Chris Waller’s upcoming stayers, Antonio Giuseppe and Kinema, have been installed as joint $11 favourites for the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) at Randwick on April 8.
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Antonio Giuseppe is a progressive type that raced through the grades in his first Australian preparation, claiming four consecutive wins before stepping up from BM78 company to finish 2nd behind Sir John Hawkwood in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m).
Being by Melbourne Cup winner Shocking and out of the High Chaparral mare Crystalthecowgirl, he should be able to run out the gruelling two-mile trip better than most.
Kinema has only had two Australian starts but showed plenty when finishing 4th to Qewy in the Geelong Cup (2400m) before taking out the Prince Of Penzance Plate (2800m) on Melbourne Cup Day.
John Sargent’s exciting gelding, Esteban, couldn’t have been more impressive last campaign winning his past four starts by a combined 30 lengths.
Reigning Melbourne Cup champion Almandin is a $15 chance to claim the Sydney Cup, as is last 2016 runner-up Libran and 2015 runner-up Who Shot Thebarman.
A host of other stayers occupy the $17 and $21 lines, while reigning Sydney Cup winner Gallante is a $26 chance to go back-to-back.
2017 Sydney Cup all-in market courtesy of bet365:
Antonio Giuseppe - $11
Kinema - $11
Almandin - $15
Libran - $15
Who Shot Thebarman - $15
Exospheric - $17
Our Ivanhowe - $17
Almoonqith - $21
Grand Marshal - $21
Sacred Master - $21
Sir Isaac Newton - $21
Bondi Beach - $26
Crocodile Rock - $26
Gallante - $26
Jameka - $26
OTHERS - $34+
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