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 Group 1 $4 million 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 Sydney Cup 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 2018 Sydney Cup took place at Royal Randwick on Saturday April 14, 2018 .
2018 Sydney Cup Results
- 1st: #2 Who Shot Thebarman
- 2nd: #12 Zacada
- 3rd: #13 Sir Charles Road
Sydney Cup Race Info
- Date: Saturday April 14, 2018
- Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
- Distance: 3200m
- Conditions: Handicap
- Status: Group 1
- Prize Money: $2 million
- First Run: 1862
2018 Sydney Cup Results
The 2018 Sydney Cup results and finishing order will be confirmed on Saturday April 14, 2018 and announced below as soon as available.
The official Sydney Cup 2018 Results saw Chris Waller’s evergreen nine-year-old salute in a photo finish over the Kiwi-trained roughie Zacada. It was the fifth straight Sydney Cup run from the gallant old two-miler who had previous run second twice in the autumn classic.
|1||2||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||–||10||55kg||$18|
|2||12||ZACADA (NZ)||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Dean Holland||0.1L||11||50.5kg||$91|
|3||13||SIR CHARLES ROAD||Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott||Andrew Adkins||1.1L||4||50kg||$7|
|4||8||AUVRAY (FR)||Richard Freedman||Glyn Schofield||1.2L||1||52kg (cd 53kg)||$13|
|5||15||LASQUETI SPIRIT||Lee Curtis||Jay Ford||2.4L||16||50kg (cd 51kg)||$151|
|6||17||PATRICK ERIN (NZ)||Chris Waller||Craig Newitt||3L||15||50kg (cd 51kg)||$41|
|7||21e||DOUKHAN (IRE)||Kris Lees||Yusuke Ichikawa||4.4L||13||50kg||$101|
|8||1||ALMANDIN (GER)||Liam Howley||Damien Oliver||5.4L||5||57kg||$3.70F|
|9||4||VENTURA STORM (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Glen Boss||8L||8||53.5kg||$9.50|
|10||7||FIVE TO MIDNIGHT (NZ)||Lisa Latta||Michael Dee||8.8L||9||52.5kg||$41|
|11||19||ADMIRAL JELLO||Kris Lees||Grant Buckley||10.9L||14||50kg||$151|
|12||3||LIBRAN (IRE)||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||11.1L||17||54kg||$61|
|13||9||LORD FANDANGO (GER)||Archie Alexander||Craig Williams||16.7L||2||51.5kg||$10|
|14||18||PERIBSEN (IRE)||John O’Shea||Corey Brown||23.5L||6||50kg||$31|
|15||16||CISMONTANE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||James Innes Jnr (a)||27.4L||3||50kg||$51|
|16||20||ORMITO (GER)||Darren Weir||Dean Yendall||28.3L||7||50kg||$21|
|FF||10||ALOFT (IRE)||Liam Howley||Kerrin McEvoy||–||12||51kg (incl. 1.0kg penalty)||$6|
|SB||6||PRE STWICK (JPN)||Yoshinori Muto||Joao Moreira||–||0||53kg||$11|
|–||11||FANATIC (NZ)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Jye McNeil||–||0||–||–|
|–||5||SINGLE GAZE||Nick Olive||Ms Kathy O’Hara||–||0||–||–|
|–||14||GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR)||Darren Weir||Blake Spriggs||–||0||–||–|
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 – 2018 most recently The Offer (2014). Older gallopers also run well in the race with four seven-year-old winners, one eight-year-old veteran and Who Shot The Barman (2018) winning at nine years of age from 2006 – 2018.
2018 Sydney Cup Odds
The Sydney Cup 2018 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 – 2018. 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.
2018 Sydney Cup Field
The Sydney Cup 2018 field and barrier draw will be announced by Racing NSW on the Tuesday leading-up to race day and published in full below.
A full 2018 Sydney Cup Final Field of stayers has been announced led by last start Tancred Stakes winner and 2016 Melbourne Cup champion over the two miles Almandin carrying the 57kg top weight. Adelaide Cup winning mare Fanatic is an early scratching from the Sydney Cup field, paving the way for the race’s only emergency Doukhan to come in at triple-figures with a run.
