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Forty-three stayers are left in the 2017 Group 1 $2m Schweppes Sydney Cup (3200m) at Randwick on April 8 at first acceptance time.

Our Ivanhowe, above is among the 43 first acceptors for the 2017 Sydney Cup at Randwick. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Our Ivanhowe, above is among the 43 first acceptors for the 2017 Sydney Cup at Randwick. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Sydney Cup top weight Our Ivanhowe and the lightly weighted Tom Melbourne are co-trainers Lee and Anthony Freedman’s first acceptors for the two mile staying contest on the second day of ‘The Championships’.

German import Our Ivanhowe, the winner of the Group 1 $650,000 Hardy Brothers Doomben Cup (2000m) at Doomben during the 2016 Brisbane Winter Carnival, is due to kick off his 2017 Sydney Autumn Carnival campaign in the Group 3 $350,000 McGrath Sky High Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on Saturday.

Our Ivanhowe looks like getting a soft track on Saturday at Rosehill and that will please Lee Freedman who has been waiting a long time to find a suitable surface.

“It’s just a shame that he hasn’t got as many tracks that would suit him but look, there is everything to say in his trial this morning and on his work prior to this, he’s going to race right up to his best given those conditions,” Freedman told racing.com.

Our Ivanhowe failed to fire during the 2016 Spring Carnival and never threatened on a good 4 rated track when seventeenth to Almandin in the Group 1 $6m Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington.

2015 Sydney Cup winner Grand Marshal is one of five Chris Waller trained stayers left in contention following the first acceptances, the others are Who Shot Thebarman, Libran, Kinema and the promising Antonio Giuseppe who has won five of his last six starts.

Antonio Giuseppe resumed from a spell to win the James Ruse Handicap over 1500m at Rosehill on February 18 and has been weighted on 52.5kg for the Sydney Cup.

Trainer John O’Shea’s Godolphin acceptors for the Sydney Cup are Magic Hurricane, Tally, Ambience and Alegria while the Godolphin’s European contenders under the care of trainer Charlie Appleby are Penglai Pavilion and Polarisation.

Melbourne Cup winning trainer Robert Hickmott has three left in the Sydney Cup, Assign, Chance To Dance and last Sunday’s Wangaratta Cup winner Our Century.

Former Kiwi trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young, now based at Cranbourne in Victoria, have 2016 Australian Derby winner Tavago among the first acceptances for the Sydney Cup.

Tavago has had one run back for the Autumn for a fifth to Winx in the Group 1 $600,000 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on February 25.

Leading Victorian trainer Darren Weir has left English import Lord Van Percy, Adelaide Cup favourite Master Of Arts and Launceston Cup winner Big Duke among the first acceptances for the Sydney Cup.

Lord Van Percy is heading to New Zealand to run in the Group 1 NZ$500,000 Auckland Cup (3200m) at Ellerslie on Saturday and Master Of Arts is one of the main chances in the Group 2 $400,000 Adelaide Cup (3200m) at Morphettville on March 13.

2017 Sydney Cup First Acceptances

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 5501x5860x OUR IVANHOWE (GER) H 7 Lee & Anthony Freedman 1 57kg 111
2 3x726910x9 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 2= 55.5kg 108
3 x6527255x3 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller 2= 55.5kg 108
4 x341112x87 LIBRAN (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 4 55kg 107
5 x808462x00 ALMOONQITH (USA) H 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 5 54.5kg 106
6 13061x00x5 TAVAGO (NZ) G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 6 54kg 105
7 66x5340x54 MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE) G 7 John O’Shea 7 53.5kg 105
8 6x511112x1 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 8= 52.5kg 103
9 3x02303x37 TALLY G 4 John O’Shea 8= 52.5kg 102
10 153x9210x7 ASSIGN (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 10 52kg 101
11 x450x42312 CHANCE TO DANCE (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 11= 51.5kg 100
12 x850202x09 AMBIENCE M 4 John O’Shea 11= 50kg 100
13 611x92384x HARLEM (GB) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 13= 50.5kg 98
14 1170x41x75 KINEMA (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 13= 50.5kg 98
15 50100×6053 MISTER IMPATIENCE (GB) G 7 Michael Moroney 13= 50.5kg 98
16 3x0x85x10x PENGLAI PAVILION (USA) G 7 Charlie Appleby 13= 50.5kg 98
17 361844831x PURPLE SMILE G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 13= 50.5kg 98
18 211×444481 MASTER OF ARTS (NZ) H 5 Darren Weir 18= 50kg 97
19 4x067379x9 PENTATHLON (NZ) G 5 John Wheeler 18= 50kg 97
20 x266223x69 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman 18= 50kg 97
21 1×08158217 CHENILLE (NZ) M 5 Tony Pike 21 50kg 93
22 42x9533x32 ALEGRIA M 5 John O’Shea 22 50kg 92
23 5×67952044 LORD VAN PERCY (GB) G 7 Darren Weir 23= 50kg 90
24 18111511×5 PACORUS (NZ) G 5 Chris Wood 23= 50kg 90
25 45x52482x5 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) G 5 Michael Moroney 23= 50kg 90
26 4306520530 PERFECT START (NZ) M 7 Wayne Hillis 26 50kg 89
27 38x2x20x4x POLARISATION (GB) G 5 Charlie Appleby 27 50kg 88
28 x42x513x41 OUR CENTURY (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 28= 50kg 87
29 0x42172974 SNOW SECRET (NZ) M 5 Shaune Ritchie 28= 50kg 87
30 3x1x421121 BIG DUKE (IRE) G 5 Darren Weir 30 50kg 86
31 917x277x41 ASTRONOMOS (GB) G 6 John P Thompson 31 50kg 85
32 0x0x771135 ANNUS MIRABILIS (IRE) G 6 Stuart Webb 32= 50kg 83
33 86750×7588 LIKE A CAROUSEL G 7 Ken Keys 32= 50kg 83
34 3423414x DARABAD (FR) H 4 Robbie Laing 34 50kg 82
35 5883533246 SHALMANESER G 6 Jason Attard 35 50kg 78
36 110x740x06 LAST WISH (NZ) G 6 John P Thompson 36= 50kg 77
37 124×431431 ONCIDIUM RULER G 5 Michael Kent 36= 50kg 77
38 318×193123 VANDANCER (NZ) M 4 Michael Moroney 36= 50kg 77
39 5435323×63 BAYANOVA (NZ) M 6 Michael Kent 39 50kg 70
40 25x7416x80 MORE ENERGY G 6 Jason Coyle 40 50kg 68
41 2115×95628 PARAGON G 5 John Sargent 41 50kg 67
42 315×663162 CILLA (NZ) M 4 John Sargent 42 50kg 64
43 1734 IMPAVIDO G 3 Bjorn Baker 43 49kg 63

About The Author

Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.


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