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 2014 Sydney Cup was won by The Offer from Opinion with Sertorius 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 Gr2 Chairman's Handicap held on the first day of the Randwick carnival is generally a good guide to the Sydney Cup with The Offer (2014), 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.
The Offer (2014) took out the Chairman's Handicap over 2600m at Randwick before scoring an outstanding 3 3/4 length victory in this event and recent Sydney Cup winners have been Mourayan (2013) and Niwot (2012).
2014 Sydney Cup result
1. $3.30 The Offer 55.0 Tommy Berry
2. $26.00 Opinion 54.0 Jason Collett
3. $8.50 Sertorius 56.0 Ryan Maloney
4. $9.00 Brigantin 54.5 Craig Newitt
5. $20.00 Epingle 54.0 Craig Williams
6. $9.00 Tupac Amaru 54.0 Kerrin McEvoy
7. $26.00 Let's Make Adeal 54.0 Zac Purton
8. $51.00 Desert Jeuney 54.0 Brenton Avdulla
9. $5.50 Who Shot Thebarman 56.0 James McDonald
10. $101.00 Angola 54.0 Jay Ford
11. $26.00 Tremec 54.0 Christian Reith
12. $9.00 Voleuse De Coeurs 58.0 Glen Boss
13. $151.00 Like A Carousel 54.0 Hugh Bowman
14. $201.00 Fifth Column 54.0 Ms Kathy O’Hara
15. $17.00 Hippopus 54.0 Jim Cassidy
16. $101.00 Gondokoro 54.0 Rhys McLeod
17. $61.00 Macedonian 54.0 Chad Schofield
Margins: 3 3/4 len, 1 1/2 len Time: 3:23.86
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