Criterion Tops 2016 Sydney Cup Weights

The internationally performed David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Criterion has been allocated the 58.5kg top weight for the Sydney Cup 2016 on Day 2 of The Championships at Randwick Racecourse on April 9.

Criterion (centre)

Criterion (centre) is the 58.5kg top weight for the 2016 Sydney Cup at Randwick Racecourse during April’s The Championships. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Racing NSW this week released handicaps for the 82 stayers nominated for this year’s $2 million Group 1 Schweppes Sydney Cup (3200m), weights led by five-year-old Sebring stallion Criterion.

The four-time Group 1 winner has form around the best including Chris Waller’s superstar mare Winx who he finished runner-up to in last October’s Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at weight-for-age.

After that he impressed as a $20 outsider when third with 57.5kg on his back under handicap conditions in the iconic Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) run over the same two mile distance as the Sydney Cup.

No Sydney Cup winner has carried more than 58kg to victory in over 30 years however giving Criterion a big task should he head into the clash.

Following Criterion in this season’s Sydney Cup weights are then the Murray Baker-trained Caulfield Cup winning Kiwi Mongolian Khan (58kg) and the Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained German import Our Ivanhowe (57kg).

Four-year-old Mongolian Khan had 55kg on his back winning the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) last spring, while Our Ivanhowe is yet to win a race down under.

He did finish third in the Caulfield Cup with 56kg however before a luckless Melbourne Cup 10th with the same weight beaten under four lengths on the first Tuesday of November.

Our Ivanhowe resumes racing in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) on Blue Diamond Stakes Day this weekend and is currently the equal $9 third favourite in futures Sydney Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Those futures Sydney Cup betting markets are led by Gust Of Wind ($7) and Preferment ($8) allocated 52kg and 55.5kg respectively for the April 9 classic.

John Sargent prepares Darci Brahma mare Gust Of Wind who ran sixth in last year’s Melbourne Cup and fourth in the Caulfield Cup with 51kg on her back.

She returned with a second last (10th) to Winx in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) on February 14, but will only improve stepping out over more distance, and is shooting to become the first Sydney Cup winning mare since Jessicabeel (2010).

Preferment represents Sydney’s best Chris Waller who trained 2011 Sydney Cup winner Stand To Gain as well as last autumn’s Sydney Cup quinella of Grand Marshal (1st) and Who Shot Thebarman (2nd).

A four-year-old Zabeel stallion, Preferment’s latest win was the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) last October.

The defending Sydney Cup winner Grand Marshal scored the upset as a $51 roughie carrying 52kg to victory last Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival and is allocated 54kg as he looks to improve on recent form and go back-to-back in the race for the first time since Tie The Knot (1998-99).

Last year’s runner-up Who Shot Thebarman meanwhile is the other $9 chance along with Our Ivanhowe to improve and win this season, the veteran Yamanin Vital seven-year-old allocated 56kg.

He had 54.5kg on his back last year, but won the Group 2 Sandown Classic (2400m) in the spring by seven lengths with 59kg and was also third in the 2014 Melbourne Cup.

The highest weighted mare is Rising Romance with 53kg, the Hayes & Dabernig-trained daughter of Ekraar best known for her 2014 ATC Oaks win.

Higher up the early betting markets meanwhile are the likes of Almoonqith ($10), Hartnell ($13) and Magic Hurricane ($13) allocated 54.5kg, 56kg and 54.5kg respectively.

Almoonqith is another Hayes & Dabernig hope in the 2016 Sydney Cup, the import winning the Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m) – Listed Sandown Cup (3200m) double in the spring.

Godolphin’s John O’Shea prepares Hartnell who was fifth in last year’s Cox Plate and 15th in the Melbourne Cup unplaced, but fourth with 52kg in last year’s Sydney Cup.

Magic Hurricane is another O’Shea-trained stayer, the Hurricane Run six-year-old having won last October’s Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at the track by two lengths.

