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.

2021 Sydney Cup Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD



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
Distance: 3200m
Conditions: Open Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $2 million
Inaugurated: 1862

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.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2021 SYDNEY CUP ODDS (Final Field)

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.

Stay tuned for our insider Sydney Cup 2021 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 2021 SYDNEY CUP FORM GUIDE

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

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Sydney Cup
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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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