Sydney Cup rescheduled
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.
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.