2017 Sydney Cup Weights & Ballot Led By Almandin

February 21, 2017

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.

Almandin

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 Group 1 Schweppes Sydney Cup (3200m) on April 8 were released by Racing NSW on Monday.

In the iconic two mile Royal Randwick clash on Day 2 of The Championships, the Robert Hickmott-trained Monsun seven-year-old Almandin gives the weight away.

The import won the ‘race that stops the nation’ in November over the same metres in Melbourne with 52kg, but rises six kilograms in the Sydney Cup weights for 2017.

Currently the Lloyd Williams-owned stayer pays $13 at Ladbrokes.com.au in futures markets to complete the Melbourne Cup – Sydney Cup double.

The stable were successful back in 2013 winning the Sydney Cup with Mourayan and also took out the race last year with 51.5kg lightweight Gallante (2016).

Mourayan (58kg) is the only Sydney Cup winner in over 30 years to carry more than 57kg to victory.

Gallante is also back chasing successive Sydney Cup wins for the first time since Tie The Knot (1998-99).

The six-year-old son of Montjeu won carrying 51.5kg last season and is allocated 54kg for the title defence.

Sitting second in the Sydney Cup ballot and weights with 57kg are the Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained 2015 Caulfield Cup placegetter Our Ivanhowe and Japanese raider Tanta Alegria who ran fourth in last year’s Tenno Sho Spring (3200m).

Japan is also represented high-up the Sydney Cup order of entry by the Tomoyuki Umeda-trained stallion Admire Deus (56kg).

William Mullins’ Irish-trained duo of Max Dynamite, second in the 2015 Melbourne Cup, and reigning Irish St Leger winner Wicklow Brave are also allocated 56kg.

Leading the 2017 Sydney Cup betting in futures markets is the Chris Waller-trained son of Melbourne Cup winner Shocking, four-year-old Kiwi expat Antonio Guiseppe ($7.50).

The up-and-coming stayer – allocated 52.5kg – entered Sydney Cup calculations in the spring running second in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) and returned with a gutsy Rosehill win on February 18.

Waller chases his third Sydney Cup win in 2017 after previous success with Stand To Gain (2011) and Grand Marshal (2015).

His other key entries this autumn include Grand Marshal (55.5kg) chasing a second win, rising nine-year-old Who Shot Thebarman (55.5kg) and Libran (55kg) who ran second in the Sydney Cup quinella last year.

Aside from the winner Almandin, Who Shot Thebarman (5th) is the other best of the 10 horses nominated for the Sydney Cup that contested last year’s Melbourne Cup.

Record breaking Victorian trainer Darren Weir chases his first Sydney Cup victory with the top-weighted of his eight entries being former Perth Cup winning mare Real Love (52kg).

She is also the highest-weighted of all the Sydney Cup nominated mares.

The highest-weighted three-year-old looking to be the first of that age since the aforementioned Tie The Knot (1998) to beat the older gallopers in the Sydney Cup is the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Northwest Passage (49kg).

The progressive son of So You Think enjoyed the Hobart Guineas – Tasmanian Derby double this summer before returning to Melbourne and winning the Listed Torney Cup (2500m)at Moonee Valley on February 17.

Check out the full 2017 Sydney Cup Weights and Ballot Order below before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au to back your early autumn staying tips at the home of Odds Boost (T&Cs apply).

2017 Sydney Cup Weights & Ballot

Randwick Racecourse – 08/04/2017

# 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

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