Sydney Cup Tips, Betting, Odds, Horses & More 2025

The Sydney Cup is one of the best long-distance races on the Australian calendar and is run under handicap conditions. The race will take place on Saturday, April 12, 2025 and is run at a distance of 3,200m. The Group 1 race is run at Randwick Racecourse and forms part of what is known as Day Two of The Championships.

Sydney Cup Information

Looking for some quick information about the Sydney Cup? You’ve come to the right place! Check out the table below to get you started:

📅Date:Saturday 12th April, 2025
⌚Race Time:TBA
📏Race Distance:3,200 metres
🛣️Racecourse:Randwick Racecourse
🐎Conditions:Handicap
🏅Status:Group 1
🏆Prize Money:$2,000,000
🏇2024 Winner:Circle Of Fire

About the Sydney Cup

Run at the same distance as the greatest race of them all, the Melbourne Cup, the Sydney Cup showcases some of the best stayers both Australia and the world have to offer. It is one of the biggest Group One races to take place in Sydney’s Autumn Racing Carnival. There is a cool $2 million in prize money on offer for the Sydney Cup.

The handicap race always attracts a quality field that has a distinct international flavour. Some of the highest calibre horses have won the Sydney Cup over the years, including the likes of; Makybe Diva, Tie The Knot and Kingston Town!

The Sydney Cup is run on Day Two of The Championships, which includes other Group 1 races like the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the Queen of the Turf Stakes and the Australian Oaks. The Provincial-Midway Championships Final is also raced on the same day at Randwick, but it isn’t technically a Group 1 race. 

With all this racing taking place at Randwick during Sydney’s Autumn Racing Carnival, it should be no surprise to learn that it is one of the top tracks in the country. The Sydney Cup is rich with history and we will cover more about all the interesting things that have happened during the race in the past in our “History” section later on this page.

So, be sure to visit OnlyRacing.com.au for all your Sydney Cup needs! We cover so many different aspects of the race, there’s something for everyone. We cover the all-important Sydney Cup tips, betting, odds as well as other information like the field, form guide, results and more.

Before we let you dig into our Sydney Cup tips, we’ve prepared this nice little table that includes the breakdown of prize money for the race. Check it out below:

Place:Prize Money:
1st$1,160,000
2nd$380,000
3rd$195,000
4th$90,000
5th$45,000
6th, 7th & 8th$20,000
9th & 10th$15,000

Sydney Cup Tips

One of the things we take very seriously here at OnlyRacing is our free horse racing tips. We love providing horse racing tips, not just on every single Group 1 on the calendar, but daily horse racing tips for our regular readers. For our Group 1 and key feature race tips, our experts will provide a best bet, next best as well as a best roughie for your viewing pleasure.

Our experts are waiting until the final field is confirmed before providing their Sydney CUp tip in 2025. They want to ensure they have all the information before providing their top three choices for the race. Do check back again on this page during race week for updated tips!

We know you came to this section for tips, so tips you shall have! While you wait for our 2025 Sydney tips, check out all our tips for the race in 2024 below:

Sydney Cup Best Bet - Athabascan

Boy, oh boy. This is a wide open market and I have found some value for you for the Sydney Cup. I think Athabascan is so good, he isn’t even my best roughie, he is just my straight-out best bet! Currently listed at $9.00, I think he has been very consistent at the 2,400m+ distance. 

He is competitive in every race he has run recently, with his latest a narrow defeat on Derby Day. I feel that the Sydney Cup was always his target and he is looking prime for a quality run on Saturday. Only has to carry 52kg on his back after 59kg at weight-for-age last time out, which is a massive help. Have something on him each-way, but I think he can win this as well.

Sydney Cup Next Best - Circle Of Fire

Putting the current pre-race favourite as my next best for the Sydney Cup. Ciaron Maher knows how to train Sydney Cup winners, he has trained two of the last four! This is the first time Circle Of Fire will step out to the two-mile distance after a win in the Chairman’s Quality (2,600m) last time out.

The Chairman’s Quality is usually a good form indicator for the Sydney Cup, which is probably why Circle of Fire is the narrow favourite. I think he could easily run another good race and he is as versatile as they come. But the wide gate worries me a little bit.

