Sydney Cup 2017

Saturday April 22, 2017

Ladbrokes Tip: The Chairman’s Handicap has produced more Sydney Cup winners than any other lead-up race

The Sydney Cup is one of four Group 1 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival features held on Day 2 of The Championships at Royal Randwick Racecourse on the second Saturday in April each season.

The meeting’s headline race is also the The Championship’s richest – the $4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m). The Sydney Cup is another lucrative clash offering a total of $2 million in prize money including $1.2 million to the winner.

Run over 3200m the two mile classic is held over the same distance as the ‘race that stops a nation’ – the Group 1 Melbourne Cup at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November in the spring. Stayers in the Sydney Cup field face off under handicap conditions with the lowest handicap weight being 50kgs, or 48kgs for the three-year-olds. Winners of the Chipping Norton Stakes and The BMW are exempt from Sydney Cup ballot.

The traditional lead-up to the Sydney Cup is the Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) run the previous Saturday and that also offers a ballot and penalty exemption for the Group 1 back at the track the following weekend.

The last horse to complete the Chairman’s Handicap – Sydney Cup double was the Gai Waterhouse-trained The Offer (2014).

The rescheduled 2017 Sydney Cup rans on Saturday April 22 after the original event was declared a No Race for safety reasons after the breakdown of Almoonqith and the fall of his hoop (James Doyle) as well as the rider of Who Shot Thebarman (Blake Shinn).

2017 Sydney Cup Results

  • 1st: Polarisation
  • 2nd: Who Shot Thebarman
  • 3rd: Big Duke

Sydney Cup Race Info

  • Date: Saturday April 22, 2017
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 3200m
  • Conditions: Handicap
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $2 million
  • First Run: 1862

Sydney Cup Betting & Odds

Sydney Cup betting is led each year by the best performing stayers in the Chairman’s Handicap held only seven days earlier on Day 1 of The Championships.

Horses that ran in the first four in their lead-up runs have a top record in the classic and so always feature highly up the Sydney Cup odds as do gallopers with proven two mile form. Only three Sydney Cup winners since 1983 have come off a lead-up run outside of Sydney with the UK raider Polarisation (2017), Adelaide Cup winner Gallic (2007) and Mr. Prudent (2001) who ran third in a Melbourne Group 3 at Caulfield.

Sydney Cup favourites have a stellar record in the race over the past decade with six saluting for the punters from 2005 – 2017 most recently The Offer (2014). Older gallopers also run well in the race with four seven-year-old winners and one eight-year-old veteran winning from 2006 – 2017.

2017 Sydney Cup Odds

The Sydney Cup 2017 betting odds will be published below as soon as markets on the Group 1 two mile classic are open.

Sydney Cup Field

The Sydney Cup field attracts the season’s best stayers coming out of the Chairman’s Handicap the previous weekend also held at Randwick. The Chairman’s Handicap has produced more Sydney Cup winners than any other lead-up race including all three from 2013 – 2015.

The double was achieved three times from 2008 – 2017. Only one Sydney Cup winner ran outside the top four in their lead-up run in that time with Stand To Gain (2011) improving on a Chairman’s Handicap 10th to win as a 20/1 outsider in betting. Sydney Cup nominations close on a Monday in early February before first acceptances are taken a month later.

The final Sydney Cup field of acceptors and barrier draw are then out on the Tuesday before the race and often attracts horses that have previous two mile form in races like the Adelaide Cup in March and the spring’s iconic Melbourne Cup.

Sydney Cup odds were long on the 2015 winner Grand Marshal

Grand Marshal (2015) won at Sydney Cup odds of $41 in an upset autumn Group 1 result. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

2017 Sydney Cup Field

The Sydney Cup 2017 field and barrier draw will be released on the Tuesday of race week and detailed below.

The updated 2017 Sydney Cup Final Field is now out featuring a full 14 starters plus two emergencies. The Darren Weir-trained favourite Big Duke remains top of the Sydney Cup odds after drawing barrier two, while three-year-old Lasqueti Spirit is the best of the new chances in the two mile classic. First past the post in the no race Sydney Cup results, Polarisation is in the mix again for UK horseman Charlie Appleby along with stablemate Penglai Pavilion.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 527255×364 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Blake Shinn 15 57kg 108
2 41112×8746 LIBRAN (IRE) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 12 56.5kg 107
3 02303×3771 TALLY John O’Shea Tommy Berry 1 55kg 105
4 x311151651 BOOM TIME David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 11 53.5kg 101
5 450×423124 CHANCE TO DANCE (IRE) Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards Christian Reith 5 53kg 100
6 1×42112111 BIG DUKE (IRE) Darren Weir Craig Williams 2 52kg 104
7 1x92384x38 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Chad Schofield 9 52kg 101
8 0x77113510 ANNUS MIRABILIS (IRE) Stuart Webb TBA 6 52kg 98
9 0100×60530 MISTER IMPATIENCE (GB) Michael Moroney Jay Ford 7 52kg 98
10 3x0x85x10x PENGLAI PAVILION (USA) Charlie Appleby Kerrin McEvoy 16 52kg 98
11 70x41x7545 KINEMA (IRE) Chris Waller Tim Clark 14 52kg 97
12 8241×02753 LASQUETI SPIRIT Lee Curtis Bobby El-Issa 10 51.5kg 103
13 67379×9786 PENTATHLON (NZ) John Wheeler TBA 13 51.5kg 93
14 38x2x20x4x POLARISATION (GB) Charlie Appleby Corey Brown 8 51.5kg 88
15e 5213412413 ROCK ON (NZ) John Sargent Jeff Penza 3 51.5kg 88
16e 239×668564 SELF SENSE David Brideoake TBA 4 51.5kg 87

Updated 2017 Sydney Cup Nominations

Racing NSW reopened Sydney Cup 2017 nominations for the re-run of the two mile autumn feature and the new entries attracted 16 hopefuls. Big Duke remains favourite for the win, while Crown Oaks winning filly Lasqueti Spirit is the most notable of the new nominees.

