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Who takes another Shot at Sydney Cup

Tue, Apr 18, 5:57pm by Senior Writer

Sydney’s autumn carnival has been granted a bonus week, with the final Group 1 of the season in New South Wales to be staged this Saturday with the re-running of the $2 million Sydney Cup.

The original race was started on the second day of The Championships on April 8, but the race was abandoned after a serious fall which involved two horses.

While Almoonqith had to be euthanised in a tragic aftermath to the non-race, the other horse which was involved in the incident, Who Shot Thebarman, is set to take his place in the replay and is rated a $13 shot to win in his fourth attempt at the race.

The favourite remains Big Duke, who jumped as top pick in the original iteration of the race. Big Duke is $3.30, ahead of Godolphin duo Penglai Pavilion ($5) and Polarisation ($7).

Polarisation won the running the first time around, but much of the field had pulled up at the 600m mark.

“Polarisation did very well, but several runners were pulled out of the race in take one of the Cup. That hasn’t changed much for punters, as Big Duke is the best backed and the one attracting all the interest,’’ said sportsbet.com.au’s Will Byrne.

Three-year-old filly Lasqueti Spirit, the winner of the Crown Oaks and third place getter in the ATC Oaks, is $9 and is expected to set-up a brutal speed if her previous Group 1 runs are anything to go by.

Mornington Cup winner tally, also owned by Godolphin, but trained locally by John O’Shea, is $11, ahead of Chance To Dance, who is $12.

Who Shot Thebarman is one of three horses nominated by Chris Waller, with Libran, runner-up in the race last year, at $16, and Kinema at $21.

Last week’s Caulfield winner Boom Time is also $21, with Kiwi stayer Rock On currently at $26.

Sydney Cup – Sportsbet

$3.30   Big Duke

$5.00   Penglai Pavilion

$7.00   Polarisation

$9.00   Lasqueti Spirit

$11      Tally

$12      Chance To Dance

$13      Who Shot Thebarman

$16      Libran

$21      Kinema

$21      Boom Time

$26      Rock On

$26      Annus Mirabilis

$51      Self Sense

$51      Harlem

$101    Mister Impatience

$101    Pentathlon


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