The Sydney Cup is a Group 1 Turf Club thoroughbred handicap horse race in Australia. It is a race for horses three years or older and it is run over 3,200 miles at the Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, Australia. It takes place in the autumn as part of the ATC championships series and is the longest race in the club.

Last year, Who Shot Thebarman won the Sydney Cup. He was followed by Zacada and Sir Charles Road. This year an exciting cast of horses are set to compete for the 2019  Sydney Cup. Check out our horse racing betting tips.

Here are the complete odds to win the 2019 Sydney Cup. Odds taken from bet365 as of 4/10/19:

Horses Odds
Dubhe +250
Big Duke +800
Midterm +800
Shraaoh +1200
Yogi +1200
Red Cardinal +1200
Sound +1600
Sir Charles Road +2500
Brimham Rocks +3300
Patrick Erin +3300
Semari +3300
The Taj Mahal +5000
Doukhan +5000
Fairlight +6600
Top Of The Range +6600
Vengeur Masque +6600
Zacada +10000
Rodrico +10000

Dubhe is a four-year old bay gelding trained by Charlie Appleby and based in New Market. Sired by the stallion Dubawi out of the dam Great Heavens, he’s won three races in only seven starts. The Godolphin horse won the February 7th Al Naboodah Honeywell Partnership Handicap at Meydan, his first victory at a distance of 3200m. This will be his first start in Australia.

Irish bred Big Duke is a proven runner at this distance. The seven year old finished second in both the Manion Cup and the Tancred Stakes. He finished third in the 2017 Sydney Cup so that’s another plus on his resume. Midterm, like Dubhe, has been described as improving although he’s never won a race in Australia. He finished fourth in the in the Group III Geelong Cup over 2400m and was 5th in the Group I The Metropolitan also at 2400m. Shraaoh finished second in the 2600m Royal Randwick R5 Chairman’s Quality Cup HCP and Royal Randwick R9 Randwick City Stakes at 2000m. Yogi was 8th in the recent Australian Cup which was raced over 2000m and 8th in the H E Tancred Stakes, both Group 1 races. Red Cardinal finished a disappointing 7th at the Tancred Stakes last March 30th but prior to that, he won his two other races of 2019. Both of his victories came with a lot of pace up front. They went slow in the Tancred and that blew his chance of winning.

“Trophy" Barrier Assignments

As in any horse race, the barrier assignments play a factor in the race because some barriers have produced more winners than the others. Here are the barrier stats for the Sydney Cup:

Barrier Number Number of Wins
1 2
2 4
3 2
4 4
5 3
6 2
7 2
8 9
9 1
10 3
11 2
12 1
18 1

If you’re interested in knowing the result of the 2019 Sydney Cup Barrier draw, here it is:

Barrier Horse Jockey Weight
1 Rondinella (NZ) Sam Clipperton 51kg
2 Doukhan (IRE) Andrew Gibbons 51kg
3 Shraaoh (IRE) Jay Ford 51kg
4 Dubhe (GB) Kerrin McEvoy 52.5kg
5 Patrick Erin (NZ) Glyn Schofield 54.5kg
6 Semari (NZ) Tim Clark 51 kg
7 Gallic Chieftain (FR) Glen Boss 51.5 kg
8 Taj Mahal ( IRE) James McDonald 56kg
9 Midterm (GB) Jamie Kah 52.5kg
10 Rodrico James Innes Jr. 51 kg
11 Fair Light (IRE) 51kg
12 Zacada (NZ) Ms. Kathy O’ Hara 52kg
13 Sound (GER) Damian Lane 55.5kg
14 Brimham Rocks (GB) Tommy Berry 53kg
15 Yogi (NZ) Craig Williams 53kg
16 Vengeur Masque (IRE) Damien Oliver 54kg
17 Top of The Range (NZ) Michael Dee 51 kg
18 Red Cardinal (IRE) Jason Collett 54kg
19 Glory Days (NZ) Corey Brown 52kg
20 Sir Charles Road Andrew Adkins 53kg
21 Big Duke (IRE) Brenton Avdulla 54kg

“Trophy" Who Wins?

Dubhe is described in the Godolphin website as a “Very useful Stayer” but isn’t in the same class as Cross Counter or Ispolini, at least not yet.  However, he’s definitely improving and has been looking good since he arrived in Sydney last month. Also, Godolphin has already booked Kerrin McEvoy to ride Dubhe in Sydney. McEvoy is the jockey who rode Cross Counter to victory so there’s value there too. If you think that barrier number is a factor, Dubhe will be coming out of the second winningest barrier- barrier 4 which has produced four Sydney Cup winners.

Prediction: So yeah, Dubhe is my bet to win the 2019 Sydney Cup with Red Cardinal as my dark horse pick.

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