Sydney Cup News

In form Montjeu gelding The Offerhas justified his favouritism to win the Group 1 Sydney Cup for 2014 on Day 2 of The Championships at Randwick. The Offer produced a superb turn of foot down the straight in the 3200m race to win from Opinion while Sertorius held on for…


Sydney Cup

The Group 1 2015 Sydney Cup (3200m) is traditionally run on the final day of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, but from 2014 onwards it has been staged on the second weekend of The Championships at Royal Randwick. Sydney Cup Day is still one of the biggest days on the Australian racing calendar; with the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m), Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) and Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) all set to take place on what is an action-packed day of racing!

The 2015 Sydney Cup is on the 18th April at the Randwick Racecourse.

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The $1,000,000 Sydney Cup is the longest  race of the carnival and only top quality stayers are able to claim victory in the Group 1 event at the Randwick racecourse. The length and conditions of the race are the same as Australia’s premier race the Melbourne Cup and because of this the Sydney Cup attracts a highly competitive field of elite stayers, which makes for some of the best value and entertaining betting out of the whole autumn carnival.

On the 4th of November, the 2014 Melbourne Cup kicks off!

Sydney Cup Day Group Races

Group 1

Queen Elizabeth Stakes

(2000m)

Randwick

$500,000

WFA

Group 1

All Aged Stakes

(1400m)

Randwick

$400,000

WFA

Group 1

Champagne Stakes

(1600m)

Randwick

$400,000

2yo SW

Group 2

Emancipation Stakes

(1600m)

Randwick

$175,000

3yo&Up Fillies & Mares SWP

Group 3

Frank Packer Plate

(2000m)

Randwick

$125,000

3yo SW

Sydney Cup Form

The Sydney Cup form is generally fairly easy to access as the leading contenders generally following the traditional path to the Group 1 event. The Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) that is run two weeks prior to the Sydney Cup remains the key lead-up race, but horses have also been known to come through The BMW (2400m) or the Group 2 Adelaide Cup. Marooned (1986), Major Drive (1987), King Aussie (1990), Linesman (1997), Henderson Bay (2002), No Wine No Song (2008) and Jessicabeel (2010) have all completed the Chairman’s Handicap/Sydney Cup double in recent years, while no horse has been able to win both The BMW or the Sydney Cup in the same year. This does not mean that The BMW can not provide the winner of the Sydney Cup as Makybe Diva (2004), Mahtoum (2005), County Tyrone (2006) and Niwot (2012) have all come through the weight-for-age event in recent years.

Sydney Cup Day is one of your last chances to place a wager in the Autumn Carnival, so make the most of it and start making your selections today!

Sydney Cup Field

The Sydney Cup field features a maximum of twenty runners and four emergencies, but there has not been twenty runners in the race since Henderson Bay took out the 2002 edition of the event. The Sydney Cup field generally includes some of the best stayers from right around Australia and unlike the Melbourne Cup has not been dominated by internationally-trained horses, but imported stayers who are prepared by Australian trainers have a fair record in the race. It is generally not particularly difficult for a horse to earn a start in the Sydney Cup, but the winner of The Chairman’s Handicap receives ballot-exempt entry into the race.

Sydney Cup Race Information

  • Date: April 18, 2014
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney
  • Race Distance: 3200m
  • Race Status: Group 1
  • Race Conditions: Open Handicap
  • Prize Money: $1,000,000
  • Inaugurated: 1862