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The Sydney Cup is a Group 1 race run at Royal Randwick over two miles (3200m) on a Saturday in early April on Day 2 of 'The Championships.
2018 Sydney Cup Results
- 1st: #2 Who Shot Thebarman
- 2nd: #12 Zacada
- 3rd: #13 Sir Charles Road
Sydney Cup News
The Group 1 Sydney Cup is held on the final race day of the esteemed ‘The Championships’ during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. Day 2 of ‘The Championships’ – also known as Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day – is one of the most exciting and valuable race days on the Australian racing calendar.
Held on the second Saturday of April the meeting is headined by four Group 1 races including the richest race on the card – the Group 1 $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m). The other elite level features along with it and the Sydney Cup are the Group 1 ATC Oaks (2400m) for the three-year-old fillies and the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) for fillies and mares.
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 $2,000,000 and generally features some of the leading stayers in Australia.
As the premier staying event during the Sydney Autumn Carnival, the Sydney Cup field 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 best guide to the Sydney Cup in recent years has been the Group 2 Chairmans Handicap (2600m) held the Saturday before on Doncaster Mile Day. The Chairmans Handicap / Sydney Cup is a very popular betting double. Horses to claim victory in both races include The Offer (2014), Jessicabeel (2010), No Wine No Song (2008), Henderson Bay (2002), Linesman (1997) and King Aussie (1990).
The 2018 Sydney Cup ran on Saturday April 14, 2018 and saw veteran nine-year-old Who Shot Thebarman win at his fifth attempt.
|Sydney Cup 2018|
|Date:||Saturday April 14, 2018|
|Track:||Royal Randwick Racecourse|
|Prize Money:||$2 million|
2018 Sydney Cup Results
- 1st: #2 Who Shot Thebarman
- 2nd: #12 Zacada
- 3rd: #13 Sir Charles Road
See below for the full Sydney Cup 2018 Results & Finishing Order, following the link to read more on the gallant photo-finish win by Chris Waller’s rising 10-year-old Who Shot Thebarman contesting the race for the fifth time and finally saluting after two previous seconds. He beat home the New Zealand-trained raiders Zacada and Sir Charles Road.
|1||2||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||–||10||55kg||$18|
|2||12||ZACADA (NZ)||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Dean Holland||0.1L||11||50.5kg||$91|
|3||13||SIR CHARLES ROAD||Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott||Andrew Adkins||1.1L||4||50kg||$7|
|4||8||AUVRAY (FR)||Richard Freedman||Glyn Schofield||1.2L||1||52kg (cd 53kg)||$13|
|5||15||LASQUETI SPIRIT||Lee Curtis||Jay Ford||2.4L||16||50kg (cd 51kg)||$151|
|6||17||PATRICK ERIN (NZ)||Chris Waller||Craig Newitt||3L||15||50kg (cd 51kg)||$41|
|7||21e||DOUKHAN (IRE)||Kris Lees||Yusuke Ichikawa||4.4L||13||50kg||$101|
|8||1||ALMANDIN (GER)||Liam Howley||Damien Oliver||5.4L||5||57kg||$3.70F|
|9||4||VENTURA STORM (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Glen Boss||8L||8||53.5kg||$9.50|
|10||7||FIVE TO MIDNIGHT (NZ)||Lisa Latta||Michael Dee||8.8L||9||52.5kg||$41|
|11||19||ADMIRAL JELLO||Kris Lees||Grant Buckley||10.9L||14||50kg||$151|
|12||3||LIBRAN (IRE)||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||11.1L||17||54kg||$61|
|13||9||LORD FANDANGO (GER)||Archie Alexander||Craig Williams||16.7L||2||51.5kg||$10|
|14||18||PERIBSEN (IRE)||John O’Shea||Corey Brown||23.5L||6||50kg||$31|
|15||16||CISMONTANE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||James Innes Jnr (a)||27.4L||3||50kg||$51|
|16||20||ORMITO (GER)||Darren Weir||Dean Yendall||28.3L||7||50kg||$21|
|FF||10||ALOFT (IRE)||Liam Howley||Kerrin McEvoy||–||12||51kg (incl. 1.0kg penalty)||$6|
|SB||6||PRE STWICK (JPN)||Yoshinori Muto||Joao Moreira||–||0||53kg||$11|
|–||11||FANATIC (NZ)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Jye McNeil||–||0||–||–|
|–||5||SINGLE GAZE||Nick Olive||Ms Kathy O’Hara||–||0||–||–|
|–||14||GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR)||Darren Weir||Blake Spriggs||–||0||–||–|
2018 Sydney Cup Tips
- 1st: #4 Ventura Storm
- 2nd: #2 Who Shot Thebarman
- 3rd: #1 Almandin
2018 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), Niwot (2011) and The Offer (2014) 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 including by the likes of Just A Dancer ($41 in 1991) and Grand Marshal ($41 in 2015).
Good Sydney Cup betting tips include looking for horses that ran top four in their lead-up runs and graduates out of the previous weekend’s Chairman’s Handicap at the Randwick track.
The 2018 Sydney Cup odds will be listed below as released by Ladbrokes.com.au in the lead-up to the two mile classic.
2018 Sydney Cup Form Guide
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.
Stay tuned for our insider Sydney Cup 2018 Form Guide & Betting Preview for all the race facts and stats to guide your selections on the two mile classic.
