Latest 2014 Sydney Cup Odds – The Offer Sole Favourite

The Offer

After winning the Chairman's Handicap The Offer is hot 2014 Sydney Cup favourite. Photo: Steve Hart.

Gai Waterhouse’s chances of securing just her second Sydney Cup victory were boosted over the weekend with her flying five-year-old The Offer securing sole favouritism for the big one after their Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) win in the wet at Randwick.

The Montjeu gelding was, pre-Chairman’s victory, sharing top spot in the 2014 Sydney Cup odds with Ranvet Stakes – The BMW winner Silent Achiever.

Now the lightly raced Irish import is clear favourite at $2.80 following their weekend win coupled with the news the Roger James-trained Silent Achiever will not stretch to the two miles of the $1 million Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) on Saturday.

Instead the in-form Kiwi mare will look for her shot at the incredible $2.4 million winner’s cheque in the $4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) for which she’s $4.40 second pick to win behind Waterhouse’s Ranvet Stakes runner-up Carlton House ($3.40).

Over the years Waterhouse has saddled up 18 Sydney Cup horses but has enjoyed just the one win, a record she’s out to improve this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival with The Offer.

There are 54 stayers making up the Sydney Cup nominations, 10 of which are trained by Waterhouse.

The Offer has won their past two on the trot by impressive margins, the known mudlark relishing two Heavy (9) tracks to win the Group 3 NE Manion Cup (2400m) at Rosehill on March 29 and then the Chairman’s on the weekend by a combined six lengths.

The Chairman’s is the ideal Sydney Cup lead-up historically too with 18 of the last 29 Sydney Cup winners coming via the race the weekend before.

Since 1986 seven of those have completed the double, most recently Jessicabeel (2010).

It also bode well if they start top of the Sydney Cup betting markets as five of the past 10 Sydney Cup favourites have saluted, most recently Niwot (2012).

The Chairman’s was an emotional win for jockey Tommy Berry, who has had two Sydney Cup rides for zero wins, as he dedicated it to his late twin brother and fellow hoop Nathan.

Berry is confident The Offer has what it takes to go up to the 3200m this weekend, believing the distance is a non-issue.

“He will run 5000m,” he told The Courier Mail.

“He has an electric turn of foot, but he doesn’t give you much of a feel in the run.”

Waterhouse was equally as bullish leading up to the big one.

“Just back him in the Sydney Cup, he will bolt in,” she said.

Following The Offer at single figures in the pre-field Sydney Cup markets are then

  • Voleuse De Coeurs ($7) – Irish St Leger winning mare now prepared down under by Michael Moroney, has had three starts here including two fifths this time in behind Fiorente in the Australian Cup and Silent Achiever in The BMW
  • Sertorius ($7.50) – Jamie Edwards-trained improver was a Ranvet fifth, The BMW fourth and then fourth again on the weekend in a brave Chairman’s run
  • Who Shot Thebarman ($8) – Kiwi raider looking to make their mark on Sydney soil this autumn, has won four of their past five back home most recently producing a clear victory over the 3200m in the Auckland Cup, proven in the wet (which they’ll likely get again on Saturday) and the distance so a definite danger

Other well fancied hopes at more generous prices then include the reigning Sydney Cup winner Mourayan ($11), the Peter Snowden-trained Australian Derby runner-up from last Saturday Tupac Amaru ($11), the Chris Waller-trained Brigantin ($13) and Chairman’s Handicap runner-up Tremec ($13).

It’s a logjam of hopes under $20 in the markets too with others in the top half of betting including NE Manion runner-up Opinion ($14), Hobart – Launceston Cup double champ Epingle ($15), Red Ransom mare Let’s Make Adeal ($16), Australian Cup second placed Green Moon ($17) and Waterhouse’s next bets hope Hippopus ($18) who ran third in the Chairman’s.

These markets are set to shorten tomorrow after the official Sydney Cup 2014 field is released, final acceptances closing at 12pm (AEST).

Stay tuned to to view the field, making sure you head over to too to get in on the Sydney Cup action now before prices on your favourites come in!

2014 Sydney Cup Nominations

# Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 ANAGOLD Mick Price 90
2 ANGOLA Pat Carey 83
3 BAYRIR (FR) Chris Waller 103
4 BLACK TYCOON Justin Warwick 103
5 BLOODBUZZ OHIO Gary Portelli 59
6 BRIGANTIN (USA) Chris Waller 102
7 COOLDINI Robert Smerdon 96
8 DESERT JEUNEY Nigel Blackiston 90
9 EPINGLE (NZ) Michael Kent 105
10 FIFTH COLUMN Gerard Betros 67
11 FIORENTE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse 118
12 GALLATIN Peter Snowden 70
13 GONDOKORO (NZ) Pat Carey 101
14 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 113
15 HIPPOPUS (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 86
16 IBICENCO (GER) Peter G Moody 105
17 JULIENAS (IRE) Gai Waterhouse 105
18 JUNOOB (GB) Chris Waller 94
19 LET’S MAKE ADEAL Nigel Blackiston 99
20 LIKE A CAROUSEL Ken Keys 75
21 LUNAYIR (FR) Chris Waller 91
22 MACEDONIAN (NZ) Peter G Moody 89
23 MASSIYN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 101
24 MORIARTY (IRE) Chris Waller 109
25 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 111
26 OPINION (IRE) Chris Waller 99
27 ORDER OF THE SUN Gai Waterhouse 73
28 PENTOMETER (NZ) Chris Waller 78
29 PERMIT (GB) Chris Waller 104
30 POET’S FORTUNE Anthony Cummings 63
31 PRINCE CHERI (FR) David Vandyke 100
32 PROJECTILE Gai Waterhouse 79
33 RAWNAQ David Hayes 78
34 RETORT COURTEOUS (NZ) Steve Englebrecht 65
35 SCOTTISH BALLET Pam Webber 53
36 SERTORIUS Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington 105
37 SESENTUM (GB) Gai Waterhouse 67
38 SHIKRA Peter Snowden 64
39 SHOW THE WORLD (NZ) Murray Baker 76
40 SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ) Roger James 111
41 SPRING CHEER (NZ) Kevin Myers 98
42 SUMMERBLISS Michael Kent 80
43 SURPASS (NZ) Michael Moroney 85
44 TAMARIZ Gai Waterhouse 72
45 TANBY Robert Hickmott 103
46 TENBY LADY (USA) Gai Waterhouse 77
47 THE OFFER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse 95
48 TREMEC (NZ) John P Thompson 98
49 TUPAC AMARU Peter Snowden 70
51 VAQUERA (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 89
52 VAYAKHAN (FR) David Vandyke 69
53 VOLEUSE DE COEURS (IRE) Michael Moroney 113
54 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Mark Oulaghan 105


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