Sydney Cup Best Roughie - Mahrajaan

Found myself a nice little roughie in the wide-open Sydney Cup in Mahrajaan. Currently listed at a juicy $20 this New Zealand stayer comes to Australia in winning form. Very strong in the closing stages of the Auckland Cup (Group 2) last time out, winning by under a length. 

He almost always runs strongly at the two-mile mark, which puts him in a good position considering most of his competitors are unproven. In fact, Mahrajaan is undefeated over a distance of 3,200m. I think we are getting some value because punters are too sure about how to line up the New Zealand form, but he presents some very good value in my opinion.

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Sydney Cup Betting

Several different Sydney Cup betting markets will be available through a range of betting apps. All the best horse racing betting sites will have a huge range of markets so there is something for everyone. 

If you’re new to horse racing betting, sticking with the simple bet types like the Win or Place Bet is a good option. Then, as your skills develop, you can try more advanced bet types. Once you’ve nailed down the market you want to bet on, then you also need to decide which bookie you’re going to bet with.

There are many  Australian betting sites out there and to make the job easier for you, we’ve provided an in-depth review of all the top ones going around. You should look for ones that have the best betting sites bonuses going around as a starting point.

Beyond that, looking for bookies that offer superior odds and betting promotions is another good option. Each bookmaker will offer something a little different, which is why it’s a good idea to check out our bookie reviews.

We go through all the ins and outs of each bookie. Providing you with all the information you need to pick the best bookie for you. For the Sydney Cup specifically, Volcanobet, QuestBet and TopSport are some of the best betting apps going around!

They are just three bookies that you can bet with come the Sydney Cup, so if you’d like some more suggestions on who to bet with, all you have to do is scroll up to our “Betting Sites” section above. We’ve got many more bookies that we think you’ll love listed there.

Sydney Cup Field

The Sydney Cup field will be confirmed during race week and at that time you’ll see the amount of runners that will line up for the race. As we have come to expect over the years, there is usually a big and high-quality field fighting it out for Group 1 glory. There’s also usually a nice international flavour to the race as well.

As well as the field, if the odds market is released, you’ll find that in our “Odds” section below. Checking out the current odds will give you some indication of which runners are more favoured in the market at the moment. If the odds are available, you should remember that they will be changing all the time, so if you see a good price, jump on it while you can!

While we wait for the 2025 Sydney Cup final field to be announced, check out all the runners that line up in the race in 2024 below:

No.HorseTrainerJockeyBarrierWeight
1MILITARY MISSION (IRE)Gai Waterhouse & Adrian BottAdam Hyeronimus1756.5kg
2MAHRAJAAN (USA)Shaune Ritchie & Colm MurrayTom Marquand1656kg
3ASHRUN (FR)Ciaron MaherCraig Williams1256.5kg
4LOFT (GER)Ben, Will & JD HayesBlake Shinn756.5kg
5STOCKMAN (NZ)Joseph PrideReece Jones855kg
6SELINO (GB)Chris WallerTommy Berry954.5kg
7KALAPOUR (IRE)Kris LeesDylan Gibbons (a)654kg
8SERPENTINE (IRE)Gai Waterhouse & Adrian BottTim Clark453.5kg
9AMADE (IRE)Phillip StokesMichael Dee553kg
10ATHABASCAN (FR)John O’SheaTyler Schiller1152kg
11MANZOICEChris WallerZac Lloyd (a)151.5kg
12CIRCLE OF FIRE (GB)Ciaron MaherAndrea Atzeni1551.5kg
13GLENTANEOUS (IRE)Anthony & Sam FreedmanMs Jamie Kah251.5kg
14MAJOR BEEL (NZ)Gai Waterhouse & Adrian BottLouis Beuzelin351.5kg
15MOSTLY CLOUDY (IRE)Trent Busuttin & Natalie YoungMs Rachel King1451.5kg
16TORRENSMarc ChevalierMs Jenny Duggan1351.5kg
17SO DAZZLING (NZ)John SargentJay Ford1051.5kg

What an excellent field for the 2024 Sydney Cup!? We saw 17 runners confirmed for the race but no emergencies. In the end, we saw just one scratching in the Sydney Cup, which was Torrens, meaning a total of 16 runners took part in the race.

