The second running of the Group 1 Schweppes Sydney Cup on Saturday, is tougher than take 1 was.
You may recall two weeks back the Cup was run but was abandoned mid race because two horses fell.
One of those horses is in again here....Who Shot Thebarman.
This $2 million, 3200m looks harder on paper than the original. But - and here'ds a question: can the first 3 home that day be the same 3 home again this time?
I think they will go close, so here are the Top 5 chances in Saturday's race.
In saddle cloth order.
1. WHO SHOT THEBARMAN $14 Sportsbet
Grand old stayer who didn't actually fall in the Cup two weeks ago. He was badly checked and swerved sharply to the left, and in doing that, Blake Shinn came off. The horse kept going and completed the course so he is now very fit. Trainer said he pulled up in great spirits and ate up that night. Was racing in great heart before that and looms large as one of the best hopes.
5. CHANCE TO DANCE $15 Palmerbet
Is a very strong stayer who is in great form. Went the distance in the original Sydney Cup two weeks back and ran a gallant 2nd. He should be spot on for this. Looks well weighted and should be right in the fray.
6. BIG DUKE $3.50 Luxbet
This is a rare animal. He is a very strong stayer and is extremely consistent. And he knows how to win. He's managed to win 5 of his past 6 including the Chairman's Hcp, a renowned lead-up race for this one. Should be right in the money.
10. PENGLAI PAVILION $5.50 Sportsbet
Very smart stayer from the Godolphin overseas camp, who ran a courageous 3rd in the Sydney Cup take 1 a fortnight ago. He loomed to win and kept battling to the line. Winkers have gone on now. He worked in them during the week and he worked very well. Big show.
14. POLARIZATION $6.50 Palmerbet
Another Godolphin stayer of note. Did come home like a train late to win the Sydney Cup take 1 a fortnight ago. That was a great performance and trainer believes he hasn't lost any zip from the run. Looms as one of the very hardest to beat again.
1. PENGLAI PAVILION ($5.50 Sportsbet
), 2. Who Shot TheBarman, 3. Polarization
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