A talented field of 17 has been confirmed to line up for the major Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) on day 2 of The Championships at Royal Randwick Racecourse this weekend, offering punters several key opportunities to place a winning bet.
Having returned to the track in near-career best form this preparation, The Offer is currently featured as clear favourite for success in betting markets for the 2014 Sydney Cup at a quote of $3.30, ahead of Who Shot Thebarman ($6), Sertorius ($9) and Voleuse De Coeurs ($10).
Will The Offer justify favouritism and win the 2014 Sydney Cup, or will one of his talented competitors find the line in the clear?
Voleuse De Coeurs ($10)
Winner of the major Group 1 Irish St Leger in 2013, talented stayer Voleuse De Coeurs offers punters sensational value for money at current $10 odds, or $3.30 for a place. Amassing an impressive total of five wins and five places from only 16 race starts to date, the classy Teofilo mare began her racing career under the guidance of leading Irish trainer Dermot Weld before being transferred to the care of Michael Moroney prior to her run for tenth in the 2013 Melbourne Cup. While allocated the slightly awkward barrier 8, Moroney is confident gate selection will not play any part in the two mile Sydney Cup. Adding to Voleuse De Coeurs chances, veteran jockey Glen Boss has been confirmed to take the ride.
The Offer ($3.30)
Stamping his claims as a stayer to watch with a strong victory in the Listed Ballarat Cup (2200m) at the conclusion of a consistent 2013 spring preparation, The Offer has continued to impress in distance events this time in, finishing third in the Listed Randwick City Stakes (2000m) before claiming back-to-back victories in the Group 3 NE Manion Cup (2400m) and Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) over his three most recent starts. Allocated the central barrier 8 for the Sydney Cup, trainer Gai Waterhouse is confident of another win for the resounding pre-post favourite this weekend.
Tupac Amaru ($13)
Consistent performer Tupac Amaru has returned to the track in undeniable career best condition in 2014, steadily building to the task over four race starts so far which included an unlucky second to Criterion in the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) last time out. Having drawn barrier nine for the 2014 Sydney Cup, the young Street Cry colt is likely to receive the run of the race on the heels of leading chance The Offer, and will be partnered by talented jockey Kerrin McEvoy.
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