Sydney Cup

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.

2020 Sydney Cup Results

  • 1st: #10 Etah James
  • 2nd: #6 The Chosen One
  • 3rd: #4 Raheen House



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.

All of The Championships’ races for 2020 had reduced prizemoney due to the COVID-19 pandemic including the Sydney Cup offering $1 million.

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 Chairman’s 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 2020 Sydney Cup ran on Saturday April 11, 2020 and was won in an upset by the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained import Etah James. 

Sydney Cup 2020
Date: Saturday April 11, 2020
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 3200m
Conditions: Open Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $2 million ($1 million in 2020 due to COVID-19)
Inaugurated: 1862

2020 Sydney Cup Results

  • 1st: #10 Etah James
  • 2nd: #6 The Chosen One
  • 3rd: #4 Raheen House

It was the form out of the New Zealand staying races that held up in the 2020 Sydney Cup results with the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained former Kiwi-trained mare Etah James ($14) narrowly defeating the New Zealand galloper The Chosen One ($18) in the two mile feature.

Click here to read more on the upset Sydney Cup 2020 win by Etah James.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 10 ETAH JAMES (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Glen Boss 8 51kg (cd 51.5kg) $14
2 6 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Kerrin McEvoy 0.2L 5 53.5kg $18
3 4 RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 0.7L 2 54kg $6
4 11 SWEET THOMAS (GER) Matthew Smith Ms Rachel King 3.2L 10 51kg $31
5 1 MUSTAJEER (GB) Kris Lees Nash Rawiller 4L 3 57.5kg $5.50
6 9 ANGEL OF TRUTH Gwenda Markwell Sam Clipperton 4.3L 12 52.5kg (cd 53.5kg) $11
7 2 YOUNG RASCAL (FR) William Haggas Tom Marquand 6.2L 9 56kg $2.90F
8 5 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Archie Alexander Jason Collett 18.1L 6 53.5kg $18
9 8 YOGI (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jean Van Overmeire (a) 18.3L 1 52.5kg $21
10 12 SAUNTER BOY (FR) Kris Lees Jay Ford 26.6L 4 51kg $101
11 3 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 59.4L 7 54.5kg $26
12 7 AZURO (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Glyn Schofield 66.5L 11 53kg (cd 53.5kg) $18
13 CORNCRAKE (GB) Matthew Smith Ms Kathy O’Hara 0

2020 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 2020 Sydney Cup odds will be listed below as released by Ladbrokes.com.au in the lead-up to the two mile classic.

2020 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 Tancred Stakes (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 2020 Form Guide & Betting Preview for all the race facts and stats to guide your selections on the two mile classic.

2020 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 2020 field will be released Tuesday before the race and published in full below.

Thirteen stayers make-up the 2020 Sydney Cup final field this autumn with the in-form UK raider Young Rascal the clear favourite in barrier 10 after the NE Manion Cup win fresh down under.

Click here to read more on the Sydney Cup 2020 field of 13.

Update: The rails-drawn #13 Corncrake (1) has been scratched from the Sydney Cup field.

Click here for the full 2020 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day Scratchings & Track Report.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 235160×122 MUSTAJEER (GB) Kris Lees Nash Rawiller 4 57.5kg 111
2 11x56x19x1 YOUNG RASCAL (FR) William Haggas Tom Marquand 10 56kg 106
3 621816×700 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 8 54.5kg 105
4 x23960x661 RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 3 54kg 104
5 042874×974 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Archie Alexander Jason Collett 7 53.5kg 103
6 91950×3857 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Kerrin McEvoy 6 53.5kg 103
7 1×05531377 AZURO (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Glyn Schofield 12 53kg 102
8 50x23x7896 YOGI (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jean Van Overmeire (a) 2 52.5kg 101
9 5800×89575 ANGEL OF TRUTH Gwenda Markwell Sam Clipperton 13 52.5kg 101
10 x874641634 ETAH JAMES (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Glen Boss 9 51kg 98
11 15x600x477 SWEET THOMAS (GER) Matthew Smith Ms Rachel King 11 51kg 98
12 4554x057x5 SAUNTER BOY (FR) Kris Lees Jay Ford 5 51kg 89
13 4111×32711 CORNCRAKE (GB) Matthew Smith Ms Kathy O’Hara 1 51kg 66

