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Sydney Cup Horse Race

Sydney Cup Horse Race
Sydney Cup Horse Race. Photo: IMAGO

Run over the same distance as the Melbourne Cup, the Sydney Cup race is a top event run during the ATC Championships.

Staged at Randwick Racecourse (more information about the Group 1 horse races at Randwick), the next renewal is due to be staged on Saturday, April 13.

Check out the history of the race, the 2023 result including final odds and other past winners. We also check out the barrier stats and more.

Sydney Cup Race History

The first ever Sydney Cup race meeting was held on May 1st, 1862.  The race is one of only two 3200-metre Group 1 Australian races, the other being the Melbourne Cup.

Though the Sydney Cup has never really attracted the same quality of horses as the Melbourne Cup, it has always been competitive and high class. Previous winners include the likes of Makybe Diva and Tie The Knot.

Nowadays, it is run as part of the ATC Championships in the autumn.  Other major races on the schedule include the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Sydney Cup Race Results 2023

19 took part on Sydney Cup race day in 2023. Though not the winner, the horse to watch turned out to be Gold Trip who went on to run a stormer in the Melbourne Cup in November. Full places:

  1. Explosive Jack (T: Ciaron Maher & David Eustace, J: Dylan Gibbons (a) ) – $26.
  2. True Marvel (T: Matthew Smith, J: Ms Kathy O’Hara) – $151.
  3. Knights Order (T: Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, J: Tim Clark) – $16.

Past Winners

Chris Waller won this race 5 years from 11, while English superstar handler Charlie Appleby won it in 2017. These are all the winners since 2015:

2023Explosive JackCiaron Maher & David Eustace
2022Knights OrderGai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
2021SelinoChris Waller
2020Etah JamesCiaron Maher & David Eustace
2019ShraaohChris Waller
2018Who Shot ThebarmanChris Waller
2017PolarisationCharlie Appleby
2016GallanteRobert Hickmott
2015Grand MarshalChris Waller

Barrier Draw Statistics

Before any tips are finalised, many will want to see the final barrier draw for this race. The draw is so crucial at Randwick. The barriers are revealed on April 9.

Sydney Cup Winners by Barrier

This is how each barrier has performed since 1983:


How to Live Stream the 2024 Sydney Cup Race

If you are betting with one of the major firms, you may be able to live stream the race via your bookmaker. Many top sites offer this service, usually when you have a funded account and/or are having a bet.

The Sydney Cup race day is also broadcast by Seven. Via their 7Plus platform, racing is streamed live online.


One for the top-class gallopers, the Sydney Cup is a Group 1 handicap event staged at Randwick. It is run during the Autumn Championships alongside the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the Australian Derby and others.

Run at 3200 metres, the Sydney Cup is worth a total of $2,000,000. The race is considered to be a great lead-up to the Melbourne Cup.


The top questions answered about the Sydney Cup race, 2024.

The 2024 Sydney Cup is run at Randwick on Saturday, April 13.

The handicap field will run for a total of $2 million. This is one of the most valuable handicaps in Australia.

The Sydney Cup is run over a distance of 3200 metres.

Learn more about other Group 1 races at Randwick, Sydney

If you are looking for other group 1 horse races held at Randwick, read the pages listed below to get more information.

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