If you check out the field for any given race on any day, you’ll probably notice there are a few scratchings here and there. Scratchings are unfortunately a way of life in horse racing and can happen at any time. This is why it is a good idea to keep an eye on things, especially if you have a bet on the race.

When going through the final field, another important aspect to look into is the barrier draw. This is especially the case in races with a big field as the barrier draw can have a major impact on how the race will play out for the runners. Some barriers are more successful than others, so it also pays to check out the barrier stats as well.

Sydney Cup Form Guide

The Sydney Cup has been running for a long time now and you know what that means? Heaps of form guide data and stats to go through! Well, not you exactly, but the team at OnlyRacing will go through it all. We actually enjoy going through the Sydney Cup form guide and finding interesting stats.

We’ve gone through all the important form indicators and found some patterns in the winners that will hopefully point you in the direction of the upcoming Sydney Cup winner. So, if you prefer to bet with your head and not your heart, check out the Sydney Cup form guide information below!

Since 2010, we’ve seen international gallopers dominate the Sydney Cup, with Knights Order (2022) and Niwot (2012) being the only two Australian successes during that time! The Sydney Cup is also a race known to have a lot of upsets and in the last 35 years, we’ve only seen 10 favourites win the race.

If you’re looking for the best lead-up race for Sydney Cup winners, we think you should focus on the Chairman’s Handicap. In the last 35 years, we’ve seen 19 Sydney Cup winners come from the Chairman’s Handicap, which is a Group 2 run at a distance of 2,600m. 

You should also consider checking out the Manion Cup as well, 11 of the last 35 Sydney Cup winners contested the Manion Cup beforehand. It is important to look into runners who are in some form because, since 2006, there have been only two runners who finished lower than fourth in the lead-up run.

As the race is run under handicap conditions, it pays to look into the weight of each runner. In the last 31 years, there have only been two winners that have carried 57kg or more, including Mourayan (2013) and Tie The Knot (1999).

When it comes to the age and sex of the winner, look for older male horses. There have been only five mares in the last three or so decades that have won the Sydney Cup. It seems as though 7YOs have had some success in the race, with six winners between 2006 and 2022.

Sydney Cup Horses

The Sydney Cup has been around for a LONG time! This means there are heaps of Sydney Cup horses to go through. While we wish we could feature them all in this section, we just don’t have the time. So, we’ve had to make some tough decisions on who to write about here.

We’ve picked out some of the best Sydney Cup horses to ever win the race and while you may think we’ve missed a horse that deserves to be on the list, remember we can’t feature all of them! Check out the best Sydney Cup horses we’ve decided to feature below (hopefully your favourite makes the list!):

The Barb - 1868 & 1869

The Barb won the Sydney Cup in back-to-back years, in 1968 and 1869. Along with his back-to-back victory in the Sydney Cup, The Barb also won the greatest race of them all, the Melbourne Cup! He was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame and finished his career with a record of 23:15-2-1.

Wakeful - 1902

Wakeful was a top-notch racehorse that was only unplaced on three occasions! She won the 1902 Sydney Cup along with several other top-tier races like the Newmarket Handicap, Doncaster Mile and the Oakleigh Plate. In 2002, she was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame.

Galilee - 1967

Galilee was the first and remains the only runner to win the Sydney Cup, the Melbourne Cup and the Caulfield Cup all in the same season. The gelding ended his career with a record of 36:18-6-4 and won several other Group 1 races like the Toorak Handica, the Queen Elizabeth Stakes along with the Memsie Stakes.

Kingston Town - 1980

The 1980 Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year certainly captured the hearts of many Australians during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Kingston Town even had a Group 1 race named after him, the Kingston Town Classic, which has since been renamed to the Northerly Stakes. Some of the other races the gelding won throughout his career include the Rosehill Guineas and the Cox Plate.

