2017 Sydney Cup Tips & Betting Preview

April 7th, 2017

Some of the Autumn Carnival’s standout stayers will line up in Saturday’s Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) at Royal Randwick; offering punters excellent value from a betting perspective and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.

Big Duke's form suggests that he'll prove hard to beat in Saturday's Group 1 Sydney Cup at Randwick. Photo: Steve Hart

Big Duke’s form suggests that he’ll prove hard to beat in Saturday’s Group 1 Sydney Cup at Randwick. Photo: Steve Hart

Big Duke has found career-best form this time and in and remains a clear $2.60 favourite in 2017 Sydney Cup betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au, ahead of Assign ($7) and Who Shot Thebarman ($8).

Will Big Duke justify favouritism and win the 2017 Sydney Cup, or will one of his rivals post an upset result?

1st

Penglai Pavilion ($10)

British raider Penglai Pavilion is yet to make an appearance at the races in 2017, but could have the edge on his Australian rivals in the Sydney Cup. The Monsun gelding was kept to light duties in 2016, but posted a dominant win over talented company in the Cesarewitch Trial Stakes (3621m) most notably on September 17th, before taking his position in the Group 1 Prix Royal Oak (3100m) in France, albeit an unsuccessful run. The seven-year-old has reportedly worked the house down since arriving in Australia, has drawn ideally into the Sydney Cup field in barrier 6 and will be partnered by Kerrin McEvoy.

2nd

Big Duke ($2.60)

Big Duke is yet to be tested at two miles, but the gelding’s recent form cannot be overlooked and he appears as though he’ll be right in the finish of the Sydney Cup. Failing to justify his clear favouritism when second in the Group 3 Hobart Cup (2400m) on February 5th, the Raven’s Pass gelding has responded in the best way possible; posting consecutive wins in the Group 3 Launceston Cup (2400m), Group 3 NE Manion Cup (2400m) and Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m). Craig Williams maintains the ride on Big Duke in the Sydney Cup and will jump from barrier 5.

3rd

Almoonqith ($26)

Almoonqith has yet to show his best through three starts this time in, however his fourth run generally triggers a big turn in form and the horse’s proven ability at two miles suggests he’s a chance of finishing off the Sydney Cup very well. Running fourth in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), sixth in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) and second in the Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m) in spring, the Dynaformer gelding ran seventh in the Listed Mornington Cup (2400m) at his third start a fortnight ago and should receive a great run in the Sydney Cup from barrier 3, with James Doyle in the saddle.

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