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The Sydney Cup 2014: Why the Longest Carnival Race is the Stage for This Year’s Best Stayers

The Sydney Cup 2014 is the longest annual race in Sydney’s Autumn Racing Carnival, making it an ideal event for the top stayers participating in this year’s race. This year will be the first year that the Sydney Cup will be run on the second weekend of The Championships at the Royal Randwick racecourse in New South Wales, as opposed to being run on the final day of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, as was traditionally the case. Despite the date change, Sydney Cup Day is poised to remain one of the most popular race days on the racing calendar, as there are three other hugely popular Group 1 events that same day that will also feature some of Australia’s best stayers. Here’s what you’ll need to know if you want to make an educated bet at this year’s Sydney Cup.

The Sydney Cup 2014: Your History Lesson

The Sydney Cup is the top handicap race for stayers taking part in the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, and just like Australia’s biggest race, the Melbourne Cup, the Sydney Cup is run over 3200 metres. The Sydney Cup tends to bring in the finest local stayers and many interstate or foreign raiders looking to compete against the best gallopers Sydney has to offer, however, the race is usually not as talent laden and celebrated as the world famous Melbourne Cup. Prize money available at this year’s event totals $1,000,000, and the race is scheduled to be run on Saturday April 19.

Past Winners, and What Sprinters to Watch for This Year

The storied history of the Sydney Cup has featured some of the best stayers the sport has ever seen, though unfortunately in recent years the Sydney Cup has seen less consistency in terms of quality stayers participating in the event due to the recent emphasis in the sport on breeding horses for speed. Notable racers who have won the race include Tie The Knot, who won in 1998 and 1999 and is one of only two three year old horses to win the event; Count Chivas, who won in 1996; and 2004 winner Makybe Diva, who also won the Melbourne Cup that year, putting her on a legendary streak of three consecutive Melbourne Cup wins. Last year’s Sydney Cup win was captured by Mourayan, who surprised punters and race attendees alike by taking the win ahead of Norsqui who claimed second, and Aliyana Tilde who ran third.

The Lead Up Race to Watch, and What You Need to Know for Wagering

For punters, the Chairman’s Handicap is the race to watch leading up to the Sydney Cup, with Jessicabeel, No Wine No Song, Henderson Bay, Linesman and King Aussie all winning the Chairman’s Handicap and the Sydney Cup in the last 13 years. The Chairman’s Handicap is held on the first day of the run carnival, and is similar in length to the Sydney Cup, as it’s run over 2600 metres. The results of the Chairman’s Handicap aren’t always accurate if you’re thinking of basing its results on how you’ll wager at the Sydney Cup, as Mourayan finished fourth in the Chairman’s race before winning the Sydney Cup in 2013. Other deceptive statistics of the cup include the facts that only five race favourites over the last 10 years have won the race, and four favourites in the last 10 years have failed to place. Possibly the most startling statistic is the fact that since 1983, nine Sydney Cup winners have won after being listed in double figures, at an average of $18.11 – however, in that same time span, 10 favourites have won the cup, and six racers have placed, though that information might complicate wagering on race day even more. The finalized Sydney Cup field is scheduled to be released on April 23, which is when pre-post betting will start. You can find the latest race form and other pertinent information about the track on the Randwick racecourse website, where you can also check out gear changes, track information and other crucial data that might factor into your wagering decisions.

The Sydney Cup will be one of the last chances you’ll have to wager in the Autumn Carnival, so be sure to keep this information in mind so you can make the most of the event. Though past statistics about the race show that it is a difficult outcome to predict, knowing as much as you can about the racers, the event’s past and the track will prove invaluable in selecting a big winner on race day. Do your homework and cheer on your favourite this year at the exciting Sydney Cup 2014 in New South Wales.