2017 Sydney Cup First-Up for Godolphin Raiders

March 14th, 2017

Travelling foreman James Ferguson is confident that talented stable mates Polarisation and Penglai Pavilion will find no issue performing to a high standard when they line up in the 2017 Sydney Cup field first-up during The Championships.

Polarisation and Penglai Pavilion have both been strong and largely consistent performers for British Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby through recent seasons, and booked passage to Australia and the Sydney Cup 2017 via smart preparations late in 2016.

Ferguson is in Australian overseeing the efforts of both horses during their time at the Canterbury quarantine sections and has been thrilled with what they have achieved in work and their overall condition.

“They are fairly fit as it is. Obviously we’ll build them up and do their final pieces but it’s not much different to what we do normally. We’ll just keep them ticking over, making sure they are happy and in good order,” Ferguson said told AAP.

“Polarisation hasn’t won since he has been with Charlie but take out his Northumberland Plate run (25 lengths last) and all of his form has all been very consistent.

“(Penglai Pavilion) started life with Andre Fabre in France and came fifth in the Arc so if Andre is running him in the Arc he obviously thinks he’s fairly good.”

While hopeful of saddling the pair in the 2017 Sydney Cup first-up, Ferguson said that the Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) on April 1st may figure as an option for Polarisation and Penglai Pavilion to tune-up, should it be required.

“It’s on the cards considering they are very low in the weights,” Ferguson said.

“If you look back at their form, they both run well fresh so I’m not scared of running them first time up in the Sydney Cup.”

Polarisation began his racing career under the guidance of Mark Johnston in 2014 and has posted a career total of five wins and nine minors, through only twenty-three competitive appearances.

Penglai Pavilion has only had four starts for Appleby since arriving at his Newmarket base last year, but has produced several strong performances and results, including a three length win in the Cesarewitch Trial Stakes (3621m) on September 17th.

Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best early 2017 Sydney Cup odds, for which the two Godolphin raiders are both considered $11 chances.