Despite saddling-up the best three in betting, last year’s winning trainer Chris Waller had to settle for second in the Sydney Cup 2016 result with the two mile classic won in an upset by the Robert Hickmott-trained, Lloyd Williams-owned Gallante.
The imported winner stole the show in the $2 million Group 1 Schweppes Sydney Cup (3200m) at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Day 2 of ‘The Championships’ with a confident all-the-way ride from jockey Kerrin McEvoy.
Riding the horse in a “15 out of 10 ride” according to co-owner Nick Williams, McEvoy enjoyed his second Sydney Cup win having taken out the staying showdown back in 2003 aboard Honor Babe.
Team Williams meanwhile celebrated their fourth win in the time-honoured event, Gallante relishing a step down in weights from 57kg to 51.5kg.
It was the horse’s first look at the distance, but he proved a genuine stayer hitting the front early from the outside barrier (11) and staying there until the final stride.
On the line the five-year-old son of Montjeu had one and a quarter lengths to spare over the $4 favourite Libran, the Waller-trained Lawman five-year-old coming off a win in the previous Saturday’s Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m).
Finishing off this year’s Sydney Cup trifecta just a neck further back for third was Waller’s reigning champion Grand Marshal ($5.50) who was far from disgraced finishing in the money in his title defence.
Waller also had fourth past the post Who Shot Thebarman, the seven-year-old beaten five lengths by the winner after his second in the same race 12 months earlier.
See below for the full Sydney Cup 2016 results then head to Ladbrokes.com.au to enjoy access to the carnival’s best betting odds at offers!
2016 Sydney Cup Results
Royal Randwick Race 7 (3:15pm) – Saturday April 9, 2016
|1||7||GALLANTE (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Kerrin McEvoy||–||11||51.5kg||$10|
|2||4||LIBRAN (IRE)||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||1.3L||3||53kg||$4F|
|3||3||GRAND MARSHAL (GB)||Chris Waller||James McDonald||1.5L||6||55kg||$5.50|
|4||1||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||5L||5||57kg||$4.40|
|5||2||ALMOONQITH (USA)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Hugh Bowman||7.1L||10||55.5kg||$6|
|6||9||LIKE A CAROUSEL||Ken Keys||Blake Spriggs||8.7L||7||51kg (cd 51.5kg)||$101|
|7||6||DESTINY’S KISS||Joseph Pride||Jason Collett||8.9L||1||52.5kg||$26|
|8||8||CAFE SOCIETY (FR)||Gai Waterhouse||Chad Schofield||9.1L||9||51kg||$14|
|9||10||DEE I CEE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Thomas Huet||13.7L||4||51kg||$31|
|10||5||AUVRAY (FR)||John P Thompson||Tommy Berry||28L||8||53kg||$31|
|11||11||BAYANOVA (NZ)||Michael Kent||Ms Jackie Beriman||43.9L||2||51kg||$81|