• Join
  • Login
  • GTO Twitter
  • GTO Facebook
  • 17:38:43 AEST
  • Thursday, 19 July 2018
Almandin 120418

Randwick Racing Sydney Cup Preview 2018

Tagged: Randwick

Capacity staying field set to excite

This year's Sydney Cup has attracted a capacity field of 20 runners, while rare, it will make for an excellent staying spectacle over the 3200m Cup distance. 2016 Melbourne Cup winner Almandin is sure to attract plenty of attention at the top of the market, however he faces some quality local opposition and a number of intriguing international visitors.


  Race Track Traits

Randwick is currently rated a Good 4 with the rail out 3m the entire circuit and fine conditions predicted for the day. The racing surface looked to be playing fairly on Day 1 of The Championships last Saturday, with runners coming from both on and off the speed to win, and from most lanes across the track. Suspect we can default to a fair surface again for Day 2 this week, with similar conditions expected.


 Market Movers

Favourite Almandin remains solid at $3.90 with no significant betting action seen for any runner aside from a longer priced move for Five To Midnight who is $51 into $34.


 Key Runners

#1 Almandin $3.90

High quality Team Williams runner who won the 2016 Melbourne Cup. Has had a great preparation this time in, with a sound fourth in the Australia Cup before proving too strong in the Tancred where he beat a smart one in Gailo Chop. Deserves favouritism and will be powering over the top late.


#2 Who Shot Thebarman $16

Cult hero who is right in this race following a solid run behind Almandin in the Tancred last start where he ran third. Has won one and placed in three from eight attempts over the two miles which is significant. Suspect he may come up under the odds across totes nationally due to his popularity, however if you can find a reasonable fixed price, is not the worst bet.


#4 Ventura Storm $11

Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig have this gelding flying. It was a huge run in the Australia Cup second-up to get third, and then most recently when he just missed to a smart one in Sir Charles Road. Small question mark on whether he will run the two mile trip right out. With “Bossy” to steer, he is worth a gamble to find out.


#6 Pre Stwick $12

Intriguing Japanese runner who is very difficult to line up here based on recent form, including a last start fifth over 3400 where he was first-up. The Japanese staying form is usually top shelf and must respect the booking of Joao Moeira to ride. You would be wanting to see a confident move in betting late, and if that comes suspect he would figure in the finish.


#8 Auvray $13

Would have liked to have seen a better run in the Tancred last start where he finished 6 of 9 and was never a match for Almandin who poured on the pressure early. Looks like the 3200m is ambitious and doubt he will stay the trip.


#10 Aloft $7

Is second pick of the Williams runners but should still give this a shake, going off an impressive last start win in the Roy Higgins over 2600m last start. He will race right up on the speed (if not be leading) and should be out of trouble the entire trip. Could pinch it if they dawdle.


#13 Sir Charles Road $6.50

Kiwi raider who surprised a few last week here in The Chairmans over 2600m where he won in an epic two horse battle close to the line after looking beaten. The toughness displayed there will be useful in this, and is one that sneaks into the field with no weight (50kg). Effective wet or dry and can win.


Of the others….

Libran has been coming along nicely over unsuitable distances and could easily grow a leg over this trip and on his preferred dry surface. Arrives here on the fresh side with four weeks between runs, and this could be a masterstroke at the back end if a turn of foot is required. 



1st Almandin

2nd Aloft  

3rd Ventura Storm

4th Who Shot Thebarman

Share On:

Top Stories

Religify 100617

Doomben Racing Tips & Preview Tattersalls Mile 2018

Featuring Listed grade status, The TattersallsĀ Mile represents a rare race at stakes level across the country this weeke.....

Jul 19, 2018 04:08PM
READ MORE right-arrow

Sir Plush 170617

Randwick Racing tips & preview July Sprint 2018

A number of nice types have entered here for what should be an intriguing sprint battle over the Randwick short course 1.....

Jul 19, 2018 11:57AM
READ MORE right-arrow

Bookie Ring 060218

Free Horse Racing Tips: Midweek Racing 18 July 2018

Free racing tips from expert Matt BucklandĀ  Warwick Farm Race 4 Tip #1 Island MissileĀ $2.70 The Team Snowden gelding j.....

Jul 17, 2018 04:45PM
READ MORE right-arrow

Horse racing game

17/7/2018 Horse Racing Tipster of the week

It's not often that greyhounds get mentioned in this article, but this week is a special case. That's because fo.....

Jul 17, 2018 06:29PM
READ MORE right-arrow

Betting Offers

click and get your bonus today!


Racing News Topics

Tweets by @theGreatTipOff

Today's Racing Top 5

360% POT
165% POT
148% POT
105% POT
90% POT
Full Leaderboard
Simon Thomas
217% POT
Anthony Coll..
154% POT
Chris Blackw..
145% POT
123% POT
Gary Kliese
116% POT
Simon Thomas 217% POT
Chris Blackw.. 145% POT
ChrisNelson 123% POT
David Taggar.. 108% POT
Richard Call.. 91% POT

Next Race to Jump

More Racing news you might like

Horse racing game

17/7/2018 Horse Racing Tipster of the week

It's not often that greyhounds get mentioned in this article, but this week is a special case. That's because fo.....

READ MORE right-arrow

Form Guide Lay

Saturday racing Lays of the Day 14 July 2018

This week's lays focus on two runners that fit one of our favourite themes, that being a high profile nature which c.....

READ MORE right-arrow

SMS 180118

Rosehill racing tips from speed maps specials 14 July 2018

The Rosehill track is currently rated a Good 4 with the rail out 6m the entire circuit. This set-up traditionally offer.....

READ MORE right-arrow

Horse racing barriers 2

Caulfield Tips Speed Maps Specials 14 July 2018

With the rail out a massive 11m the entire Caulfield circuit this week, we can of course immediately default to on-speed.....

READ MORE right-arrow


Rosehill & Caulfield tips from early market moves 14 July 2018

Our report found two winners last week which saw followers finish just shy of making a profit. Although the qualit.....

READ MORE right-arrow

Chris Nelson 620x410

Horse racing pro turns hard grind into profits

Most of us feel the need to spruik a winning day on the punt because they're that tough to come by. Lo and behold if.....

READ MORE right-arrow

Copyright © 2018 S93 thegreattipoff.com | Stay in Control. Gamble responsibly.