2020 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 Sydney Cup 2020 first acceptances attracted 52 stayers with UK raider Young Rascal the short-priced favourite following his NE Manion Cup victory first-up in Australia.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 342x1x1311 AKTAU (GB) G 4 Michael Moroney 90
2 5800×89575 ANGEL OF TRUTH G 4 Gwenda Markwell 101
3 143276×507 ATTENTION RUN (GER) M 5 Kris Lees 90
4 125x11x680 ATTORNEY (FR) G 5 Matthew Smith 76
5 2147×54533 AVILIUS (GB) G 6 James Cummings 116
6 1×05531377 AZURO (FR) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 102
7 3240×79968 BEAU BALMAIN (GER) G 5 Jim Conlan 87
8 15222×0352 CARIF H 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 99
9 1158×80453 CHOUXTING THE MOB (NZ) G 6 Simon Morrish 89
10 112617×909 COME PLAY WITH ME G 5 Chris Waller 107
11 4111×32711 CORNCRAKE (GB) H 4 Matthew Smith 66
12 124×615129 DABIYR (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 94
13 7814515222 DARK PEARL (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 77
14 21112×08 DJUKON (GB) G 4 Chris Waller 92
15 1512141340 DONNDUBHAN G 5 Brent Stanley 75
16 10111x42x7 ESTI FENY (HUN) H 5 Matthew Smith 91
17 x874641634 ETAH JAMES (NZ) M 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 98
18 37x47Px960 FAIRLIGHT (IRE) G 5 Kris Lees 71
19 0426351625 FUN FACT G 4 Bjorn Baker 88
20 19211×1253 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) G 5 Matt Cumani 92
21 042874×974 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) H 7 Archie Alexander 103
22 2251110596 GARBHAN G 6 Brent Stanley 74
23 3x5559x864 GLORY DAYS (NZ) M 7 Bill Thurlow 104
24 621816×700 HUSH WRITER (JPN) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 105
25 22x171353x IL PARADISO (USA) H 4 Chris Waller 107
26 55121×1071 ILWENDO (GER) H 6 Matthew Smith 80
27 82112×5147 JUST BENJAMIN (GB) G 4 Anthony Freedman 80
28 1x3349x211 KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) G 5 Danny O’Brien 91
29 54×2561165 LUVALUVA (NZ) M 5 John Sargent 107
30 516530×887 MIDTERM (GB) G 7 Michael & Luke Cerchi 95
31 2348126789 MORTON’S FORK G 6 Richard Litt 94
32 x156x11126 MUGATOO (IRE) G 5 Kris Lees 84
33 235160×122 MUSTAJEER (GB) G 7 Kris Lees 111
34 x058321023 PLATINUM INVADOR (NZ) G 4 Lisa Latta 99
35 142×821950 PRIMITIVO G 5 John Thompson 96
36 x23960x661 RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) G 6 Kris Lees 104
37 170x540x38 RED CARDINAL (IRE) G 8 Kris Lees 105
38 4554x057x5 SAUNTER BOY (FR) G 7 Kris Lees 89
39 11x111x310 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) G 4 Chris Waller 97
40 x07005x532 SOUND (GER) H 7 Michael Moroney 103
41 6441301×79 SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 110
42 40490×5445 STARS OF CARRUM G 4 Pat Carey 86
43 16x2026x43 SUPERNOVA (GB) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 95
44 15x600x477 SWEET THOMAS (GER) G 8 Matthew Smith 98
45 12x50x7102 TE AKAU CALIBURN (IRE) H 5 Jamie Richards 91
46 91950×3857 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 103
47 x71502x880 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) G 8 Michael Moroney 107
48 34121×7556 WARNING G 3 Anthony Freedman 103
49 x185310x39 WOLFE (JPN) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 100
50 6110×97730 WU GOK G 6 Chris Waller 102
51 50x23x7896 YOGI (NZ) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 101
52 11x56x19x1 YOUNG RASCAL (FR) G 5 William Haggas 106

2020 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.

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

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Sydney Cup
1st Etah James 3 minutes 28.46 seconds
2nd The Chosen One
3rd Raheen House
2019
Sydney Cup
1st Shraaoh 3 minutes 22.06 seconds
2nd Vengeur Masque
3rd Glory Days
2018
Sydney Cup
1st Who Shot Thebarman 3 minutes 20.04 seconds
2nd Zacada
3rd Sir Charles Road
2017
Sydney Cup
1st Polarisation 3 minutes 29.16 seconds
2nd Who Shot Thebarman
3rd Big Duke
2016
Sydney Cup
1st Gallante 3 minutes 24.5 seconds
2nd Libran
3rd Grand Marshal
2015
Sydney Cup
1st Grand Marshal 3 minutes 24.70 seconds
2nd Who Shot Thebarman
3rd Like A Carousel
2014
Sydney Cup
1st The Offer 3 minutes 23.86 seconds
2nd Opinion
3rd Sertorius
2013
Sydney Cup
1st Niwot 3 minutes 20.4 seconds
2nd Efficient
3rd Once Were Wild
2012
Sydney Cup
1st Mourayan 3 minutes 24.29 seconds
2nd Norsqui
3rd Aliyana Tide
2011
Sydney Cup
1st Stand To Gain 3 minutes 29.1 seconds
2nd Older Than Time
3rd Solid Billing
2010
Sydney Cup
1st Jessicabeel 3 minutes 21.86 seconds
2nd Divine Rebel
3rd Harris Tweed
2009
Sydney Cup
1st Ista Kareem 3 minutes 27.4 seconds
2nd Divine Rebel
3rd Mr Tipsy
2008
Sydney Cup
1st No Wine No Song 3 minutes 25.5 seconds
2nd Pentathon
3rd Lang
2007
Sydney Cup
1st Gallic 3 minutes 27.3 seconds
2nd Irazu
3rd No Wine No Song
2006
Sydney Cup
1st County Tyrone 3 minutes 22.6 seconds
2nd Zabeat
3rd Three Chimneys
2005
Sydney Cup
1st Mahtoum 3 minutes 27.6 seconds
2nd County Tyrone
3rd Philosophe
2004
Sydney Cup
1st Makybe Diva 3 minutes 21.1 seconds
2nd Manawa King
3rd Mummify
2003
Sydney Cup
1st Honor Babe 3 minutes 30.5 seconds
2nd County Tyrone
3rd Grey Song
2002
Sydney Cup
1st Henderson Bay 3 minutes 26.7 seconds
2nd Mr. Prudent
3rd Spirit Of Westbury
2001
Sydney Cup
1st Mr. Prudent 3 minutes 26.9 seconds
2nd Prophet’s Kiss
3rd Starina
2000
Sydney Cup
1st Streak 3 minutes 30.3 seconds
2nd Sharscay
3rd Ears’ Ronny

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