Royal Randwick - Race 2 12.05pm AEDT
Gem Song is well and truly over the odds at the current price of $13. He wasn’t disgraced in the Darby Munro Plate last start and his victory before that in the Eskimo Prince Stakes was very impressive. His best form is more than good enough to win this contest and you won’t find better value on this card.
Royal Randwick - Race 5 1:50pm AEDT
Avantage has recorded seven wins from eight race starts and is one of the most exciting three-year-olds in Australia and New Zealand. She looked beaten in the Birthday Card Stakes, but she just kept on finding and she should only benefit from that effort. Barrier five is ideal and she is a proven winner.
Royal Randwick - Race 8 3.50pm AEDT
It has been a long time between race wins, but Big Duke has had an ideal preparation for the Sydney Cup. He made up plenty of ground late to finish second behind Midterm in the Manion Cup and he beat home all bar Avilius in the Tancred Stakes. The wide barrier draw isn’t ideal, but Brenton Avdulla has an excellent record in staying races and I’m confident that he can slot him in somewhere. The $9.50 is over the odds.
Royal Randwick - Race 9 4:30pm AEDT
Amphitrite has been something of a forgotten horse ahead of the Coolmore Legacy Stakes. She could not have been more impressive when she won The Vanity first-up and she was not disgraced in either the Australian Guineas or the All-Star Mile. She has been freshened-up for this race and three-year-olds have an excellent record.