With a pin-point preparation, the Weir trained 5YO will look to provide the nation's leading trainer with his maiden Sydney G1 success. Glen Boss gets a great pick-up ride, with his lone win in the race coming on the great mare Makybe Diva in 2004. Big Duke has missed a placing just once in his career. That run was in a 1500m benchmark 70 at Bendigo and since that run the gelding has started 7 times for 5 wins and 2 2nds. After a strong win in the Launceston Cup at 2400m, he arrived in Sydney and scored in the G3 Manion Cup on a heavy 10. His final lead-in came in the G2 Chairman’s, traditionally one of the strongest lead-in races. Rolling forward he was strong to the line in posting a two length winning margin.
Charlie Appleby had great success in the Spring when bringing a team to Australia and the master conditioner will look to secure victory in Sydney with the 7YO American-bred gelding. Winkers have been added to his gear and he was first-up since October in the first-edition that was abandoned and he was one of the four runners to finish the circuit. The 7YO was first-up in September when successful over 3600m at Newmarket with William Buick in the saddle. Second-up he took on the G1 Prix Royal Oak in France at 3100m at weight-for-age when finishing down the track behind the winner Vazirabad. The barrier draw has not been kind to the gelding, coming up with the extreme outside gate. It could prove to be a case of déjà vu for jockey Kerrin McEvoy, with the top hoop having been successful in 2016 when starting from the widest gate aboard Gallante.
The last 4YO to win the Sydney Cup was also trained by John O'Shea when he prepared Jessicabeel to take out the 2010 Cup. Tally warmed up for the Cup with victory in the Listed Mornington Cup over 2400m, where he came with a well-timed run to grab victory right near the post by a head margin. The Mornington Cup run was when fourth-up into his campaign that started over 1600m in the G3 Carlyon Cup at Caulfield when finishing 3rd to Burning Front. He then went to the G2 Peter Young Stakes and was two lengths from the winner Stratum Star. Third-up into the G1 Australian Cup, the Magic Man Joao Moreira picked up the ride and didn’t really flatter over the Flemington 2000m when beaten six lengths behind Humidor. Tommy Berry will take the ride on the 4YO and has 55kg allotted for the handicap feature.
There have been no 3YO fillies contest this race in the past 3 decades and in that same period, there has been two 3YO males win the race, Tie The Knot in 1998 and Veloso in 1993. Can the filly create her own page in the history books? She gets out to 3200m for the first time and has been racing the older horses through most of her starts this preparation. Her first two runs were in the G2 Apollo and then the G1 Chipping Norton where she faced off against Winx in both, recording a creditable two length 2nd to the great mare in the Chipping Norton. A run over the 2000m of the Sky High was followed with a down-the-track effort in The BMW. Back to her own age and sex in the ATC Oaks, she was out in front in her usual pattern and was run-down late, finishing 3rd.
The Chris Waller trained veteran has been a regular in the main staying races on the calendar since making his first Australian appearance in the 2014 Sydney Cup. This will be his 4th successive year he has contested this race.
Libran stormed into calculations for the 2016 Sydney Cup and started the favourite when finishing 2nd to Gallante. He has started four times since that run, all this preparation.
5YO Boom Time comes into the Sydney Cup after not being an acceptor in the original race. A Caulfield win over 2425m on April 15 convinced connections to enter when the nominations were re-oprned.
Irish import Chance To Dance actually completed the course in the no-race at the first running of the 2017 Cup and was 2nd across the line behind Polarisation. Christian Reith takes the ride in the re-run, replacing Damian Lane.
Another Hayes/Dabernig trained runner that was not in the original running of the race. The 5YO did race on the same card when finishing a long way down the track behind Winx in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. That was just the 2nd run in Australia
Gallic completed the Adelaide/Sydney Cup double in 2007 and Annus Mirablis will look to complete the feat in 2017. The gelding drops from the 55.5kg of his Adelaide win to 52kg in this.
The English import was well beaten in the Auckland Cup last start, yet does have two wins at 3200m in the Queensland Cup and the G2 Wellington Cup in NZ and a win at 3000m.
6YO Kinema forms part of a three-prong attack by the Waller stable. Having it's 2nd Australian start on Melbourne Cup day in 2016 when finishing strongly to win over 2800m. Tim Clark takes the ride, becoming the 6th jockey to ride the gelding in 7 Australian starts.
The New Zealand trained 5YO was a top-ten finisher in last year's Melbourne Cup, carrying the same weight he will have here. The last time he scored victory was in December 2015 when winning over the two mile trip.
Polarisation was one of four runners that raced the entire trip in the no-race called on the original running. He was first across the line in what was his first race since September. Corey Brown maintains the ride.
The pinnacle staying event on the NSW racing calendar, the Sydney Cup is the only major state capital Cup race along with the Melbourne Cup that maintains Group 1 status. Like the Melbourne Cup, the Sydney Cup is also a 2 mile or 3200m Open Handicap event.
As part of The Championships the winner of the 2017 Chairman’s Quality Handicap received ballot and penalty exemption, while the winners of the 2017 Chipping Norton and The BMW received ballot exemptions.
The race dates back to 1862 and attained G1 status in 1980, with the mighty Kingston Town successful that year. In 2017 total prizemoney for the Cup is $2m with the winner to receive $1.17m. Past winners of the Sydney Cup include Makybe Diva, Tie The Knot, Galilee, Wakeful and Carbine.
The Sydney Cup forms a part of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Odds and previews are available for all the major Autumn Racing Carnival races at UBET's Autumn Racing Betting Hub.
|Sydney Cup Guide|
|Date:||Saturday 22nd April 2017|
|Race Time:||15:35 AEST|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
|2017 Sydney Cup Odds|
un over the same distance as the Melbourne Cup (3200m), the Sydney Cup is the premier long distance race of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. The event is an Open Handicap run at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse and is one of the premier races on Day 2 of The Championships. Similar to other Group 1s on the day, the Sydney Cup is a mouth-watering event for owners, trainers and jockeys with $1m in stakes up for grabs. Many gallopers that compete in the Sydney Cup have come through the Chairman’s Handicap, a Group 2 race (2600m) held earlier in the autumn at the same course.
A number of classy gallopers have won the Sydney Cup in the past, including Carbine (1889 & 1890), Apollo Eleven (1973), Double Century (1979), Kingston Town (1980), Tie The Knot (1998,1999) and triple Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva (2004). The event had its origins in 1862 when it was known as the Jockey Club Handicap won by odds on favourite Talleyrand.
|2016||GALLANTE||KERRIN MCEVOY||ROBERT HICKMOTT||03:24.5|
|2015||GRAND MARSHAL||JIM CASSIDY||CHRIS WALLER||03:24.7|
|2014||THE OFFER||TOMMY BERRY||GAI WATERHOUSE||03:23.8|
|2013||MOURAYAN||HUGH BOWMAN||ROBERT HICKMOTT||03:24.2|
|2012||NIWOT||DWAYNE DUNN||M,W & J HAWKES||03:20.4|
|2011||STAND TO GAIN||ROD QUINN||ROBERT SMERDON||03:29.1|
|2010||JESSICABEEL||CRAIG NEWITT||JOHN O’SHEA||03:21.8|
|2009||ISTA KAREEM||CRAIG WILLIAMS||COLIN LITTLE||03:27.4|
|2008||NO WINE NO SONG||DAMIEN OLIVER||KEVIN MOSES||03:25.5|
|2007||GALLIC||STEVE ARNOLD||GRAEME ROGERSON||03:27.3|
|2006||COUNTY TYRONE||JIM CASSIDY||KRIS LEES||03:22.6|