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Sydney Cup Final Field & Odds 2020
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Sydney Cup Preview & Tips 2020
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A field of 13 runners accepted for the $1,000,000 2017 Schweppes Sydney Cup. The prizemoney has been halved in 2020 due to the COVID-19 effects on racing. Five runners had their last start in last week’s Group 2 Chairman’s Quality Handicap over 2600m, two had their last start in the Group 3 Manion Cup over 2400m and two had their last start in the Group 1 Auckland Cup over 3200m. The early favourite is Young Rascal who won the Manion Cup at his first Australian start and drops 3kg here. Second favourite is Mustajeer who kept chasing for 2nd in the Tancred Stakes a fortnight ago. Third favourite is Raheen House who ran on strongly to win the Chairmans Quality Handicap on a heavy track last week.
Angel Of Truth won the Australian Derby a year ago and finished 5th in the Chairman’s last week. Gallic Chieftain finished 4th in the Chairman’s and has improved at each of his three starts this campaign. The Chosen One finished 7th in the Chairman’s and is a solid staying type. Corncrake is the only runner having his first try at a Group race after two consecutive wins over 2400m. All other runners are currently at 20 to 1 or longer, including Etah James who is the only mare in the race and is a solid stayer, and Azuro who has 3 wins at this distance.
Sydney Cup Runner by Runner 2020
He arrived in Australia last spring after winning the Ebor Handicap in Great Britain and ran 6th in the Caulfield Cup then 23rd in the Melbourne Cup. He has 3 runs back from a spell for a win in the Parramatta Cup, 2nd in the G2 Sky High Stakes and 2nd in the Tancred behind Verry Elleegant. He was chasing well at the end of the 2400m and is one of the main chances.
2. Young Rascal
At his first Australian start this import won the G3 Manion Cup in a tough race as he fought back after being headed. His 6 wins have all been from 2200 to 2450m and he looks as if he will handle the 3200m distance. He will carry 3kg less than his last win and is my top pick.
3. Hush Writer
Although he had good form in the Spring he has not showed much this campaign. He finished 11th of 14 in the Australian Cup then 10th of 12 in the Mornington Cup. My money won’t be on him.
4. Raheen House
Last week this well-bred gelding showed a big improvement in form to win the G2 Chairman’s Quality Handicap by 1.3 lengths. He is bred to stay and has won up to 2800m in Britain. He should be in the finish.
5. Gallic Chieftain
At each of his runs this campaign he has shown improvement and chased hard for 2.4 lengths 4th in the Chairmans Quality Handicap last week. If he improves again he is a place hope.
6. The Chosen One
This Savabeel horse will get the two mile distance but I am expecting that other runners will get there quicker. He is a tough stayer but I don’t expect him to be in the first four home.
Only two runners in this race have won over 3200m (the other is Yogi) and this gelding has 3 wins at the distance. His wins were the 2019 Stayers Cup at Rosehill, the 2019 Queensland Cup at Eagle Farm and the 2019 Sandown Cup. He is well-travelled and his last run was 4.4 lengths 7th in the Group 1 Auckland Cup. He needs toimprove on that run but he is capable of running a place.
The 2018 Sandown Cup gave him a win over 3200m. He hasn’t placed at any of his 4 starts this campaign with his best performance 3.5 lengths 6th in the Chairmans Quality Handicap. He appears to be outclassed here.
9, Angel of Truth
A year ago he won the Australian Derby (2400m) by 3.3 lengths but hasn’t finished closer than 5th at the 10 starts he has had since then. He battled away for 3.3 lengths 5th in the Chairmans Quality Handicap but needs to do better.
10. Etah James
The only mare in the race, Etah James is a dour stayer who doesn’t seem to get warmed up until she’s gone about 2400m. At her latest start she finished 2.5 lengths 4th in the Group 1 Auckland Cup in New Zealand, and it would be no surprise to see her in the finish.
11. Sweet Thomas
After 6 starts in Australia this European horses has not beaten many horses home and his best performance was 4th in the Listed Parramatta Cup.I expect he will finish closer to the tail of the field than the front.
12. Saunter Boy
This is another European who is yet to place in Australia after 8 starts here.
With 5 wins from 11 starts, this four-year-old has not been in a Group race before but has looked strong in the finishing stages to win the Kembla Grange Stayers Cup on 13 March then a benchmark race at Warwick Farm on 25 March. He only has 51 kg to carry and it wouldn’t be a major surprise to see him in the finish.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|2 Young Rascal
|4 Raheen House
|10 Etah James