Sydney Cup

Sydney Cup

The Championships Day 2 – Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Location: Royal Randwick, Sydney
Prize Money: $1,000,000
Distance: 3200m

The Sydney Cup is one of Australia’s premier long-distance races.

Raced over the traditional journey of 3200m, the race forms part of Sydney’s prize event – The Championships – and is an open handicap held at Randwick Racecourse.

The Sydney Cup has a storied history with many hall of famers etched on the honour board over the past 150 years. Tie The Knot, who is one of two horses to have won it as a three-year-old, Makybe Diva and the legendary Kingston Town are among those who have claimed the cup.


2021 Sydney Cup odds

Colette
Colette is one of the big names angling at the 2021 Sydney Cup.

Punters are struggling to find an out-and-out favourite for the 2021 Sydney Cup two months out from the race. There are five runners that share top billing in the market, hence the $15 odds available with online bookmakers.

Colette is arguably the one with the highest profile at the top of the market, with the Godolphin mare taking out the Apollo Stakes first up. Traditionally in Sydney come April the weather is not always bright and sunny, and the sting out of the track should make Colette feel right at home. She is 5/5 on rain-affected going and will be hard to hold out if she can handle the 3200m trip.

The up-and-coming duo of Mount Popa and Great House share the top line of Sydney Cup betting with Colette and will step out into black-type racing for the first time in their careers this autumn.

The Chosen One, who is the other galloper at $15, will look to go one better than his second-place finish in the 2020 Sydney Cup.


Sydney Cup bookmakers

The Sydney Cup is a popular betting race with Australian bookies and every one that offers racing will have markets for this race.

Most bookies will have a futures market available on the Sydney Cup well in advance of the race which means if you spot a potential stayer that could win the race, you will be able to find good future odds.

United States Sydney Cup Bookmakers

Sydney Cup Bookmakers


2020 Sydney Cup result


1stEtah James ($14)
2ndThe Chosen One ($4.60)
3rdRaheen House ($1.95)

Recent Sydney Cup results

  • Glen Boss partnered Etah James to victory to claim his second Sydney Cup, 16 years after he steered home Makybe Diva. Etah James will most likely not reach the same heights as the Diva but on the day the mare showed plenty of fight. Having paired off with The Chosen One at the 200m the pair went stride for stride over the concluding stages with Etah James doing the better over the concluding stages to score by a half neck to take out the 2020 Sydney Cup behind closed doors with thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • The pre-race hype was all about Godophin import Dubhe but it was the outsiders that shined through in the 2019 Sydney Cup. Both Shraaoh and Vengeur Masque elected to sit behind the spend and both of them squared off down the straight when the early leaders wilted. It was the Waller runner on the inside that lifted however, holding out the Irish import, with New Zealand stayer Glory Days running into third.
  • Who Shot Thebarman added a Sydney Cup to its glittering resume as a nine-year-old, winning the Sydney Cup in dramatic fashion. Presenting down the outside late in the race, it did not look like the Kiwi was going to topple long-time leader Zacada, but the old boy nailed it on the line in a photo finish.
  • A two part race with the original being run on April 8, before eventually being called a no-race when Almoonqith fatally broke down, while Who Shot Thebarman lost his jockey. Officials made the decision to cancel it but half the remaining jockeys didn’t see the signal and raced the full 3200m. It was then announced it would be re-run on April 22 with supplementary runners allowed to enter. Polarisation won the second running of the race, ahead of Who Shot Thebarman.
  • There was a bit of concern that Gallante would not be able to handle a wide barrier, but Kerrin McEvoy timed a run to perfection to help the $10 shot win the race. It beat home $4 favourite Libran and Grand Marshal ($5.50). Gallante is owned by Lloyd Williams who bought the then four year old to have a tilt at the Melbourne Cup after its successful campaign in the French Derby.
  • It was a masterful staying performance from Grand Marshal and veteran hoop Jim Cassidy with the horse only hitting the front in the final few strides of the race. Hartnell, who was the odds on favourite, made the early running, before Who Shot Thebarman came down the rail to hit the front. But it was Grand Marshal who finished stronger to salute at $41. Who Shot Thebarman $8.50) and Like A Carousel ($151) was further back in third. It was Chris Waller’s second victory in the race after previously winning it with Stand To Gain in 2011.
  • Young Tommy Berry and The Offer were all class as they easily won the 3200m feature. The $3.30 favourite was patiently ridden with Berry settling it towards the back of the field, but got to the outside when the field straightened. It then produced its trademark dash to win by almost four lengths from Opinion, with Sertorius further back in third.
  • Hugh Bowman and owner Lloyd Williams combined with Mourayan to win, with the European import beating home Adelaide Cup winner Norsqui, with Aliyana Tilde finishing third. The 58kg top weight was patiently ridden by Bowman who then produced a well-time run to easily win. The pre-race $2.60 favourite Kelinni ($2.60) was within striking distance at the 700m but battled to make any ground, eventually finishing sixth.
  • Niwot, trained by John Hawkes, was the $4.20 favourite heading into the epic race, but fitness was always a query after an injury plagued career. But after settling midfield, Niwot produced a guts effort to defeat Efficient by half a length, with Once Were Wild further back in third.


