Sydney Cup

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Sydney Cup
Group I race
LUCRATIVE 1940 VRC DERBY MAURICE McCARTEN.JPG
Lucrative, 1941 winner Maurice McCarten up
Location Randwick Racecourse
Sydney, Australia
Inaugurated 1862 (as Jockey Club Handicap)
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Sponsor Schweppes (2013)
Website Australian Jockey Club
Race information
Distance 3,200 metres (~2 miles)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification 3-year-old
Weight Handicap
Purse A$1,000,000 (2014)

The Sydney Cup is an Australian Turf Club Group 1 horse race, held for Thoroughbred horses and run over 3200 metres. It is run every year at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales during the Autumn Carnival and it is the longest race in the club.[1] The prize money in 2013 is A$1,000,000.

The origins of this race are associated with colonial Sydney and the growth of thoroughbred racing in the colony during the 1850s. The Australian Jockey Club initiated an Autumn race meet of initially two days and expanded it as horse racing became the most attended sport meeting.

Race name[edit]

The inaugural running of the race was 1 May 1862 as part of the Metropolitan Autumn Meeting at Randwick.[2] The race was known as Jockey Club Handicap and it was the third race on the card.[2] The race attracted 9 runners over the famed 2 miles and was won by the odds on favourite Talleyrand in a time of 3 minutes 52 seconds.[2]

In 1863 the Randwick Autumn Meeting, the third race on the first day of the meet was the Randwick Grand Handicap.[3] The race was run by five entrants with the winner Traveller in a time of 3 minutes 42 seconds.[3]

By 1865 the race was called the Randwick Grand Handicap Sweepstakes.[4] With influx of money that was being offered by the Victoria Racing Club in Melbourne for the Melbourne Cup the AJC decided to change the name of the race in 1866 to the Sydney Gold Cup[5] and move its scheduling to the second day of the meet.[6]

Of the more famous horses to win the race was dual winner of the race The Barb (1868-69) and also winner of the Melbourne Cup[7] and from the same era Carbine who also won the race twice (1889-90).[1]

In the 20th century the race held its prominence and although it never overtook the Melbourne Cup the race complemented the Australian Racing Calendar by being held in the autumn.

Other dual winners include:
Mosaic (1939-40), Veiled Threat (1942,1944),Tie The Knot (1998-99)

In 1973 the race was set at a distance of 3,200 metres due to the metric conversion in Australia.

Kingston Town was the first to win the Sydney Cup as a Group 1 race in 1980. The distinction for the fastest recorded time is 3 minutes and 19 seconds, set by Apollo Eleven in 1973 and equalled by Just A Dancer in 1991.[1]

Race history[edit]

Electro,1957 winner jockey Doug Weir up.
Rogilla,1933 winner George Robinson up

1952 Racebook[edit]

Past winners[edit]

