Sydney Cup 2017 – Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Sydney Cup – Saturday April 8 2017, Randwick racecourse –
Not the Melbourne Cup but the second best 3200m race in the country
The Sydney Cup is a Group 1 open handicap race held annually each April at Randwick racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. The race is run over a distance of 3200 metres and worth $1,000,000 in prizemoney. The 2014 Sydney Cup was won by Gallante.
With the announcement of the $20 million The Championships, the Sydney Cup has been moved from the final day of the carnival to the second day of The Championships, alongside the feature Group 1 races of the day Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Queen of the Turf and Australian Oaks.
The Sydney Cup is the major handicap distance race of the Sydney autumn carnival for open horses and it’s run over 3200m (2 miles), which is the same distance as Australia’s most famous race, the Melbourne Cup. The race generally attracts the best available local stayers and any interstate raiders up to the challenge, but is typically not the high quality affair like its Melbourne counterpart.
Over the years classy gallopers such as Makybe Diva (2004), Tie The Knot (1998-99) and Count Chivas (1996) have all won this race and Makybe Diva went on to win the Melbourne Cup that same year on the way to claiming three consecutive wins in the great race.
The Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap held on the first day of the Randwick carnival is generally a good guide to the Sydney Cup with The Offer (2014), Jessicabeel (2010), No Wine No Song (2008), Henderson Bay (2002), Linesman (1997) and King Aussie (1990) all taking out the Chairman’s Hcp and Sydney Cup double in recent times.
The Offer (2014) took out the Chairman’s Handicap over 2600m at Randwick before scoring an outstanding 3 3/4 length victory in this event and recent Sydney Cup winners have been Mourayan (2013) and Niwot (2012).