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 $1,000,000 in prizemoney. The 2013 Sydney Cup was won by Mourayan from Norsqui with Aliyana Tilde third.
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 Chairman's Handicap run over over 2600m on the first day of the Randwick carnival is generally a good guide to the Sydney Cup with 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.
Mourayan (2013) finished fourth in the Chairman's Handicap at Randwick before proving too strong in this event and recent Sydney Cup winners have been Niwot (2012) and Stand To Gain (2011).
2013 Sydney Cup result
1. $12.00 Mourayan 58.0 Hugh Bowman
2. $21.00 Norsqui 55.0 Chris Symons
3. $16.00 Aliyana Tilde 54.5 Craig Williams
4. $8.50 Blood Brotha 55.5 Michael Rodd
5. $41.00 Macedonian 54.5 Luke Nolen
6. $2.60 Kelinni 57.0 Jim Cassidy
7. $5.50 Maluckyday 56.5 Dwayne Dunn
8. $101.00 Coliseo 54.5 Peter Robl
9. $16.00 Niwot 58.0 Kerrin McEvoy
10. $8.00 Julienas 57.5 Nash Rawiller
Margins: 3/4 len, 1/2 head Time: 3:24.29
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