  • 2014 The Offer[8]
  • 2013 Mourayan[9]
  • 2012 Niwot[10]
  • 2011 Stand To Gain[11]
  • 2010 Jessicabeel[12]
  • 2009 Ista Kareem[13]
  • 2008 No Wine No Song[14]
  • 2007 Gallic[15]
  • 2006 County Tyrone[16]
  • 2005 Mahtoum[17]
  • 2004 Makybe Diva[18]
  • 2003 Honor Babe
  • 2002 Henderson Bay
  • 2001 Mr. Prudent
  • 2000 Streak
  • 1999 Tie The Knot
  • 1998 Tie The Knot
  • 1997 Linesman
  • 1996 Count Chivas
  • 1995 Daacha
  • 1994 Cross Swords
  • 1993 Azzaam
  • 1992 My Eagle Eye
  • 1991 Just A Dancer
  • 1990 King Aussie
  • 1989 Palace Revolt
  • 1988 Banderol
  • 1987 Major Drive
  • 1986 Marooned
  • 1985 Late Show
  • 1984 Trissaro
  • 1983 Veloso
  • 1982 Azawary
  • 1981 Our Paddy Boy
  • 1980 Kingston Town
  • 1979 Double Century
  • 1978 My Good Man
  • 1977 Reckless
  • 1976 Oopik
  • 1975 Gay Master
  • 1974 Battle Heights
  • 1973 Apollo Eleven
  • 1972 Dark Suit
  • 1971 Gallic Temple
  • 1970 Arctic Symbol
  • 1969 Lowland
  • 1968 General Command
  • 1967 Galilee
  • 1966 Prince Grant
  • 1965 River Seine
  • 1964 Zinga Lee
  • 1963 Maidenhead
  • 1962 Grand Print
  • 1961 Sharply
  • 1960 Grand Garry
  • 1959 On Line
  • 1958 Straight Draw
  • 1957 Electro
  • 1956 Sailor's Guide
  • 1955 Talisman
  • 1954 Gold Scheme
  • 1953 Carioca
  • 1952 Opulent
  • 1951 Bankstream
  • 1950 Sir Falcon
  • 1949 Carbon Copy
  • 1948 Dark Marne
  • 1947 Proctor
  • 1946 Cordale
  • 1945 Craigie
  • 1944 Veiled Threat
  • 1943 Abspear
  • 1942 Veiled Threat
  • 1941 Lucrative
  • 1940 Mosaic
  • 1939 Mosaic
  • 1938 L'Aiglon
  • 1937 Mestoravon
  • 1936 Contact
  • 1935 Akuna
  • 1934 Broad Arrow
  • 1933 Rogilla
  • 1932 Johnnie Jason
  • 1931 The Dimmer
  • 1930 Gwillian G.
  • 1929 Crucis
  • 1928 Winalot
  • 1927 Piastoon
  • 1926 Murray King
  • 1925 Lilypond
  • 1924 Scarlet
  • 1923 David
  • 1922 Prince Charles
  • 1921 Eurythmic
  • 1920 Kennaquhair
  • 1919 Ian 'Or
  • 1918 Rebus
  • 1917 The Fortune Hunter
  • 1916 Prince Bardolph
  • 1915 Scotch Artillery
  • 1914 Lilyveil
  • 1913 Cadonia
  • 1912 Saxonite
  • 1911 Moorilla
  • 1910 Vavasor
  • 1909 Trafalgar
  • 1908 Dyed Garments
  • 1907 Realm
  • 1906 Noreen
  • 1905 Tartan
  • 1904 Lord Cardigan
  • 1903 Street Arab
  • 1902 Wakeful
  • 1901 San Fran
  • 1900 La Carabine
  • 1899 Diffidence
  • 1898 Merloolas
  • 1897 Tricolor
  • 1896 Wallace
  • 1895 Patroness
  • 1894 Lady Trenton
  • 1893 Realm
  • 1892 Stromboli
  • 1891 Highborn
  • 1890 Carbine
  • 1889 Carbine
  • 1888 The Australian Peer
  • 1887 Frisco
  • 1886 Cerise And Blue
  • 1885 Normanby
  • 1884 Favo
  • 1883 Darebin
  • 1882 Cunnamulla
  • 1881 Progress
  • 1880 Petrea
  • 1879 Savanaka
  • 1878 Democrat
  • 1877 Kingfisher
  • 1876 A.T.
  • 1875 Imperial
  • 1874 Speculation
  • 1873 Vixen
  • 1872 The Prophet
  • 1871 Mermaid
  • 1870 Barbelle
  • 1869 The Barb[7]
  • 1868 The Barb
  • 1867 Fishhook[19]
  • 1866 Yattendon[6]
  • 1865 - Union Jack[4]
  • 1864 - Tarragon[20]
  • 1863 - Traveller[3]
  • 1862 - Talleyrand[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Winners and Past Results for the Sydney Cup". Progroup Racing (Australia). 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Randwick Autumn Meeting First Day (Official 1862 results and commentary)". Bell’s Life in Sydney and Sporting Chronicle, Sydney (Trove (Digitize newspaper)). 3 May 1862. p. 2 (column 4–5). Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Randwick Autumn Meeting First Day (Official 1863 results and commentary)". Bell’s Life in Sydney and Sporting Chronicle, Sydney (Trove (Digitize newspaper)). 2 May 1863. p. 2 (column 3–5). Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "TURF. Randwick Autumn Meeting. First Day (Official 1865 results and commentary 4th Race Randwick Grand Handicap Sweepstakes)". Bell’s Life in Sydney and Sporting Chronicle, Sydney (Trove (Digitize newspaper)). 6 May 1865. p. 2 (column 3–5). Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Powerhouse Museum - 'The Sydney Cup' by Christian Ludwig Qwist, 1871". "(it was an English gold cup won at the Randwick Autumn Meeting of 1866 that started the tradition gold cups awarded to winners of this key Sydney race)" 
  6. ^ a b "Randwick Autumn Meeting. 1866 (Official 1866 results and commentary 4th Race Sydney Gold Cup)". Bell’s Life in Sydney and Sporting Chronicle, Sydney (Trove (Digitize newspaper)). 5 May 1866. p. 2,3 (column 6 and 1). Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "TURF TALK. Randwick Autumn Meeting. Second Day (Official 1869 results and commentary 4th Race Sydney Cup)". Bell’s Life in Sydney and Sporting Chronicle, Sydney (Trove (Digitize newspaper)). 1 May 1869. p. 2 (column 2–6). Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  8. ^ 2014 result
  9. ^ 2013 result
  10. ^ 2012 result
  11. ^ 2011 result
  12. ^ 2010 result
  13. ^ 2009 result
  14. ^ 2008 result
  15. ^ 2007 result
  16. ^ 2006 result
  17. ^ 2005 result
  18. ^ 2004 result
  19. ^ "TURF. Randwick Autumn Meeting. Second Day (Official 1867 results and commentary 4th Race Sydney Cup)". Bell’s Life in Sydney and Sporting Chronicle, Sydney (Trove (Digitize newspaper)). 6 May 1865. p. 2 (column 2–6). Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  20. ^ "TURF. Randwick Autumn Meeting 1864 First Day (Official 1864 results and commentary 4th Race Randwick Grand Handicap)". Bell’s Life in Sydney and Sporting Chronicle, Sydney (Trove (Digitize newspaper)). 30 April 1864. p. 2 (column 3–5). Retrieved 20 April 2013.