The full Sydney Cup 2016 weights are detailed below, first acceptances for the two mile classic closing on Tuesday March 8.

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2016 Sydney Cup Weights & Ballot

Randwick Racecourse – 09/04/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 135x61239x CRITERION (NZ) H 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 1 58.5kg 115
2 1151x7431x MONGOLIAN KHAN H 4 Murray Baker 2 58kg 114
3 16x7x9230x OUR IVANHOWE (GER) H 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman 3 57kg 112
4 2114x4650x HARTNELL (GB) G 5 John O’Shea 4= 56kg 110
5 2x758701x9 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 7 Chris Waller 4= 56kg 110
6 28x011907x PREFERMENT (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 6 55.5kg 109
7 2x620027x0 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) M 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 7 53kg 108
8 6x5067101x ALMOONQITH (USA) H 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 8= 54.5kg 107
9 5x143121x7 MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE) G 6 John O’Shea 8= 54.5kg 107
10 123x12310x TERRUBI (IRE) H 6 Kris Lees 8= 54.5kg 107
11 1x075003x0 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 11= 54kg 106
12 92314x8x12 SIGNOFF (IRE) G 6 Darren Weir 11= 54kg 106
13 41x98046x0 GUST OF WIND (NZ) M 4 John Sargent 11= 52kg 106
14 2x0x3399x4 DIBAYANI (IRE) G 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 14= 53.5kg 105
15 11x572217x EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) H 6 Gai Waterhouse 14= 53.5kg 105
16 2114110×58 BEYOND THANKFUL (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 16= 53kg 104
17 133×603136 DECORAH (NZ) M 6 Murray Baker 16= 51kg 104
18 08×1784333 REAL LOVE M 5 Darren Weir 18 50.5kg 103
19 411150311x AUVRAY (FR) G 5 John P Thompson 19= 52kg 102
20 57x157x80x GUARDINI (FR) H 5 Lee & Anthony Freedman 19= 52kg 102
21 35x69x311x DESTINY’S KISS G 7 Joseph Pride 21= 51.5kg 101
22 5x1519125x LORD VAN PERCY (GB) G 6 Darren Weir 21= 51.5kg 101
23 2x31703x81 ARAB DAWN (GB) G 5 John O’Shea 23= 50.5kg 99
24 6x0x0069x0 GALLANTE (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 23= 50.5kg 99
25 62Lx60633x HAVANA COOLER (IRE) G 6 John O’Shea 23= 50.5kg 99
26 1×00555010 MISTER IMPATIENCE (GB) G 6 Michael Moroney 23= 50.5kg 99
27 13x300x93x DO YOU REMEMBER (SAF) M 6 Peter G Moody 23= 50kg 99
28 1x692330x6 BOHEMIAN LILY (NZ) M 4 Gai Waterhouse 28 50kg 98
29 x00111132x PENTATHLON (NZ) G 4 John Wheeler 29= 50kg 97
30 6x21817x9x RULING DYNASTY H 4 James Cummings 29= 50kg 97
31 6276x4212x SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) G 7 David Vandyke 29= 50kg 97
32 37x8x900x7 CAFE SOCIETY (FR) G 6 Gai Waterhouse 32= 50kg 96
33 2x5x3673x7 MANNDAWI (FR) G 6 Darren Weir 32= 50kg 96
34 00×0444245 STAR ROLLING G 6 Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison 32= 50kg 96
35 x2532x145x SINGING (FR) H 6 Kris Lees 35 50kg 95
36 756016529x IGGI POP (NZ) G 7 Peter Robl 36 50kg 94
