After drawing barrier 5 for last fortnight’s ill-fated Sydney Cup (3200m), race favourite Big Duke has drawn similarly for Saturday’s rerun and will jump from barrier 2.
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The import brought up Weir’s first Sydney winner when taking out the Manion Cup (2400m) on a Heavy Rosehill track before heading to Randwick two weeks later where he scored a decisive win over Aloft in the Chairman’s Handicap (2600m).
Godolphin’s Newmarket-based trainer Charlie Appleby will saddle up Polarisation and Penglai Pavillion who will jump from barriers 8 and 16 respectively.
The pair finished 1st and 3rd across the line in the abandoned race, while 2nd placed Chance To Dance has come up with barrier 5.
Top staying filly Lasqueti Spirit will be looking to lead from barrier 10 which is likely change the dynamic of race as opposed to what we saw a fortnight ago.
2017 Sydney Cup field and barriers:
1. WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller - Blake Shinn (15) 57kg
2. LIBRAN (IRE) Chris Waller - Brenton Avdulla (12) 56.5kg
3. TALLY John O'Shea - Tommy Berry (1) 55kg
4. BOOM TIME David & B Hayes & T Dabernig - Cory Parish (11) 53.5kg
5. CHANCE TO DANCE (IRE) - Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards Christian Reith (5) 53kg
6. BIG DUKE (IRE) Darren Weir - Craig Williams (2) 52kg
7. HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig - Chad Schofield (9) 52kg
8. ANNUS MIRABILIS (IRE) Stuart Webb – TBA (6) 52kg
9. MISTER IMPATIENCE (GB) Michael Moroney - Jay Ford (7) 52kg
10. PENGLAI PAVILION (USA) Charlie Appleby - Kerrin McEvoy (16) 52kg
11. KINEMA (IRE) Chris Waller - Tim Clark (14) 52kg
12. LASQUETI SPIRIT Lee Curtis - Bobby El-Issa (10) 51.5kg
13. PENTATHLON (NZ) John Wheeler – TBA (13) 51.5kg
14. POLARISATION (GB) Charlie Appleby - Corey Brown (8) 51.5kg
15e. ROCK ON (NZ) John Sargent - Jeff Penza (3) 51.5kg
16e. SELF SENSE David Brideoake – TBA (4) 51.5kg
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