (NZ) Craig Ritchie 52= 52kg 73
51 NEVER FORGET (FR) Peter G Moody 26= 52kg 92
52 NOW I SEE Tracey Bartley 50= 52kg 74
53 PELICANO Tony McEvoy 19= 52kg 99
54 PRINCE CHERI (FR) David Vandyke 42= 52kg 80
55 READINGS David Hayes 46 52kg 78
56 RED SHIFT (NZ) Pat Carey 54= 52kg 72
57 SAINTLY SUN Joseph Pride 65 52kg 65
58 SHADOWS IN THE SUN Anthony Cummings 21= 52kg 97
59 SHE HAPPENED Gai Waterhouse 69 52kg 57
60 STAND TO GAIN (IRE) Bob Challis 31= 52kg 90
61 SUPERVISOR (NZ) David Haworth 54= 52kg 72
62 THUBIAAN (USA) Chris Waller 40 52kg 82
63 THY (NZ) Peter G Moody 24= 52kg 94
64 TREMEC (NZ) John P Thompson 26= 52kg 92
65 UNCHAIN MY HEART David Hayes 41 52kg 81
66 URBAN EXPLORER (NZ) Jim Conlan 50= 52kg 74
67 VATUVEI Peter G Moody 19= 52kg 99
68 VITTORIA (NZ) Michael Kent 44= 52kg 79
69 WHY NOT (GER) David Hayes 35= 52kg 85
70 ZARA DANCER (NZ) Bruce Wallace 39 52kg 83