Past Sydney Cup winners

Sydney Cup Past Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2020 Etah James Glen Boss Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
2019 Shraaoh Jay Ford Chris Waller
2018 Who Shot Thebarman Blake Shinn Chris Waller
2017 Polarisation Corey Brown Charlie Appleby
2016 Gallante Kerrin McEvoy Robert Hickmott
2015 Grand Marshall Jim Cassidy Chris Waller
2014 The Offer Tommy Berry Gai Waterhouse
2013 Mourayan Hugh Bowman Robert Hickmott
2012 Niwot Dwayne Dunn Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
2011 Stand To Gain Rodney Quinn Chris Waller
2010 Jessicabeel Craig Newitt John O’Shea
2009 Ista Kareem Craig Williams Colin Little
2008 No Wine No Song Damien Oliver Kevin Moses
2007 Gallic Steven Arnold Graeme Rogerson
2006 Country Tyrone Jim Cassidy Kris Lees
2005 Mahtom Darren Beadman Kim Waugh
2004 Makybe Diva Glen Boss Lee Freedman
2003 Honor Babe Kerrin McEvoy Katrina Alexander
2002 Henderson Bay Darryl McLellan Neville McBurney
2001 Mr Prudent Corey Brown George Hanlon
2000 Streak Steven King Robert Smeardon

Sydney Cup winners pre-2000

Sydney Cup Past Winners Pre 2000
Year Horse
1999 Tie The Knot
1998 Tie The Knot
1997 Linesman
1996 Count Chivas
1995 Daacha
1994 Cross Swords
1993 Azzaam
1992 My Eagle Eye
1991 Just A Dancer
1990 King Aussie
1989 Palace Revolt
1988 Banderol
1987 Major Drive
1986 Marooned
1985 Late Show
1984 Trissaro
1983 Veloso
1982 Azawary
1981 Our Paddy Boy
1980 Kingston Town
1979 Double Century
1978 My Good Man
1977 Reckless
1976 Oopik
1975 Gay Master
1974 Battle Heights
1973 Apollo Eleven
1972 Dark Suit
1971 Gallic Temple
1970 Arctic Symbol
1969 Lowland
1968 General Command
1967 Galilee
1966 Prince Grant
1965 River Seine
1964 Zinga Lee
1963 Maidenhead
1962 Grand Print
1961 Sharply
1960 Grand Garry
1959 On Line
1958 Straight Draw
1957 Electro
1956 Sailor’s Guide
1955 Talisman
1954 Gold Scheme
1953 Carioca
1952 Opulent
1951 Bankstream
1950 Sir Falcon
1949 Carbon Copy
1948 Dark Marne
1947 Proctor
1946 Cordale
1945 Craigie
1944 Veiled Threat
1943 Abspear
1942 Veiled Threat
1941 Lucrative
1940 Mosaic
1939 Mosaic
1938 L’Aiglon
1937 Mestoravon
1936 Contact
1935 Akuna
1934 Broad Arrow
1933 Rogilla
1932 Johnnie Jason
1931 The Dimmer
1930 Gwillian G
1929 Crucis
1928 Winalot
1927 Piastoon
1926 Murray King
1925 Lilypond
1924 Scarlet
1923 David
1922 Prince Charles
1921 Eurythmic
1920 Kennaquhair
1919 Ian ‘Or
1918 Rebus
1917 The Fortune Hunter
1916 Prince Bardolph
1915 Scotch Artillery
1914 Lilyveil
1913 Cadonia
1912 Saxonite
1911 Moorilla
1910 Vavasor
1909 Trafalgar
1908 Dyed Garments
1907 Realm
1906 Noreen
1905 Tartan
1904 Lord Cardigan
1903 Street Arab
1902 Wakeful
1901 San Fran
1900 La Carabine
1899 Diffidence
1898 Merloolas
1897 Tricolor
1896 Wallace
1895 Patroness
1894 Lady Trenton
1893 Realm
1892 Stromboli
1891 Highborn
1890 Carbine
1889 Carbine
1888 The Australian Peer
1887 Frisco
1886 Cerise And Blue
1885 Normanby
1884 Favo
1883 Darebin
1882 Cunnamulla
1881 Progress
1880 Petrea
1879 Savanaka
1878 Democrat
1877 Kingfisher
1876 A.T.
1875 Imperial
1874 Speculation
1873 Vixen
1872 The Prophet
1871 Mermaid
1870 Barbelle
1869 The Barb
1868 The Barb
1867 Fishhook
1866 Yattendon
1865 Union Jack
1864 Tarragon
1863 Traveller
1862 Talleyrand

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