Sydney Cup Barrier Draw Stats & Info

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The Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) barrier draw and final field will be declared on Tuesday, April 08, 2025. 


Sydney Cup Nominations – List of Entries for Two-Mile Staying Contest

One of the biggest races on the Sydney calendar each year is the gruelling staying test known as the Sydney Cup.

Nominations for the 2025 Sydney Cup are split into two rounds with the first being released at 11:00am on February 11, 2025. The final nominations will be taken at 12:00pm on February 21, 2025.

There have been some interesting winners of the Sydney Cup, including three-time Melbourne Cup champion Makybe Diva and 13-time Group 1 winner Tie The Knot who won the Sydney Cup twice.

Sydney Cup Barrier Draw – When Will The Final Field Be Declared?

We will know the final field and barrier draw for the 2025 Sydney Cup on Tuesday, April 08, 2025.

The Sydney Cup barrier draw can often be conducted in person with connections of each runner selecting an item at random from a table; hidden from view on the item will be the starting barrier for the horse. This practice of having connections or a representative of each horse only takes place for the biggest races on the calendar each year.

Sydney Cup Barrier Statistics – Winners From The Past 20 Years

Year Horse Barrier Weight
2024 Circle Of Fire 14 51.5kg
2023 Explosive Jack 3 52.5kg
2022 Knights Order 1 51.5kg
2021 Selino 12 50kg
2020 Etah James 8 51.5kg
2019 Shraaoh 3 51kg
2018 Who Shot Thebarman 10 55kg
2017 Polarisation 6 51.5kg
2016 Gallante 11 51.5kg
2015 Grand Marshal 4 52kg
2014 The Offer 8 55kg
2013 Mourayan 2 58kg
2012 Niwot 2 55.5kg
2011 Stand To Gain 4 53.5kg
2010 Jessicabeel 10 52kg
2009 Ista Kareem 6 52kg
2008 No Wine No Song 8 55.5kg
2007 Gallic 1 56kg
2006 County Tyrone 8 55.5kg
2005 Mahtoum 10 52.5kg
2004 Makybe Diva 8 55.5kg


Is There A Draw Bias in the Sydney Cup?

Barrier eight has been a blessing in the Sydney Cup with a whopping 10 winners jumping from that gate in the past four decades.

A single barrier producing so many winners is hardly an indication of a barrier draw bias. That barrier has certainly had its numbers bolstered when the calibre of Makybe Diva and The Offer have drawn that gate.

Outside of that outlier, there has been a fairly even spread of winners from barriers 12 or less.

Much like the Melbourne Cup, the barrier is less important as the race takes place over two miles and jockeys have time to make moves in the race.

Most Successful Sydney Cup Barriers

Barrier Wins
8 10
2 4
4 4
3 4
5 3
10 3
1 1
14 1

Last updated for 2024 Sydney Cup Results

Please note that barrier statistics only include races from 1983 onwards.



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