Sydney Cup nominations – 2016

View the nominations for the 2016 Sydney Cup. The Sydney Cup will be run on Saturday 9th April at Randwick racecourse.

Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 ALMOONQITH (USA) H 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
2 ANOTHER COCKTAIL (GB) G 6 Chris Waller
3 ARAB DAWN (GB) G 5 John O’Shea
4 ASSIGN (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott
5 AUVRAY (FR) G 5 John P Thompson
6 BAYANOVA (NZ) M 5 Michael Kent
7 BEYOND THANKFUL (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller
8 BOHEMIAN LILY (NZ) M 4 Gai Waterhouse
9 CAFE SOCIETY (FR) G 6 Gai Waterhouse
10 CHEEKY BOY (NZ) G 5 Bruce Wallace
11 CRITERION (NZ) H 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
12 DEE I CEE (NZ) G 4 Gai Waterhouse
13 DESTINY’S KISS G 7 Joseph Pride
14 DIBAYANI (IRE) G 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
15 DO YOU REMEMBER (SAF) M 6 Peter G Moody
16 DOUBLE BLUFF (IRE) G 5 Gerald Ryan
17 ETYMOLOGY C 3 John O’Shea
18 GALLANTE (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott
19 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) G 6 Chris Waller
20 GUST OF WIND (NZ) M 4 John Sargent
21 HARTNELL (GB) G 5 John O’Shea
22 LIBRAN (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller
24 MANNDAWI (FR) G 6 Darren Weir
25 MASTER OF ARTS (NZ) H 4 Darren Weir
26 MAURUS (GB) G 5 David Vandyke
27 MISTER IMPATIENCE (GB) G 6 Michael Moroney
28 MONGOLIAN KHAN H 4 Murray Baker
29 OUR BAZAAR (IRE) H 5 Archie Alexander
30 OUR IVANHOWE (GER) H 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman
31 PEMBERLEY (NZ) G 4 Peter G Moody
32 PREFERMENT (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller
33 REAL LOVE M 5 Darren Weir
34 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) M 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
35 SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) G 7 David Vandyke
36 WALES H 6 Richard Laming
37 WEXFORD TOWN (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott
38 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 7 Chris Waller
39 ZARZALI M 4 James Cummings


Happy Clapper managed to beat the handicapper in the Doncaster Mile only to have his trainer’s best-thought out plan thwarted by Winx.

But Pat Webster is so pleased by Happy Clapper’s second to Australia’s latest champion, he is harbouring thoughts of backing him up in Saturday’s $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).

“It’s not out of the question,” Webster said.

“His two runs at weight-for-age have been good and he could go to the Queen Elizabeth and not be out of place.”

Webster would prefer if Winx did not go there with trainer Chris Waller to leave a decision as late as possible.

Happy Clapper gained an automatic entry to the $3 million Doncaster via his win in the Villiers Stakes in December.

Webster gave him two starts to lead into the Doncaster, hand-picking the Group One Canterbury Stakes (1300m) and Group One George Ryder (1500m).

Because both races were weight-for-age, Happy Clapper could not be re-handicapped from his 50.5kg in the Doncaster if he happened to win.

He finished fourth in the Canterbury Stakes won by Holler and fifth in the George Ryder won by Winx.

After the George Ryder, Waller declared Winx would run in the Doncaster to the surprise of many and the dismay of Webster.

Her win was one for the ages with Hugh Bowman stuck back in the field with seemingly nowhere to go until the final 200 metres.

Once in the clear, Winx lifted to beat Happy Clapper by two lengths.

At $1.80 she was the shortest-priced favourite to win since Valicare in 1926.

Winx is even shorter for the Queen Elizabeth at $1.50 while Happy Clapper is a $15 chance.

Winx’s stablemate, last-start BMW winner Preferment is the $8 second-elect alongside Ranvet winner The United States who was not an original entry.

Nick Williams has indicated he and his father Lloyd will pay the late entry fee for the Queen Elizabeth.

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