Sydney Cup

The $2 million 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.

2024 Sydney Cup Results

  • 1st: #12 Circle Of Fire
  • 2nd: #10 Athabascan
  • 3rd: #7 Kalapour




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 headlined by four Group 1 races including the richest race on the card – the Group 1 $5 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 Chairman’s Handicap / Sydney Cup is a very popular betting double.

Horses to claim victory in both races include: Circle Of Fire (2024), The Offer (2014), Jessicabeel (2010), No Wine No Song (2008), Henderson Bay (2002), Linesman (1997), and King Aussie (1990).

The 2022 Sydney Cup form was franked with the winner Knights Order returning in the spring to run third in that year’s Caulfield Cup results in Melbourne.

Knights Order returned in 2023 to run a credible third in the Sydney Cup results behind upset winner Explosive Jack.

The 2024 Sydney Cup ran on Saturday April 13, 2024 on Day 2 of Sydney’s ‘The Championships’ in April and was won in style by the favourite Circle Of Fire ($5.50) on the quick back-up off a Chairman’s Quality win for trainer Ciaron Maher. 

Sydney Cup 2024
Date: Saturday April 13, 2024
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 3200m
Conditions: Open Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $2 million
Inaugurated: 1862

2024 Sydney Cup Results

  • 1st: #12 Circle Of Fire ($5.50F)
  • 2nd: #10 Athabascan
  • 3rd: #7 Kalapour

Trainer Ciaron Maher continued his dominant record in the Australian staying features with race favourite, Circle Of Fire ($5.50F), outstanding backing-up from a Chairman’s Quality win the Saturday prior to overcome a wide run and win the 2024 Sydney Cup results with a two length victory thanks to jockey Andrea Atzeni.

Click here to read more on the emotional win by Circle Of Fire in the Sydney Cup 2024.

2024 Sydney Cup Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 12 CIRCLE OF FIRE (GB) Ciaron Maher Andrea Atzeni 14 51.5kg $5.50F
2 10 ATHABASCAN (FR) John O’Shea Tyler Schiller 2.07L 11 52kg $6
3 7 KALAPOUR (IRE) Kris Lees Dylan Gibbons (a) 2.59L 6 54kg $12
4 8 SERPENTINE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 2.78L 4 53.5kg 1.5kg $13
5 6 SELINO (GB) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 4.49L 9 54.5kg $26
6 15 MOSTLY CLOUDY (IRE) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ms Rachel King 5.05L 13 51.5kg $12
7 3 ASHRUN (FR) Ciaron Maher Craig Williams 5.96L 12 55.5kg 1.5kg $8
8 1 MILITARY MISSION (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 8.45L 16 56.5kg $21
9 4 LOFT (GER) Ben, Will & JD Hayes Blake Shinn 8.51L 7 55.5kg $51
10 9 AMADE (IRE) Phillip Stokes Michael Dee 9.24L 5 53kg $9.50
11 5 STOCKMAN (NZ) Joseph Pride Reece Jones 9.45L 8 55kg $81
12 17 SO DAZZLING (NZ) John Sargent Jay Ford 9.56L 10 51.5kg $51
13 13 GLENTANEOUS (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Ms Jamie Kah 10.89L 2 51.5kg $11
14 11 MANZOICE Chris Waller Zac Lloyd (a) 13.82L 1 51.5kg $17
15 14 MAJOR BEEL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Louis Beuzelin 20.56L 3 51.5kg $21
16 2 MAHRAJAAN (USA) Shaune Ritchie & Colm Murray Tom Marquand 33.93L 15 56kg 2.0kg $20
16 TORRENS Marc Chevalier Ms Jenny Duggan 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2024 Sydney Cup Betting

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2024 SYDNEY CUP ODDS (Final Field)

Sydney Cup betting is notoriously difficult and, just like the Melbourne Cup, is always a very open race.

In recent years favourites 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.

Circle Of Fire ($5.50 in 2024) is the last Sydney Cup favourite to win. 

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), Grand Marshal ($41 in 2015), Selino ($26 in 2021), and Explosive Jack ($26 in 2023) who defeated 150/1 outsider True Marvel in that year’s quinella.

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 2024 Sydney Cup odds will be listed below as released by Ladbrokes.com.au in the lead-up to the two mile classic.

2024 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 2024 Form Guide & Betting Preview for all the race facts and stats to guide your selections on the two mile classic.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2024 SYDNEY CUP FORM GUIDE

2024 Sydney Cup Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Sydney Cup 2024 Tips on the two-mile staying showdown of the autumn!

