Syd­ney Cup resched­uled

Rouse Hill Times - - SPORT -

THE $2 mil­lion Sch­weppes Syd­ney Cup will be the fi­nal Group 1 race of the NSW racing sea­son af­ter it was resched­uled for next Satur­day at Royal Rand­wick.

Racing NSW and Aus­tralian Turf Club of­fi­cials met last week and an­nounced the Syd­ney Cup’s new date af­ter the 3200m marathon was de­clared a no-race on April 8, Day Two of The Cham­pi­onships, when Al­moon­qith suf­fered a cat­a­strophic leg in­jury and fell soon af­ter the start.

The Sch­weppes Syd­ney Cup will be the cen­tre­piece of the re­vised Satur­day meet­ing, which has been trans­ferred from War­wick Farm to Royal Rand­wick.

A $15,000 pay­ment will be made to all horses that faced the starter on April 8 but do not start on Satur­day. Fur­ther, a $4000 pay­ment will be made to the con­nec­tions of all horses that faced the starter in the no-race and then con­test the resched­uled Syd­ney Cup.

Godol­phin’s English duo Po­lar­i­sa­tion and Penglai Pavil­ion are ex­pected to start again with their de­par­ture from Syd­ney de­layed for an­other two weeks at least.

SHIN­ING STARS

WINX and Chau­tauqua were clearly the equine stars of The Cham­pi­onships.

Mighty mare Winx scored her 17th con­sec­u­tive win in the Queen El­iz­a­beth Stakes to com­plete her sec­ond un­de­feated sea­son of racing to con­firm her rat­ing as the world’s best race­horse on turf. Chau­tauqua scored his third suc­ces­sive win in the TJ Smith Stakes, an un­prece­dented feat.

Hugh Bow­man won his third Nathan Berry Medal as the lead­ing rider.

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