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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
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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.
*In 2021 the Sydney Cup will run on the third Saturday of April with all race meetings of the autumn in Sydney from Slipper Day onwards postponed a week due to the weather.
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 17, 2021.
|Sydney Cup 2021|
|Date:||Saturday April 17, 2021|
|Track:||Royal Randwick Racecourse|
|Prize Money:||$2 million|
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 Ladbrokes.com.au in the lead-up to the two mile classic.
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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.
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.
Sixteen smart stayers make-up the Sydney Cup 2021 field including Chairman’s Quality winner Quick Thinker, former Oaks winner Miami Bound and the English raider Favorite Moon.
Click here to read more on the key horses in the 2021 Sydney Cup field & betting markets.
Scratchings Update: #4 Quick Thinker (14) is out having pulled up sore in his near fore and will be saved for the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival; #Shraaoh (11).
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Probable Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||x18734x260||THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ)||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Hugh Bowman||16||56kg||108|
|2||1301x79x77||SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||James McDonald||5||55kg||107|
|3||22621×6230||SOUND (GER)||Michael Moroney||Brenton Avdulla||12||54kg||104|
|4||15x05x7581||QUICK THINKER||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Jason Collett||14||53kg||105|
|5||x2193x7359||CHAPADA||Michael Moroney||Glen Boss||6||52kg||102|
|6||006x063x50||SHRAAOH (IRE)||Chris Waller||Jay Ford||11||52kg||101|
|7||66107×8783||MIAMI BOUND (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Craig Williams||10||51.5kg||107|
|8||x1x2211x25||SPIRIT RIDGE (GB)||Mark Newnham||Robbie Dolan||2||51.5kg||105|
|9||32400×6547||HUSH WRITER (JPN)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||15||51.5kg||97|
|10||43x21018x1||FAVORITE MOON (GER)||William Haggas||Kerrin McEvoy||3||51kg||1.0kg||100|
|11||95082×8052||RONDINELLA (NZ)||John O’Shea||Andrew Adkins||7||50kg||102|
|12||61325×3232||SHE’S IDEEL||Bjorn Baker||Ms Rachel King||4||50kg||102|
|13||x58862x622||REALM OF FLOWERS||Anthony & Sam Freedman||Damien Thornton||8||50kg||99|
|14||51×3111236||SACRAMENTO||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Ms Kathy O’Hara||9||50kg||98|
|15||6027×85516||GOOD IDEA||Phillip Stokes||Ben Thompson||1||50kg||96|
|16||28228×8654||SELINO (GB)||Chris Waller||Ron Stewart||13||50kg||92|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
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 closed on Tuesday the 9th of March, 2021 with 57 remaining stayers led in betting by former VRC Oaks champion Miami Bound.
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.
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
|1st||Etah James||3 minutes 28.46 seconds|
|2nd||The Chosen One|
|1st||Shraaoh||3 minutes 22.06 seconds|
|1st||Who Shot Thebarman||3 minutes 20.04 seconds|
|3rd||Sir Charles Road|
|1st||Polarisation||3 minutes 29.16 seconds|
|2nd||Who Shot Thebarman|
|1st||Gallante||3 minutes 24.5 seconds|
|1st||Grand Marshal||3 minutes 24.70 seconds|
|2nd||Who Shot Thebarman|
|3rd||Like A Carousel|
|1st||The Offer||3 minutes 23.86 seconds|
|1st||Niwot||3 minutes 20.4 seconds|
|3rd||Once Were Wild|
|1st||Mourayan||3 minutes 24.29 seconds|
|1st||Stand To Gain||3 minutes 29.1 seconds|
|2nd||Older Than Time|
|1st||Jessicabeel||3 minutes 21.86 seconds|
|1st||Ista Kareem||3 minutes 27.4 seconds|
|1st||No Wine No Song||3 minutes 25.5 seconds|
|1st||Gallic||3 minutes 27.3 seconds|
|3rd||No Wine No Song|
|1st||County Tyrone||3 minutes 22.6 seconds|
|1st||Mahtoum||3 minutes 27.6 seconds|
|1st||Makybe Diva||3 minutes 21.1 seconds|
|1st||Honor Babe||3 minutes 30.5 seconds|
|1st||Henderson Bay||3 minutes 26.7 seconds|
|3rd||Spirit Of Westbury|
|1st||Mr. Prudent||3 minutes 26.9 seconds|
|1st||Streak||3 minutes 30.3 seconds|