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.

2021 Sydney Cup Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

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 before being boosted back up to $2 million in 2021.

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 2021 Sydney Cup runs on Saturday April 10, 2021. 

Sydney Cup 2021
Date: Saturday April 10, 2021
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 3200m
Conditions: Open Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $2 million
Inaugurated: 1862

2021 Sydney Cup Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

2021 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 2021 Sydney Cup odds will be listed below as released by in the lead-up to the two mile classic.


Mount Popa
Great House
Spirit Ridge
The Chosen One
English King

*All-In 2021 Sydney Cup odds Top 10 only, post-nominations, correct as of 15/02/2021 and subject to change

2021 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 2021 Form Guide & Betting Preview for all the race facts and stats to guide your selections on the two mile classic.

2021 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 2021 field will be released Tuesday before the race and published in full below.

2021 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 2021 first acceptances close on Tuesday the 9th of March, 2021. 

2021 Sydney Cup Nominations

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

The 2021 Sydney Cup nominations are now out with 105 early entries including last year’s runner-up The Chosen One, the all-in Team Hawkes-trained favourite Mount Popa and Godolphin’s first-up Apollo Stakes winner Colette.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 91x511379x ACCOUNTABILITY (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 76
2 52x4221x4x ALAKAHAN (IRE) G 5 Richard & Michael Freedman 60
3 21111x121x AMADE (IRE) G 7 Phillip Stokes
4 56x2593x6x ANGEL OF TRUTH G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
5 7x1925308x ATTENTION RUN (GER) M 6 Kris Lees 92
6 04x241441x ATTORNEY (FR) G 6 Matthew Smith
7 33x462605x AVILIUS (GB) G 7 James Cummings
8 912391213x BARADE (FR) G 6 Archie Alexander
9 144521130x BEAUDZ WELL (NZ) G 4 John Wheeler
10 21x743P60x BIG BLUE (GB) G 9 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
11 715300x21x CANASTA (FR) G 5 Bjorn Baker 79
12 2x6780751x CARIF G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden
13 1x7452318x CERNAN (GB) G 5 Peter G Moody
14 3125x2193x CHAPADA G 5 Michael Moroney
15 x00002860x CHARLES ROAD G 7 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott
16 1111x0561x COLETTE M 4 James Cummings 110
17 x4x1x1736x COLLIDE (GB) H 6 Kris Lees
18 140x21121x CONCERT HALL (NZ) M 6 Roger James & Robert Wellwood
19 1133x451x COOLTH G 4 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
20 x00x044x6x DADOOZDART (GB) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
21 0x00x5241x DARVIN (IRE) G 5 Matthew Williams
22 1212x5111x DEFIBRILLATE (NZ) G 6 Patrick Payne
23 41172x472x DINADO M 4 Richard & Michael Freedman 63
24 3x EMISSARY (GB) H 4 Michael Moroney
25 71x1546x ENGLISH KING (FR) H 4 Michael Moroney
26 113x65119x ENTENTE G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 91
27 643x21018x FAVORITE MOON (GER) G 4
28 1253x6133x FUTURE SCORE (IRE) G 6 Matt Cumani
29 2x06027x8x GOOD IDEA G 6 Phillip Stokes
30 21x31x GREAT HOUSE (IRE) G 4 Chris Waller 72
31 x1x47x0x0x HAPPY PHARRELL (FR) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
32 9x4211312x HARPO MARX (IRE) G 5 Bjorn Baker 76
33 x05530x08x HERENGAWE (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 90
34 000x32400x HUSH WRITER (JPN) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
35 0x5401342x IN A TWINKLING G 5 Jamie Richards
36 2x6069531x JOE’S JOY M 7 Richard Litt 61
37 80x952033x KAAPFEVER (NZ) G 6 Joseph Pride 72
38 2119x0543x KISS THE BRIDE (NZ) G 5 Bjorn Baker 84
39 x881194x7x KORCHO (GB) H 5 Kris Lees 82
40 1x1x4x161x LONG ARM (IRE) G 5 Peter Gelagotis
41 x7811x188x LORD BELVEDERE (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
42 2x8328x41x LORD TROPICANA G 4 Gary Portelli 58
43 114x04508x MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
44 4066107x8x MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 4 Danny O’Brien
45 643x74108x MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 7 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
