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Last year’s Melbourne Cup quinella of Rekindling and Johannes Vermeer may be notable omissions but prolific owner Lloyd Williams still has a strong hand in the Sydney Cup 2018 first acceptances including Almandin.
Williams and his new head trainer Liam Howley announced this week that Irish imports Rekindling and Johannes Vermeer, first and second in the Melbourne Cup results last spring, would not race this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
That ruled out two of the best fancied hopes for the Group 1 $2 million Schweppes Sydney Cup (3200m), the two mile classic running on Day 2 of ‘The Championships’ at Royal Randwick on April 14.
Sydney Cup first acceptances closed on Tuesday leaving 56 stayers in the mix, including three Howley-trained runners.
Mt Macedon have veteran eight-year-old Foundry who won the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at the track last September, the 2016 Melbourne Cup winner Almandin and Aloft in the mix.
Almandin currently sits top of the all-in Sydney Cup betting at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $7 after the Monsun eight-year-old ran a brave fourth beaten under a length and a half by the upset winner Harlem in last weekend’s Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m).
Stablemate Aloft is the next best fancied in futures Sydney Cup odds at $8, the Galileo six-year-old having won the Listed Roy Higgins Quality (2600m) at Flemington on March 3.
The form of that race was franked on Monday when the runner-up Fanatic won the Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) over the two miles at Morphettville.
Prepared by the David Hayes-led Lindsay Park stable, Shocking mare Fanatic also remains in Sydney Cup contention following first acceptances.
Bred to stay and now a dual winner over the 3200m, Fanatic is at $12 in the latest markets to take out the Sydney Cup handing Hall of Famer Hayes his second success after that with Azzaam back in 1993.
David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig have a total of four Sydney Cup horses post-first acceptances including also their shock Australian Cup winner Harlem.
Posting his first win since last September, the French import won the weight-for-age autumn feature in Melbourne at a blowout price and subsequently firmed into $11 in Sydney Cup markets.
At the same quote and also Lindsay Park-trained is the consistent Zoffany five-year-old Ventura Storm who ran third in the Australian Cup trifecta.
Dual Sydney Cup winning trainer Chris Waller meanwhile has six first acceptors in 2018 including Who Shot Thebarman, a nine-year-old who has contested the past four editions of the race including seconds in 2015 and 2017.
Also in the mix for Waller are the race’s 2016 runner-up Libran who failed to finish in last year’s edition but who looks back on track with a first-up fourth to star stablemate Winx in the Chipping Norton and the consistent Alward.
Other notably Sydney Cup first acceptors include the Herby Power Stakes winner from the spring Lord Fandango and Nick Olive’s second placed Caulfield Cup mare Single Gaze.
The 2018 Sydney Cup final field is announced on April 10 with updated markets now open at Ladbrokes.com.au.
2018 Sydney Cup First Acceptances
Royal Randwick – 14/04/2018
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||233323×672||ADMIRAL JELLO||G||5||Kris Lees||92|
|2||1x21402x24||ALMANDIN (GER)||G||8||Liam Howley||113|
|3||x12x1397x1||ALOFT (IRE)||G||6||Liam Howley||99|
|4||1141124×32||ALWARD (IRE)||G||5||Chris Waller||93|
|5||x24x45x0x9||AMBITIOUS (JPN)||H||6||Anthony Freedman||110|
|6||605518x90x||ARALDO JUNIOR (GER)||G||7||Michael Moroney||89|
|7||6412127×56||AUVRAY (FR)||G||7||Richard Freedman||103|
|8||36211×0684||BON EQUUS||G||5||Joseph Pride||68|
|9||4×21334157||CARZOFF (FR)||G||5||Chris Waller||87|
|10||2×58013314||CHARLES ROAD||G||4||Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott||99|
|11||52103310×5||CISMONTANE (NZ)||G||5||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||99|
|12||056684687x||DARABAD (FR)||G||5||Robbie Laing||78|
|13||x2115x3321||DOMED||M||4||John P Thompson||67|
|14||23×0991154||DOUBLE BLUFF (IRE)||G||7||Robbie Laing||97|
|15||0x4658115x||DOUKHAN (IRE)||G||9||Kris Lees||83|
|16||216x2114x4||DROCHAID (GB)||H||4||James Cummings||76|
|18||1×14111251||ETAH JAMES (NZ)||M||5||Matt Cumani||81|
|19||46811×7521||FANATIC (NZ)||M||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||100|
|20||x804213282||FIVE TO MIDNIGHT (NZ)||G||5||Lisa Latta||104|
|21||x33x24103x||FOUNDRY (IRE)||G||8||Liam Howley||103|
|22||1x270x070x||GALLANTE (IRE)||G||7||Graeme Rogerson||101|
|23||763253×361||GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR)||H||5||Darren Weir||95|
|24||515867×281||HARLEM (GB)||G||6||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||103|
|25||x9x2180580||IMPERIAL AVIATOR (GB)||G||5||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||87|
|26||x173314x21||KARAVALI (NZ)||M||4||Kris Lees||81|
|27||4714572758||KHARTOUM||G||4||Lyn Tolson & Leonie Proctor||69|
|28||27530x00x7||LASQUETI SPIRIT||M||4||Lee Curtis||101|
|29||6122×25142||LETTER TO JULIETTE||M||4||Garry White||68|
|30||Px616528x4||LIBRAN (IRE)||G||7||Chris Waller||107|
|31||x76001221x||LIZZIE L’AMOUR (NZ)||M||5||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||109|
|32||5x2114x397||LORD FANDANGO (GER)||H||5||Archie Alexander||103|
|33||4813×56672||MASTER OF ARTS (NZ)||H||6||Darren Weir||98|
|34||10×8520226||MULTITUDE||G||5||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||77|
|35||0545723332||ORMITO (GER)||G||5||Darren Weir||83|
|36||11×3131146||PATRICK ERIN (NZ)||G||6||Chris Waller||97|
|37||4x746x0151||PERIBSEN (IRE)||H||5||John O’Shea||71|
|38||x3x61x93x5||PRESTWICK (JPN)||H||7||Yoshinori Muto||105|
|39||202720×242||PRIZED ICON||H||4||Kris Lees||107|
|40||34221×8655||RED DREAM||G||6||Kerry Parker||61|
|41||1412x3x50x||SARRASIN (GB)||H||6||Richard Freedman||98|
|42||x322114x43||SIN TO WIN (NZ)||G||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||83|
|43||90×5611103||SINGING (FR)||H||8||Kris Lees||102|
|44||054420×225||SINGLE GAZE||M||5||Nick Olive||109|
|45||667100×086||SLOW PACE (USA)||G||10||Kris Lees||90|
|46||2411x13x65||STAMPEDE||H||5||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||103|
|48||85×6144332||TERWILLIKER||G||3||Anthony & Edward Cummings||61|
|49||47560×7478||THE BANDIT (JPN)||G||6||John P Thompson||76|
|50||4129×48738||THE GETAWAY||G||4||Paul Perry||80|
|51||x770084349||UP CUPS||G||7||Rhonda Mangan||83|
|52||5x76200x43||VENTURA STORM (IRE)||G||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||106|
|53||59x1153x68||WHEAL LEISURE||M||4||Archie Alexander||86|
|54||42x94491x6||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||G||9||Chris Waller||109|
|55||94×0336352||XEBEC (USA)||G||6||Chris Waller||77|
|56||4×82325158||ZACADA (NZ)||G||5||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||100|
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