2018 Sydney Cup Field
Each year the Sydney Cup field attracts the autumn’s top-class stayers many of which have had previous experience over the two miles either via an earlier year’s Sydney Cup or even the iconic Melbourne Cup run at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November.
The Sydney Cup 2018 field will be released Tuesday before the race and published in full below.
The official 2018 Sydney Cup Final Field is now out featuring a capacity line-up of stayers including the race’s sole emergency Doukhan who comes in for early scratching Fanatic (16), the Adelaide Cup winning mare out for the rest of the autumn due to a leg injury.
2018 Sydney Cup Field Update: Three scratchings have come out of the field with Nick Olive’s gun mare Single Gaze, Adelaide Cup winner Fanatic and the Darren Weir-trained Gallic Chieftain.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x21402x241||ALMANDIN (GER)||Liam Howley||Damien Oliver||5||57kg||115|
|2||x94491x673||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||10||55kg||110|
|3||x616528x42||LIBRAN (IRE)||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||20||54kg||107|
|4||6200×43782||VENTURA STORM (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Glen Boss||8||53.5kg||106|
|5||4420×22525||SINGLE GAZE||Nick Olive||Ms Kathy O’Hara||21||53kg||108|
|6||x3x61x93x5||PRE STWICK (JPN)||Yoshinori Muto||Joao Moreira||11||53kg||105|
|7||8042132822||FIVE TO MIDNIGHT (NZ)||Lisa Latta||Michael Dee||9||52.5kg||104|
|8||12127×5616||AUVRAY (FR)||Richard Freedman||Glyn Schofield||1||52kg||107|
|9||x2114x3977||LORD FANDANGO (GER)||Archie Alexander||Craig Williams||2||51.5kg||101|
|10||x12x1397x1||ALOFT (IRE)||Liam Howley||Kerrin McEvoy||13||51kg (includes 1.0kg penalty)||101|
|11||46811×7521||FANATIC (NZ)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Jye McNeil||16||50.5kg (includes 0.5kg penalty)||103|
|12||8232515850||ZACADA (NZ)||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Dean Holland||12||50.5kg||99|
|13||5801331461||SIR CHARLES ROAD||Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott||Andrew Adkins||4||50kg||105|
|14||3253×36143||GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR)||Darren Weir||Blake Spriggs||19||50kg||98|
|15||530x00x789||LASQUETI SPIRIT||Lee Curtis||Jay Ford||18||50kg||98|
|16||103310×558||CISMONTANE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||James Innes Jnr (a)||3||50kg||97|
|17||1×31311465||PATRICK ERIN (NZ)||Chris Waller||Craig Newitt||17||50kg||97|
|18||746×015133||PERIBSEN (IRE)||John O’Shea||Corey Brown||6||50kg||92|
|19||3323×67297||ADMIRAL JELLO||Kris Lees||Grant Buckley||15||50kg||91|
|20||5457233324||ORMITO (GER)||Darren Weir||Dean Yendall||7||50kg||88|
|21e||4658115×55||DOUKHAN (IRE)||Kris Lees||Yusuke Ichikawa||14||50kg||84|
2018 Sydney Cup First Acceptances
After nominations close in February the Sydney Cup first acceptances are taken four weeks out from the race on a Tuesday in early March, narrowing down the list of horses heading towards the $2 million classic.
The 2018 Sydney Cup first acceptances are set for release on Tuesday March 18, 2018 and will be listed below once announced.
The official Sydney Cup 2018 First Acceptances are now out with 56 autumn stayers still in the mix for the two mile classic including Roy Higgins Quality winner Aloft, the fellow Lloyd Williams-raced 2016 Melbourne Cup champion Almandin and the Lindsay Park-trained mare Frantic who won the Adelaide Cup over the 3200m last time out. The 2017 Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling and runner-up Johannas Vermeer are the notable omissions from the Sydney Cup First Declarations.
View the 2018 Sydney Cup First Acceptances Featuring Almandin by following the link.
2018 Sydney Cup Nominations
The Sydney Cup nominations are first taken by Racing NSW on a Monday in early-mid February about two months out from the race and can attract up to 100 stayers.
The official 2018 Sydney Cup nominations are set to close on Monday February 12, 2018 and will be published in full below.
The Sydney Cup 2018 Nominations drew 114 stayers led by the reigning Melbourne Cup winning Irish galloper Rekindling. Almandin is another former Melbourne Cup champion in the mix, while Humidor leads the Darren Weir-trained contingent. Trainer Chris Waller chases a third Sydney Cup win with a host of stayers including veteran nine-year-old Who Shot Thebarman who lines-up for his fifth Sydney Cup.
View the full 2018 Sydney Cup Nominations that featured the past two Melbourne Cup winners by following the link.
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.
The event has gone by a number of different names over the years including the Randwick Grand Handicap, Randwick Grand Handicap Sweepstakes and the Sydney Gold Cup.
In 2017 the Sydney Cup was run on April 8, but declared a No Race after the fall of Almoonqith. It ran for a second time a fortnight later with the same horse, UK raider Polarisation, first past the post again.
In 2018 Who Shot Thebarman made history winning the Sydney Cup as a nine-year-old at his fifth attempt in the two mile classic.
|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||Who Shot Thebarman||3 minutes 20.04 seconds|
|3rd||Sir Charles Road|
|1st||Polarisation||3 minutes 29.16 seconds|
|2nd||Who Shot Thebarman|
|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|