Tie The Knot - 1998 & 1999

Tie The Knot was another multiple-winner of the Sydney Cup after winning the race in back-to-back years in 1998 and 1999. Throughout his entire career, the gelding won 13 Group 1 races including the Spring Champion Stakes, the Rosehill Guineas and the Underwood Stakes, just to name a few.

Makybe Diva - 2004

Makybe Diva is a much-loved mare, who is probably best known for winning the Melbourne Cup three years in a row, but she also won the 2004 Sydney Cup. She amassed over $14 million in prize money and was named the Australian Racehorse of the Year in 2005 and 2006. The Makybe Diva Stakes is a Group 1 race named in her honour and is run each year in September.

Sydney Cup Odds

The Sydney Cup odds are like the glue that holds everything together! It’s important to know what odds you are getting for the market you want to bet on because then you’ll understand how likely it is for that bet to get up, as well as how much you could potentially win.

Well before the Sydney Cup is due to start all the best horse racing betting apps will open markets for you to bet on the race. Our favourite bookie, PlayUp, hasn’t yet released their horse racing markets for the Sydney Cup. We will keep an eye on things though and bring you the information as soon as we can.

If you’ve found a runner that you like, we recommend getting on them as soon as you can. If you are betting when the market is listed as “Before Noms” then you’ll get your stake back if your chosen runner doesn’t end up making the final field. You’ll also find that the odds are much higher at this time, compared to if you bet the day of the race.

It’s also important to remember that there will be a lot of fluctuations in the odds as well. Odds can change multiple times a day and there are many factors behind this. For example, if a runner had a poor lead-up run, this could cause their odds to blow out, or if there are a lot of big bets on a particular runner, this could cause their odds to shorten.

Check out the 2024 Sydney Cup odds below for all 17 confirmed runners (we will have the 2025 odds up in this section as soon as possible):

Runner:Odds:
Circle Of Fire$4.80
Ashrun$6.00
Kalapour$8.50
Athabascan$9.00
Serpentine$9.50
Amade$12
Military Mission$14
Manzoice$15
Glentaneous$15
Major Beel$19
Mahrajaan$20
Mostly Cloudy$21
Stockman$26
Selino$31
So Dazzling$41
Loft$51
Torrens$91

*Odds correct as of 11/04/2024.

Sydney Cup History

The Sydney Cup is one of the longest-running races on the Australian horse racing calendar. It is run each year during the Autumn Racing Carnival, which is one of the biggest horse racing carnivals of the year. With a race that has been running for as long as the Sydney Cup has, there’s a lot of history to go through!

The first-ever running of the Sydney Cup was all the way back in 1862 and was won by Talleyrand. The Sydney Cup has been run under several different names over that time, including the Randwick Grand Handicap, the Randwick Grand Handicap Sweepstakes along with the Sydney Gold Cup.

Despite the first running of the Sydney Cup taking place in 1862, it wasn’t until 1980 that the race was upgraded to Group 1 status. That was also the year the Sydney Cup was won by none other than Kingston Town!

The Sydney Cup race record is held by two runners, Apollo Eleven (1973) and Just A Dancer (1999) both ran the race in a time of 3:19.90. In 1989, we saw the lightest weighted winner since 1970, which was Palace Revolt with just 48.5kg. Contrastingly, in 1978, we saw My Good Man win the Sydney Cup with the most-ever weight, 60kg.

You may already be aware, but the Sydney Cup is just one of many races that are on the Australian calendar each year. We have pages just like this one on all the other Group 1 races and key feature races. If you’d like to learn more about those races, check out our Group One races list.

Sydney Cup Results

Each year horse racing fans want to know who won the Sydney Cup results. For the 2025 Sydney Cup, we don’t know who won the race just yet, because the race hasn’t been run! But as soon as we know, we will bring you all the results you’re looking for.

In 2023, we saw Circle Of Fire win the Sydney Cup. It was a fairly easy ride for the 4YO who ended up putting a distance of 2.07L between himself and Athabascan, who finished in second place. Circle of Fire was also the narrow pre-race favourite.

Kalapour crossed the line in third place, a distance of 2.59L off Circle Of Fire. In the end, there was a total of 33.93L between the first and last-placed runners, while the race was run in a time of 3:20.89.

