Sydney Cup 2023 Tips, Field & Race Guide

The Sydney Cup will take place on Saturday, April 8, 2023 at Royal Randwick.

Offering prize money of $2 million, this handicap race is open 3 year olds.

We provide you with Sydney Cup tips as well as an in depth guide into the runners, horses, final field, barrier draw, news, betting odds and information, and how you can watch a live stream to watch the race unfold.

CONTENTS: Schedule | Live Stream | Bonus Bets | Tips | Nominations | Field & Barrier Draw | Results & Replays | Odds | History | Winners | Top 5 Winners

Sydney Cup 2023 Schedule

Date April 8
Track Royal Randwick
Distance 3200m
Class Group 1
Race Type Handicap
Prizemoney $2 million
Age 3YOS and upward

Sydney Cup Tips

Arguably the most testing staying race in Australia, winners of the Sydney Cup need a stout staying pedigree.

Unlike the Melbourne Cup that is generally run on a Good surface in Spring, the Sydney Cup is often run on rain-affected going which leaves horses needing to dig deeper at the end of the two-mile contest.

Our experts assess all the Sydney Cup runners, their pedigree, form, barrier draws, speedmap and more to help come up with our betting pointers and 2023 tips to help you back the winner.

Our team of expert tipsters will provide 2023 Sydney Cup tips and selections once the final field has been declared.

READ: 2022 Sydney Cup Tips & Preview 

Sydney Cup Nominations

There are two rounds of nominations for the 2023 Sydney Cup with the first taking place at 11am on February 8, 2023, while the final nominations are taken at 12:00pm on March 7, 2023.

Sydney Cup Field & Barrier Draw

The final field and barrier draw for the 2023 Sydney Cup will be released at 8:00am April 4, 2023.

This page will be updated following the barrier draw.

Sydney Cup 2022 Results & Replay

Finish Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Draw Weight SP
1 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Rachel King 1 51.5kg $8.50
2 SHERAZ (FR) Chris Waller Craig Williams 6 51kg $11
3 DAQIANSWEET JUNIOR (NZ) Phillip Stokes Kerrin McEvoy 7 51.5kg $26
4 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) Matt Cumani Teodore Nugent (a) 16 50kg $61
5 LE BAOL (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Louise Day 19 50kg $41
6 KAAPFEVER (NZ) Joseph Pride Tyler Schiller (a) 8 50kg (cd 51kg) $201
7 STOCKMAN (NZ) Joseph Pride Ms Alysha Collett 13 51kg $8
8 SWEET THOMAS (GER) Matthew Smith James Innes Jnr 11 50kg $91
9 CRYSTAL PEGASUS (GB) Chris Waller Ms Jamie Kah 18 51kg $6.50F
10 LUNCIES (GB) Kris Lees Robbie Dolan 14 50kg $10
11 NO COMPROMISE (NZ) Chris Waller Jay Ford 10 50.5kg $12
12 ALAKAHAN (IRE) Richard & Will Freedman Fred Kersley 4 50kg (cd 52kg) $61
13 SUREFIRE (GB) Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 12 50kg $8.50
14 CHALK STREAM (GB) Chris Waller Damien Thornton 9 50kg $9.50
15 ANGEL OF TRUTH Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes William Pike 3 51kg (cd 52kg) $21
16 SOUTH PACIFIC (GB) Richard Litt Andrew Gibbons 15 50kg (cd 52kg) $201
17 DADOOZDART (GB) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brock Ryan 17 50kg $61
18 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Hugh Bowman 5 56kg $16
19 TIGERTIGER (NZ) Rob Blacker Dean Holland 2 50kg $31



See more Sydney Cup results and replays here.

Sydney Cup Betting Odds

Leading bookmakers LadbrokesNedsbet365 & Palmerbet have the latest 2023 Sydney Cup betting odds available. There will be plenty of movements in the Sydney Cup betting markets in the days leading up to the race. See the latest market below or click on the links to take you direct to the bookmakers.

Sydney Cup History

Four Group 1 features are run on Day 2 of The Championships during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

The Sydney Cup features alongside the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m), $1 million Coolmore Legacy Stakes (1600m) and $1 million Australian Oaks (2400m).

Odds-on favourite Talleyrand won the inaugural Sydney Cup in 1862 when the race was known as the Jockey Club Handicap.

The Sydney Cup is the longest race at Royal Randwick and first received Group 1 status in 1980 when won by Kingston Town.

With $2 million in prizemoney, the Sydney Cup attracts the country’s best stayers in the autumn, with many set to tackle the Melbourne Cup later in the spring.

The Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) held at the same track one week earlier as part of Day 1 of The Championships and the Group 1 Tancred Stakes (2400m) held at Rosehill Gardens two weeks earlier are the most reliable guides to the Sydney Cup.

Winners of the Sydney Cup have generally gone on to compete in feature staying races during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival with the Melbourne Cup (3200m) high on the agenda of most winning trainers.

Other notable winners of the Sydney Cup include The Barb (1868-69), Carbine (1889-90), Wakeful (1902), Eurythmic (1921), Rogilla (1933), Sailor’s Guide (1956), Galilee (1967), Apollo Eleven (1973), Kingston Town (1980), Tie The Knot (1998-99) and Makybe Diva (2004).

Unlike some of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival Group 1 features which have been dominated by the likes of Gai Waterhouse and Chris Waller in recent years, the Sydney Cup hasn’t had a back-to-back winning trainer since the late Guy Walter prepared Tie The Knot to consecutive successes in 1998 and 1999.

Prior to that, you had to go back to 1985 and 1986 when Brian Mayfield-Smith saddled up Late Show to success before Marooned saluted the following year at the short quote of $1.60.

Sydney Cup Winners (Since 2000)

2022 Knights Order
2021 Selino
2020 Etah James
2019 Shraaoh
2018 Who Shot Thebarman
2017 Polarisation
2016 Gallante
2015 Grand Marshal
2014 The Offer
2013 Mourayan
2012 Niwot
2011 Stand To Gain
2010 Jessicabeel
2009 Ista Kareem
2008 No Wine No Song
2007 Gallic
2006 County Tyrone
2005 Mahtoum
2004 Makybe Diva
2003 Honor Babe
2002 Henderson Bay
2001 Mr Prudent
2000 Streak

Top 5 Sydney Cup Winners

Click here to see our Top 5 Sydney Cup Winners. 

Sydney Cup Live Stream

TAB customers are able to live stream the 2023 Sydney Cup free of charge courtesy of Sky Racing vision.

You can watch the action from your mobile device or desktop for every Australian thoroughbred, greyhound and harness race live.

TAB offers Sky Racing 1, Sky Racing 2 and Sky Thoroughbred Central on their racing live streaming service.

T&Cs Apply. Vision available for all three Sky Racing channels. Data charges may apply.

Watch the 2023 Sydney Cup with TAB.

Sydney Cup Bonus Bets

With the country’s leading bookmakers offering horse racing promotions and bonus bets every day of the week, you can get more bang for your buck.

The offers really ramp up on Saturday covering most races with promos such as Double Your WinningsCash Back and Bonus Bet Back for finishing 2nd, 3rd and even 4th, there are plenty of promos to sink your teeth into.

Racingbase hunts down all the daily bookmaker promos and bonus bets and displays them on one page with their T&C’s so you can see what is on offer.


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