Eleven runners remain in contention for this afternoon’s Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) at Royal Randwick; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint only a few hours from jump.
Leading contender Red Cadeaux was removed from the Sydney Cup field earlier this weekend when confirmed to instead contest the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, and as a result betting has completely opened up.
Godolphin import Hartnell has been a revelation since debuting to Australian racing earlier this season and look set to jump clear favourite in 2015 Sydney Cup betting markets; currently available at a quote of $2 for success with Ladbrokes.com.au.
Posting seven wins and a further five minors through his 16 start career, Hartnell was sent off at long odds in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) on February 28th but displayed a keen turn of foot late to finish a close second to stable mate Contributer.
Having since taken out each of the Group 2 Sky High Stakes (2000m) and Group 1 The BMW (2400m), the Authorized gelding is a proven performer over two miles and will be very hard to beat this afternoon with Tommy Berry aboard.
Melbourne Cup hero Protectionist is yet to find peak condition this time in but remains good value for success in the Sydney Cup at current $4.80 odds.
Having begun his career under the guidance of leading German trainer Andreas Wohler, Protectionist booked a ticket to Australia when taken out each of the Group 2 Hansa Preis (2413m) and Group 2 Prix Kergolay (3000m) in his homeland through mid-2014.
Running a credible fourth in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) leading into his Melbourne Cup triumph, the Monsun entire has managed only mid-pack finishes in three starts this time in but will undoubtedly be a different horse over 3200m this afternoon.
Kiwi import Who Shot Thebarman returns to his pet distance of two miles for the first time since placing a brave third in the Melbourne Cup in November and is more than worth consideration for a Sydney Cup bet at even $5 odds.
Beginning his racing tenure under the care of Mark Oulaghan in New Zealand, peaking with an impressive win in the 2014 Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m), the Yamanin Vital gelding posted several impressive results over spring on his way to his third place finish in the Melbourne Cup and has contested a similar form line this time in.
Running fifth in the Chipping Norton first-up, Who Shot Thebarman has since finished fourth in each of the Ski High Stakes and The BMW and has been charged with carrying only 54.5kgs this afternoon.
OTI Racing’s Au Revoir ($26) and Renew ($51) are both proven performers over 3200m and are worth consideration at double figure odds, while Hong Kong raider Dominant ($18) cannot be written off in the 2015 Sydney Cup.
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2015 Sydney Cup Late Mail Tips
- Hartnell ($2)
- Who Shot Thebarman ($5)
- Au Revoir ($26)