Sydney Cup

The 2017 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'.

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2017 Sydney Cup Weights & Ballot Led By Almandin

2017 Sydney Cup Weights & Ballot Led By Almandin

The reigning Melbourne Cup winning German import Almandin has been allocated the 58kg top weight for the Sydney Cup 2017 this autumn racing carnival.

Melbourne Cup winner Almandin heads the 2017 Sydney Cup weights this autumn with 58kg. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Handicaps for both the $3 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on April 1 and the $2 million ...

The Group 1 Sydney Cup 2017 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 2017 Sydney Cup will take place on April 8, 2017 at Royal Randwick.

Sydney Cup 2017
Date: April 8, 2017
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 3200m
Conditions: Open Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $2 million
Inaugurated: 1862

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 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 Tuesday April 4, 2017 and will be published in full below as soon as available.

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.

2017 Sydney Cup Weights

The official Sydney Cup 2017 weights and updated Sydney Cup ballot are out on Monday February 20, 2017.
View the full 2017 Sydney Cup Weights & Ballot Order below – following the link to read more on the likes of top weight Almandin (58kg) who won the Melbourne Cup in the spring and the Chris Waller-trained favourite in Sydney Cup betting Antonio Giuseppe.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 21x665111x ALMANDIN (GER) G 7 Robert Hickmott 1 58kg 113
2 5501x5860x OUR IVANHOWE (GER) H 7 Lee & Anthony Freedman 2= 57kg 111
3 x64x424x1x TANTA ALEGRIA (JPN) H 5 Sakae Kunieda 2= 57kg 111
4 07339x260x ADMIRE DEUS (JPN) H 6 Tomoyuki Umeda 4= 56kg 109
5 7221x2x30x MAX DYNAMITE (FR) G 7 William Mullins 4= 56kg 109
6 33x264310x WICKLOW BRAVE (GB) G 8 William Mullins 4= 56kg 109
7 33x726910x GRAND MARSHAL (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 7= 55.5kg 108
8 35240x343x TRIP TO PARIS (IRE) G 6 Ed Dunlop 7= 55.5kg 108
9 4x6527255x WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller 7= 55.5kg 108
10 20x11x330x BONDI BEACH (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 10= 55kg 107
11 6x341112x8 LIBRAN (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 10= 55kg 107
12 x23114407x SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB) G 5 Robert Hickmott 10= 55kg 107
13 65x808462x ALMOONQITH (USA) H 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 13= 54.5kg 106
14 11x0x0D71x AMRALAH (IRE) H 7 Robert Hickmott 13= 54.5kg 106
15 9x031x270x GALLANTE (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 15= 54kg 105
16 1538x3x26x RAINBOW LINE (JPN) H 4 Hidekazu Asami 15= 54kg 105
17 113061x00x TAVAGO (NZ) G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 15= 54kg 105
18 4x27156x55 REAL LOVE M 6 Darren Weir 15= 52kg 105
19 966x5340x5 MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE) G 7 John O’Shea 19= 53.5kg 104
20 8xD21x00x0 SIGNOFF (IRE) G 7 Patrick F Ryan Jnr 19= 53.5kg 104
21 6x511112x1 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 21= 52.5kg 102
22 3x882140x0 SACRED MASTER (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 21= 52.5kg 102
23 13x02303x3 TALLY G 4 John O’Shea 21= 52.5kg 102
24 x615313x55 ALLERGIC G 5 John O’Shea 24= 52kg 101
25 1153x9210x ASSIGN (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 24= 52kg 101
26 x3128x123x CLONDAW WARRIOR (IRE) G 10 William Mullins 24= 52kg 101
27 x5x411213x LORESHO (FR) H 6 Darren Weir 24= 52kg 101
28 03x421111x AMELIE’S STAR M 5 Darren Weir 24= 50kg 101
29 x450x42312 CHANCE TO DANCE (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 29= 51.5kg 100
30 x2252911x9 PILOTE D’ESSAI (GB) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 29= 51.5kg 100
31 3x850202x0 AMBIENCE M 4 John O’Shea 29= 50kg 100
32 3122x4117x MEINER SAGE (JPN) H 5 Yuichi Shikato 32= 51kg 99
33 11x61x6910 ST JEAN (IRE) H 7 Aaron Purcell 32= 51kg 99
34 611x92384x HARLEM (GB) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 34= 50.5kg 98
35 01170x41x7 KINEMA (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 34= 50.5kg 98
36 50100×6053 MISTER IMPATIENCE (GB) G 7 Michael Moroney 34= 50.5kg 98
37 3x0x85x10x PENGLAI PAVILION (USA) H 7 Charlie Appleby 34= 50.5kg 98
