11:25 AM (AEST) Saturday, April 22 at Royal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney
The Group 1 Sydney Cup will dominate a top quality day at the horse races this Saturday at Royal Randwick, with two millions in prize money on offer.
Race 1 – Stratum Star Retires To Widden Handicap (1100 metres)
Race 2 – Schweppervescence Handicap (1200 metres)
Race 3 – ATC Heritage Centre Handicap (1600 metres)
Race 4 – Schweppes Randwick Royale Handicap (2400 metres)
Race 5 – TAB Highway Handicap (1400 metres)
Race 6 – ATC Membership Handicap (1600 metres)
Race 7 – Ranvet Handicap (1000 metres)
Race 8 – Schweppes Sydney Cup (3200 metres)
Race 9 – tab.com.au Handicap (1400 metres)
Race 10 – #theraces Handicap (1400 metres)
Race 8 – Schweppes Sydney Cup – The feature race, worth 2 million dollars, will be a hard fought battle given that the track is heavy. Big Duke is the clear favourite here after winning all of his last 3 races and 5 of his last 6 starts. In his 12 runs to date, he’s finished outside the features just once. He’s had 2 runs for 2 wins on heavy tracks and could be near unbeatable here. Penglai Pavilion will be first up here after a 6 month spell. Half his 8 career wins have been in first up races. Polarisation will be resuming here after a 7 month break. He hasn’t had a win for nearly two years but is a very strong chance here in suitable conditions. Both Tally and Boom Time come into this race on the back of a solid last start win and could pose a threat to the front runners and are definite place chances.
Betting: Big Duke $3.10; Penglai Pavilion $5.50; Polarisation $6.00; Lasqueti Spirit $11.00; Tally $12.00; Who Shot Thebarman $14.00; Chance To Dance $15.00; Libran $18.00.