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.
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.
|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
|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|