Sydney Cup

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

2016 Sydney Cup News

Winx’s stablemates no match for her in Apollo Stakes

Winx’s stablemates no match for her in Apollo Stakes

Winx’s four stablemates will be no match for her when they all line up in the Group 2 $250,000 The Star 2017 Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Winx, above, will take on four stablemates in the Apollo Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

While Winx dominates the Apollo Stakes betting at $1.14 …

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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 And Weights

The2017 Sydney Cup nominations are published here.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 239x23121x ADMIRAL JELLO G 4 Kris Lees 79
2 1x ADMIRE DEUS (JPN) H 6 Mitsuru Hashida
3 2342x9533x ALEGRIA M 5 John O’Shea 92
4 x615313x5x ALLERGIC G 5 John O’Shea 104
5 21x665111x ALMANDIN (GER) G 7 Robert Hickmott
6 65x808462x ALMOONQITH (USA) H 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
7 13x850202x AMBIENCE M 4 John O’Shea 100
8 03x421111x AMELIE’S STAR M 5 Darren Weir 101
9 11x0x0D71x AMRALAH (IRE) H 7 Robert Hickmott
10 40x0x7711x ANNUS MIRABILIS (IRE) G 6 Stuart Webb
11 46x511112x ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 99
12 1153x9210x ASSIGN (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott
13 11917x277x ASTRONOMOS (GB) G 6 John P Thompson 85
14 105435323x BAYANOVA (NZ) M 6 Michael Kent
15 1x2x1x3x BIG BLUE (GB) H 5 John O’Shea
16 3x1x42112x BIG DUKE (IRE) G 5 Darren Weir
17 20x11x330x BONDI BEACH (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott
18 18x213134x BURNING ENERGY (NZ) G 4 Bjorn Baker 76
19 415x96010x CAPTAIN DUFFY C 3 Bjorn Baker 72
20 x450x4231x CHANCE TO DANCE (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott
21 296221x11x CHENILLE (NZ) M 5 Tony Pike
22 315x66316x CILLA (NZ) M 4 John Sargent 64
23 316101090x CINNAMON CARTER M 5 Robbie Laing
24 Dx13x3128x CLONDAW WARRIOR (IRE) G 10 William Mullins
25 x92265225x COOL CHAP G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman
26 3423414x DARABAD (FR) H 4 Robbie Laing
27 22x906061x DOUBLE BLUFF (IRE) G 6 Robbie Laing
28 46x153165x ELATUS G 4 Gerald Ryan 65
29 119371221x EMBLEY G 5 Bjorn Baker 82
30 61111x000x ESTEBAN (NZ) G 4 John Sargent 81
31 FANDANGO (GER) H 4 Archie Alexander
32 9x031x270x GALLANTE (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott
33 9x6242212x GOLD AMBITION (NZ) G 4 Bjorn Baker 84
34 x800x6731x GOLDSTREAM (ITY) G 5 Darren Weir
35 33x726910x GRAND MARSHAL (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 109
36 2117x8x00x HANS HOLBEIN (GB) G 5 Robert Hickmott
37 611x92384x HARLEM (GB) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
38 331L41Fx2x I’LL’AVA’ALF (NZ) G 8 Patrick F Ryan Jnr
39 21x11x532x IMANUI G 4 Ron Quinton 71
40 1x IMPAVIDO G 3 Bjorn Baker 64
41 x01170x41x KINEMA (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller
42 110x740x0x LAST WISH (NZ) G 6 John P Thompson 78
43 x6x341112x LIBRAN (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 108
44 7222313x7x LIE DIRECT G 5 Steve Englebrecht 71
45 9786750x7x LIKE A CAROUSEL G 7 Ken Keys
46 1x3x1x LIZZIE L’AMOUR (NZ) M 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
47 5x6795204x LORD VAN PERCY (GB) G 7 Darren Weir
48 x5x411213x LORESHO (FR) H 6 Darren Weir
49 7966x5340x MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE) G 7 John O’Shea 105
50 615x8x425x MANAPINE G 5 Nigel Blackiston
51 1211x4444x MASTER OF ARTS (NZ) H 5 Darren Weir
52 x71638744x MAVEN WIZ G 4 Anthony Cummings 65
53 F7221x2x3x MAX DYNAMITE (FR) G 7 William Mullins
54 MEINER SAGE (JPN) H 5 Noriyuki Hori
55 1125x7416x MORE ENERGY G 6 Jason Coyle 69
56 11311x NORTHWEST PASSAGE G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
57 124x43143x ONCIDIUM RULER G 5 Michael Kent 77
58 2x9474x58x OUR BAZAAR (IRE) H 6 Archie Alexander
59 10x42x513x OUR CENTURY (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott
60 5501x5860x OUR IVANHOWE (GER) H 7 Lee & Anthony Freedman
61 3x32x1x PACORUS (NZ) G 5 Chris Wood
62 632115x95x PARAGON G 5 John Sargent 69
63 130x91130x PEMBERLEY (NZ) G 5 Ciaron Maher
64 981x861x PENA AJENA G 4 Theresa Bateup 64
65 21x PENGLAI PAVILION (USA) H 7 Charlie Appleby
66 54x067379x PENTATHLON (NZ) G 5 John Wheeler
67 581101280x PERFECT START (NZ) M 7 Wayne Hillis 96
68 1x2252911x PILOTE D’ESSAI (GB) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
69 216158113x POLARISATION (GB) G 5 Charlie Appleby
70 6x2242777x PUCCINI (NZ) H 6 Wayne Walters
71 361844831x PURPLE SMILE G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
72 RAINBOW LINE (JPN) H 4 Hidekazu Asami
73 4x27156x5x REAL LOVE M 6 Darren Weir
74 830111x77x REDNAV G 6 Sally Taylor 90
75 131212x06x REGAL MONARCH (GB) G 4 Chris Waller 77
76 550x76575x RENEW (IRE) G 7 Darren Weir
77 4121x0600x REPLIQUE (NZ) M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
78 13x882140x SACRED MASTER (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 103
79 463877031x SAVVY NATURE (NZ) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 90
80 588353324x SHALMANESER G 6 Jason Attard 78
81 x8xD21x00x SIGNOFF (IRE) G 7 Patrick F Ryan Jnr 106
82 2x145x227x SINGING (FR) H 7 Kris Lees 97
83 x23114407x SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB) G 5 Robert Hickmott
84 1354x1320x SNOW SECRET (NZ) M 5 Shaune Ritchie
85 412011x61x ST JEAN (IRE) H 7 Aaron Purcell
86 113x02303x TALLY G 4 John O’Shea
87 1x2x TANTA ALEGRIA (JPN) H 5 Sakae Kunieda
88 113061x00x TAVAGO (NZ) G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
89 11x THOMAS HOBSON (GB) G 7 William Mullins
90 10x266223x TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman
91 35240x343x TRIP TO PARIS (IRE) G 6 Ed Dunlop
92 6x TURKONIC (NZ) G 3 Robert & Luke Price
93 73731x283x UNCLE BUCK G 5 Tony McEvoy
94 318x19312x VANDANCER (NZ) M 4 Michael Moroney
95 145x52482x VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) G 5 Michael Moroney
96 4x6527255x WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller
97 33x264310x WICKLOW BRAVE (GB) G 8 William Mullins
98 3358x0471x ZATOPAZ (NZ) G 5 Bjorn Baker 72
99 32241x334x ZILBIYR (FR) G 4 Robert Kingston

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