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.

2017 Sydney Cup Results

  • 1st: Polarisation
  • 2nd: Who Shot Thebarman
  • 3rd: Big Duke

Sydney Cup News

Sandown Cup Winner Fanatic Targets Adelaide Cup 2018

Sandown Cup Winner Fanatic Targets Adelaide Cup 2018

Another two mile contest calls for the progressive Lindsay Park-trained mare Fanatic who targets the 2018 Adelaide Cup in the autumn next year following her Sandown Cup success at Ladbrokes Park over the weekend. It was a gutsy performance on Zipping Classic Day in the Listed $150,000 Ladbrokes Sandown Cup (3200m) by both the winning…

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 $4 million Group 1 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 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 rescheduled 2017 Sydney Cup ran on Saturday April 22 after the original running was declared a No Race due to the breakdown of Almoonqith and fall of two jockeys.

Sydney Cup 2017
Date: April 22, 2017
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 3200m
Conditions: Open Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $2 million
Inaugurated: 1862

2017 Sydney Cup Results

  • 1st: Polarisation
  • 2nd: Who Shot Thebarman
  • 3rd: Big Duke

Read the full Sydney Cup 2017 Results with Charlie Appleby’s UK raider Polarisation holding off a late challenge by the gallant Chris Waller-trained veteran Who Shot Thebarman.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 14 POLARISATION (GB) Charlie Appleby Corey Brown 6 51.5kg $6.50
2 1 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Blake Shinn 0.2L 13 57kg $12
3 6 BIG DUKE (IRE) Darren Weir Glen Boss 0.7L 2 52kg $3.70F
4 8 ANNUS MIRABILIS (IRE) Stuart Webb Dean Holland 6.1L 4 52kg $31
5 5 CHANCE TO DANCE (IRE) Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards Christian Reith 6.2L 3 53kg $19
6 7 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Chad Schofield 6.4L 7 52kg $17
7 10 PENGLAI PAVILION (USA) Charlie Appleby Kerrin McEvoy 7.9L 14 52kg $5.50
8 9 MISTER IMPATIENCE (GB) Michael Moroney Jay Ford 10.6L 5 52kg $61
9 11 KINEMA (IRE) Chris Waller Tim Clark 11.5L 12 52kg (cd 52.5kg) $21
10 3 TALLY John O’Shea Tommy Berry 11.6L 1 55kg $12
11 4 BOOM TIME David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 31.1L 9 53.5kg $11
12 12 LASQUETI SPIRIT Lee Curtis Bobby El-Issa 40.2L 8 51.5kg $19
13 13 PENTATHLON (NZ) John Wheeler Jeff Penza 69.9L 11 51.5kg $41
FF 2 LIBRAN (IRE) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 10 56.5kg $19
16e SELF SENSE David Brideoake 0
15e ROCK ON (NZ) John Sargent Jeff Penza 0

2017 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 2017 Sydney Cup odds will be listed below as soon as released by Ladbrokes.com.au in the lead-up to the two mile classic.

2017 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.

View our updated Sydney Cup 2017 Form Guide & Betting Preview for all the race facts and stats to guide your selections on the two mile classic.

2017 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 2017 field is set for release on the Tuesday before the race and will be published in full below as soon as available.

The updated 2017 Sydney Cup Final Field & Barriers for the rescheduled edition of the race were released on Wednesday April 19, 2017 featuring a full 14 starters plus 2 emergencies, led by the favourite Big Duke and new entry Lasqueti Spirit who won the Crown Oaks in Melbourne over the spring.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 527255×364 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Blake Shinn 15 57kg 108
2 41112×8746 LIBRAN (IRE) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 12 56.5kg 107
3 02303×3771 TALLY John O’Shea Tommy Berry 1 55kg 105
4 x311151651 BOOM TIME David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 11 53.5kg 101
5 450×423124 CHANCE TO DANCE (IRE) Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards Christian Reith 5 53kg 100
6 1×42112111 BIG DUKE (IRE) Darren Weir Craig Williams 2 52kg 104
7 1x92384x38 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Chad Schofield 9 52kg 101
8 0x77113510 ANNUS MIRABILIS (IRE) Stuart Webb TBA 6 52kg 98
9 0100×60530 MISTER IMPATIENCE (GB) Michael Moroney Jay Ford 7 52kg 98
10 3x0x85x10x PENGLAI PAVILION (USA) Charlie Appleby Kerrin McEvoy 16 52kg 98
11 70x41x7545 KINEMA (IRE) Chris Waller Tim Clark 14 52kg 97
12 8241×02753 LASQUETI SPIRIT Lee Curtis Bobby El-Issa 10 51.5kg 103
13 67379×9786 PENTATHLON (NZ) John Wheeler TBA 13 51.5kg 93
14 38x2x20x4x POLARISATION (GB) Charlie Appleby Corey Brown 8 51.5kg 88
15e 5213412413 ROCK ON (NZ) John Sargent Jeff Penza 3 51.5kg 88
16e 239×668564 SELF SENSE David Brideoake TBA 4 51.5kg 87

2017 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 2017 Sydney Cup first acceptances are set for release on Tuesday March 7, 2017 and will be listed below once announced.

Check out the original 2017 Sydney Cup First Acceptances by following the link – including new top-weight Our Ivanhowe (57kg) along with the dominant Chris Waller-trained contingent led by Antonio Giuseppe and last year’s runner-up Libran.

2017 Sydney Cup Weights

The official Sydney Cup 2017 weights and updated Sydney Cup ballot are out on Monday February 20, 2017.
View the original 2017 Sydney Cup Weights & Ballot Order by following the link.

2017 Sydney Cup Nominations

The Sydney Cup nominations are first taken by Racing NSW on a Tuesday in early February about two months out from the race and can attract up to 100 stayers.

The official 2017 Sydney Cup nominations are set to close on a Tuesday in early February.

The 2017 Sydney Cup Nominations for the rescheduled edition of the two mile classic closed on Monday April 17, 2017 and featured 16 stayers led by the favourite Big Duke.

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.

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
2018
Sydney Cup
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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