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The field for the 2021 Sydney Cup has been finalised and we have a quality bunch of gallopers set to line-up in this years edition of the two mile race.

We take a look at each of the 15 horses in the Sydney Cup and we provide Video Form for each of them.

The best way to find the Sydney Cup winner is to watch each of the horses lead-up runs heading into the race and luckily for you we have done all the hard work to find these races and list them below.

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1. The Chosen One

Odds: $19.00
Breeding: Savabeel x The Glitzy One
Trainer: Murray Baker/Andrew Forsman
Jockey: Hugh Bowman
Barrier: 16
Career Stats: 30: 6-4-2
Min/Max Distance Wins: 1400m/2400m
Career Best Win: Herbert Power, October 12 2019, Caulfield, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 16: 4-2-0
Wet Track Stats: 14: 2-2-2
Short Summary: His 3200m form does read so well. Just beaten a long way in the Tancred is the query/negative.

Sky High Stakes (2000m), March 13 2021, Rosehill, Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

There was market support for him to beat Colette given the rain didn’t come and his best figures have come on dry ground. Not sure the sit/sprint set up was his go so to the eye, disappointing, but I’m somewhat forgiving.

Tancred Stakes (2400m), April 3 2021, Rosehill, Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

Just forgive and forget he went around here. Wide no cover for the trip and just couldn’t sustain the run, dropping out to a couple of runners home behind Sir Dragonet.

Final Summary: His 3200m form makes for great reading. Three starts for a second, which came in this race last year. He has contested the last two Melbourne Cups. No chance given the race shape in 2019 and then last year, he ran out of his skin when fourth. Any hint of that form here and I think he goes close. Just depends how he has come through the Tancred.

 

2. Southern France

Odds: $6.50
Breeding: Galileo x Alta Anna
Trainer: Ciaron Maher/David Eustace
Jockey: James McDonald
Barrier: 5
Career Stats: 20: 4-3-3
Min/Max Distance Wins: 2400m/2816m
Career Best Win: Zipping Classic, November 11 2019, Sandown, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 13: 3-2-2
Wet Track Stats: 7: 1-1-1
Short Summary: Reckon he’s sneaky flying this guy and his 2400m+ record on dry ground does make for great reading so I feel he’s one of the hardest to beat.

Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m), February 27 2021, Randwick, Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

This was his first run in just under 12 months and I thought he was far from disgraced in defeat behind Verry Elleegant. Lacked the change up speed to go with them but thought he was a definite pass mark over an unsuitable trip.

Tancred Stakes (2400m), April 3 2021, Rosehill, Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

He was never going to trouble stablemate Sir Dragonet, but he closed off alright late in the piece and looked like a horse that would appreciate more ground so from a Sydney Cup perspective, this run was a big tick.

Final Summary: I’m really keen on him running well. 2400m+ on dry ground has seen him win three of 12 with four minors and the other tick for him is when he has had two weeks or less between runs. Three starts for two wins and a fourth, that fourth being to subsequent Melbourne Cup winner Twilight Payment. He can only run a positive race.

 

3. Sound

Odds: $41.00
Breeding: Lando x Sky Dancing
Trainer: Michael Moroney
Jockey: Brenton Avdulla
Barrier: 12
Career Stats: 39: 8-7-3
Min/Max Distance Wins: 1600m/3200m
Career Best Win: Zipping Classic, November 14 2020, Sandown, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 22: 5-5-1
Wet Track Stats: 17: 3-2-2
Short Summary: Rode him too warm in the Tancred. Back to a handicap is a plus…just too hard to trust.

Auckland Cup (3200m), March 13 2021, Ellerslie, Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

He was very popular in betting to take this race out. Thought Troy Harris rode a peach race on him and on the turn, he was there to win. Just couldn’t quite finish it off and had to settle for third in what was a pretty weak edition of the Auckland Cup.

Tancred Stakes (2400m), April 3 2021, Rosehill, Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

I’d be forgiving of this run. I don’t think he’s a WFA horse and not sure about the circumstances, but he was ridden far too warm and he was a beaten horse on the turn. Forgive the run and forget he went around.

Final Summary: He is an experience 3200m performer, which should hold him in good stead if this becomes a staying contest, which at two miles, it should be. That Zipping Classic win was the first time he had won in 23 runs in this part of the world. Happy to risk him.

