Protectionist Tops 2015 Sydney Cup Weights

Kris Lees’ German import and reigning Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist heads the Sydney Cup 2015 weights for this year’s The Championship’s staying showdown.

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Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist leads the 2015 Sydney Cup weights for this autumn’s two mile classic. Photo: Sarah Ebbett.

There are officially 91 horses nominated for the 150th edition of the $1.6 million Group 1 Schweppes Sydney Cup (3200m), the two mile classic heading the racing at Royal Randwick on Saturday April 11 – the second day of the coveted The Championships.

On Monday Sydney Cup weights were released by Racing NSW, Protectionist allocated the 58kg top weight.

  • Protectionist is the 58kg top weight and early favourite
  • Mourayan (2013) was the last Sydney Cup winner to carry 58kg to victory
  • Red Cadeaux (56.kg) and Dominant (56.5kg) are the next heaviest weighted
  • Rising Romance (53.5kg) is the heaviest weighted mare
  • Who Shot Thebarman ($8) and Red Cadeaux ($10) follow Protectionist in Sydney Cup betting

The five-year-old Monsun stallion travelled down under during the spring on the back of a Group 2 Prix Kergorlay win over 3000m in France, and enjoyed a barnstorming four length victory two runs into his Australian campaign in the ‘race that stops a nation’.

Still prepared by his German trainer Andreas Wohler before his transfer to Lees’ care, the Australian Bloodstock-owned galloper beat home British veteran Red Cadeaux and the Chris Waller-trained Kiwi expat Who Shot Thebarman in the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m).

He’s now leading futures Sydney Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au at $5 to complete the Melbourne Cup – Sydney Cup double despite his 58kg top weight.

The only other horse to carry more than 58kg to a Sydney Cup win since 1978 meanwhile was My Good Man with 60kg back in 1978.

Also featured in the Sydney Cup nominations are triple Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux and Waller’s third placed Who Shot Thebarman who sit third and second respectively in the early Sydney Cup betting markets paying $8 and $10 to win.

The Ed Dunlop-trained nine-year-old Red Cadeaux could become the first European raider to make an appearance during a Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival if he travels over this season and is allocated 56.5kg, a two kilo weight turnaround on Protectionist from their Melbourne Cup encounter.

Who Shot Thebarman meanwhile carried 55kg in the Melbourne Cup but goes down to just 54.5kg for the Sydney Cup where Waller will be after his first win since Stand To Gain in 2011.

Waller’s 2014 Auckland Cup winner raced in last year’s Sydney Cup in his opening run down under carrying 56kg to a disappointing 9th behind the Gai Waterhouse-trained The Offer and so gets a half kilo increase, 2.5kg above the limit weight, on last year.

Equal second top weight with Red Cadeaux, last seen running sixth to Flintshire in the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase in mid-December, meanwhile is another international Dominant (56.5kg) who finished just over half a length in front of Red Cadeaux in the Vase.

The Cacique seven-year-old is prepared in Hong Kong by John Moore and will stay with Moore for the autumn before staying on in Australia with a local trainer still to be decided for the entire, and pays $13 in the Sydney Cup markets.

The heaviest weighted mare for this year’s Sydney Cup clash meanwhile is the Donna Logan-trained New Zealander Rising Romance with 53.5kg who sits fourth on the ballot.

Winner of last year’s Australian Oaks over the mile and a half at Randwick, the Ekraar four-year-old was also competitive in the spring running second to the ill-fated Admire Rakti in the Caulfield Cup.

She was last seen winning first-up back home at Ellerslie in a 1500m handicap with 57.5kg and pays $13 to become the first mare since the John O’Shea-trained Jessicabeel in 2010 to win the Sydney Cup.

The other heaviest weighted Sydney Cup hopes this year are Waller’s Doomben Cup Beaten Up (55kg), his stablemate Junoob (54.5kg) and the Robert Hickmott-trained 2012 Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon (54.5kg).

Of those Beaten Up is the best fancied in the early markets at $13 with the other notable hope at just $11 being the Godolphin-owned Hartnell who is on just 52kg making him an excellent light weight chance.

Authorized four-year-old Hartnell is a British import yet to race down under but has Group 3 winning form back in England and has been impressing in recent Sydney trials.

See below for the full 2015 Sydney Cup weights.

