2020 Sydney Cup - Big Duke tipped to win staying grand final

Fan-favourite Big Duke is a big chance in The Championships' staying feature
Sydney Cup
The Sydney Cup is the staying feature of the day. (Getty Images)

2020 Sydney Cup Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


DateSaturday April 12, 2020
Time3:45pm
TrackRandwick
Distance3200m
StatusGroup 1
ConditionsHandicap
Prize Money$2 million
Age3YO+

The 2019 Sydney Cup will feature one of the best staying fields in Australia and is only rivaled by the likes of the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup.

It's becoming a great guide for racing during the Melbourne Cup Carnival and a full field of 18 runners will again do business on Day 2 of The Championships at Randwick.

A truly international field lines up in 2019 and it's a wide-open betting market.

2020 Sydney Cup field, barrier & odds


#
Horse
Barrier
Odds
1The Taj Mahal826.00
2Sound1323.00
3Patrick Erin526.00
4Red Cardinal1813.00
5Big Duke218.50
6Vengeur Masque1641.00
7Sir Charles Road2023.00
8Yogi1511.00
9Brimham Rocks1431.00
10Dubhe43.40
11Midterm99.00
12Glory Days1918.00
13Zacada1281.00
14Gallic Chieftain710.00
15Rondinella111.00
16Shraaoh311.00
17Semari631.00
18Top of the Range1767.00
19Rodrico1081.00
20Doukhan234.00
21Fairlight1151.00

2020 Sydney Cup Best Bet - Big Duke @ 8.00


Big Duke is a proven runner at this distance and has been working through his gears this season. The Irish-bred seven-year-old finished second in the Manion Cup and second in the Tancred Stakes.

That's Group 1 form and the rise to 3200m is going to suit him down to the ground. He ran third in this race in 2017 and he's a good chance to improve on that.

Bookmakers are offering 8.00 and that's a good price for a runner which will likely be well-supported come race day.

2020 Sydney Cup Best Each Way - Red Cardinal @ 8.00


Red Cardinal is coming off a tough run in the Group 1 Tancred Stakes last Saturday but this race suits much better and he has already proven his staying credentials this season.

The multiple 2019 winner has been relishing the wet tracks but both wins came when there was plenty of pace up front. They walked in the Tancred and it destroyed his chances.

If they go slow in the Sydney Cup, he looks held but if there's any speed, he will sit off them and come with a big run down the outside.

Red Cardinal
Red Cardinal wins the Sky High Stakes. (Getty Images)

2020 Sydney Cup Best Roughie - Zacada @ 41.00


The Kiwi stayer finished second in the 2018 Sydney Cup behind Who Shot Thebarman and although he hasn't quite performed highly since, he peaks this time of the year.

He will have to put a poor last-start performance behind him at Rosehill but he loves travelling over two miles and if it's wet, his chances increase.

Don't rule out the dour stayer.

Best Bet: Big Duke - 8.00 @ bet365
Best Each Way: Red Cardinal - 8.00 @ bet365
Best Roughie: Zacada - 41.00 @ bet365
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Daryl Curnow 14 April 2019

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