 

4. Quick Thinker

Odds: $26.00
Breeding: So You Think x Acouplamas
Trainer: Murray Baker/Andrew Forsman
Jockey: Jason Collett
Barrier: 14
Career Stats: 18: 5-2-2
Min/Max Distance Wins: 1400m/2600m
Career Best Win: Australian Derby, April 4 2020, Randwick, Heavy Surface
Dry Track Stats: 7: 1-0-1
Wet Track Stats: 11: 4-2-1
Short Summary: Won the Derby on the seven day back up. The big negative is a likely dry track.

Manion Cup (2400m), March 27 2021, Rosehill, Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

I was really keen on him running well in this race. But he did absolutely nothing after seemingly getting a decent enough run on speed so have to mark him down as quite disappointing.

Chairmans Quality (2600m), April 10 2021, Randwick, Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

Survival of the fittest given a brutal tempo and he was able to get the win, just, over Rondinella, with a massive gap to third, which is a positive sign, but this was a proper gut buster. He is the only horse I’d take from this race going into Saturday.

Final Summary: If this was on a wet track, I’d give him a serious shout in winning on Saturday because that Chairmans win rated quite well for the meeting. But, the track is likely going to be firm and the stats are there to say he’s nowhere near as effective compared to when he gets his toe in.

 

5. Chapada

Odds: $27.00
Breeding: Bullet Train x Diamantina Dior
Trainer: Michael Moroney
Jockey: Glen Boss
Barrier: 6
Career Stats: 29: 3-3-7
Min/Max Distance Wins: 1600m/2500m
Career Best Win: Herbert Power, October 10 2020, Caulfield, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 19: 2-1-6
Wet Track Stats: 10: 1-2-1
Short Summary: He is one of a number of runners at $20+ I could have something on.

Mornington Cup (2400m), March 20 2021, Mornington, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

Just forget he went around. This was a 2400m barrier trial won by Mount Popa. Horrendously negative rides from those behind the winner. I actually thought Chapada did a good job with the big weight to make ground like he did.

Tancred Stakes (2400m), April 3 2021, Rosehill, Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

Another run I wouldn’t take too much from. He’s not a WFA horse and certainly not to the level of Sir Dragonet. Beaten just under six lengths at WFA, I think the run was a pass mark.

Final Summary: Yet to be tried at 3200m, but he’s got the right jockey and is getting serious weight relief from recent runs. Going back through his form, he does seem more effective when he gets down in the weights, so he won’t know himself with 52kg. I have others ahead of him, but at the price, I could easily have something on.

 

6. Shraaoh

Odds: $31.00
Breeding: Sea The Stars x Jumooh
Trainer: Chris Waller
Jockey:
Barrier:
Career Stats: 28: 4-4-4
Min/Max Distance Wins: 2012m/3200m
Career Best Win: Sydney Cup, April 13 2019, Randwick, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 19: 3-3-3
Wet Track Stats: 9: 1-1-1
Short Summary: Won this race two years ago. His best is certainly good enough

Sky High Stakes (2000m), March 13 2021, Rosehill, Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

I thought this was a very encouraging first up performance given he was fresh since June and did parade pretty well for a resuming stayer. Only beaten 1.4L by Toffee Tongue, the run was a definite pass mark.

Tancred Stakes (2400m), April 3 2021, Rosehill, Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

I’d be forgiving of this run. He isn’t a WFA horse and that is how it panned out. He whacked away but was never likely behind dominant winner Sir Dragonet.

Final Summary: He only carries 1kg more than when he won the race in 2019. He looked such a promising stayer once upon a time but the wheels have somewhat fallen off. But, he did trial well leading into the resumption, ran well fresh, and I’m forgiving the Tancred run. He gets his dry track, gets to a suitable trip…I wouldn’t be shocked at all if he won.

 

7. Miami Bound

Odds: $12.00
Breeding: Reliable Man x Arapaho Miss
Trainer: Danny O’Brien
Jockey:
Barrier:
Career Stats: 20: 5-0-3
Min/Max Distance Wins: 1400m/2500m
Career Best Win: VRC Oaks, November 7 2019, Flemington, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 14: 2-0-3
Wet Track Stats: 6: 3-0-0
Short Summary: Hard to trust, but if she runs up to anywhere near her Tancred effort, then she’s right in the game.