46 04150x000x MISS SENTIMENTAL (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller 96
47 1x1x30x0x MOHICAN HEIGHTS (IRE) G 4 Chris Waller 80
48 4123x6525x MOONLIGHT MAID M 4 Mitchell Freedman
49 x513x7651x MOSH MUSIC M 6 Archie Alexander
50 2213x41x2x MOUNT POPA (IRE) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 90
51 126x11124x MUGATOO (IRE) G 6 Kris Lees 111
52 225x00980x MUSTAJEER (GB) G 8 Kris Lees
53 2x350x033x MY SWASHBUCKLER (IRE) G 6 Kris Lees 75
54 1635678x8x NELSON (IRE) G 6 Symon Wilde
55 2x7450130x NERVE NOT VERVE (NZ) M 5 Michael Moroney
56 21x3719x3x NONCONFORMIST G 4 Grahame Begg
57 7836x0508x NORWAY (IRE) G 5 Peter G Moody 91
58 1x1x PALE KING (FR) G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 67
59 x313x21x5x PAPPALINO (FR) H 5 Archie Alexander
60 3x0011455x PATHS OF GLORY (GB) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman 96
61 x69379729x PLATINUM INVADOR (NZ) G 5 Lisa Latta
62 x02524549x POLLY GREY (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller
63 947152x01x QUALITY APPROACH G 5 Michael Costa
64 423115x05x QUICK THINKER H 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
65 x6613x500x RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) G 7 Kris Lees
66 611x58862x REALM OF FLOWERS M 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman
67 76x695082x RONDINELLA (NZ) M 6 John O’Shea 99
68 34193x503x RUDIMENTAL (FR) G 5 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
69 12922Px90x RUNAWAY R 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
70 11251x311x SACRAMENTO G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 88
71 38x513883x SAN HUBERTO (IRE) H 5 Matt Cumani
72 5x16x7164x SARACEN KNIGHT (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott
73 4x4844668x SCARLET DREAM M 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 86
74 311x28228x SELINO (GB) G 5 Chris Waller 95
75 x092527x1x SHARED AMBITION (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 106
76 21050x083x SHEPARD (GB) G 5 Peter G Moody
77 1x5361325x SHE’S IDEEL M 5 Bjorn Baker
78 x0006x063x SHRAAOH (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller
79 342x47182x SIN TO WIN (NZ) G 8 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes
80 x222x16x7x SIR DRAGONET (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
81 40x5x0141x SKYMAX (GER) G 5 Mark Newnham 91
82 x522621x6x SOUND (GER) H 8 Michael Moroney
83 441301x79x SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 108
84 002x SPINPIX M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
85 24x1x2211x SPIRIT RIDGE (GB) G 6 Mark Newnham 101
86 50x307851x STARCASTER (GB) G 6 Anthony & Sam Freedman
87 x5445x744x STARS OF CARRUM G 5 Peter G Moody
88 x339x2023x STAY FOOLISH (JPN) H 6 Yoshito Yahagi 106
89 679x03310x STEEL PRINCE (IRE) G 7 Anthony & Sam Freedman
90 0715x0648x SWEET THOMAS (GER) G 9 Matthew Smith 86
91 63223x221x SWORDS DRAWN H 5 Shaune Ritchie
92 1x33x2045x TAISEI TRAIL (JPN) H 6 Yoshito Yahagi 101
93 102x00D66x TE AKAU CALIBURN (IRE) G 6 Jamie Richards
94 572x18734x THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
95 221x58203x TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 104
96 224x11121x TRALEE ROSE (NZ) M 4 Symon Wilde
97 137114015x TRUE MARVEL (FR) G 5 Matthew Smith 65
98 1x1x08824x VADIYANN (FR) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 79
99 212x14117x VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller 121
100 5633x7600x WARNING G 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman
101 x39x0x422x WOLFE (JPN) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 101
102 9x36513x6x YONKERS (USA) G 5 Chris Waller 84
103 19x17x780x YOUNG RASCAL (FR) G 6 Archie Alexander
104 123x7x YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) G 3 Danny O’Brien
105 2114x9432x YULONG CAPTAIN (IRE) G 5 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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
Sydney Cup
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
Sydney Cup
1st Etah James 3 minutes 28.46 seconds
2nd The Chosen One
3rd Raheen House
Sydney Cup
1st Shraaoh 3 minutes 22.06 seconds
2nd Vengeur Masque
3rd Glory Days
Sydney Cup
1st Who Shot Thebarman 3 minutes 20.04 seconds
2nd Zacada
3rd Sir Charles Road
Sydney Cup
1st Polarisation 3 minutes 29.16 seconds
2nd Who Shot Thebarman
3rd Big Duke
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

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