A capacity field of 14 plus two emergencies have been declared for the second running of the 2017 $2m, Group 1 Schweppes Sydney Cup (3200m) at Randwick on Saturday.
From the original field in the race held on April 8th that was declared a no race for safety reasons, out are the ill-fated Almoonqith (USA), Assign (IRE) and Vengeur Masque (IRE) and in are the Hayes and Dabernig stable of Boom Time and Harlem (GB) and Lee Curtis's three-year-old filly Lasqueti Spirit. John Sargent’s Rock On (NZ) and David Brideoake’s Self Sense are the first and second emergencies respectively.
Boom Time comes to Sydney after a last start 2 1/4L win in a Handicap over 2425m at Caulfield carrying 58.5kg. On Saturday Cory Parish rides with barrier 11 and 53.5kg.
Harlem was eighth in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 2000m at Randwick on April 8th. Hong Kong based Chad Schofield comes to Randwick to ride with barrier nine and 52kg.
Bobby El-Issa will ride Lasqueti Spirit, who was third in the Group 1 ATC Australian Oaks over 2400m on April 8th, with barrier 10 and 51.5kg.
Darren Weir’s Big Duke (IRE), the $3.50 favourite with TAB.com.au, has Craig Williams nominated to ride however a new rider will be required after Williams lost his appeal over an eight meeting suspension from Sandown-Lakeside on Monday.
Big Duke has barrier two and 52kg.
Godolphin’s pair off Penglai Pavilion (USA) and Polarisation (GB) have Kerrin McEvoy, barrier 16, 52kg and Corey Brown, barrier eight and 51.5kg respectively.
The Sydney Cup is Race 8 at 3.35pm.
The first race of the ten race programme is the $100,000, Stratum Star Returns To Widden Handicap (1100m) with a field of six two-year-old’s at 11.25am.
The track is rated a Soft 7 at acceptance time on Wednesday after 31.6mm of rain over the past seven days.
The rail for Saturday, the fourth Saturday in succession that the Course Proper has been raced on, will be back to the 2m position for entire circuit. Last Saturday for the All Aged Stakes meeting the rail was out 7m from the 1600m to the winning post and 5m for the remainder of the course.
Overall there were 99 acceptances for the programme.
Sydney’s weather had partly cloudy days for Thursday and Friday with 24c and a cloudy day for Saturday with a high (70%) chance of showers, most likely later in the day, with 2mm-6mm and 16c -23c.