Ranvet Stakes (2000m), March 27 2021, Rosehill, Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

She was here off a somewhat luckless Australian Cup triumph and gee I thought she was plain. Admittedly she was at WFA and taking on Verry Elleegant/Addeybb but did expect more from her, just beating the country grade horse home.

Tancred Stakes (2400m), April 3 2021, Rosehill, Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

This was the real Miami Bound, interestingly too on dry ground, something she despises compared to wet ground. Loved the way she closed off and it was a super Sydney Cup trial.

Final Summary: She is an enigma. There are a couple of versions of her. That has been see her past two. Did nothing in the Ranvet, then was excellent late in the Tancred. Right down in the weights, I think she has to command some level of respect, but in terms of betting on her to win…I couldn’t trust her.

 

8. Spirit Ridge

Odds: $11.00
Breeding: Nathaniel x Tates Creek
Trainer: Mark Newnham
Jockey:
Barrier:
Career Stats: 15: 5-5-0
Min/Max Distance Wins: 1550m/2426m
Career Best Win: Summer Cup, December 26 2020, Randwick, Soft Surface
Dry Track Stats: 11: 2-5-0
Wet Track Stats: 4: 3-0-0
Short Summary: Racing well…just not sure she is up to this level.

Sky High Stakes (2000m), March 13 2021, Rosehill, Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

This was his first run since January and I thought he was excellent. Attempted to lead throughout and he gave a really good kick. Just couldn’t quite finish it off and was nabbed right on the peg by Toffee Tongue.

Tancred Stakes (2400m), April 3 2021, Rosehill, Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

Far from disgraced I thought. He’s not a WFA horse and he ran a beauty from the front. He kept chipping away and though held by Sir Dragonet he stuck to the task really well to run fifth.

Final Summary: He’s carried 55.5kg and 59kg in both runs back. He now tumbles down to 51.5kg and he has such a good racing style of putting himself into a forward position. I reckon he’s a key winning chance.

 

9. Hush Writer

Odds: $51.00
Breeding: Rulership x Star Of Sapphire
Trainer: Gai Waterhouse/Adrian Bott
Jockey: Tim Clark
Barrier: 15
Career Stats: 28: 4-4-3
Min/Max Distance Wins: 2000m/2600m
Career Best Win: ATC St Leger, October 19 2019, Randwick, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 16: 4-3-3
Wet Track Stats: 12: 0-1-0
Short Summary: Big tick getting back on top of the ground. Just not going well enough.

Manion Cup (2400m), March 27 2021, Rosehill, Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

Thought it was a nice ride from Nash in front. He gave the horse every chance to see out the 2400m and he gave a really good kick. Just couldn’t quite finish it off on the wet track, battling away to run fourth.

Chairmans Quality (2600m), April 10 2021, Randwick, Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

He just did far too much work on what was such a brutal speed. He had to drop out of the race and that he did, along with pretty much every other horse that was near the speed.

Final Summary: As I said above, only horse I could entertain from the Chairmans is Quick Thinker. He gets down in the weights, he’ll be near the speed, Tim Clark rides him well…just not going well enough I think.

 

10. Favorite Moon

Odds: $5.00
Breeding: Sea The Moon x Favorite
Trainer: William Haggas
Jockey: Kerrin McEvoy
Barrier: 3
Career Stats: 9: 3-1-1
Min/Max Distance Wins: 2400m/2800m
Career Best Win: Manion Cup, March 27 2021, Rosehill, Soft Surface
Dry Track Stats: 1: 0-0-0
Wet Track Stats: 8: 3-1-1
Short Summary: Internationals at 2400m+ is punting gold. But, I think he is a massive risk.

Handicap (2817m), September 5 2020, Haydock Park, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

Thought it would be good to show this given this is the last time he raced beyond 2400m. It was a romp, but the depth in the field wasn’t strong and the subsequent form out of it has been rather plain, so jury is out on the strength of this race despite the impressive margin.

Manion Cup (2400m), March 27 2021, Rosehill, Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

He got the job done. But the ride from McEvoy was a peach. Landed him in the plum spot in the box seat and if you were on, it was a pretty painless watch. The margin was narrow though and the form out of it doesn’t look to be overly strong.

