-->

Sydney Cup

Deposit $50
to get

$150*

*In Bonus-bets

View Offer

Deposit $100
to get

$250*

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

Deposit $50 bet with

$200*

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

Deposit $25
to get

$75*

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

Deposit $250
to get

$250*

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

The newly rescheduled 2017 Sydney Cup is a Group 1 race held on the 22nd April at Royal Randwick Racecourse. 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.

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.

2017 Sydney Cup Field

The 2017 Sydney Cup field can be seen below.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 527255×364 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Blake Shinn 15 57kg 108
2 41112×8746 LIBRAN (IRE) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 12 56.5kg 107
3 02303×3771 TALLY John O’Shea Tommy Berry 1 55kg 105
4 x311151651 BOOM TIME David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 11 53.5kg 101
5 450×423124 CHANCE TO DANCE (IRE) Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards Christian Reith 5 53kg 100
6 1×42112111 BIG DUKE (IRE) Darren Weir Craig Williams 2 52kg 104
7 1x92384x38 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Chad Schofield 9 52kg 101
8 0x77113510 ANNUS MIRABILIS (IRE) Stuart Webb TBA 6 52kg 98
9 0100×60530 MISTER IMPATIENCE (GB) Michael Moroney Jay Ford 7 52kg 98
10 3x0x85x10x PENGLAI PAVILION (USA) Charlie Appleby Kerrin McEvoy 16 52kg 98
11 70x41x7545 KINEMA (IRE) Chris Waller Tim Clark 14 52kg 97
12 8241×02753 LASQUETI SPIRIT Lee Curtis Bobby El-Issa 10 51.5kg 103
13 67379×9786 PENTATHLON (NZ) John Wheeler TBA 13 51.5kg 93
14 38x2x20x4x POLARISATION (GB) Charlie Appleby Corey Brown 8 51.5kg 88
15e 5213412413 ROCK ON (NZ) John Sargent Jeff Penza 3 51.5kg 88
16e 239×668564 SELF SENSE David Brideoake TBA 4 51.5kg 87

2017 Sydney Cup Nominations, Weights & First Acceptances

The2017 Sydney Cup nominations are published here.

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

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
2017 1 Polarisation 2 Who Shot Thebarman 3 Big Duke 3:29.1
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

Horses

Jockeys

Trainers