The two million dollar Sydney Cup is a 3200m Group 1 handicap race, held at Royal Randwick racecourse on Day 2 of the Sydney Autumn racing carnival’s ‘The Championships’. The gruelling staying contest is one of only two Group 1’s held over th...
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|Date||Saturday, 8th April, 2023|
|Racecourse||Randwick Racecourse, NSW, Australia|
The Sydney Cup is a Group 1 race which takes place each year in April. The race in 2023 will be held on Saturday 8th of April at Randwick Racecourse. Looking back to the race in 2022, it was won by Knights Order.
The Group 1 Sydney Cup is held on day two of The Championship and a handicap for the stayers over the two miles. The first running of the Sydney Cup (Jockey Club Handicap) was on May 1st, 1862 and won by the odds on favourite Talleyrand.
The Barb became the first dual winner of the Sydney Cup when he won in 1868 and 1869, and he also went on to win a Melbourne Cup. The Champion stayer Carbine won two Sydney Cups in 1889 and 1890. Other horses to have won a Melbourne Cup and Sydney Cup have been Straight Draw (1958), Galilee (1967) and then last being the great mare Makybe Diva (2004).
One of the great stories to come out of recent Sydney Cups has been the performances of Who Shot The Barman. He contested no fewer than six times in this race and finally got the job done when he won in 2018. Chris Waller joined Dan Lewis in holding the record of 5 Sydney Cup winners when Selino won last season.
Only five horses have won the Sydney Cup on multiple occasions: The Barb (1868-1869), Carbine (1889-1990), Mosaic (1939-1940), Veiled Threat (1942-1944) and most recently Tie The Knot (1998-1999).
The Sydney Cup is an Australian Group 1 race which takes place in the thick of the Autumn Racing Carnival and brings some of the greatest horses to Randwick Racecourse in Sydney. If you are one of the many Aussies who enjoy having a casual punt, this is one of the races to do it! Our expert racing tipsters will put together a list of Sydney Cup tips soon, so be sure to look out for them in the leadup to the big race.
Due to the fact that nominations are not accepted yet for the 2023 Sydney Cup, it is difficult to provide any updates at this time. However, as the Autumn Racing Carnival continues to roll on and we get closer to the race day, we get a good picture of the type of horses that are aiming for this race.
When we have an idea of the horses that are likely to be targeting the Sydney Cup, then we can provide you with updates. If you are searching for Sydney Cup horse tips, then we will keep you abreast of the horses that are likely to be running and provide information here for you!
We will announce our best tips for the Sydney Cup closer to the time of the race. Make sure you check back on this page for updates!
Our tips are not out for the Sydney Cup in 2023 as it is too far out from the event. But the good news is that when the final field for the Sydney Cup is announced, we will provide guidance on each and every runner in the 2023 Sydney Cup.
You will find all this information below, when it becomes available. Stay tuned!
There are a lot of important factors to consider before betting on the Sydney Cup. Make sure you have a read on below before you place your bets:
Is Previous Sydney Cup Form a Good Indicator of Future Success?
The previous form from Sydney Cups can be a good guide to the following season but being a handicap can restrict horses from featuring year in year out.
As stated previously there has only been five multiple winners of the Sydney Cup and the most recent was Tie The Knot (1998-1999). Most winners will follow a weight-for-age path after winning the Cup so as to avoid the inevitable weight burden the following year.
Should I Bet On The Favourite in the Sydney Cup?
No, look for value. The last favourite to win the Sydney Cup was The Offer (2014) and he was still the inviting odds of $3.25. The 2022 winner, Knights Order, started at odds of $9.00.
Being a handicap makes this a difficult race to assess as there are many different form lines. Look for a horse in form that may have beaten the handicapper when weights were released.
Formlines from Lead Up Races
The Chairman’s Handicap is clearly the best lead-up race to the Sydney Cup. Horses to have completed the double in recent times include The Offer (2014), No Win No Song (2008), Henderson Bay (2002) and Linesman (1997).
Don’t necessarily look for the winner out of The Chairman’s but look for competitive runs from those from the back. In 2022, the winner Knights Order came second in The Chairman’s before winning the Sydney Cup.
History tells us that three-year-olds have a super record in this race having won 30 times, but in recent times they have not had such a good record with the last three-year-old to win being Tie The Knot (1998).
The older, more experienced stayers have the best record in recent times with five-year-olds having won 5 of the last 10 runnings and in 2022 7YO Knights Order proved too good for the rest of the field.