Final Summary: The easy comparison is to Young Rascal. He won the Manion last year, was hard in the market for the Sydney Cup and he didn’t fire. On exposed form, Young Rascal was a better prospect compared to Favorite Moon this year. This is just my personal opinion, but I think he has next to no chance.

 

11. Rondinella

Odds: $1.030
Breeding: Ocean Park x Our Valpolicella
Trainer: John O’Shea
Jockey: Andrew Atkins
Barrier: 7
Career Stats: 30: 4-6-4
Min/Max Distance Wins: 1400m/2100m
Career Best Win: Handicap, February 2 2019, Te Rapa, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 16: 3-3-2
Wet Track Stats: 14: 1-3-2
Short Summary: Ran well in the Sydney Cup two years ago…just not sure how well she is going in 2021.

Epona Stakes (1900m), March 27 2021, Rosehill, Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

The run had merit to it. Was wide no cover for the trip and she stuck to the task pretty well I thought, albeit it was in Mares only race. But She’s Ideel came out of it to run second in the Tancred so the form has been ticked off.

Chairmans Quality (2600m), April 10 2021, Randwick, Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

There was market support to suggest she would go close and that she did. She finished with real purpose late, just missing out on picking up Quick Thinker. They spanked the rest, so that doesn’t read too bad.

Final Summary: She’s going okay. Is okay going to win a Sydney Cup? I’m saying no given she is over two years between wins. But I do think a dry track helps her cause. IMO she is a better horse on top of the ground compared to when she gets her toe in. Can see her running top four.

 

12. She’s Ideel

Odds: $8.00
Breeding: Dundeel x Ana’s Mail
Trainer: Bjorn Baker
Jockey: Rachel King
Barrier: 4
Career Stats: 19: 5-6-4
Min/Max Distance Wins: 1550m/2400m
Career Best Win: Handicap, October 10 2020, Randwick, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 13: 2-5-2
Wet Track Stats: 6: 3-1-2
Short Summary: She’s got the right form being the Tancred and is weighted to only run well.

Epona Stakes (1900m), March 27 2021, Rosehill, Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

I’ve done the research and figures…she should have won by 45 lengths, and that is being conservative. But seriously…it was just an ugly, ugly watch if you were on. Should have bolted in and golden opportunity missed for a blacktype win.

Tancred Stakes (2400m), April 3 2021, Rosehill, Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

Excellent run. Admittedly, she was fence in run, which was gold for the meeting, but she still finished off with real purpose late to run second to a star in Sir Dragonet.

Final Summary: Personally, I think she’s rock bottom at around $8. Seemingly, she is flying, and is tumbling in weight. But she didn’t exactly savage the line in the Tancred to suggest the 3200m would be up her alley. She’s hard to beat on form, but from a betting perspective, I’d want double figures before chiming in.

 

13. Realm Of Flowers

Odds: $7.50
Breeding: So You Think x Astral Flower
Trainer: Anthony & Sam Freedman
Jockey: Damien Thornton
Barrier: 8
Career Stats: 15: 4-4-1
Min/Max Distance Wins: 1500m/2500m
Career Best Win: Fillies Classic, May 16 2020, Morphettville, Soft Surface
Dry Track Stats: 5: 1-1-0
Wet Track Stats: 10: 3-3-1
Short Summary: She’s going well. But I have a huge query on the strength of her form.

Handicap (2000m), February 27 2021, Randwick, Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

Thought this run was very good in defeat. Had to make a sustained run, was ridden somewhat upside down, and she did keep finding under pressure, just missing out on the win when a narrow second to Yonkers. The knock is the form out of this race since, overall, has been terrible.

Manion Cup (2400m), March 27 2021, Rosehill, Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

I’m just not sure about this form and run from her. You can look at it two ways. She was wide no cover for the trip yet flashed late to just miss, so a huge effort. Or, she was wide no cover and the fact she made ground like she did and got as close as she did suggests that lot were no good.

Final Summary: No doubt she would love a drop of rain to hit the track. But I still think she is capable on a dry deck. From a price angle, $5 opening price was just ridiculously short. At the time of writing, she’s now $6.50 and I suspect she’ll keep sliding towards double figures. She and Favorite Moon are the two I’m most keen to risk in the race.

