Sydney Cup Tips & Preview

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Sydney Cup Tips


Looking for Sydney Cup tips and best bets? We dissect times and form to find the winner of the 2022 Sydney Cup at Randwick.

Tips will be available following the barrier draw. See our 2021 preview below for an example of what to expect.


The Sydney Cup sees the stayers in action over the two miles on Day Two of The Championships. The 2021 edition shapes as a competitive betting race with Favourite Moon and Realm Of Flowers the early popular elects with ladbrokes at the $6 quote, while Southern France ($8), She’s Ideal ($8) and Miami Bound ($9) are others under double figures.

Favourite Moon and Realm Of Flowers provided the quinella in the recent Manion Cup (2400m) and are the only two horses in the Sydney Cup to have had their last start in that race. A number of others have had a start since, including Quick Thinker.

She’s Ideel was runner up in the Tancred Stakes behind Sir Dragonet, who drops back in trip to tackle the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m> She’s Ideel finished ahead of Miami Bound (3rd) and Southern France (7th) in the Tancred Stakes. Eight of the field of 16 come out of the Tancred, while a further four took part in the Chairmans Quality (2600m) that was taken out by Quick Thinker. Good Idea comes up from Melbourne after running 6th in the Easter Cup (2000m) at Caulfield.

Interestingly, the Chairmans Quality has been the time honoured lead up towards the Sydney Cup with eight of the past 12 winners coming out of that race including Shraaoh in 2019.

Quick Thinker settled on the speed in the Chairmans in what was a solidly run race. He went 14.4 lengths faster than standard benchmark, which are the best last start figures of any runner. He is a two-time winner at Randwick and stays under notice after that performance.

The three other runners to come out of the Chairmans really punctured in the final stages and the likes of Hush Writer, Sacramento and Selino are hard to have on those efforts.

She’s Ideel heads the Tancred runners and went 9.3 lengths faster than standard when runner-up behind Sir Dragonet. She drops 7kg on that effort. Miami Bound produced the fastest last 200m and drops 5.5kg.

She was held up for a period at the top of the straight and at her most recent 3200m run she wasn’t disgraced when14th in a hot Melbourne Cup (3200m) last year before a bit of a disappointing effort in the Sandown Cup (3200m).

Southern France had no luck in the Tancred Stakes and was beaten into 19th position in the 2019 Melbourne Cup before bouncing back by taking out the Zipping Classic (2400m) at Sandown last spring.

Looking back at the Manion Cup and it was a slowly run affair early on before Favourite Moon and Realm Of Flowers capitalised. That pair settled three back and Favourite Moon edged clear before Realm Of Flowers came late. However, we should get a genuinely run two miles in the Sydney Cup.

Sydney Cup Tips & Verdict

Realm Of Flowers is s progressive type from the Anthony Freedman stable and has a sense of timing about her. She was runner-up in the Sandown Cup last year when stepping up from the 2400m of the Bendigo Cup (2400m) and should appreciate the trip. In the Manion Cup she finished ahead of a number of the rivals that she meets and is slightly better at the weights in comparison to Favourite Moon.

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