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Sydney Cup 2023 Barrier Draw & Final Field

Last updated: 04 Apr 2023
Bets.com.au Staff 04 Apr 2023
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  • The barrier draw has taken place for the 2023 Sydney Cup
  • This Group 1 will be contested on Saturday, April 8 at Randwick
  • Full field available below
Sydney Cup Barriers
Knights Order has drawn barrier 12 in the 2023 Sydney Cup. (Getty)

The Sydney Cup is one of four Group 1's contested on day two of 'The Championships' at Royal Randwick.

Early favourite Cleveland (barrier 17) caught the eye on Australian debut with a fifth-place finish over 2400m in the Tancred Stakes on March 25.

A strong son of Camelot that contested the Irish Cesarewitch (3332m) last September with 63kg, he now has just 51kg under handicap conditions, carrying 8kg less than his first-up assignment.

Joseph O'Brien also prepares Baron Samedi (barrier 20), a gelding that won seven races on the trot over 2020/2021, which includes three Group victories.

Last year's Melbourne Cup winner Gold Trip (barrier 16) has the topweight of 59.5kg and history is against the Australian Bloodstock import, with My Good Man (60kg - 1978) the only horse to carry more weight to win the Sydney Cup since 1970.

Ciaron Maher & David Eustace have also accepted with Explosive Jack (barrier 4), High Emocean (barrier 19) and Alakahan (barrier 19), while Chris Waller has triple representation through Selino (barrier 14), Surefire (barrier 6) and Timour (barrier 3). 

A final field of 20 have accepted for the 2023 Sydney Cup.

Sydney Cup 2023 Barriers & Final Field

1Gold Trip (FR)Ciaron Maher & David Eustace James McDonald1659.5kg
2Knights Order (IRE)Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark1256.5kg
3Baron Samedi (GB)Joseph O'BrienTom Marquand2055kg
4Stockman (NZ)Joseph Pride Sam Clipperton554.5kg
5Arapaho (FR)Bjorn BakerRachel King 853kg
6Selino (GB)Chris Waller TBA1453kg
7Surefire (GB)Chris WallerJoao Moreira652.5kg
8Explosive Jack (NZ)Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Dylan Gibbons (a)452.5kg
9Sir Lucan (IRE)Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Winona Costin1551.5kg
10TorrensMark ChevalierTBA151.5kg
11Cleveland (IRE)Joseph O'Brien Kerrin McEvoy 1751kg
12High Emocean (NZ)Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Robbie Dolan 1951kg
13Amade (IRE)Phillip StokesReece Jones (a)1051kg
14King Frankel (IRE)Mark NewnhamTyler Schiller (a)1150kg
15Nerve Not Verve (NZ)Michael MoroneyDean Holland250kg
16Gin Martini (NZ)Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Zac Lloyd (a)1850kg
17Timour (FR)Chris WallerJay Ford350kg
18 Alakahan (IRE)Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Brock Ryan1350kg
19Pesto (GB)Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Andrew Adkins950kg
20True Marvel (FR)Matthew SmithKathy O'Hara750kg

Sydney Cup Winners

Originally run as the Jockey Club Handicap in 1862 and rebranded as the Sydney Cup in 1866, famous early winners of this feature include The Barb and Carbine.

The Sydney Cup was given Group One status in 1980, which was celebrated in fine style with one of Australia's best ever gallopers in Kingston Town taking it out that year.

Champions have taken out this 3200m feature, with Carbine, Galilee, Kingston Town, Tie The Knot and three-time Melbourne Cup winning mare Makybe Diva all included on the honor roll.

Etah James (2020), Selino (2021) and Knights Order (2022) have won the last three editions of the Sydney Cup.

Sydney Cup FAQs

When is the 2023 Sydney Cup?

The 2023 Sydney Cup is scheduled to run on Saturday, April 8.

What distance is the Sydney Cup?

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

How can I live stream the Sydney Cup?

Visit our live streaming hub for all the information on how to live stream the Sydney Cup and all other Australian horse races.

Who won the 2022 Sydney Cup?

Knights Order won the 2022 Sydney Cup.

What is the Sydney Cup worth?

The Sydney Cup is worth a total of $2 million.

$1,155,000 of that goes to the winner.


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