2017 Sydney Cup Odds & Betting Update

April 5th, 2017

Fourteen stayers have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s 2017 Group 1 Sydney Cup on Day 2 of The Championships at Royal Randwick; offering punters terrific value from a betting perspective and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.

Big Duke currently leads 2017 Sydney Cup betting markets. Photo: Steve Hart

Big Duke currently leads 2017 Sydney Cup betting markets. Photo: Steve Hart

Big Duke carries terrific form into the Sydney Cup and currently figures as a clear $2.70 favourite in betting markets for the staying feature with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.

Big Duke began his racing career in Britain, but has undoubtedly stepped up in class and ability since transferring to Darren Weir’s care in 2016.

While failing to justify favouritism when second in the Group 3 Hobart Cup (2400m) on February 5th, the Raven’s Pass gelding responded with a dominant win in the Group 3 Launceston Cup (2400m) before on February 22nd.

Having returned to the mainland for wins in each of the Group 3 NE Manion Cup (2400m) and Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m), Big Duke is drawn ideally in barrier 5, will carry only 52kgs in the Sydney Cup and will be partnered by regular hoop Craig Williams.

Interestingly, only Assign and Who Shot Thebarman are currently available at Sydney Cup odds of less-than $10 and the pair are locked on the second line of betting at $7 quotes.

Posting six wins and a further four minors through his seventeen career starts so far, Assign failed to make anything of an impression in the Melbourne Cup at the conclusion of a smart spring campaign and was returned to the paddock after finishing ninth.

Clearly requiring a run when he failed to beat a single runner home in the Listed Mornington Cup Prelude (2000m) first-up this time, the Montjeu gelding responded in the best way possible with a smart win in the Group 3 Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m) last time out on March 25th.

Sure to perform well with only 53.5kgs in tow, Assign will be partnered by champion hoop Damien Oliver in the Sydney Cup.

A Group 1 winner at the distance having taken out the 2014 edition of the Auckland Cup, Who Shot Thebarman produced a number of typically smart results during the recent Spring Carnival; most notably an impressive fifth in the Melbourne Cup.

Resuming this time for third in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m), the Yamanin Vital gelding ran sixth in the Group 3 Sky High Stakes (2000m) before placing fourth in the Group 1 The BMW (2400m) last time out on March 25th.

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