Sydney Cup betting guide with form, odds and free race tips

Sydney Cup

THE Sydney Cup is one of the most exciting races during The Championships as 14 runners line up over the two miles for the $2 million prize.

The distance and the heavy track will make it tough on some of the runners, but this makes it easier for punters to make their selections.

We have sorted through the form of every runner to find the best betting opportunities this Saturday for the Sydney Cup, along with form and the latest odds updates.

2017 Sydney Cup updated odds

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There hasn’t been much market movement for the favourites throughout the week. Most of the money has been placed on outsiders at double-figure odds.

Libran has come in a point from $15 to $14, but the large majority of punters money came for Almoonqith. The Lindsay Park-trained stayer opened at $34 and has tumbled into $26.

The seven-year-old ran on well in the Mornington Cup and punters know it will get the distance after running sixth in the 2016 Melbourne Cup.

Sydney Cup top pick – Big Duke

Big Duke has attracted a cult following and it’s not hard to see why. The Darren Weir-trained import has won four of its last five starts, including a classy two-length victory last Saturday.

The five-year-old has done its fair share of travelling this season after running in Melbourne, Tasmania and now Sydney within four months. Its win here in the Chairman’s Handicap last start signalled its ability to run in the wet and it drops to a significantly light weight for this.

Big Duke will carry only 52kg with Craig Williams in the saddle which will be a big relief for the gelding which carried 58kg to victory last start.

This is a much harder field, but there are only two other last-start winners in the field and Big Duke looks set to capitalise at odds of $2.80 with

Sydney Cup next best – Assign

Assign is on the second line of betting and with good reason. The Robert Hickmott-trained gelding held off a tidy field to win the Sellwood last start and that will have strengthened it up nicely for this.

The six-year-old gelding by Montjeu won the Herbert Power last campaign before running 19th in the Melbourne Cup, but it has since been able to recover from that and it will enjoy running in the wet.

It has a win and a placing from two starts in the heavy and it’s another runner which gets in well on the weights. For a Melbourne Cup runner to start with only 53.5kg on its back is a good training effort and it could give them something to catch in front.

Assign looks to be a good each way chance with bookmakers.

2017 Sydney Cup best place tip – Libran

Libran hasn’t been the best horse to follow this campaign, but it ran second in this race last year and it has been set for this.

The Chris Waller-trained stayer has runs its best races on the dry with six wins from 12 starts, but it relished the conditions this time last year and it was making good late ground behind Tavago in the Sky High Stakes on a slow surface.

It didn’t kick on with it in The BMW at Rosehill, but that track was playing tough and it returns to Randwick where it has won twice from six starts.

Hugh Bowman takes the ride which is a positive and the $4.20 to place at Sportsbet is worth a nibble.

Sydney Cup upset runner – Polarisation

It wouldn’t be wise to rule out one of Charlie Appleby’s runners, so we’re not.

Polarisation is a five-year-old which has experience running over this distance and it relishes the wet conditions. It has won three from four on a slow track and dropping from carrying 60.5kg at Doncaster to carrying 51.5kg for this will be ideal.

It has placed in four from six starts when fresh up so that’s no worry and despite drifting in the market, we believe it could offer punters some value.

Take the $16 at Ladbrokes and it should give you a good sight.

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