Sydney Cup

  • Date: Saturday April 9, 2016
  • Racecourse: Randwick
  • Race Distance: 3200m
  • Conditions: Open Handicap
  • Prize Money: $2,000,000

2016 Sydney Cup News

Appleby hoping to emulate Spring Success in the Autumn

Appleby hoping to emulate Spring Success in the Autumn

Godolphin’s English trainer Charlie Appleby is hoping to emulate his Spring Carnival success when he returns to Australia for the rich 2017 Sydney and Melbourne Autumn Carnivals.

Qewy, above, was one of five winners for trainer Charlie Appleby during the 2016 Melbourne Spring Carnival. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Appleby has indicated that none of …

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The 2016 Sydney Cup is a Group 1 race held each year at Randwick Racecourse in April. The Sydney Cup was traditionally held on the final weekend of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, but from 2014 and beyond the Group 1 event will be held on the second weekend of The Championships along with the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m), Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) and Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m). The Sydney Cup is run over a distance of 3,200 metres under open handicap conditions and with $1,600,000 in prize money draws some of the best stayers in Australia.

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The first Sydney Cup was run back in 1862 when Talleyrand won the race. Originally run over a distance of 16 furlongs, the official distance was changed to 3,200 metres after the introduction of the metric system in 1973. The race was initially run as a Principal race,  but was elevated to Group 1 level in 1980. A

Apollo Eleven (1973) and Just A Dancer (1991) currently share the record for the fastest Sydney Cup time, winning the race in a time of 3 minutes and 19 seconds, while My Good Man holds the record for carrying the heaviest weight to victory; taking out the 1978 edition of the race with 60 kilograms on her back. Palace Revolt was the lightest weighted Sydney Cup winner; carrying the light weight of 48.5 kilograms when she won the race in 1989.

The Chairman’s Quality (2600m), which is held a fortnight before the Sydney Cup, is often used as a key guide for Sydney Cup betting. Many horses, including King Aussie (1990), Linesman (1997), Henderson Bay (2002), No Wine No Song (2008) and Jessicabeel (2010) have completed the Chairmans Handicap and Sydney Cup double. Successful runners in the Sydney Cup often go on to partake in Australia’s richest race; the Melbourne Cup, with champion mare Makybe Diva the last horse to win the Sydney Cup and Melbourne Cup in the same year. Other champion horses that have won the Sydney Cup include Carbine (1889-90), Galilee (1967), Kingston Town (1980) and Tie The Knot (1998-99).

The Sydney Cup has been significantly overshadowed by the Melbourne Cup in recent times; with the Melbourne Cup becoming a truly global event that is followed by racing enthusiasts from right around the World. The Sydney Cup is yet to be targeted by European-trained stayers, but Australian Turf Club officials are hoping that the boost in prize money to the entire Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival will lead to some foreign raiders being included in the field for the Group 1 event.

Sydney Cup Field

The Sydney Cup field can feature a maximum of 20 runners, but in recent years the race has failed to draw a capacity field. The 2002 Sydney Cup, won by Henderson Bay, was the last edition of the race that featured twenty runners and in 2013 only ten stayers were included in the Sydney Cup field. It is generally not particularly difficult to get a horse in the Sydney Cup field, but the winners of the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m), Group 1 The BMW (2600m) and Group 2 Chairman’s Quality (2600m) receive ballot exempt entry into the $1 million event.

2016 Sydney Cup Field

The 2016 Sydney Cup field can be seen below.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 58701×9032 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Blake Shinn 5 57kg 111
2 067101×906 ALMOONQITH (USA) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Hugh Bowman 10 55.5kg 106
3 75003×0853 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) Chris Waller James McDonald 6 55kg 108
4 x1x6x34111 LIBRAN (IRE) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 3 53kg 2.0kg 107
5 150311×474 AUVRAY (FR) John P Thompson Tommy Berry 8 53kg 101
6 5x69x31145 DESTINY’S KISS Joseph Pride Jason Collett 1 52.5kg 100
7 x0x0069x03 GALLANTE (IRE) Robert Hickmott Kerrin McEvoy 11 51.5kg 99
8 8x900x7723 CAFE SOCIETY (FR) Gai Waterhouse Chad Schofield 9 51kg 95
9 000544×978 LIKE A CAROUSEL Ken Keys Ms Kathy O’Hara 7 51kg 91
10 211246×326 DEE I CEE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Thomas Huet 4 51kg 74
11 151042×451 BAYANOVA (NZ) Michael Kent Ms Jackie Beriman 2 51kg 73

2016 Sydney Cup Nominations And Weights

The2016 Sydney Cup nominations are published here.

No Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp
1 HARTNELL (GB) John O’Shea 1 52kg 115
2 PROTECTIONIST (GER) Kris Lees 2 58kg 115
3 DOMINANT (IRE) John Moore 3 56.5kg 112
4 RED CADEAUX (GB) Ed Dunlop 4 56.5kg 112
5 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) Donna Logan 5 53.5kg 110
6 BEATEN UP (GB) Chris Waller 6 55kg 109
7 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller 7 54.5kg 108
8 JUNOOB (GB) Chris Waller 8 54.5kg 106
9 AU REVOIR (IRE) Peter G Moody 9 54kg 107
10 OPINION (IRE) Chris Waller 10 52.5kg 105
11 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) John O’Shea 11 52kg 104
12 BIG MEMORY (FR) Tony McEvoy 12 52kg 103
13 AKZAR (IRE) Darren Weir 13 52kg 103
14 EPINGLE (NZ) Michael Kent 14 52kg 102
15 GREATWOOD (GB) Gai Waterhouse 15 52kg 101
16 BAGMAN Chris Waller 16 52kg 101
17 DESTINY’S KISS Joseph Pride 17 52kg 99
18 SONNTAG Henry Dwyer 18 52kg 98
19 QUEENSTOWN Gai Waterhouse 19 52kg 98
20 OUR VOODOO PRINCE (GB) Chris Waller 20 52kg 98
21 DISCLAIMER (GB) Peter & Paul Snowden 21 52kg 97
22 PERMIT (GB) Chris Waller 22 52kg 97
23 WISH COME TRUE (IRE) Peter G Moody 23 52kg 96
24 LIKE A CAROUSEL Ken Keys 24 52kg 94
25 RENEW (IRE) Archie Alexander 25 52kg 94
26 SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) Peter G Moody 26 52kg 92
27 SABOR A TRIUNFO (CHI) Peter & Paul Snowden 27 52kg 90
28 TREMEC (NZ) John P Thompson 28 52kg 90
29 DON DOREMO (NZ) Robbie Laing 29 52kg 89
30 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) Chris Waller 30 52kg 88
31 TUPAC AMARU John O’Shea 31 52kg 83
32 MARTINVAST (IRE) Archie Alexander 32 52kg 81
33 RAWNAQ David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 33 52kg 80
34 ONLY A PLEASURE (IRE) Archie Alexander 34 52kg 79
35 ARTIBAI (GB) Kris Lees 35 52kg 75
36 BOOGIE SHOES (GB) John Sargent 36 52kg 74
37 DOUKHAN (IRE) Kris Lees 37 52kg 72
38 FELIX BAY Kevin Moses 38 52kg 68
39 TAMPERE Shaun Dwyer 39 52kg 68
40 MIDAS (NZ) Bart & James Cummings 40 52kg 65
41 KARATA Nigel Blackiston 41 52kg 53
42 ROYAL DIAMOND (IRE) John Sadler 54kg 107

Sydney Cup Winners & Results

Many talented horses have won the Sydney Cup since its inaugural running and below you will find a list of winners since 2000.

Year Results Winning Time
2016 1 Gallante 2 Libran 3 Grand Marshal 3:24.5
2015 1 Grand Marshal 2 Who Shot Thebarman 3 Like A Carousel 3:24.7
2014 1 The Offer 2 Opinion 3 Sertorius 3:23.9
2013 1 Mourayan 2 Norsqui 3 Aliyana Tide 3:24.3
2012 1 Niwot 2 Effocient 3 Once Were Wild 3:20.4
2011 1 Stand To Gain 2 Older Than Time 3 Solid Billing 3:29.1
2010 1 Jessicabeel 2 Divine Rebel 3 Harris Tweed 3:21.8
2009 1 Ista Kareem 2 Divine Rebel 3 Mr Tipsy 3:27.4
2008 1 No Wine No Song 2 Pentathon 3 Lang 3:25.5
2007 1 Gallic 2 Irazu 3 No Wine No Song 3:27.3
2006 1 County Tyrone 2 Zabeat 3 Three Chimneys 3:22.6
2005 1 Mahtoum 2 County Tyrone 3 Philosophe 3:27.6
2004 1 Makybe Diva 2 Manawa King 3 Mummify 3:21.2
2003 1 Honor Babe 2 County Tyrone 3 Grey Song 3:30.5
2002 1 Henderson Bay 2 Mr. Prudent 3 Spirit of Westbury 3:26.7
2001 1 Mr. Prudent 2 Prophet’s Kiss 3 Starina 3:26.9
2000 1 Streak 2 Sharscay 3 Ears’ Ronny 3:30.3