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The Roar: Diabolical Sydney Cup needs urgent repairs

April 25, 2013

The Sydney Cup, once Sydney’s most prestigious races, needs a serious revamp – and soon – or it faces extinction.

For a race with such a history, it has produced a rather ordinary field once again.

This has been the case for a number of years, with Sydney Cup types instead heading to the spelling paddock or to other (shorter) races around the same time.

A race which boasts an honour roll with winners like Carbine, Wakeful, Eurythmic, Rogilla, Sailor’s Guide, Galilee, Kingston Town, Tie The Knot and Makybe Diva deserves more respect than it currently receives.

It is the same story with the VRC St Leger, one of Australia’s oldest races, which is being run for the 157th time on Thursday.

Won in its halcyon days by the likes of Grand Flaneur, Poseidon, Phar Lap, Tranquil Star, Comic Court, Delta, Sailor’s Guide, Tulloch and Gurner’s Lane, the race now produces more jumpers than top class stayers.

There are exceptions – last year’s winner Vatuvei went on to win the Moonee Valley Cup while the appropriately-named Exceptionally has performed well in staying races for a number of years since her victory.

But for the most part, it does not see the emergence of top stayers like it once did.

The same fate may await the Sydney Cup if steps are not taken to arrest its fall.

Click here to go to The Roar to read more about why the Sydney Cup needs to be revamped.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Ben permalink
    April 27, 2013 12:27 pm

    The committee that upgrades races to G1 when do they start putting G1’s on the chopping block? best way to get action would be to advise ATC that Syd Cup is in serious danger of no longer being a G1.

    Also don’t get me started that Syd Cup is worth more then the all aged stakes whats going there??

  2. zakazano permalink
    April 27, 2013 6:33 pm

    Bit harsh Hawk. Given the flotilla of imported stayers hitting our shores, I reckon it’s in the right place. The weight scale today looked poor due to the original entry of Green Moon, but apart from that.. All bar one of them had a chance, several of them will be in line for a Cup start in November. There have been some diabolically poor fields over the years, this wasn’t one of them.

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