2018 Sydney Cup – Preview and Tips
The Sydney Cup has become a respected 3200m event during The Championships, now that extra prize money and prestige has been bestowed upon the race. Unlike the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, it’s drawn a decent field with proven stayers being assembled this Saturday.
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Here’s the field as they line up for the 2018 Sydney Cup:
2x241 1. Almandin (5), J: D Oliver, W: 57 Kgs, 4.20
1x673 2. Who Shot Thebarman (10), J: B Shinn, W: 55 Kgs, 16.00
28x42 3. Libran (20), J: B Avdulla, W: 54 Kgs, 31.00
43782 4. Ventura Storm (8), J: G Boss, W: 53.5 Kgs, 11.00
22525 5. Single Gaze (21), J: Ms K O'Hara, W: 53 Kgs, 21.00 (SCR)
61935 6. Pre Stwick (11), J: J Moreira, W: 53 Kgs, 12.00
32822 7. Five To Midnight (9), J: M Dee, W: 52.5 Kgs, 31.00
X5616 8. Auvray (1), J: G Schofield, W: 52 Kgs, 13.00
X3977 9. Lord Fandango (2), J: C Williams, W: 51.5 Kgs, 16.00
397x1 10. Aloft (13), J: K McEvoy, W: 51 Kgs, 7.00
17521 11. Fanatic (16), W: 50 Kgs (SCR)
15850 12. Zacada (12), J: D Holland, W: 50.5 Kgs, 91.00
31461 13. Sir Charles Road (4), J: A Adkins, W: 50 Kgs, 7.00
36143 14. Gallic Chieftain (19), J: B Spriggs, W: 50 Kgs, 67.00
0x789 15. Lasqueti Spirit (18), J: J Ford, W: 50 Kgs, 151.00
0x558 16. Cismontane (3), J: J Innes Jnr, W: 50 Kgs, 71.00
11465 17. Patrick Erin (17), J: C Newitt, W: 50 Kgs, 26.00
15133 18. Peribsen (6), J: C Brown, W: 50 Kgs, 21.00
67297 19. Admiral Jello (15), J: G Buckley, W: 50 Kgs, 101.00
33324 20. Ormito (7), J: D Yendall, W: 50 Kgs, 26.00
15x55 21. Doukhan (14), J: Y Ichikawa, W: 50 Kgs, 101.00
Topweight Almandin is the middle of some solid form. The winner of the Tancred last start, the two miles is made to order. If he gets up, Damien Oliver gets closer to 120 Group 1 victories. Should be the punters favourite.
The second of the Lloyd Williams runners Aloft is another that will dominate the betting. Despite the fact he’s run in lesser company of late shouldn’t dampen his credentials. Any horse from the Williams entourage aimed at a 2-mile race like the Sydney Cup should always be considered.
The Kiwi Sir Charles Road was given a brilliant ride to win last weeks Chairmans Handicap. He’ll stay all day, and has a good draw to allow him to roll forward close to the fence.
Both the Waller horses Who Shot Thebarman and Libran are both coming into form, and carrying reasonable weights. The latter is drawn wide, so either he goes forward or stays at the back. Both could figure in the finish depending on how the race pans out.
Glen Boss has returned from Singapore to ride Ventura Storm. This bloke is becoming another Tom Melbourne, as he can’t quite get over the line. Good run behind Sir Charles Road last start, I give him a place chance possibility.
I don’t know much about the Japanese visitor Pre Stwick, but Joao Moreira is down from Hong Kong to ride, so must be given some consideration. This bloke is an out-n-out stayer, you have to roll back the clock two years where he raced in a 2000m event. The way the Japanese prepare their horses for staying races, he will not be out of the equation in a race like the Sydney Cup. Admire Rahtki anyone?
Auvray has been commanding some attention leading up to this race, after his win in the Sky High Stakes a month ago. He went off the boil slightly in the Tancred, but still has a reasonable SP of $13. Take on trust.
Lord Fandango is another improving type, and I can see him being a real contender coming into the Victorian Spring Carnival. Two miles won’t phase this guy, it just depends on how he rolls with the field from his inside draw.
Of the lightweights, Perbisen ran a good third in last weeks Chairmans. With Corey Brown now resuming riding, he is a definite chance. So too Ormito, who has very good form and a featherweight of 50 kgs. Dean Yendall will ride the Darren Weir trained galloper, who ran a close up fourth in the aforementioned Chairmans, and was a terrific close up second to Fanatic in the Adelaide Cup a few weeks back. Get some money on those two if you will.
I am leaning toward Almandin as the proven stayer of the field and coming in with good form. The run of Sir Charles Road at his last start was a goodie, and he should be right in the hunt. For third, I’m going with the Weir trained Ormito. Is he a genuine prospect? I believe he is.
Almandin, Sir Charles Road, Ormito
I’ll go with Libran at $31, with Brenton Avdulla aboard.
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