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Sydney Cup

The Sydney Cup is a Group 1 open handicap race held annually each April at Randwick racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. The race is run over a distance of 3200 metres and worth $2,000,000 in prize money. The 2020 Sydney Cup was won by Etah James from The Chosen One with Raheen House third.

With the introduction of the $18 Million The Championships for the Sydney autumn racing carnival, the Sydney Cup now takes place on second day of The Championships, alongside the feature race of the day, the $4 Million Group 1 ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Group 1 ATC Australian Oaks.

Sydney Cup info

Date: Saturday 10th April 2021
Track: Randwick racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 3200 metres
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $2,000,000
2020 Winner: Etah James

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 a high quality affair ike 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 Chairmans Hcp & Sydney Cup double in recent times.

Shraaoh (2019) ran second in the Chairman's Handicap over 2600m at Randwick before proving too good for his rivals in this event for the Chris Waller stable.

Recent Sydney Cup winners include Who Shot Thebarman (2018) and Polarisation (2017).

2020 Sydney Cup result

1. $14.00 Etah James 51.5 Glen Boss
2. $18.00 The Chosen One 53.5 Kerrin McEvoy
3. $6.00 Raheen House 54.0 Brenton Avdulla

then followed
4. $31.00 Sweet Thomas 51.0 Ms Rachel King
5. $5.50 Mustajeer 57.5 Nash Rawiller
6. $11.00 Angel Of Truth 53.5 Sam Clipperton
7. $2.90 Young Rascal 56.0 Tom Marquand
8. $18.00 Gallic Chieftain 53.5 Jason Collett
9. $21.00 Yogi 52.5 Jean Van Overmeire
10. $101.00 Saunter Boy 51.0 Jay Ford
11. $26.00 Hush Writer 54.5 Tim Clark
12. $18.00 Azuro 53.5 Glyn Schofield

Margins: 0.2 len, 0.5 len
Time: 3:28.46

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Sydney Cup winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Etah James The Chosen One Raheen House 3:28.4
2019 Shraaoh Vengeur Masque Glory Days 3:22.0
2018 Who Shot Thebarman Zacada Sir Charles Road 3:20.0
2017 Polarisation Who Shot Thebarman Big Duke 3:29.1
2016 Gallante Libran Grand Marshal 3:24.5
2015 Grand Marshal Who Shot Thebarman Like A Carousel 3:24.7
2014 The Offer Opinion Sertorius 3:23.8
2013 Mourayan Norsqui Aliyana Tilde 3:24.2
2012 Niwot Efficient Once Were Wild 3:20.4
2011 Stand To Gain Older Than Time Solid Billing 3:29.1
2010 Jessicabeel Divine Rebel Harris Tweed 3:21.8
2009 Ista Kareem Divine Rebel Mr Tipsy 3:27.4
2008 No Wine No Song Pentathon Lang 3:25.5
2007 Gallic Irazu No Wine No Song 3:27.3
2006 County Tyrone Zabeat Three Chimneys 3:22.6
2005 Mahtoum County Tyrone Philosophe 3:27.6
2004 Makybe Diva Manawa King Mummify 3:21.2
2003 Honor Babe County Tyrone Grey Song 3:30.5
2002 Henderson Bay Mr. Prudent Spirit of Westbury 3:26.7
2001 Mr. Prudent Prophet's Kiss Starina 3:26.9
2000 Streak Sharscay Ears' Ronny 3:30.3
1999 Tie The Knot Praise Indeed Lahar 3:22.8
1998 Tie The Knot Doriemus Praise Indeed 3:25.7
1997 Linesman Nothin' Leica Dane Ebony Grosve 3:20.5
1996 Count Chivas The Bandette Beaux Art 3:26.3
1995 Daacha Dark Ksar Gold Sovereign 3:24.3
1994 Cross Swords Hear That Bell Azzaam 3:28.8
1993 Azzaam Te Akau Nick Subzero 3:28.3
1992 My Eagle Eye Aquidity Castletown 3:23.8
1991 Just A Dancer Castletown I'm In Heaven 3:19.0
1990 King Aussie Chaleyer Palace Revolt 3:36.6
1989 Palace Revolt Coshking Regal Chela 3:38.1
1988 Banderol Round The World Equity Girl 3:34.1