The Sydney Cup is always a wide-open affair and the 2018 field is no different.
2016 Melbourne Cup winner Almandin heads the field of staying superstars and he will be forced to carry a much heavier weight than the majority of the field.
There has been strong money for some of the international runners and we have our best bet, best each way and best roughie for the big Sydney Cup field.
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2018 Sydney Cup final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the Sydney Cup 2018
Sir Charles Road @ $7 – BET NOW
Best Each Way:
Pre Stwick @ $10 – BET NOW
Who Shot Thebarman @ $15 – BET NOW
2018 Sydney Cup Form Guide & Tips
Almandin ($3.50) – BET NOW
It’s tough to leave a Melbourne Cup and last start winner out of calculations but he’s not suited by the big weight.
We saw that catch up with him in the 2017 Melbourne Cup and carrying upwards of 7-8kg more than some well-fancied runners is going to be tough.
Wouldn’t be surprised to see him winning but we can’t take the risk at that price and we’re expecting his odds to drift out to around $5.50.
Who Shot Thebarman (Best Roughie – $15) – BET NOW
That was a big run from the nine-year-old in the Tancred Stakes behind Almandin and he might have rediscovered his turn-of-foot.
The former Kiwi runner has won 10 from his 50 starts and his most recent win came in October last year at Moonee Valley.
Despite having never won in 18 starts at Randwick, we can’t overlook his most recent effort and the odds are appealing.
Libran ($27) – BET NOW
Libran went close behind Auvray last start at Rosehill and has been given a soft trial since.
The Chris Waller-trained stayer is a professional type which has placed once over this trip in the past and a win wouldn’t surprise many.
This race is too tough to suggest that he could win but don’t rule him out.
Ventura Storm ($10) – BET NOW
A much better run from Ventura Storm behind Sir Charles Road last start and the rise in distance might be his calling.
The Lindsay Park-trained import had been disappointing against the likes of Almandin and Gailo Chop this campaign but improved nicely last start over 2600m and he should enjoy rising to 3200m.
Consider at double-figure odds.
Pre Stwick (Best Each Way – $10) – BET NOW
Punters should always respect the Japanese stayers and we’re doing exactly that.
The seven-year-old is a winner of over $1.7 million and he finished fifth behind Fame Game at Tokyo last start.
They are bred to see out long distances and he finished third over 3600m two starts back in December.
Having had only one run this preparation might not help him but we’re confident that with 53kg on his back and Joao Moreira in the saddle, he’s going to go close.
Five To Midnight ($27) – BET NOW
Kiwi runners should also be respected and Five To Midnight has proven his worth across the Tasman.
The six-time winner finished second in the Auckland Cup and he finished second behind Charles Road earlier this season.
He tends to find a few better than him so a top five placing seems best.
Auvray ($11) – BET NOW
Consistency isn’t something that Auvray possesses but he has the ability to win when he’s right.
The French import gets into this race with only 52kg on his back and the inside draw should ensure he doesn’t spend any energy during the run.
The market suggests that he’s a winning chance and he could threaten most of this field.
Lord Fandango ($15) – BET NOW
Fourth in the Caulfield Cup but he hasn’t won since October and he finished seventh in the Australian Cup last start.
He’s capable of turning that form around quickly and he’s an unknown quantity over this distance.
Follow any market moves.
Aloft ($7.50) – BET NOW
A stack of money has come for Aloft, which gets the big weight advantage over his stablemate.
The son of Galileo gets in with only 51kg on his back and Kerrin McEvoy was asked to ride Aloft instead of Almandin.
That’s a good sign and despite not having form at this level, he could turn into the next big star for Macedon Lodge.
Zacada ($91) – BET NOW
Didn’t fire behind Sir Charles Road last start and is unlikely to figure in the finish again.
Sir Charles Road (Best Bet – $7) – BET NOW
Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott have a nice stayer on their hands and the Kiwi showed his talents in the Chairman’s Quality last start.
The four-year-old finished an unlucky sixth in the Auckland Cup at Ellerslie after a poor ride but he was afforded every chance at Randwick last start and he did the job well.
He drops down to 50kg after carrying 50kg and although this field is harder, he will enjoy the trip and is at good value.
Lasqueti Spirit ($151) – BET NOW
Hasn’t come on since winning the Oaks and she’s looking for a different profession.
Cismontane ($71) – BET NOW
Hasn’t found much this campaign and although he was a winner at Flemington in the spring, punters might have to wait till next spring.
Patrick Erin ($27) – BET NOW
Former Kiwi which is now with Chris Waller and although he hasn’t shown his best form in Australia, he hasn’t had the best of luck.
The 10-time winner did most of his winning in the South Island of New Zealand but he should see out the distance and he could grind home into a place-bearing position.
Peribsen ($23) – BET NOW
Some money has come for Peribsen, which finished third behind Sir Charles Road last start
Carrying 50kg is going to help his chances and although he doesn’t like to win often, his international class could show up here.
Not the worst.
Admiral Jello ($101) – BET NOW
Better suited to midweek grade and he shouldn’t figure in the finish.
Ormito ($27) – BET NOW
Has won only one of his 24 starts and although there has been some support in the market, a win would surprise most here.
Doukhan ($81) – BET NOW
Looks well-held after two average efforts this campaign.