Sydney Cup

Sydney Cup Day at Royal Randwick, Saturday April 9 2016, marks the final day of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival and is headlined by the Group 1 Sydney Cup 2016, a tough staying test over the cup distance of 3200m.

Sydney Cup News

2016 Sydney Cup Results: Gallante Beats Libran

2016 Sydney Cup Results: Gallante Beats Libran

Goliath owner Lloyd Williams spoilt the Chris Waller show in the Sydney Cup 2016 scoring an upset win over the favourite Libran with the Robert Hickmott-trained import Gallante at Randwick Racecourse.

Gallante upset Chris Waller’s trio of stayers to win the 2016 Sydney Cup on Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day at Randwick. Photo: Steve Hart.

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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
Distance: 3200m
Conditions: Open Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1 million
Inaugurated: 1862

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

Year Place Horse Time
Sydney Cup
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
Sydney Cup
1st Gallante 3 minutes 24.5 seconds
2nd Libran
3rd Grand Marshal
Sydney Cup
1st Grand Marshal 3 minutes 24.70 seconds
2nd Who Shot Thebarman
3rd Like A Carousel
Sydney Cup
1st The Offer 3 minutes 23.86 seconds
2nd Opinion
3rd Sertorius
Sydney Cup
1st Niwot 3 minutes 20.4 seconds
2nd Efficient
3rd Once Were Wild
Sydney Cup
1st Mourayan 3 minutes 24.29 seconds
2nd Norsqui
3rd Aliyana Tide
Sydney Cup
1st Stand To Gain 3 minutes 29.1 seconds
2nd Older Than Time
3rd Solid Billing
Sydney Cup
1st Jessicabeel 3 minutes 21.86 seconds
2nd Divine Rebel
3rd Harris Tweed
Sydney Cup
1st Ista Kareem 3 minutes 27.4 seconds
2nd Divine Rebel
3rd Mr Tipsy
Sydney Cup
1st No Wine No Song 3 minutes 25.5 seconds
2nd Pentathon
3rd Lang
Sydney Cup
1st Gallic 3 minutes 27.3 seconds
2nd Irazu
3rd No Wine No Song
Sydney Cup
1st County Tyrone 3 minutes 22.6 seconds
2nd Zabeat
3rd Three Chimneys
Sydney Cup
1st Mahtoum 3 minutes 27.6 seconds
2nd County Tyrone
3rd Philosophe
Sydney Cup
1st Makybe Diva 3 minutes 21.1 seconds
2nd Manawa King
3rd Mummify
Sydney Cup
1st Honor Babe 3 minutes 30.5 seconds
2nd County Tyrone
3rd Grey Song
Sydney Cup
1st Henderson Bay 3 minutes 26.7 seconds
2nd Mr. Prudent
3rd Spirit Of Westbury
Sydney Cup
1st Mr. Prudent 3 minutes 26.9 seconds
2nd Prophet’s Kiss
3rd Starina
Sydney Cup
1st Streak 3 minutes 30.3 seconds
2nd Sharscay
3rd Ears’ Ronny