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2015 Sydney Cup Weights

Randwick Racecourse – 11/04/2015

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 PROTECTIONIST (GER) Kris Lees 1 58kg 115
2 DOMINANT (IRE) John Moore 2= 56.5kg 112
3 RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop 2= 56.5kg 112
4 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) Donna Logan 4 53.5kg 110
5 BEATEN UP (GB) Chris Waller 5 55kg 109
6 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 6= 54.5kg 108
7 JUNOOB (GB) Chris Waller 6= 54.5kg 108
8 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller 6= 54.5kg 108
9 AU REVOIR (IRE) Peter G Moody 9= 54kg 107
10 ROYAL DIAMOND (IRE) John Sadler 9= 54kg 107
11 LASER HAWK Joseph Pride 11 53kg 105
12 LE ROI (GER) Tony McEvoy 12= 52.5kg 104
13 OPINION (IRE) Chris Waller 12= 52.5kg 104
14 BIG MEMORY (FR) Tony McEvoy 14= 52kg 103
15 EPINGLE (NZ) Michael Kent 14= 52kg 103
16 AKZAR (IRE) Darren Weir 16= 52kg 102
17 BAGMAN Chris Waller 16= 52kg 102
18 DESTINY’S KISS Joseph Pride 16= 52kg 102
19 KIRRAMOSA (NZ) John Sargent 16= 52kg 102
20 GREATWOOD (GB) Gai Waterhouse 20= 52kg 101
21 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) John O’Shea 20= 52kg 101
22 QUEENSTOWN Gai Waterhouse 20= 52kg 101
23 HARTNELL (GB) John O’Shea 23= 52kg 100
24 SONNTAG Henry Dwyer 23= 52kg 100
25 PELICANO Tony McEvoy 25 52kg 99
26 DISCLAIMER (GB) Peter & Paul Snowden 26= 52kg 97
27 GOTTA TAKE CARE Darren Weir 26= 52kg 97
28 MAYGROVE Murray Baker 26= 52kg 97
29 OUR VOODOO PRINCE (GB) Chris Waller 26= 52kg 97
30 BRING SOMETHING Ken Keys 30= 52kg 96
31 PERFECT START (NZ) Wayne Hillis 30= 52kg 96
32 WISH COME TRUE (IRE) Peter G Moody 30= 52kg 96
33 AVERAU Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison 33= 52kg 95
34 COUNT OF LIMONADE (IRE) Mick Price 33= 52kg 95
35 LIKE A CAROUSEL Ken Keys 33= 52kg 95
36 PERMIT (GB) Chris Waller 33= 52kg 95
37 RENEW (IRE) Archie Alexander 33= 52kg 95
38 LESS IS MORE (FR) David Vandyke 38 52kg 94
39 TREMEC (NZ) John P Thompson 39 52kg 93
40 CANNY BALLAD Joseph Pride 40= 52kg 92
41 GRAPHIC (NZ) Michael Moroney 40= 52kg 92
42 SABOR A TRIUNFO (CHI) Peter & Paul Snowden 40= 52kg 92
43 SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) Peter G Moody 40= 52kg 92
44 THE TIDY EXPRESS (NZ) Roger James 40= 52kg 92
45 GOSH (IRE) Chris Waller 45 52kg 91
46 DELAGO’S SECRET Roger James 46= 52kg 90
47 SHE’S INSATIABLE (NZ) Terrill Charles 46= 52kg 90
48 VATUVEI Peter G Moody 46= 52kg 90
49 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) Chris Waller 49= 52kg 89
50 SHOW THE WORLD (NZ) Murray Baker 49= 52kg 89
51 TUPAC AMARU John O’Shea 49= 52kg 89
52 BLIZZARD (NZ) Jeff McVean & Emma-Lee Browne 52= 52kg 88
53 GAMBLIN’ GURU Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 52= 52kg 88
54 LUCKY LUCKY LUCKY Tony McEvoy 52= 52kg 88
55 ROCK DIVA (NZ) Tony Pike 55= 52kg 87
56 SINGING FLAME Kevin Moses 55= 52kg 87
57 HAVANA COOLER (IRE) John O’Shea 57= 52kg 85
58 SURPASS (NZ) Michael Moroney 57= 52kg 85
59 SCRATCHY BOTTOM Michael Kent 59 52kg 84
60 KOROIBETE Peter G Moody 60= 52kg 82
61 ONLY A PLEASURE (IRE) Archie Alexander 60= 52kg 82
62 CARRICK (NZ) Kurt Goldman 62= 52kg 81
63 GHOST PROTOCOL (IRE) Paul Perry 62= 52kg 81
64 RAWNAQ David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 64 52kg 79
65 PROJECTILE Gai Waterhouse 65 52kg 78
66 ZIMBALI (FR) Peter G Moody 66 52kg 76
67 ARTIBAI (GB) Kris Lees 67= 52kg 75
68 BOOGIE SHOES (GB) John Sargent 67= 52kg 75
69 LASSITUDE John O’Shea 67= 52kg 75
70 DANJEU (IRE) Chris Waller 70= 52kg 74
71 HIMALAYA DREAM (FR) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 70= 52kg 74
72 POP ’N’ SCOTCH Liam Birchley 70= 52kg 74
73 BRING BACK Mark Ashby 73= 52kg 73
74 MARY LOU Anthony Cummings 73= 52kg 73
75 RODWAY Peter G Moody 73= 52kg 73
76 DON DOREMO (NZ) Robbie Laing 76= 52kg 72
77 DOUKHAN (IRE) Kris Lees 76= 52kg 72
78 MARTINVAST (IRE) Archie Alexander 76= 52kg 72
79 SPACE Michael Moroney 76= 52kg 72
80 ZADON Robbie Griffiths 76= 52kg 72
81 ASTRONOMOS (GB) David Vandyke 81= 52kg 71
82 LAST WISH (NZ) Tony McEvoy 81= 52kg 71
83 FELIX BAY Kevin Moses 83 52kg 69
84 TAMPERE Shaun Dwyer 84 52kg 68
85 AY NO DIGAS (GER) Kris Lees 85 52kg 67
86 MIDAS (NZ) Bart & James Cummings 86= 52kg 65
87 SESENTUM (GB) Gai Waterhouse 86= 52kg 65
88 HIGH SEAS Bjorn Baker 88 52kg 63
89 BAJOUR (NZ) Chris Mcnab 89 52kg 61
90 MY DANCING DUEL (NZ) Robbie Laing 90 52kg 60
91 KARATA Nigel Blackiston 91 52kg 53

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