2011 Sydney Cup Final Field

April 20th, 2011

As expected the overseas invaders were rife throughout the 2011 Sydney Cup field with 11 of the 17 acceptors having origins outside of Australia.

Ireland and New Zealand are the best represented with four apiece while the UK has two and France one.

They are some of the best chances in the event as well with the likes of Hawk Island and Mourayan from Ireland well and truly entrenched at the top of the Luxbet betting market.

The best local hope looks to have fallen to Gai Waterhouse on her quest to find her first Melbourne Cup winner.

Once Were Wild drew worst of the lot in gate 17 but should still be a contender, especially if the stable stick with their aggressive ‘catch me if you can’ tactics which have worked so well previously.

Waterhouse has another chance in the race as well with Older Than Time an $18 chance with Luxbet.

Older Than Time won four in a row this preparation before suffering his first defeat when fourth last start.

The 3200m is the big test for a lot of these runners though with not a lot of experience at the trek across the field.

A predicted dead or slow track at Randwick will only add to the difficulty of the trip meaning the gutsiest horses will be at the front of the field.

Hawk Island is top weight with 57kg but connections are super confident after he easily lugged 61kg to victory last Saturday across a Heavy 10 Randwick surface.

2011 Sydney Cup Final Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 145X941341 HAWK ISLAND (IRE) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 12 57kg 109
2 05160X0053 C’EST LA GUERRE (NZ) Robert Hickmott Michael Rodd 9 56kg 105
3 80830X4091 ONCE WERE WILD Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 17 55kg 109
4 2073X82042 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott Nicholas Hall 11 54.5kg 106
5 73252X5323 ABOVE AVERAGE (IRE) Lee Freedman Corey Brown 1 54kg 101
6 9366861031 MUIR (GB) Robert Hickmott Darren Gauci 14 54kg 100
7 5X24138807 TINSELTOWN (NZ) Michael Moroney Kerrin McEvoy 6 54kg 100
8 0X04823101 BID SPOTTER Graeme Rogerson Brenton Avdulla 2 53.5kg 99
9 0757511943 MACEDONIAN (NZ) Peter G Moody Dwayne Dunn 7 53.5kg 98
10 621X4X0165 LARISTAN (FR) David Hayes Craig Williams 16 53.5kg 97
11 2224X11114 OLDER THAN TIME Gai Waterhouse Glen Boss 10 53.5kg 97
12 522725676 STRIKE ONE (GB) Chris Waller 3 53.5kg 95
13 6287X48180 SAINT ENCOSTA John P Thompson Jim Cassidy 15 53.5kg 94
14 X749901000 SOLID BILLING Craig Ritchie Cameron Lammas 5 53.5kg 94
15 4657X87784 COUNT ENCOSTA John P Thompson Jim Byrne 8 53.5kg 90
16 8706X66212 MONTAHLIA (NZ) Michael Kent 13 53.5kg 89
17e 7441X8430 STAND TO GAIN (IRE) Chris Waller 4 53.5kg 88