A maximum field will line up in the Group 1 Sydney Cup on Day 2 of The Championships at Randwick this Saturday.
Some of Australasia’s’ best stayers will be in action and we have our best bet, best each way and best roughie tips.
2019 Sydney Cup final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the Sydney Cup 2019
Dubhe @ $3.60 Bet Now
Best Each Way Bet:
Big Duke @ $9 Bet Now
Rondinella @ $12 Bet Now
Sydney Cup Form Guide & Tips
The Taj Mahal ($34) Bet Now
Just a one-paced stayer which typically runs under the odds. Imported type which has had only one start at Randwick and he shouldn’t be in the mix.
Sound ($26) Bet Now
German import which showed nothing early on but improved nicely to run fourth last time out. Starting to show his European form and that could bode well for this.
Could be worth including at the odds.
Patrick Erin ($34) Bet Now
Former Kiwi which showed good ability last campaign but has had his issues this time around.
11-time winner so he has class but he has won only one from six starts at Randwick and he might prefer a change in scenery.
Red Cardinal ($14) Bet Now
Too short in the betting for our liking as he needs a heavy track. With conditions currently at a soft rating, he’s unlikely to get the give in the ground that he needs.
$13 could drift to $23 come start time.
Big Duke (Best Each Way – $9) Bet Now
We have loved the way he has hit the line his past two starts when running second at Rosehill. The proven stayer ran on nicely behind Avilius last start and his turn-of-foot is a big asset.
He will get back during the run and rely on a strong tempo up front, but his odds are good and worth taking.
Vengeur Masque ($51) Bet Now
Needs a rock-hard surface and he won’t get one. Has only one win from eight starts in the wet and he looks held against this quality of field.
Sir Charles Road ($26) Bet Now
Worth including at odds after running fourth in the Chairman’s last start and that form usually holds up nicely in the Sydney Cup.
Kiwi runner with a placing in this race last year and he could go one better this time around.
Yogi ($14) Bet Now
Set for this race and he wasn’t bad when running fifth behind Avilius last start, but we would have loved to have seen a little more from him.
53kg on the back helps and we wouldn’t be ruling out his chances.
Brimham Rocks ($34) Bet Now
Showed very little last time out at Rosehill and it’s tough to see him turn that performance around. Would need much better odds.
Dubhe (Best Bet – $3.60) Bet Now
Has been set for this race and the international runners should always be respected.
The son of Dubawi is trained by Charlie Appleby and it’s coming off a four-length win at Meydan in Dubai. That’s strong form coming into this and he’ll be rock-hard fit.
$3.40 is a good price on offer.
Midterm ($9.50) Bet Now
Scored nicely last time out when winning at Rosehill by two lengths and he could rise to the next level.
We’re confident he has the ability to win at Group 1 level but we’re not prepared to take the $9 on offer for a runner without much Group 1 experience.
Glory Days ($19) Bet Now
Auckland Cup winner which loves to win. The six-year-old mare has won 10 from 24 starts and she scored convincingly at Ellerslie last time out.
Never underestimate the Kiwis and we would include her in our roughie selections.
Zacada ($91) Bet Now
Placed in this race last year but hasn’t done much since. Ran 15th last time out at Randwick and the son of Zabeel will need to show improvement.
Rise in distance is the only positive.
Gallic Chieftain ($11) Bet Now
Got the job done nicely in the Chairman’s last start and the form out of that should go well in the Sydney Cup.
The Melbourne-based runner showed them how to do it with a half-length win and dropping to 51.5kg with Glen Boss in the saddle is a big bonus.
Wouldn’t be leaving him out of calculations.
Rondinella (Best Roughie – $12) Bet Now
Quality Kiwi mare which made good ground behind Avilius last time out and she has been warming up nicely this season.
She is a bit suspect over this distance as it’s the first time facing the two-mile trip, but she has a better turn-of-foot than most and there’s no holes in her form.
Shraaoh ($13) Bet Now
Only a three-time winner but he scored on Melbourne Cup day and has been threatening to win since.
Might be a touch better on a heavy track and we’re not excited about the $11 on offer.
Semari ($34) Bet Now
Battled on nicely last start, which was a better run than expected. Capable mare with six wins from 12 starts but this might be a little too tough.
Top Of The Range ($71) Bet Now
Should be at much longer odds than $71 and he doesn’t bring the best of form into this.
Rodrico ($91) Bet Now
Former Kiwi runner which showed a little form last start but he’s too one-paced to win this race.