The Group 1 Sydney Cup 2016 is held on the final race day of the esteemed The Championships during the 2014 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. Sydney Cup Day is one of the most exciting days on the Australian racing calendar and features the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m), Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) and Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m).
The Sydney Cup is one of only a few Australian races run over the traditional cup distance of 3200m, the same as Australia’s most illustrious race the Melbourne Cup. This open handicap event is worth a very lucrative $1,000,000 and generally features some of the leading stayers in Australia.
As the premier staying event during the Sydney Autumn Carnival, the Sydney Cup attracts a high quality field of gallopers each year and notable winners include the three time Melbourne Cup winning mare Makybe Diva (2004), Tie The Knot (1998 & 1999) and Count Chivas (1996).
The 2016 Sydney Cup will take place on Saturday 9 April 2016 at Royal Randwick.
The best guide to the Sydney Cup in recent years has been the Group 2 Chairmans Handicap (2600m) held two weeks before on Australian Derby Day. The Chairmans Handicap / Sydney Cup is a very popular betting double with the punters at the carnival. Horses to claim victory in both races include No Wine No Song (2008), Henderson Bay (2002), Linesman (1997) and King Aussie (1990).
2016 Sydney Cup Field
The 2016 Sydney Cup field is published here.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||58701×9032||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||5||57kg||–||111|
|2||067101×906||ALMOONQITH (USA)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Hugh Bowman||10||55.5kg||–||106|
|3||75003×0853||GRAND MARSHAL (GB)||Chris Waller||James McDonald||6||55kg||–||108|
|4||x1x6x34111||LIBRAN (IRE)||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||3||53kg||2.0kg||107|
|5||150311×474||AUVRAY (FR)||John P Thompson||Tommy Berry||8||53kg||–||101|
|6||5x69x31145||DESTINY’S KISS||Joseph Pride||Jason Collett||1||52.5kg||–||100|
|7||x0x0069x03||GALLANTE (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Kerrin McEvoy||11||51.5kg||–||99|
|8||8x900x7723||CAFE SOCIETY (FR)||Gai Waterhouse||Chad Schofield||9||51kg||–||95|
|9||000544×978||LIKE A CAROUSEL||Ken Keys||Ms Kathy O’Hara||7||51kg||–||91|
|10||211246×326||DEE I CEE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Thomas Huet||4||51kg||–||74|
|11||151042×451||BAYANOVA (NZ)||Michael Kent||Ms Jackie Beriman||2||51kg||–||73|
2016 Sydney Cup Nominations
The 2016 Sydney Cup Nominations is published below.
|Sydney Cup 2016|
|Date:||Saturday 9 April 2016|
|Track:||Royal Randwick Racecourse|
|Prize Money:||$1 million|
Sydney Cup History
The Sydney Cup was first run in 1862 as a principal race over 16 furlongs, and Talleyrand won the inaugural race. The distance and conditions of the Sydney Cup remained the same for over a century until Australia’s adoption of the metric system caused the length to be converted to 3200m in 1973. In 1980 the Sydney Cup was elevated to Group 1 status.
2016 Sydney Cup Betting
Sydney Cup betting is notoriously difficult and, just like the Melbourne Cup, is always a very open race. In recent years favorites have a strong record in the Sydney Cup and the likes of Mahtoum (2005), No Wine No Song (2008), Ista Kareem (2009), Jessicabeel (2010) and Niwot (2011) have all given punters a positive result in the race. However, there has also been plenty of upsets in the history of the Sydney Cup and Late Show (1985), Palace Revolt (1989), Just A Dancer (1990), Stand To Gain (20/1) and Mourayan (11/1) have all won the race at big odds.
2016 Sydney Cup Form
The Sydney Cup form is often very easy to follow as most horses contest either the Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) or Group 1 The BMW (2400m) in the lead-up to the race. The Chairman’s Handicap remains the key Sydney Cup form race and 18 of the last 30 winners had their final race start before winning the Sydney Cup in The Chairman’s Handicap. Horses that have completed the Chairman’s Handicap/Sydney Cup double include Marooned (1986), Major Drive (1987), King Aussie (1990), Linesman (1997), Henderson Bay (2002), No Wine No Song (2008) and Jessicabeel (2010).
|Sydney Cup Records|
|Time Record:||3:19.0 set by Apollo Eleven in 1973 and equalled by Just A Dancer in 1991.|
|Most Heavily Weighted Winner (since 1970):||My Good Man with 60kg in 1978.|
|Lightest Weighted Winner (since 1970):||Palace Revolt with 48.5kg in 1989.|
Recent Sydney Cup Winners
|1st||Gallante||3 minutes 24.5 seconds|
|1st||Grand Marshal||3 minutes 24.70 seconds|
|2nd||Who Shot Thebarman|
|3rd||Like A Carousel|
|1st||The Offer||3 minutes 23.86 seconds|
|1st||Niwot||3 minutes 20.4 seconds|
|3rd||Once Were Wild|
|1st||Mourayan||3 minutes 24.29 seconds|
|1st||Stand To Gain||3 minutes 29.1 seconds|
|2nd||Older Than Time|
|1st||Jessicabeel||3 minutes 21.86 seconds|
|1st||Ista Kareem||3 minutes 27.4 seconds|
|1st||No Wine No Song||3 minutes 25.5 seconds|
|1st||Gallic||3 minutes 27.3 seconds|
|3rd||No Wine No Song|
|1st||County Tyrone||3 minutes 22.6 seconds|
|1st||Mahtoum||3 minutes 27.6 seconds|
|1st||Makybe Diva||3 minutes 21.1 seconds|
|1st||Honor Babe||3 minutes 30.5 seconds|
|1st||Henderson Bay||3 minutes 26.7 seconds|
|3rd||Spirit Of Westbury|
|1st||Mr. Prudent||3 minutes 26.9 seconds|
|1st||Streak||3 minutes 30.3 seconds|