38 361844831x PURPLE SMILE G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 34= 50.5kg 98
39 113111 NORTHWEST PASSAGE G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 34= 49kg 98
40 x800x6731x GOLDSTREAM (ITY) G 5 Darren Weir 40= 50kg 97
41 1211×44448 MASTER OF ARTS (NZ) H 5 Darren Weir 40= 50kg 97
42 54x067379x PENTATHLON (NZ) G 5 John Wheeler 40= 50kg 97
43 2x145x227x SINGING (FR) H 7 Kris Lees 40= 50kg 97
44 0x266223x6 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman 40= 50kg 97
45 6×22427779 PUCCINI (NZ) H 6 Wayne Walters 45 50kg 96
46 24x8x3136x BIG BLUE (GB) G 5 John O’Shea 46= 50kg 93
47 1×08158217 CHENILLE (NZ) M 5 Tony Pike 46= 50kg 93
48 342x9533x3 ALEGRIA M 5 John O’Shea 48= 50kg 92
49 130x91130x PEMBERLEY (NZ) G 5 Ciaron Maher 48= 50kg 92
50 30x161510x LIZZIE L’AMOUR (NZ) M 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 50= 50kg 90
51 5×67952044 LORD VAN PERCY (GB) G 7 Darren Weir 50= 50kg 90
52 18111511×5 PACORUS (NZ) G 5 Chris Wood 50= 50kg 90
53 830111x77x REDNAV G 6 Sally Taylor 50= 50kg 90
54 63877031×5 SAVVY NATURE (NZ) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 50= 50kg 90
55 145x52482x VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) G 5 Michael Moroney 50= 50kg 90
56 4306520530 PERFECT START (NZ) M 7 Wayne Hillis 56 50kg 89
57 2117x8x00x HANS HOLBEIN (GB) G 5 Robert Hickmott 57= 50kg 88
58 38x2x20x4x POLARISATION (GB) G 5 Charlie Appleby 57= 50kg 88
59 0x42x513x4 OUR CENTURY (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 59= 50kg 87
60 0x42172974 SNOW SECRET (NZ) M 5 Shaune Ritchie 59= 50kg 87
61 3x1x42112x BIG DUKE (IRE) G 5 Darren Weir 61= 50kg 86
62 x211xP3x9x THOMAS HOBSON (GB) G 7 Charlie Appleby 61= 50kg 86
63 1917x277x4 ASTRONOMOS (GB) G 6 John P Thompson 63 50kg 85
64 x92265225x COOL CHAP G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman 64 50kg 84
65 40x0x77113 ANNUS MIRABILIS (IRE) G 6 Stuart Webb 65= 50kg 83
66 786750×758 LIKE A CAROUSEL G 7 Ken Keys 65= 50kg 83
67 3423414x DARABAD (FR) H 4 Robbie Laing 67= 50kg 82
68 1193712210 EMBLEY G 5 Bjorn Baker 67= 50kg 82
69 9×62422129 GOLD AMBITION (NZ) G 4 Bjorn Baker 67= 50kg 82
70 61111x000x ESTEBAN (NZ) G 4 John Sargent 70 50kg 81
71 316101090x CINNAMON CARTER M 5 Robbie Laing 71 50kg 80
72 239×231214 ADMIRAL JELLO G 4 Kris Lees 72= 50kg 79
73 22×9060618 DOUBLE BLUFF (IRE) G 6 Robbie Laing 72= 50kg 79
74 131212×062 REGAL MONARCH (GB) G 4 Chris Waller 74= 50kg 78
75 588353324x SHALMANESER G 6 Jason Attard 74= 50kg 78
76 110x740x06 LAST WISH (NZ) G 6 John P Thompson 76= 50kg 77
77 124x43143x ONCIDIUM RULER G 5 Michael Kent 76= 50kg 77
78 318x19312x VANDANCER (NZ) M 4 Michael Moroney 76= 50kg 77
79 18×2131345 BURNING ENERGY (NZ) G 4 Bjorn Baker 79= 50kg 75
80 4121x0600x REPLIQUE (NZ) M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 79= 50kg 75
81 550×765751 RENEW (IRE) G 7 Darren Weir 81 50kg 74
82 3358×04716 ZATOPAZ (NZ) G 5 Bjorn Baker 82= 50kg 72
83 15x96010x9 CAPTAIN DUFFY C 3 Bjorn Baker 82= 49kg 72
84 331L41Fx2x I’LL’AVA’ALF (NZ) G 8 Patrick F Ryan Jnr 84= 50kg 71
85 21x11x5323 IMANUI G 4 Ron Quinton 84= 50kg 71
86 7222313x7x LIE DIRECT G 5 Steve Englebrecht 84= 50kg 71
87 615x8x425x MANAPINE G 5 Nigel Blackiston 84= 50kg 71
88 05435323×6 BAYANOVA (NZ) M 6 Michael Kent 88 50kg 70
89 x08321155x LORD FANDANGO (GER) H 4 Archie Alexander 89= 50kg 68
90 125x7416x8 MORE ENERGY G 6 Jason Coyle 89= 50kg 68
91 2x9474x586 OUR BAZAAR (IRE) H 6 Archie Alexander 91= 50kg 67
92 632115×956 PARAGON G 5 John Sargent 91= 50kg 67
93 46×1531653 ELATUS G 4 Gerald Ryan 93= 50kg 65
94 x71638744x MAVEN WIZ G 4 Anthony Cummings 93= 50kg 65
95 315x66316x CILLA (NZ) M 4 John Sargent 95= 50kg 64
96 981×8614 PENA AJENA G 4 Theresa Bateup 95= 50kg 64
97 73731×2833 UNCLE BUCK G 5 Tony McEvoy 97= 50kg 63
98 32241×3346 ZILBIYR (FR) G 4 Robert Kingston 97= 50kg 63
99 17x IMPAVIDO G 3 Bjorn Baker 97= 49kg 63
100 6x TURKONIC (NZ) G 3 Robert & Luke Price 100 49kg 46

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 Tuesday February 7, 2017.

Check out the full 2017 Sydney Cup Nominations by following the link.

2017 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.

The full 2017 Sydney Cup form guide will be listed below closer to the autumn’s ‘The Championships’ in April, 2017.

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.

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
2017
Sydney Cup
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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