Sydney Cup

  • Date: Saturday April 8, 2017
  • Racecourse: Randwick
  • Race Distance: 3200m
  • Conditions: Open Handicap
  • Prize Money: $2,000,000

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Last Hurrah for Grand Marshal in The BMW

Last Hurrah for Grand Marshal in The BMW

The Group 1 $1.5m The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill on Saturday could be the last hurrah for the 2015 Sydney Cup winner Grand Marshal if he fails to turn around his recent poor form.

The BMW at Rosehill could be the last hurrah for Grand Marshal, above, if he doesn’t turn around his poor recent …

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The 2017 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.

2017 Sydney Cup Field

The 2017 Sydney Cup field can be seen below.

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
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