Update: Along with early scratching Fanatic the Nick Olive-trained mare Single Gaze (21) and the Darren Weir-trained Gallic Chieftain (19) have both also come out of the Sydney Cup 2018 field.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight (Penalty)||Hcp Rating|
|1||x21402x241||ALMANDIN (GER)||Liam Howley||Damien Oliver||5||57kg||113|
|2||x94491x673||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||10||55kg||109|
|3||x616528x42||LIBRAN (IRE)||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||20||54kg||107|
|4||6200×43782||VENTURA STORM (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Glen Boss||8||53.5kg||106|
|5||4420×22525||SINGLE GAZE||Nick Olive||Ms Kathy O’Hara||21||53kg||109|
|6||x3x61x93x5||PRE STWICK (JPN)||Yoshinori Muto||Joao Moreira||11||53kg||105|
|7||8042132822||FIVE TO MIDNIGHT (NZ)||Lisa Latta||Michael Dee||9||52.5kg||104|
|8||12127×5616||AUVRAY (FR)||Richard Freedman||Glyn Schofield||1||52kg||103|
|9||x2114x3977||LORD FANDANGO (GER)||Archie Alexander||Craig Williams||2||51.5kg||101|
|10||x12x1397x1||ALOFT (IRE)||Liam Howley||Kerrin McEvoy||13||51kg (1.0kg)||99|
|11||46811×7521||FANATIC (NZ)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Jye McNeil||16||50.5kg (0.5kg)||100|
|12||8232515850||ZACADA (NZ)||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Dean Holland||12||50.5kg||100|
|13||5801331461||SIR CHARLES ROAD||Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott||Andrew Adkins||4||50kg||99|
|14||3253×36143||GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR)||Darren Weir||Blake Spriggs||19||50kg||95|
|15||530x00x789||LASQUETI SPIRIT||Lee Curtis||Jay Ford||18||50kg||101|
|16||103310×558||CISMONTANE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||–||3||50kg||99|
|17||1×31311465||PATRICK ERIN (NZ)||Chris Waller||Craig Newitt||17||50kg||97|
|18||746×015133||PERIBSEN (IRE)||John O’Shea||Corey Brown||6||50kg||71|
|19||3323×67297||ADMIRAL JELLO||Kris Lees||Grant Buckley||15||50kg||92|
|20||5457233324||ORMITO (GER)||Darren Weir||Dean Yendall||7||50kg||83|
|21e||4658115×55||DOUKHAN (IRE)||Kris Lees||–||14||50kg||83|
- 2018 Sydney Cup Nominations closed on Monday February 12, 2018 and drew 114 stayers
- 2018 Sydney Cup First Acceptances closed on Tuesday March 13 and left 56 hopefuls
2018 Sydney Cup First Acceptances
There are 56 stayers still in contention following the official Sydney Cup 2018 First Acceptances. Prolific owner Lloyd Williams has opted not to press on with the autumn campaigns of Johannes Vermeer and Rekindling who ran second and first in last year’s Melbourne Cup results, but is still in with a strong hand including the early favourite Aloft. Aloft won the Roy Higgins Quality last start, the form of which was franked when the runner-up Frantic won the Adelaide Cup. Prepared by Lindsay Park, the Adelaide Cup winning mare is also still in Sydney Cup contention.
2018 Sydney Cup Nominations
The official Sydney Cup 2018 Nominations feature 114 stayers including previous Melbourne Cup winners Rekindling (2017) and Almandin (2016) both raced by
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).
2018 Sydney Cup Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Sydney Cup 2018 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.
- 1st: #4 VENTURA STORM ($8.50)
- 2nd: #2 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN ($16)
- 3rd: #1 ALMANDIN ($3.60)
The market mover in Sydney Cup betting is Lindsay Park-trained import VENTURA STORM ($12 into $8.50) and we’re following that money trail. True, the horse hasn’t won in Australian and also true his other 3200m start produced a 21st in the Melbourne Cup, but happy to forgive and tipping a huge improvement. On the up after the Chairman’s Stakes second carrying 59kg last weekend, drops to 53.5kg here and gets the run of the race from gate eight. If he gets the two miles, he wins. WHO SHOT THEBARMAN ($16) returns for a fifth Sydney Cup. Incredible veteran that doesn’t ran bad at this distance ever. Third last time out in the Tancred Stakes, can finish in the money again going up to two miles. Evergreen and at a price. Tancred winner ALMANDIN ($3.60) is deserving favourite. Won the 2016 Melbourne Cup at 3200m, is in form but gives the weight away here.
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). Waller added a third Sydney Cup trophy to his record with the win by Who Shot Thebarman in 2018.
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 – 2018
- In the 11 years from 2008 – 2018 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)
2018 Sydney Cup Form Guide
A link to our comprehensive Sydney Cup 2018 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.
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).
Sydney Cup Winners
|2018||Who Shot Thebarman||Zacada||Sir Charles Road||3:20.0|
|2017||Polarisation||Who Shot Thebarman||Big Duke||3:29.1|
|2015||Grand Marshal||Who Shot Thebarman||Like A Carousel||3:24.7|
|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|
|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|