Very important aspect of finding the winner of the Sydney Cup is the weight allocation. Since 2008 only Mourayan (58kgs, 2018) has won with more weight than 55.5kgs. Look for lightweights particularly as track conditions in Sydney over the Autumn can be taxing with plenty of rain about.
Geldings have won 8 of the last 9 runnings of the Sydney Cup with the mare Etah James (2020) being the only one to break the run of geldings.
Our Sydney Cup best bets for 2023 are not out just yet, make sure you keep an eye out on this page as we will provide more details about our best bets when the final field is announced.
You will find our best bets below once available. Stay tuned!
Well before the Sydney Cup field is announced, the majority of bookmakers will open early markets, or all-in markets, so you can get betting on the Sydney Cup as soon as possible. This is seen as an excellent time to bet on your chosen horse, as you have the potential to bet on the best contenders for the 2023 Sydney Cup at boosted odds.
Once the 2023 Sydney Cup odds are released, it is certain that they will fluctuate a lot in the lead up to the race. We can see even more fluctuation once we have a clearer idea of the type of horses that will be aiming for this race, along with their recent form.
If you choose to bet in these markets, you may find a favourite priced at $10 or greater, which will mean you get more return and cash in your account if your horse does go on to win. However, there is some risk with doing this and you need to be aware before placing any bets.
The risk lies in when you place your bet on the Sydney Cup in 2023. This is because your horse may not even run, however, you also won’t get your money back, occurring when the market is ‘All-In’ or closer to the time of the race. If you are having a punt when it says ‘Before Noms’, you have the safety of knowing you’ll receive your money back if your horse ends up not running.
The 2023 Sydney Cup odds are yet to be confirmed for the 2023 edition, but make sure you check back soon for all the details you are looking for.
As usual with the Sydney Cup in recent years, the field was packed to the brim, with 19 runners taking part. Despite the stacked field, there were only four runners under double digit odds, which just showed how open the field was for the 2022 Sydney Cup.
The favourite for the race Stockman, and it wasn’t even a short price for the gelding, at $4.80. Stockman had just come out of the Group 1 Tancred Stakes, in which he came 2nd, and before that run, he won the Group 3 Sky High Stakes.
On the next line of betting we saw the Chris Waller trained, Crystal Pegasus, at odds of $6.50. the 5YO gelding had won his last four race, which is probably why he had caught the eye of so many punters. This would certainly be his toughest test to date, but the form is there.
Next up in the betting was another Chris Waller trained horse, Chalk Stream. The 4YO had a season record of 6:2-1-1, but like Crystal Pegasus, this would be his biggest test to date, as this is his first Group 1 race.
The last runner under odds of $10 was Knights Order, at $9.00. He had just come out of the Group 2 Chairman’s Quality, which is one of the best races to look for when doing form for the Sydney Cup, where he finished a solid second place. He is also fairly experienced on a heavy track, with a record of 3:0-1-1.
The Sydney Cup is not a race for the favourites, and the 2022 edition proved that stat once again, as the favourite Stockman finished down in 7th place. Like with a lot of races that are done under a Heavy track, there was a more unlikely result in 2022.
Crossing the line in first place was Knights Order, who started as a $9.00 chance to take out the Sydney Cup. The race looked over for a long time, and by the 800m mark, Knights Order was already in first place, and no one else could even get without 2L of him.
Next to cross the finish line was the Chris Waller trained Sheraz, who had a starting price of $12. Sheraz was near the front of the field for a significant portion of the race, but just didn’t have the legs to catch up to Knights Order, and he ended up finishing 2.05L behind the leader.
Daqiansweet Junior used a nice barrier (7) and had a stellar ride from Kerrin McEvoy to finish in third place, after starting the race with odds of $23. The 4Yo was making move around the 800m mark, and ended up finishing 4.58L behind Knights Order, but it was a long way back to fourth place, which was Future Score, who was 11.48L off the pace.
You’ve read the words, now watch the video! Have a squiz below at the 2022 Sydney Cup race:
The results for the upcoming Sydney Cup are not yet available, but in the meantime, you can have a look below at all the recent past winners:
|2022||Knights Order||Sheraz||Daqiansweet Junior|
|2020||Etah James||The Chosen One||Raheen House|
|2019||Shraaoh||Vengeur Masque||Glory Days|
|2018||Who Shot Thebarman||Zacada||Sir Charles Road|
|2017||Polarisation||Who Shot Thebarman||Big Duke|
|2015||Grand Marshal||Who Shot Thebarman||Like A Carousel|
|2013||Niwot||Efficient||Once Were Wild|
|2011||Stand To Gain||Older Than Time||Solid Billing|
|2010||Jessicabeel||Divine Rebel||Harris Tweed|