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Sydney Cup: Preview and Best Bets

Fri, Apr 21, 9:50am by Staff Writer

Sydney gets an extra day of feature racing this Saturday with the running of the rescheduled Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m). A capacity field of 14 plus two emergencies have accepted with Boom Time, Harlem, Lasqueti Spirit, Rock On and Self Sense new additions to the race.

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Big Duke was the favourite in the markets a fortnight ago and he’s opened up $3.10 favourite again this time around. He was Darren Weir’s first Sydney winner in the Group 3 Manion Cup (2400m) earlier in the carnival – albeit on protest – but with Craig Williams on the sideline through suspension, Glen Boss takes the ride. He’s won six from 12 in total with five of those wins coming from eight Australian starts.

The 20-1 on offer a fortnight ago for Polarisation ($6) is certainly not there now but he’ll line up alongside stable mate Penglai Pavilion ($5.50). They were two of a handful of runners that finished the 3200m two weeks ago with Godolphin’s Charlie Appleby happy to extend their stay and run them again. Godolphin’s Australian representative, Tally ($12), comes off a last start Listed Mornington Cup (2400m) win.

Chris Waller will take three into the race including Who Shot Thebarman ($14). He was one of the horses that dislodged his rider in the original running of this year’s Cup and also did a couple of laps on his own accord for good measure. Stablemate Libran ($18) was the favourite for this race last year only to finish second – and is fifth-up after missing the spring while Kinema ($31) had a little support at odds a fortnight ago.

Lasqueti Spirit ($11) is a three-year-old filly who comes off a placing in the Group 1 Oaks (2400m) after taking a Weight-For-Age path into that. Chance To Dance ($15) was there when the whips where cracking in the first rendition of the race while Boom Time ($20) backs up from a last start win at Caulfield last week.

Race 3 might only be a BM78 over 1600m but there are some potentially nice three-year-olds set to line up with four from the Chris Waller stable alone. Black On Gold ($4) has won three of its last four – with Sizzling Bullet ($6) and Oklahoma Girl ($4.20) both winning two from their last three. The Pinnacle ($5.50) (Team Snowden) is going for three in a row and is a winner of two from four career starts. Caerless Choice ($6) has won four from five and was a last start fourth when near favourite in the Country Championship Final while Mull Over ($11) and Ubatuba ($9) are not without a chance either.

Gai Waterhouse has had a quiet time by her standards this autumn especially with her two-year-olds but she’ll send out odds-on favourite Debonairly ($1.80) in Race 1 while in Race 7 – a BM90 over 1000m – the promising Nieta ($2.15) lines up for John Thompson. The four-year-old mare has five wins and two placings from seven career starts with two from three last preparation including a second to Kuro in the Listed Starlight Stakes (1100m) at her most recent run before a break. She’ll be ridden by Blake Shinn who comes off six seconds at Wyong on Wednesday.

Suggested Bet: Back Nieta to win


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