Eleven runners have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s 2016 Sydney Cup (3200m) at Royal Randwick; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
A proven performer at the class and distance, Who Shot Thebarman has continued receive plenty of attention in 2016 Sydney Cup betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au this week and has firmed into outright favouritism at a current quote of $3.40 for success.
A Group 1 winner having taken out the 2014 edition of the Auckland Cup (3200m) in his native New Zealand, Who Shot Thebarman ran third in the Melbourne Cup (3200m) most notably in his first season for current trainer Chris Waller during the 2014 spring.
Resuming in 2015 in typically smart form, the Yamanin Vital gelding ran fifth in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) first-up; progressing to fourth in each of the Group 2 Sky High Stakes (2000m) and Group 1 The BMW (2400m) before running an agonizingly-close second in the Sydney Cup.
Having run third in the Sky High Stakes and second in The BMW most recently, Who Shot Thebarman will relish a return to two miles and will be tough to beat from the rails draw with Blake Shinn in the saddle.
Libran has returned to racing in particularly slick form this time and remains outright second-favourite in 2016 Sydney Cup betting markets at a quote of $3.50.
A British import, Libran has posted three race wins and a minor through his six starts since arriving in Chris Waller’s care late in the 2015 Spring Carnival.
Returning to the paddock after placing sixth in the Swisse Wellness BM90 (1800m) on November 5th, Libran placed third in the Gardenia Handicap (1600m) first-up this time before making a credible transition to black type company when fourth in the Listed Parramatta Cup (1900m).
Charging home to take out the Listed Randwick City Stakes (2000m) on March 5th, the Lawman gelding repeated the dose in the Group 3 NE Manion Cup (2400m) before winning last weekend’s Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m).
Likely to receive the run of the race in the Sydney Cup from barrier 4, Libran has been confirmed to be partnered by Brenton Avdulla and will have no issue performing with only 53kgs in tow.
Grand Marshal has also received steady support in 2016 Sydney Cup betting markets and remains sole occupant of the third line at a quote of $4.20.
Grand Marshal experienced something of a meteoric rise to prominence during the 2015 Autumn Carnival peaking with success in the Sydney Cup, but was unable to emulate that form in spring.
Having savaged the line for third in The BMW last start, Grand Marshal will also relish a return to two miles, particularly with James McDonald in the saddle.
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