37 3x000544x9 LIKE A CAROUSEL G 6 Ken Keys 37 50kg 93
38 1221x120x2 MAURUS (GB) G 5 David Vandyke 38 50kg 92
39 35x868268x THUNDER LADY (NZ) M 4 John Sargent 39 50kg 91
40 313632×9 ETYMOLOGY C 3 John O’Shea 40 49kg 90
41 0x4098035x DON DOREMO (NZ) G 5 Robbie Laing 41= 50kg 89
42 174x1x6x34 LIBRAN (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 41= 50kg 89
43 734x7317x9 ZARZALI M 4 James Cummings 43 50kg 87
44 3x11x5x8x1 ASSIGN (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 44= 50kg 86
45 0x7x01878x WEXFORD TOWN (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 44= 50kg 86
46 x99600040x DISCLAIMER (GB) G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 46 50kg 85
47 x245x0x82x DOUMARAN (FR) G 5 Robert Hickmott 47= 50kg 84
48 9x00x9x00x THOUGHT WORTHY (USA) G 7 Brett Cavanough 47= 50kg 84
49 9725212246 DANJEU (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 49 50kg 83
50 1161x5926x AWARD SEASON (IRE) G 8 Kris Lees 50= 50kg 82
51 x2362x1311 PEMBERLEY (NZ) G 4 Peter G Moody 50= 50kg 82
52 724472010x WALES H 6 Richard Laming 50= 50kg 82
53 37×3636150 CHEEKY BOY (NZ) G 5 Bruce Wallace 53= 50kg 79
54 x803738x8x RIO PERDIDO (FR) G 7 Kris Lees 53= 50kg 79
55 50x62x344x ANOTHER COCKTAIL (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 55= 50kg 76
56 012224x KNIFE POINT (GER) G 5 Gai Waterhouse 55= 50kg 76
57 x7188x237x ARCHEAN (USA) G 5 David Vandyke 57= 50kg 75
58 33123x083x CLARIFY M 5 Barry Brook 57= 50kg 75
59 147×801233 MR STEAL (NZ) G 5 Bjorn Baker 57= 50kg 75
60 870x00834x DOUBLE BLUFF (IRE) G 5 Gerald Ryan 60= 50kg 74
61 1x57147x17 EVASON (GB) H 5 Louis Baudron 60= 50kg 74
62 6150x6x16x GRANDDUKEOFTUSCANY (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 60= 50kg 74
63 51712x9x OUR BAZAAR (IRE) H 5 Archie Alexander 60= 50kg 74
64 421240x SALTHOUSE (IRE) H 4 John O’Shea 60= 50kg 74
65 131x0317x8 GLORIOUS SINNDAR (FR) G 5 Kris Lees 65 50kg 73
66 x26x6140x0 ANNUS MIRABILIS (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 66= 50kg 72
67 211246×3 DEE I CEE (NZ) G 4 Gai Waterhouse 66= 50kg 72
68 13213×3 MASTER OF ARTS (NZ) H 4 Darren Weir 66= 50kg 72
69 105x420x5x ZEE ZEELY (GB) G 5 Gai Waterhouse 66= 50kg 72
70 x21x030752 BROCKMAN G 6 Matthew Wood 70 50kg 71
71 2×81184310 COURAGEOUS ROCK (USA) G 5 Michael Moroney 71= 50kg 70
72 7x4478131x MARGIN TRADER (NZ) G 4 Michael Moroney 71= 50kg 70
73 1316611×00 NASSI G 5 Greg Eurell 71= 50kg 70
74 93235x050x DER MEISTER (IRE) G 5 Paul Perry 74 50kg 69
75 40×0451414 LORD DISICK G 4 Michael Moroney 75 50kg 68
76 x151042x4x BAYANOVA (NZ) M 5 Michael Kent 76 50kg 67
77 305234×483 SPACE G 6 Michael Moroney 77 50kg 66
78 3x319x9x4 GALA PRINCESS M 6 Brett Conlon 78 50kg 61
79 911600×031 THUNDER SET G 7 Vince Jones 79 50kg 57
80 78×7524153 MELWOOD G 4 Wayne Wilkes 80 50kg 50
81 08306226x BIAN LATE G 6 Alan Hunter 81= 50kg 48
82 44642332×8 CHER CHER SHARK M 5 David Fromberg 81= 50kg 48

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