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.
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|
|41||0x4098035x||DON DOREMO (NZ)||G||5||Robbie Laing||41=||50kg||89|
|42||174x1x6x34||LIBRAN (IRE)||G||5||Chris Waller||41=||50kg||89|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|78||3x319x9x4||GALA PRINCESS||M||6||Brett Conlon||78||50kg||61|
|79||911600×031||THUNDER SET||G||7||Vince Jones||79||50kg||57|
|81||08306226x||BIAN LATE||G||6||Alan Hunter||81=||50kg||48|
|82||44642332×8||CHER CHER SHARK||M||5||David Fromberg||81=||50kg||48|