 

14. Sacramento

Odds: $34.00
Breeding: Pierro x Alzora
Trainer: Gai Waterhouse/Adrian Bott
Jockey: Kathy O’Hara
Barrier: 9
Career Stats: 19: 6-2-3
Min/Max Distance Wins: 1600m/2800m
Career Best Win: Parramatta Cup, February 20 2021, Rosehill, Soft Surface
Dry Track Stats: 11: 3-2-1
Wet Track Stats: 8: 3-0-2
Short Summary: Has had a great prep. But he’s looking for the paddock now.

Manion Cup (2400m), March 27 2021, Rosehill, Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

He normally loves to dictate from the front, but after getting hampered at the start, he was forced to take a sit, which I think work against him, but he still stayed on and was sound in defeat when third to Favorite Moon in a race where the form does look quite suspect.

Chairmans Quality (2600m), April 10 2021, Randwick, Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

This just screamed of an out of prep run. Sat near a brutal speed and like most near that, he dropped out and failed to finish it off, which was understandable given how hard they went early.

Final Summary: He won three on the bounce earlier in the prep, so he done his job for connections. The last couple, especially last Saturday, indicated he is looking for the paddock. Unless there is a mad bias towards those on speed, the $34 is unders.

 

15. Good Idea

Odds: $19.00
Breeding: So You Think x Faint Perfume
Trainer: Phillip Stokes
Jockey: Ben Thompson
Barrier: 1
Career Stats: 37: 6-5-3
Min/Max Distance Wins: 2000m/3200m
Career Best Win: Adelaide Cup, March 8 2021, Morphettville, Good Surface
Dry Track Stats: 25: 3-2-2
Wet Track Stats: 12: 3-3-1
Short Summary: Adelaide Cup winner that won’t disgrace himself. Not the worst in this race.

2020 Adelaide Cup (3200m), March 9 2020, Morphettville, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

The Adelaide Cup in recent years has been a hot favourite or bust. This edition, it was the hot pot King Of Leogrance, who had panels on them including this guy, but his run was enormous given the amount of early work he did in the run. He did a remarkable job to kick on as well he did to finish second.

2021 Adelaide Cup (3200m), March 8 2021, Morphettville, Anti-Clockwise Direction, Good Surface

This year it was Tralee Rose or bust. The latter got the verdict and it was this guy that got the win. With respect, overall, it was a very ordinary edition of the race. He was found though by some, into $17 from $26, and he was dominant. Ran some 15 lengths faster time than the previous year and was dominant on the line, so credit to him.

Final Summary: He’s one of only a handful that is proven at 3200m, so the trip is no issue. Should do no work from the inside gate and given his record at the trip, I think the big boys and girls that decide the market place won’t let him get out to a silly price. $31 is probably as long as I’d have him. A win wouldn’t shock.

 

16. Selino

Odds: $26.00
Breeding:
Champs Elysees x Air Kiss
Trainer: Chris Waller
Jockey: Ron Stewart
Barrier: 13
Career Stats: 15: 2-5-2
Min/Max Distance Wins: 2800m/3350m
Career Best Win: Handicap, October 18 2019, Wolverhampton, Synthetic Surface
Dry Track Stats: 9: 2-4-1
Wet Track Stats: 6: 0-1-1
Short Summary: Waller has said all Autumn this is his Sydney Cup horse. Let’s see if he is.

Manion Cup (2400m), March 27 2021, Rosehill, Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

This was D-Day for him because since arriving from the UK, he had done bugger all. This was the first sign of positive form. He kept chasing from off the pace and was good late. But, as I have said a few times, the form out this looks very suspect.

Chairmans Quality (2600m), April 10 2021, Randwick, Clockwise Direction, Soft Surface

Brutally run affair this. Just got too far back in the run and probably didn’t the best of steers from Williams. He ran fourth, but beaten a long way and this was a gut buster.

Final Summary: I was red on him being a nice horse when he came over in the Spring. He hasn’t quite lived up to that promise but I can see that he is improving. He does remind me of Shraaoh when he won this race two years ago. Teased throughout the Autumn then when it came to the GF, he came out on top. I can see that happening. Do I want to back him doing that? At $20+, I could.

 
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