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 22 April 2017 (8 April 2017 was a no race)
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 2017
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Sydney Cup Preview & Tips 2017
Track: Heavy Weather: Fine
There is a full field of fourteen runners plus 2 emergencies for the $2,000,000 2017 Schweppes Sydney Cup. Eleven of them ran in the race on 8 April that was declared a no-race while 5 are new nominees. The favourite is Big Duke who has not raced over the distance before (he was pulled up in the no race) but won the Chairman’s Handicap over 2600m by 2 lengths at his previous start to make it 5 wins from his last 6 runs. Second favourite is genuine stayer Penglai Pavilion who is one of two runners for Charlie Appleby, who deserves some luck after the Mornington Cup tragedy. Third favourite is Polarisation who “won” the no-race.
Lasqueti Spirit was 3rd in the ATC Oaks and will make the race interesting with her front-running style. Tally ran on strongly to win the Mornington Cup but is untested over this distance. Who Shot Thebarman was 2nd in this race in 2015 and ran home well for 5th in last year’s Melbourne Cup. Chance To Dance was 4th in the Adelaide Cup over this distance. Libran was 2nd in this race last year but needs to improve on recent efforts. The other 8 horses are currently 18 to 1 or longer, including Annus Mirabilis who was a strong winner of the Adelaide Cup two starts ago.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|6 Big Duke||6 Big Duke||6 Big Duke|
|1 Who Shot Thebarman||10 Penglai Pavilion||1 Who Shot Thebarman|
|10 Penglai Pavilion||5 Chance To Dance||10 Penglai Pavilion|
|5 Chance To Dance||7 Harlem||4 Boom Time|
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.
|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|