First contested in 1866, the Sydney Cup is held at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The Group One race is for three-year-olds and up and carries a total purse of $2,000,000. The handicap race is run over 3200 metres.
- Race Type: Group 1, Open handicap
- Distance: 3,200 metres
- Track: Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales
- Date: Saturday 14 April 2018
The Sydney Cup has been held at Randwick Racecourse every year since it’s beginning, except for 1942 when the army took over the park. That year the cup was held at Rosehill Racecourse.
Sydney Cup Final Field & Odds 2018
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Sydney Cup Preview & Tips 2018
Track: Good Weather: Overcast
A full field of 20 runners plus an emergency accepted for the $2,000,000 2017 Schweppes Sydney Cup. Fanatic was an early scratching and Single Gaze and Gallic Chieftain have also been scratched so emergency Doukhan will get to run. Eight of them had their last start in last week’s Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap over 2600m and five had their last start in the Tancred Stakes over 2400m. The early favourite is 2016 Melbourne Cup winner Almandin who won the Tancred Stakes last outing and is a quality stayer. Second favourite is New Zealand trained Sir Charles Road who looked good winning the Chairmans Handicap at his first Randwick start and will be competitive again. Third favourite is Aloft who won the Roy Higgins Quality over 2600m first-up and has won over 3200m before.
Ventura Storm ran 2nd in the Chairmans Handicap and Auvray ran 6th in the Tancred. Pre Stwick is a Japanese runner who has not been far away in Group races over 3400m and 3600m at his last 2 starts. Who Shot Thebarman ran 3rdand could go well here as he ran 2nd in this race in both 2017 and 2015. All other runners are currently at 16 to 1 or longer, including Libran who ran 2nd here in 2016 and Five To Midnight who just missed on the line in the G1 2018 Auckland Cup over this distance.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|2 Who Shot Thebarman|
|6 Pre Stwick|
Past winners of the Sydney Cup:
The most recent horse to win the crown twice is Tie The Knot, who won in 1999 and 1998 with R. S. Dye in the saddle. Five other horses also have two victories each. Other recent Sydney Cup champions include Maktoum, 2005; Makybe Diva, 2004; Honor Babe, 2003; Henderson Bay, 2002; Mr. Prudent, 2001; Streak, 2000; Linesman, 1997; Count Chivas, 1996; Daacha, 1995; Cross Swords, 1994; and Azzaam, 1993.
The Randwick Racecourse course record over 3200 metres is 3.19.0 and is shared by Apollo Eleven, 1973, and Just A Dancer, 1991.
On 8 April 2017 a fall just after passing the post the first time caused the race to be abandoned, and it was re-run on 22 April.
|2018||Who Shot Thebarman||Zacada||Sir Charles Road|
|2017||Polarisation||Who Shot Thebarman||Big Duke (IRE)|
|2016||Gallante (IRE)||Libran (IRE)||Grand Marshal (GB)|
|2015||Grand Marshal (GB)||Who Shot Thebarman||Like A Carousel|
|2014||The Offer||Opinion (Ire)||Sertorius|
|2012||Niwot||Efficient||Once Were Wild|
|2011||Stand To Gain||Older Than Time||Solid Billing|
|2010||Jessicabeel||Divine Rebel||Harris Tweed|
|2009||Ista Kareem||Divine Rebel||Mr Tipsy|
|2008||No Wine No Song||Pentathon||Lang|
|2007||Gallic||Irazu||No Wine No Song|
|2006||County Tyrone||Zabeat||Three Chimneys|
|2004||Makybe Diva||Manawa King||Mummify|
|2003||Honor Babe||County Tyrone||Grey Song|
|2002||Henderson Bay||Mr. Prudent||Spirit of Westbury|
|2001||Mr. Prudent||Prophet’s Kiss||Starina|