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The Sydney Cup
The Sydney Cup is one of the longest horse races in Australian horse racing in terms of distance. This Group 1 race which is held at the Randwick Racecourse is contested over 3200 metres during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. Thoroughbreds contest for the top share of the $400,000 prize purse and this race is ideal for horses that excel in long-distance races.
Since it is the only Group 1 race other than the prestigious Melbourne Cup that has a 3200-metre race distance, the race attracts quality stayers and it makes the race as one of the most anticipated long-distance races in the Australian horse racing calendar. The Sydney Cup is staged over open handicap conditions which mean that there are no age limits for the competing horses.
The Sydney Cup was first held in 1862 and the inaugural race was won by Talleyrand. Since then, a number of great horses have won the race including Kingston Town and Makybe Diva to name a few. Given that the race is about endurance, a race horse can stay on pace for the first few metres before making a push in the final stages of the race. This could be the reason why there are several multi-winner of this race.
The first two-time winner of the Sydney Cup is The Barb when he won back-to-back in 1868 and 1869. More than three decades later, Carbine won consecutive Sydney Cups in 1889 and 1890. The next Sydney Cup multi-winner is Mosaic when he gained victory in 1939 and 1940 and Veiled Threat followed suit when he won in 1942 and 1944. Tie The Knot is the latest Sydney Cup multi-winner when he took home the top prize in 1998 and 1999.
Since there are only a few races that have the same distance as the Sydney Cup, it’s hard to point out a race that can provide a good tune-up. While many consider the Doncaster Handicap as a nice tune-up race, its distance is just half of the Sydney Cup’s distance. However, the 2600-metre Chairman’s Handicap is a good gauge on the result of the Sydney Cup.
Many Chairman’s Handicap winners went on to win the Sydney Cup with No Wine No Song being the latest horse to win the Chairman’s Handicap and Sydney Cup in the same year. Other Chairman’s Handicap-Sydney Cup winners include King Aussie, Henderson Bay and Linesman. Due to the link of the two races, punters bet on a Chairman’s Handicap-Sydney Cup double bet to gain more money.
Since the Chairman’s Handicap is held just two weeks before the Sydney Cup, it can dictate the betting odds for the Sydney Cup. Another race that can affect the outcome of the betting market is The BMW which happens on the same day with the Golden Slipper Stakes. These lead-up races will give you a better picture of the race horses that will have an advantage come Sydney Cup day.
In the 2000 Sydney Cup, Streak won the race in 3 minutes, 30.3 seconds with Sharscay and Ear’s Ronny finishing at second and third place respectively. At the 2001 edition, Mr. Prudent went on to take home the crown in 3 minute, 26.9 seconds. Finishing behind Mr. Prudent is Prophet’s Kiss while coming in at third is Starina.
In 2002, Henderson Bay won with the time of 3 minutes, 26.7 seconds and he denied Mr. Prudent, finishing second, with back-to-back Sydney Cup wins. Spirit of Westbury finished in third place. At the 2003 Sydney Cup, Honor Babe won the race in 3 minutes, 30.5 seconds with County Tyrone finishing in second place while Grey Song came in at third.
In 2004, Makybe Diva took home the top honours in 3 minutes, 21.2 seconds. Finishing at second place is Manawa King while Mummify took third place. In 2005, Mahtoum won the Sydney Cup in 3 minutes, 27.6 seconds. County Tyrone recorded his second runner-up finish while Philosophe came in at third.
Country Tyrone finally tasted victory at the 2006 Sydney Cup with the time of 3 minutes, 22.6 seconds. He was chased by Zabeat which finished second and Three Chimneys which finished third.
Gallic won the 2007 edition of the race in 3 minutes, 27.3 seconds. Second place went to Irazu while third place went to No Wine No Song. In the 2008 Sydney Cup, No Wine No Song finally won with a time of 3 minutes, 25.5 seconds while Pentathlon and Lang crossed the finish line in second and third place respectively.
The 2009 edition was won by Ista Kareem in the time of 3 minutes, 27.4 seconds. Divine Rebel finished in second place and Mr. Tipsy took home third place. The 2010 Sydney Cup was won by Jessicabeel in 3 minutes, 21.8 seconds while carrying betting odds of 5.00. The 52-kilogram Jessicabeel was navigated by jockey Craig Newitt for the victory.
Getting second place for the second straight year is Divine Rebel with betting odds of 21.00 and he finished three-quarters of a length behind Shootout. Finishing the 2010 Sydney Cup at third place is Harris Tweed with betting odds of 7.50. Jockey Michael Rodd guided the 56.5-kilogram race horse which finished a length behind Harris Tweed.
Other top favourites, Zavite and Precedence, finished 10th and 11th respectively. The 58.5-kilogram Zavite had betting odds of 5.50 and was guided that day by jockey Damien Oliver. Meanwhile, Precedence had a 6.50 betting odd and jockey Luke Nolen on Board. No Wine No Song once again participated but finished in 8th place even though he had betting odds of 9.00.