The Championships Day 2 – Betting Guide
|Date:||Saturday, April 17, 2021|
|Location:||Royal Randwick, Sydney|
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
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.
Sydney Cup Bookmakers
2020 Sydney Cup result
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|
|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|
|1999||Tie The Knot|
|1998||Tie The Knot|
|1992||My Eagle Eye|
|1991||Just A Dancer|
|1981||Our Paddy Boy|
|1978||My Good Man|
|1917||The Fortune Hunter|
|1888||The Australian Peer|
|1886||Cerise And Blue|