  • To Win: #9 Amade ($13 at time of publish) – BET NOW

At a tempting odds, Phillip Stokes’ ten-year-old veteran Amade offers intriguing value in this field. This often-overlooked stayer boasts a phenomenal record over two miles (3200m) with three wins from seven attempts. Despite no victories since the Geelong Cup last October, he’s consistently competitive in easier company and now earns a shot at Group 1 glory. Amade’s last start, a close fourth in the Group 2 Adelaide Cup (carrying a hefty 58kg from a wide draw), showcased his enduring talent. With a favourable barrier five and a weight reduction to 53kg, jockey Michael Dee has the tools to spring a surprise.

2024 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 2024 field will be released Tuesday before the race and published in full below.

The 2024 Sydney Cup final field features a just under capacity line-up of autumn stayers led in betting by Ciaron Maher’s Chairman’s Quality winner Circle Of Fire on the quick back-up.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 014101×356 MILITARY MISSION (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 17 56.5kg 108
2 528451×001 MAHRAJAAN (USA) Shaune Ritchie & Colm Murray Tom Marquand 16 56kg 2.0kg 107
3 0x7624x413 ASHRUN (FR) Ciaron Maher Craig Williams 12 55.5kg 1.5kg 107
4 x11x2x7706 LOFT (GER) Ben, Will & JD Hayes Blake Shinn 7 55.5kg 101
5 0194×07365 STOCKMAN (NZ) Joseph Pride Reece Jones 8 55kg 101
6 000651×868 SELINO (GB) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 9 54.5kg 102
7 L73310x021 KALAPOUR (IRE) Kris Lees Dylan Gibbons (a) 6 54kg 110
8 9x24305x11 SERPENTINE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 4 53.5kg 1.5kg 107
9 0x95154234 AMADE (IRE) Phillip Stokes Michael Dee 5 53kg 101
10 911872×644 ATHABASCAN (FR) John O’Shea Tyler Schiller 11 52kg 103
11 0x800x8852 MANZOICE Chris Waller Zac Lloyd (a) 1 51.5kg 98
12 1x2343x441 CIRCLE OF FIRE (GB) Ciaron Maher Andrea Atzeni 15 51.5kg 96
13 x242111626 GLENTANEOUS (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Ms Jamie Kah 2 51.5kg 96
14 1x02609x74 MAJOR BEEL (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Louis Beuzelin 3 51.5kg 96
15 3236145×23 MOSTLY CLOUDY (IRE) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ms Rachel King 14 51.5kg 94
16 0004235287 TORRENS Marc Chevalier Ms Jenny Duggan 13 51.5kg 94
17 0x7059x004 SO DAZZLING (NZ) John Sargent Jay Ford 10 51.5kg 87

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 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 2024 first acceptances close on Tuesday the 12th of March, 2024. 

The 2024 Sydney Cup first acceptances drew 49 autumn stayers with the latest all-in markets led by the William Haggas-trained UK raider Post Impressionist and Chris Waller’s first-up Parramatta Cup winning import More Felons.

2024 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 2024 Sydney Cup nominations will close on Tuesday the 13th of February, 2024. 

The countdown to the Sydney Cup 2024 has begun with 97 stayers throwing their hats in the ring at nomination stage, including some familiar faces from the prestigious Melbourne Cup. Leading the charge are Chris Waller’s stablemates Soulcombe, last year’s Melbourne Cup runner-up, and Sheraz, who finished third in the iconic race. Both horses will be aiming to go one better on Sydney soil. Adding further intrigue is the defending champion, Ciaron Maher’s Explosive Jack, who hasn’t raced since his Sydney Cup victory last year. His return to the track will be highly anticipated by racing fans eager to see if he can repeat his dominant performance.

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.

In 2021 trainer Chris Waller celebrated his fifth Sydney Cup success with Selino.

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
2024
Sydney Cup
1st Circle Of Fire 3 minutes 20.89 seconds
2nd Athabascan
3rd Kalapour
2023
Sydney Cup
1st Explosive Jack 3 minutes 26.91 seconds
2nd True Marvel
3rd Knights Order
2022
Sydney Cup
1st Knights Order 3 minutes 32.29 seconds
2nd Sheraz
3rd Daqiansweet Junior
2021
Sydney Cup
1st Selino 3 minutes 23.13 seconds
2nd Rondinella
3rd Miami Bound
2020
Sydney Cup
1st Etah James 3 minutes 28.46 seconds
2nd The Chosen One
3rd Raheen House
2019
Sydney Cup
1st Shraaoh 3 minutes 22.06 seconds
2nd Vengeur Masque
3rd Glory Days
2018
Sydney Cup
1st Who Shot Thebarman 3 minutes 20.04 seconds
2nd Zacada
3rd Sir Charles Road
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

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