Criterion Tops 2016 Sydney Cup First Acceptances & Ballot

Last year’s Melbourne Cup third placegetter Criterion is the top-rated and weighted of the 39 Sydney Cup 2016 first acceptances taken by Racing NSW this week.

Criterion (centre), Mongolian Khan (outside)

Criterion (centre) and Mongolian Khan (outside) are the top two rated and weighted 2016 Sydney Cup first acceptors. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Tuesday saw first declarations for all of the Group 1 races taking place during Sydney’s ‘The Championships’ close including those for the $2 million Group 1 Schweppes Sydney Cup (3200m) on April 9.

Originally the Sydney Cup drew 85 nominations, but just 39 stayers remain in contention for the two mile classic after first acceptance stage.

Top weight with 58.5kg and number one on the updated Sydney Cup ballot is the internationally-performed David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Criterion.

No Sydney Cup winner has carried more than 58kg to victory in over 30 years giving the Lindsay Park galloper a notable hoodoo to overcome should he run in Day 1 of The Championships.

A five-year-old son of Sebring, Criterion was third over the distance in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) during the spring and after a run in Hong Kong raced last first-up behind Holler in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) last Saturday.

He currently pays $15 in all-in Sydney Cup odds, those futures markets co-led by Our Ivanhowe and Preferment at $7.

Lee & Anthony Freedman’s Caulfield Cup third placegetter from last October Our Ivanhowe raced fifth to Bow Creek first-up on February 27 in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield.

The German import takes on that horse again this weekend in Melbourne’s Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington before heading to Sydney.

Preferment is one of six Sydney Cup first acceptors for the state’s best trainer Chris Waller who trained first and second past the post last year with Grand Marshal and Who Shot Thebarman.

Waller also prepared the 2011 Sydney Cup winner Stand To Gain and Preferment (55.5kg) is his best hope of making it a third win this autumn on the back of the Zabeel four-year-olds fourth first-up to Winx in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m).

The reigning Sydney Cup champ Grand Marshal is missing from the line-up this year but runner-up Who Shot Thebarman, who was also third in the 2014 Melbourne Cup and won the Auckland Cup over the 3200m that year in New Zealand, is in the mix with 56kg.

The seven-year-old is also at single-figures for the win paying $9, just longer than stablemate Libran ($8) who gets in on the 50kg lightweight.

Lawman gelding Libran debuted down under last Melbourne Cup Carnival and broke his maiden status in Australia last Saturday winning a Listed, 2000m race at Randwick with 54kg on his back.

Also at $8 for the win out to become the first Sydney Cup winning mare since Jessicabeel (2010) is Gust Of Wind (52kg) for John Sargent, the four-year-old not having won a race since the Group 1 ATC Oaks (2400m) last Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

She was far from disgraced in both the Caulfield Cup (4th) and Melbourne Cup (6th) last time in however and is tipped to improve on two unplaced runs at the back of the field this campaign as she steps out over more distance.

Also still in Sydney Cup contention are the likes of the Murray Baker-trained Caulfield Cup winner Mongolian Khan (58kg), the John O’Shea-trained The BMW winner Hartnell (56kg) who ran fourth last season and Sandown Cup champ over the two miles Almoonqith (54.5kg).

See below for the full Sydney Cup 2016 first acceptances, weights and latest order of entry before backing your early selections at their generous futures prices at Ladbrokes.com.au!

2016 Sydney Cup First Acceptances

Randwick Racecourse – 09/04/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 35x61239x7 CRITERION (NZ) H 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 1 58.5kg 115
2 151x7431x0 MONGOLIAN KHAN H 4 Murray Baker 2 58kg 114
3 6x7x9230x5 OUR IVANHOWE (GER) H 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman 3 57kg 112
4 114x4650x5 HARTNELL (GB) G 5 John O’Shea 4= 56kg 110
5 x758701x90 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 7 Chris Waller 4= 56kg 110
6 8x011907x4 PREFERMENT (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 6 55.5kg 109
7 x620027x06 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) M 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 7 53kg 108
8 x5067101x9 ALMOONQITH (USA) H 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 8= 54.5kg 107
9 x0x3399x42 DIBAYANI (IRE) G 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 8= 53.5kg 107
10 x075003x08 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 10= 54kg 106
11 1x98046x00 GUST OF WIND (NZ) M 4 John Sargent 10= 52kg 106
12 114110×588 BEYOND THANKFUL (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 12= 53kg 103
13 8×17843331 REAL LOVE M 5 Darren Weir 12= 50.5kg 103
14 11150311×4 AUVRAY (FR) G 5 John P Thompson 14 52kg 102
15 35x69x311x DESTINY’S KISS G 7 Joseph Pride 15 51.5kg 101
16 x31703x814 ARAB DAWN (GB) G 5 John O’Shea 16= 50.5kg 99
17 6x0x0069x0 GALLANTE (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 16= 50.5kg 99
18 1×00555010 MISTER IMPATIENCE (GB) G 6 Michael Moroney 16= 50.5kg 99
19 3x300x93x0 DO YOU REMEMBER (SAF) M 6 Peter G Moody 19 50kg 98
20 x692330x65 BOHEMIAN LILY (NZ) M 4 Gai Waterhouse 20= 50kg 97
21 74x1x6x341 LIBRAN (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 20= 50kg 97
22 6276x4212x SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) G 7 David Vandyke 20= 50kg 97
23 x5x3673x76 MANNDAWI (FR) G 6 Darren Weir 23 50kg 96
24 7x8x900x77 CAFE SOCIETY (FR) G 6 Gai Waterhouse 24 50kg 94
25 11x5x8x115 ASSIGN (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 25 50kg 93
26 221x120x23 MAURUS (GB) G 5 David Vandyke 26 50kg 92
27 x000544x97 LIKE A CAROUSEL G 6 Ken Keys 27 50kg 91
28 x7x01878x2 WEXFORD TOWN (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 28= 50kg 88
29 313632×90 ETYMOLOGY C 3 John O’Shea 28= 49kg 88
30 34x7317x90 ZARZALI M 4 James Cummings 30 50kg 86
31 x2362x1311 PEMBERLEY (NZ) G 4 Peter G Moody 31= 50kg 82
32 7244720106 WALES H 6 Richard Laming 31= 50kg 82
33 37×3636150 CHEEKY BOY (NZ) G 5 Bruce Wallace 33 50kg 79
34 50x62x3443 ANOTHER COCKTAIL (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 34= 50kg 76
35 870×008342 DOUBLE BLUFF (IRE) G 5 Gerald Ryan 34= 50kg 76
36 211246×32 DEE I CEE (NZ) G 4 Gai Waterhouse 36= 50kg 74
37 51712×94 OUR BAZAAR (IRE) H 5 Archie Alexander 36= 50kg 74
38 13213×38 MASTER OF ARTS (NZ) H 4 Darren Weir 38 50kg 72
39 x151042x45 BAYANOVA (NZ) M 5 Michael Kent 39 50kg 67

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