This Easter Saturday in Sydney a star-studded field of 17 stayers will face off in the Sydney Cup 2014 field, The Offer the firming favourite.
Running as Royal Randwick Race 7 at 3:45pm (AEST), this year’s $1 million Group 1 Schweppes Sydney Cup (3200m) is shaping up as a stellar showdown.
While it’s a big field engaged in the weekend’s major, only three of the gallopers are at single figures to add their name to the Sydney Cup winners’ list.
Sitting top of the Sydney Cup odds is the Gai Waterhouse-trained import The Offer who shoots for their third win on the trot.
The up-and-coming Montjeu five-year-old enjoyed a Group 3 NE Manion Cup (2400m) win at Rosehill two back, winning by a smart three and a half lengths.
The Sydney Cup market mover is Peter Snowden’s three-year-old Tupac Amaru ($12)
They backed up last Saturday and franked that form with another tidy win, this time by two and a half lengths in the mud at Randwick to take out the Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m).
The Offer now steps up to the two miles for the first time, and sees a Group 1 field for the first time, but the money for them to handle the challenge and win has been steady.
Earlier in the week punters could get Tommy Berry’s mount at $3.30, but they’ve since been backed into $3.10 with Sydney Cup Day likely to run on a rain-affected track.
The favourite’s form on Heavy-rated ground is outstanding, four wins and a second from five attempts.
That, coupled with the fact that seven horses since 1986 have complete the Chairman’s Handicap – Sydney Cup double have ensured The Offer is the one the punters are coming for.
Steady second favourite is then Who Shot Thebarman at $6.
The price on this New Zealand raider has remained the same over the week, the Yamanin Vital five-year-old debuting down under.
Lightly raced with just nine starts to date, Who Shot Thebarman boasts an outstanding Win Rate having won six of those races including their last two at Ellerslie.
Most recently they became a Group 1 winner taking out the Auckland Cup on March 5 and while it’s been over a month between runs that was over the two miles so they are one of the few in the mix proven over the Sydney Cup distance.
Third pick in the Sydney Cup betting markets and the only other under $10 is then Sertorius ($9).
Jamie Edwards’ Galileo six-year-old has been right up there against this class all autumn running fifth to Silent Achiever in the Ranvet, fourth to the same smart mare in The BMW and then fourth in last weekend’s Chairman’s Handicap.
The now Michael Moroney-trained Irish St Leger winner Voleuse De Coeurs, fifth in the Chairman’s and out to atone for a Melbourne Cup 10th over the 3200m from the spring, is the next best in betting at $10.
They Sydney Cup betting market mover meanwhile is Tupac Amaru backed in from $13 earlier in the week to $12 and continuing to firm.
Peter Snowden’s Street Cry colt has come via a different lead-up to the rest of the top fancies racing in the three-year-old features of the autumn.
Their latest run was a close second to Criterion in the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick last Saturday so they, like the favourite, will have to handle the seven day turnaround.
They’ll also have to handle their first open-age field here, three-year-olds having won the Sydney Cup just twice since 1983 with Tie The Knot (1998) and Veloso (1983).
Other horses in the top half of Sydney Cup betting then include the Chris Waller-trained Brigantin ($11), Hobart – Launceston Cup double winning mare Epingle ($15) and Hippopus ($15) who ran third in last weekend’s Chairman’s.
The Chairman’s Handicap runner-up Tremec is also in the Sydney Cup mix at $17 rounding out the chances under $20.
See below for the full Sydney Cup 2014 odds, fixed win prices open now at Ladbrokes.com.au who are offering The Offer at $4 as a special bonus for the first 1000 punters only!