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Some facts about the Group One $500,000 Sydney Cup (3200m) to be run at Randwick on Saturday.

* Sydney’s premier staying event first run in 1866 when won by Yattendon.

* Run at Rosehill in 1942.

* On the honour roll are some of Australasia’s greatest gallopers including The Barb (1868-69), Carbine (1889-90), Wakeful (1902), Eurythmic (1921), Rogilla (1933), Mosaic (1939-40), Veiled Threat (1942, 1944), Dark Marne (1948), Carbon Copy (1949), Carioca (1953), Sailor’s Guide (1956), Straight Draw (1958), Sharply (1961), Galilee (1967), Lowland (1969), Apollo Eleven (1973), Battle Heights (1974), Reckless (1977), Double Century (1979), Kingston Town (1980), Our Paddy Boy (1981), Tie The Knot (1998-99), and Makybe Diva (2004).

* Previously successful trainers with runners this year: Gai Waterhouse – Once Were Wild, Older Than Time (Linesman 1997); Lee Freedman – Above Average (Count Chivas 1996); Graeme Rogerson – Bid Spotter (Just A Dancer 1991); David Hayes – Laristan (Azzaam 1993).

* Successful jockeys in the past with rides this year: Corey Brown – Above Average (Mr Prudent 2001); Kerrin McEvoy – Tinseltown (Honor Babe 2003); Craig Williams – Laristan (Ista Kareem 2009); Glen Boss – Older Than Time (Makybe Diva 2004); Jim Cassidy – Saint Encosta (County Tyrone 2006, Marooned 1986).


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