Want to see where each runner finished in the 2024 Sydney Cup? Well, then you should check out the table below:

FinishNo.HorseTrainerJockeyMarginBarrierWeight
112CIRCLE OF FIRE (GB)Ciaron MaherAndrea Atzeni-1451.5kg
210ATHABASCAN (FR)John O’SheaTyler Schiller2.07L1152kg
37KALAPOUR (IRE)Kris LeesDylan Gibbons (a)2.59L654kg
48SERPENTINE (IRE)Gai Waterhouse & Adrian BottTim Clark2.78L453.5kg
56SELINO (GB)Chris WallerTommy Berry4.49L954.5kg
615MOSTLY CLOUDY (IRE)Trent Busuttin & Natalie YoungMs Rachel King5.05L1351.5kg
73ASHRUN (FR)Ciaron MaherCraig Williams5.96L1255.5kg
81MILITARY MISSION (IRE)Gai Waterhouse & Adrian BottAdam Hyeronimus8.45L1656.5kg
94LOFT (GER)Ben, Will & JD HayesBlake Shinn8.51L755.5kg
109AMADE (IRE)Phillip StokesMichael Dee9.24L553kg
115STOCKMAN (NZ)Joseph PrideReece Jones9.45L855kg
1217SO DAZZLING (NZ)John SargentJay Ford9.56L1051.5kg
1313GLENTANEOUS (IRE)Anthony & Sam FreedmanMs Jamie Kah10.89L251.5kg
1411MANZOICEChris WallerZac Lloyd (a)13.82L151.5kg
1514MAJOR BEEL (NZ)Gai Waterhouse & Adrian BottLouis Beuzelin20.56L351.5kg
162MAHRAJAAN (USA)Shaune Ritchie & Colm MurrayTom Marquand33.93L1556kg

Sydney Cup Replay

You’ve read the table, now watch the video! Check out the race replay video on the Sydney Cup below:

Sydney Cup Winners

There have been many quality Sydney Cup winners over the years. If you’re looking for a list of all the recent winners of the Sydney Cup, you’ve come to the right place! Check out the table below:

Year:Runner:
2025TBC
2024Circle Of Fire
2023Explosive Jack
2022Knights Order
2021Selino
2020Etah James
2019Shraaoh
2018Who Shot Thebarman
2017Polarisation
2016Gallante
2015Grand Marshal
2014The Offer
2013Mourayan
2012Niwot
2011Stand To Gain
2010Jessicabeel

Sydney Cup FAQs

You’ve almost read everything you could possibly know about the Sydney Cup! But before we get the party poppers going, check out some final Sydney Cup FAQs below:

Where to bet on the Sydney Cup?

Figuring out where to bet on the Sydney Cup is a very important decision. Before you make your mind up we think you should check out our bookie reviews page. Here, we have comprehensive reviews on all the top bookies. You can use all this information to help you make a more successful decision.

How to bet on the Sydney Cup?

There will be many markets available for you to bet on the Sydney Cup. We go through all the available markets in our bookie reviews, so you should go check out our reviews for all the information you need. It is recommended that you only bet on markets that you understand and are comfortable with.

How to watch the Sydney Cup?

There are so many options for you to watch the Sydney Cup including through free-to-air, Foxtel, Kayo or even an Australian bookmarker. Not all Australian bookies offer live-streaming services though, so you should find out which ones offer this product.

When is the Sydney Cup?

The Sydney Cup is scheduled for Saturday 12th April 2025 and will be one of the key races on Day Two of The Championships.

How long is the Sydney Cup?

The Sydney Cup is run at the same distance as the Melbourne Cup, at 3,200m. It is a true staying test and we usually see a big gap between the first and last runner across the finish line.

Where is the Sydney Cup?

The Sydney Cup takes place each year at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney.

Who won the most recent edition of the Sydney Cup?

In 2023, we saw the narrow pre-race favourite, Circle Of Fire win the Sydney Cup. Circle Of Fire finished over 2L clear of the rest of the field.

What is the prize money for the Sydney Cup?

There is a cool $2 million up for grabs in the Sydney Cup and the winner gets the lion’s share of that cash.

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