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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 2016 Chairman’s Quality Handicap received ballot and penalty exemption, while the winners of the 2016 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 2016 total prizemoney for the Cup is $2m with the winner to receive $1.2m. 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 9th April 2016
Race Time: 15:15 AEST
Race Code: SR7
Location: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 3200 metres
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status Group 1
Prize Money: $2,000,000
2016 Winner: Gallante
2016 Sydney Cup Odds

NO. NAME RESULT ODDS
7 GALLANTE 1ST $10.50 (win)
4 LIBRAN 2ND $1.60 (pl)
3 GRAND MARSHAL 3RD $1.80 (pl)
1 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN 4TH -
2 ALMOONQITH - -
9 LIKE A CAROUSEL - -
6 DESTINY'S KISS - -
8 CAFE SOCIETY - -
10 DEE I CEE - -
5 AUVRAY - -
11 BAYANOVA - -
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BEST BETS’ CARL DI IORIO

  • 7GALLANTE
  • 3GRAND MARSHAL
  • 1WHO SHOT THEBARMAN
  • 2ALMOONQITH

The Gai Waterhouse-trained pair of CAFÉ SOCIETY and DEE I CEE are likely to roll forward with GALLANTE also prominent. LIBRAN should settle closest to the lead of Chris Waller’s trio.

GALLANTE is a French three-year-old Group 1 winner over 2400 metres who hasn’t shown his best on Australian soil, possibly because he’s just a wet tracker (all three wins on wet). His run in the Hill Stakes (2000m) on soft ground second up last prep when finishing alongside WHO SHOT THEBARMAN and GRAND MARSHAL, carrying level weights with that duo, was his best run since arriving until his last start third in the Manion Cup (2400m).

Gallante attempted to lead throughout in the Manion Cup second up but his condition gave out late to finish third to LIBRAN. Gallante now meets Libran 2.5kg better at the weights and also has a significant weight advantage on Who Shot Thebarman (5.5kg) and Grand Marshal (3.5kg) from that Group 2 Hill Stakes. The prospect of a heavy track brings Gallante right into contention.

GRAND MARSHAL and WHO SHOT THEBARMAN were first and second in last year’s Sydney Cup and command respect. Both exceeded expectations when placed behind Preferment in the Group 1 BMW (2400m) last start. Who Shot Thebarman was placed in a Melbourne Cup. ALMOONQITH and LIBRAN are next best.



SYDNEY CUP BETTING PREVIEW

SYDNEY CUP OAKS BETTING PREVIEW

LIBRAN

Holding sway in the market both pre-post and now final field, Libran has been impressive in winning his past 3 starts in succession. The Irish import trained by Chris Waller, stepped out to 2600m, the longest distance he had faced in his career, and was successful in the G2 Chairman’s Handicap last week, traditionally a race that is a strong form pointer to the Sydney Cup. After initially receiving 50kg, he received a 2kg penalty following his dominant win in the G3 Manion Cup over 2400m and will now carry 53kg with the weights being raised 1kg to get the top-weight to 57kg. Although yet to taste G1 success, there are only 3 individual G1 winners in the field of 3 G1 races and Brenton Avdulla maintains the ride, having ridden him in each of his wins.

WHO SHOT THEBARMAN

Lining up in his 3rd Sydney Cup with the top-weight of 57kg, the 7YO gelding will carry his lightest weight this campaign as he steps out in a handicap for the first time after being kept to a set weights and weight-for-age preparation. Just missing a top 10 finish in the Melbourne Cup, he closed out his spring in assertive fashion, scoring a 7 length win in the G2 Sandown Classic. His 1st 2 runs this campaign were too short in the Apollo Stakes and Chipping Norton and 3rd up getting out to 2000m saw an improved effort when ridden on the pace and finishing 3rd in the G3 Sky High Stakes. Out to 2400m in The BMW at G1 level he made a strong move between the 800m and the 400m and fought hard in the straight to be beaten a neck by his stable-mate Preferment. He is a... read more Lining up in his 3rd Sydney Cup with the top-weight of 57kg, the 7YO gelding will carry his lightest weight this campaign as he steps out in a handicap for the first time after being kept to a set weights and weight-for-age preparation. Just missing a top 10 finish in the Melbourne Cup, he closed out his spring in assertive fashion, scoring a 7 length win in the G2 Sandown Classic. His 1st 2 runs this campaign were too short in the Apollo Stakes and Chipping Norton and 3rd up getting out to 2000m saw an improved effort when ridden on the pace and finishing 3rd in the G3 Sky High Stakes. Out to 2400m in The BMW at G1 level he made a strong move between the 800m and the 400m and fought hard in the straight to be beaten a neck by his stable-mate Preferment. He is a 3200m winner when successful in the Auckland Cup of 2014 and has a win on soft going, the only concern being he is yet to win from 6 attempts at Randwick with 4 of those 6 having been at 2000m or greater. read less

GRAND MARSHAL

Out to defend his Sydney Cup of 2015 Grand Marshal has had the same preparation as Who Shot Thebarman, being 5th up and contesting the same 4 races- the Apollo, the Chipping Norton, the Sky High and finally The BMW. His BMW run was a real eye-catcher, settling in the last pair about 5 lengths off the lead, he was last at the 400m and despite laying in at different stages up the straight, still continued to find the line to be beaten 1½ lengths. From 3 starts at 3200m he has the 2015 Sydney Cup win and a 3rd in the Listed Sandown Cup. The Sydney Cup was held on a soft 7 in 2015 and early indications are it will again be in the soft range and from 4 starts in the soft going, Grand Marshal has won twice.



THE ROUGHIE

THE ROUGHIE

GALLANTE

An Irish-bred import that raced in France before arriving in Australia, he is one of the 3 Group 1 winners in the field, having captured the GP De Paris over 2400m in July 2014. Auvray was in that same race and he beat him by 45 lengths. Gallante was purchased by Team Williams and is trained by Robert Hickmott and comes into this with an unusual preparation. 1st up in the G3 Carlyon Cup over 1600m at Caulfield he was never a factor and well beaten, finishing 17 lengths from the winner. With a 35 day gap between starts he was 2nd up in the 2400m G3 Manion Cup where he led to the 200m when he was headed by Libran and held on for 3rd, beaten 2 lengths. He meets Libran 2.5kg better at the weights and will appreciate the soft ground and will even prefer it into the... read more An Irish-bred import that raced in France before arriving in Australia, he is one of the 3 Group 1 winners in the field, having captured the GP De Paris over 2400m in July 2014. Auvray was in that same race and he beat him by 45 lengths. Gallante was purchased by Team Williams and is trained by Robert Hickmott and comes into this with an unusual preparation. 1st up in the G3 Carlyon Cup over 1600m at Caulfield he was never a factor and well beaten, finishing 17 lengths from the winner. With a 35 day gap between starts he was 2nd up in the 2400m G3 Manion Cup where he led to the 200m when he was headed by Libran and held on for 3rd, beaten 2 lengths. He meets Libran 2.5kg better at the weights and will appreciate the soft ground and will even prefer it into the heavy range being 2 from 2 in the slop. read less



SYDNEY CUP INFORMATION

SYDNEY CUP INFORMATION

Run 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.



PREVIOUS SYDNEY CUP WINNERS

PREVIOUS SYDNEY CUP WINNERS

YEAR WINNER JOCKEY TRAINER RACE TIME
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