Sydney Cup Tips

Sydney Cup tips favour proven stayers with good lead-up form at Randwick or Rosehill, especially those that ran well in the previous weekend’s Chairman’s Handicap.

Horses carrying between 52kg and 55.5kg also make for a top Sydney Cup tip with only two winners since 2000 carrying more than that to victory with Gallic (56kg in 2007) and Mourayan (58kg in 2013).

Three-year-olds have poor form in the race with just two wins since 1983 most recently Tie The Knot (1998) for his first, while the last mare to win was Jessicabeel (2010).

2017 Sydney Cup Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Sydney Cup 2017 betting tips and exotic selections on the two mile autumn classic will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the stayers to back and sack in this year’s Sydney Cup trifecta.

Sydney Cup Form Guide

The Sydney Cup form guide gives punters all the information they need pre-betting including the trainers, jockeys, weights and barriers for all the horses in the field. Looking at the Sydney Cup lead-up form is important with gallopers that finished top four in their final lead-up runs dominating the race, while the Chairman’s Handicap is the best form line for the two mile showdown.

Gai Waterhouse and Chris Waller have both trained dual Sydney Cup winners in the past 20 years as did the late Guy Walter who won back-to-back with Tie The Knot (1998-99).

Jim Cassidy is the leading Sydney Cup jockey with three winning rides to date including on the Chris Waller-trained 40/1 roughie Grand Marshal (2015).

Sydney Cup Form Facts

  • The only Sydney Cup winner to finish worse than fourth in their lead-up run since 2006 was Stand To Gain (2011)
  • Only four mares have beaten the boys in the Sydney Cup results in the past 30 years most recently Jessicabeel (2010)
  • Five-year-olds won five of the seven editions of the Sydney Cup from 2011 – 2017
  • In the ten years from 2008 – 2017 five favourites in Sydney Cup betting saluted for the punters
  • The longest priced Sydney Cup winners in the past 30 years were Just A Dancer ($41 in 1991) and Grand Marshal ($41 in 2015)

Sydney Cup Results

Sydney Cup results in the past 10 years have been dominated by the favourites.

The longest priced Sydney Cup winners in that time however were Grand Marshall ($41 in 2015) and Stand To Gain ($21 in 2011) so upsets are also not uncommon. Some of the most noteworthy Sydney Cup winners in the past 30 years include The Offer (2014), Jessicabeel (2010) and Makybe Diva (2004).

2017 Sydney Cup Results

The 2017 Sydney Cup results and finishing order will be confirmed on Saturday April 22, 2017 and announced below as soon as available.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 14 POLARISATION (GB) Charlie Appleby Corey Brown 6 51.5kg $6.50
2 1 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Blake Shinn 0.2L 13 57kg $12
3 6 BIG DUKE (IRE) Darren Weir Glen Boss 0.7L 2 52kg $3.70F
4 8 ANNUS MIRABILIS (IRE) Stuart Webb Dean Holland 6.1L 4 52kg $31
5 5 CHANCE TO DANCE (IRE) Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards Christian Reith 6.2L 3 53kg $19
6 7 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Chad Schofield 6.4L 7 52kg $17
7 10 PENGLAI PAVILION (USA) Charlie Appleby Kerrin McEvoy 7.9L 14 52kg $5.50
8 9 MISTER IMPATIENCE (GB) Michael Moroney Jay Ford 10.6L 5 52kg $61
9 11 KINEMA (IRE) Chris Waller Tim Clark 11.5L 12 52kg (cd 52.5kg) $21
10 3 TALLY John O’Shea Tommy Berry 11.6L 1 55kg $12
11 4 BOOM TIME David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 31.1L 9 53.5kg $11
12 12 LASQUETI SPIRIT Lee Curtis Bobby El-Issa 40.2L 8 51.5kg $19
13 13 PENTATHLON (NZ) John Wheeler Jeff Penza 69.9L 11 51.5kg $41
FF 2 LIBRAN (IRE) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 10 56.5kg $19
16e SELF SENSE David Brideoake 0
15e ROCK ON (NZ) John Sargent Jeff Penza 0

Sydney Cup Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 TBD TBD TBD TBD
2017 TBD TBD TBD TBD
2016 Gallante Libran Grand Marshal 3:24.5
2015 Grand Marshal Who Shot Thebarman Like A Carousel 3:24.7
2014 The Offer Opinion Sertorius 3:23.8
2013 Mourayan Norsqui Aliyana Tilde 3:24.2
2012 Niwot Efficient Once Were Wild 3:20.4
2011 Stand To Gain Older Than Time Solid Billing 3:29.1
2010 Jessicabeel Divine Rebel Harris Tweed 3:21.8
2009 Ista Kareem Divine Rebel Mr Tipsy 3:27.4
2008 No Wine No Song Pentathon Lang 3:25.5
2007 Gallic Irazu No Wine No Song 3:27.3
2006 County Tyrone Zabeat Three Chimneys 3:22.6
2005 Mahtoum County Tyrone Philosophe 3:27.6
2004 Makybe Diva Manawa King Mummify 3:21.2
2003 Honor Babe County Tyrone Grey Song 3:30.5
2002 Henderson Bay Mr. Prudent Spirit of Westbury 3:26.7
2001 Mr. Prudent Prophet’s Kiss Starina 3:26.9
2000 Streak Sharscay Ears’ Ronny 3:30.3