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.

2018 Sydney Cup Results

  • 1st: #2 Who Shot Thebarman
  • 2nd: #12 Zacada
  • 3rd: #13 Sir Charles Road



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.

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 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 2018 Sydney Cup ran on Saturday April 14, 2018 and saw veteran nine-year-old Who Shot Thebarman win at his fifth attempt.

Sydney Cup 2018
Date: Saturday April 14, 2018
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 3200m
Conditions: Open Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $2 million
Inaugurated: 1862

2018 Sydney Cup Results

  • 1st: #2 Who Shot Thebarman
  • 2nd: #12 Zacada
  • 3rd: #13 Sir Charles Road

See below for the full Sydney Cup 2018 Results & Finishing Order, following the link to read more on the gallant photo-finish win by Chris Waller’s rising 10-year-old Who Shot Thebarman contesting the race for the fifth time and finally saluting after two previous seconds. He beat home the New Zealand-trained raiders Zacada and Sir Charles Road.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 2 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Blake Shinn 10 55kg $18
2 12 ZACADA (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Dean Holland 0.1L 11 50.5kg $91
3 13 SIR CHARLES ROAD Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott Andrew Adkins 1.1L 4 50kg $7
4 8 AUVRAY (FR) Richard Freedman Glyn Schofield 1.2L 1 52kg (cd 53kg) $13
5 15 LASQUETI SPIRIT Lee Curtis Jay Ford 2.4L 16 50kg (cd 51kg) $151
6 17 PATRICK ERIN (NZ) Chris Waller Craig Newitt 3L 15 50kg (cd 51kg) $41
7 21e DOUKHAN (IRE) Kris Lees Yusuke Ichikawa 4.4L 13 50kg $101
8 1 ALMANDIN (GER) Liam Howley Damien Oliver 5.4L 5 57kg $3.70F
9 4 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Glen Boss 8L 8 53.5kg $9.50
10 7 FIVE TO MIDNIGHT (NZ) Lisa Latta Michael Dee 8.8L 9 52.5kg $41
11 19 ADMIRAL JELLO Kris Lees Grant Buckley 10.9L 14 50kg $151
12 3 LIBRAN (IRE) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 11.1L 17 54kg $61
13 9 LORD FANDANGO (GER) Archie Alexander Craig Williams 16.7L 2 51.5kg $10
14 18 PERIBSEN (IRE) John O’Shea Corey Brown 23.5L 6 50kg $31
15 16 CISMONTANE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott James Innes Jnr (a) 27.4L 3 50kg $51
16 20 ORMITO (GER) Darren Weir Dean Yendall 28.3L 7 50kg $21
FF 10 ALOFT (IRE) Liam Howley Kerrin McEvoy 12 51kg (incl. 1.0kg penalty) $6
SB 6 PRE STWICK (JPN) Yoshinori Muto Joao Moreira 0 53kg $11
11 FANATIC (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jye McNeil 0
5 SINGLE GAZE Nick Olive Ms Kathy O’Hara 0
14 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Darren Weir Blake Spriggs 0

2018 Sydney Cup Tips

  • 1st: #4 Ventura Storm
  • 2nd: #2 Who Shot Thebarman
  • 3rd: #1 Almandin

Read our insider Sydney Cup 2018 Betting Tips now.

2018 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 2018 Sydney Cup odds will be listed below as released by Ladbrokes.com.au in the lead-up to the two mile classic.

2018 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 The BMW (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 2018 Form Guide & Betting Preview for all the race facts and stats to guide your selections on the two mile classic.

2018 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 2018 field will be released Tuesday before the race and published in full below.

The official 2018 Sydney Cup Final Field is now out featuring a capacity line-up of stayers including the race’s sole emergency Doukhan who comes in for early scratching Fanatic (16), the Adelaide Cup winning mare out for the rest of the autumn due to a leg injury.

Read more on the Sydney Cup 2018 Field now.

2018 Sydney Cup Field Update: Three scratchings have come out of the field with Nick Olive’s gun mare Single Gaze, Adelaide Cup winner Fanatic and the Darren Weir-trained Gallic Chieftain.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x21402x241 ALMANDIN (GER) Liam Howley Damien Oliver 5 57kg 115
2 x94491x673 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Blake Shinn 10 55kg 110
3 x616528x42 LIBRAN (IRE) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 20 54kg 107
4 6200×43782 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Glen Boss 8 53.5kg 106
5 4420×22525 SINGLE GAZE Nick Olive Ms Kathy O’Hara 21 53kg 108
6 x3x61x93x5 PRE STWICK (JPN) Yoshinori Muto Joao Moreira 11 53kg 105
7 8042132822 FIVE TO MIDNIGHT (NZ) Lisa Latta Michael Dee 9 52.5kg 104
8 12127×5616 AUVRAY (FR) Richard Freedman Glyn Schofield 1 52kg 107
9 x2114x3977 LORD FANDANGO (GER) Archie Alexander Craig Williams 2 51.5kg 101
10 x12x1397x1 ALOFT (IRE) Liam Howley Kerrin McEvoy 13 51kg (includes 1.0kg penalty) 101
11 46811×7521 FANATIC (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jye McNeil 16 50.5kg (includes 0.5kg penalty) 103
12 8232515850 ZACADA (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Dean Holland 12 50.5kg 99
13 5801331461 SIR CHARLES ROAD Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott Andrew Adkins 4 50kg 105
14 3253×36143 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Darren Weir Blake Spriggs 19 50kg 98
15 530x00x789 LASQUETI SPIRIT Lee Curtis Jay Ford 18 50kg 98
16 103310×558 CISMONTANE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott James Innes Jnr (a) 3 50kg 97
17 1×31311465 PATRICK ERIN (NZ) Chris Waller Craig Newitt 17 50kg 97
18 746×015133 PERIBSEN (IRE) John O’Shea Corey Brown 6 50kg 92
19 3323×67297 ADMIRAL JELLO Kris Lees Grant Buckley 15 50kg 91
20 5457233324 ORMITO (GER) Darren Weir Dean Yendall 7 50kg 88
21e 4658115×55 DOUKHAN (IRE) Kris Lees Yusuke Ichikawa 14 50kg 84

2018 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 2018 Sydney Cup first acceptances are set for release on Tuesday March 18, 2018 and will be listed below once announced.

The official Sydney Cup 2018 First Acceptances are now out with 56 autumn stayers still in the mix for the two mile classic including Roy Higgins Quality winner Aloft, the fellow Lloyd Williams-raced 2016 Melbourne Cup champion Almandin and the Lindsay Park-trained mare Frantic who won the Adelaide Cup over the 3200m last time out. The 2017 Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling and runner-up Johannas Vermeer are the notable omissions from the Sydney Cup First Declarations.

View the 2018 Sydney Cup First Acceptances Featuring Almandin by following the link.

2018 Sydney Cup Nominations

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

The official 2018 Sydney Cup nominations are set to close on Monday February 12, 2018 and will be published in full below.

The Sydney Cup 2018 Nominations drew 114 stayers led by the reigning Melbourne Cup winning Irish galloper Rekindling. Almandin is another former Melbourne Cup champion in the mix, while Humidor leads the Darren Weir-trained contingent. Trainer Chris Waller chases a third Sydney Cup win with a host of stayers including veteran nine-year-old Who Shot Thebarman who lines-up for his fifth Sydney Cup.

View the full 2018 Sydney Cup Nominations that featured the past two Melbourne Cup winners by following the link.

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
2019
Sydney Cup
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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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