The Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) figures as the major target for the country’s top-line stayers through the Autumn Racing Carnival and is set to attract a particularly exciting crop of runners to Royal Randwick on Day 2 of The Championships this year.
Gust Of Wind stamped herself as a serious stayer in 2015 and currently shares the top line of early 2016 Sydney Cup betting markets with Our Ivanhowe at a quote of $10 at leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
Posting three wins through only ten career starts so far, Gust Of Wind experienced a meteoric rise to prominence through the 2015 Autumn Carnival; winning a minor over a mile before placing fourth in the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m) and winning the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m).
Resuming in spring for ninth in the talent-rich Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m), the daughter of Darci Brahma required a couple of runs at the highest level before she placed fourth in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) and an impressive sixth in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m).
Having savaged the line in the Melbourne Cup, Gust Of Wind is sure to prove a tough task for any contestant to overcome in the 2016 Sydney Cup.
Our Ivanhowe has been a strong and consistent performer over all corners of the globe through his fifteen start career so far and is a proven two mile horse.
Taking out each of the Group 1 Preis Von Baden (2413m) and Group 1 Pastorius (2414m) prior to being purchased and transferred to the care of Lee and Anthony Freedman, the Soldier Hollow debuted to the Australian way of going for seventh in the Group 3 RA Lee Stakes (1600m) in May before being returned to the paddock.
Clearly needing the run when resuming in spring for ninth in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m), Our Ivanhowe placed second in the Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2520m) and third in the Caulfield Cup before a luckless run for tenth in the Melbourne Cup.
Who Shot Thebarman ran an agonizingly-close second to stable mate Grand Marshal in the 2015 Sydney Cup and rests on the second line of early markets for this year’s event at an $11 quote alongside Preferment.
Who Shot Thebarman won the 2014 edition of the Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m) but has since been unable to return to winning form at the highest level.
Famously breaking his maiden with success in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) in the dying stages of 2014, Preferment returned to scintillating form through the recent Spring Carnival, highlighted by wins in the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) and Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m).
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