Polarisation Makes It Official in Second Running of Sydney Cup
The second time’s a charm, eh?
Polarisation won the reply of the 2017 Group 1 Sydney Cup and this time the result at Royal Randwick in the 3200 m staying race is official.
Earlier in the week, after the regularly scheduled running of the race had been declared no race by the stewards, Ploarisation created some concern when the 5YO bay gelding was discovered to have some heat in a fetlock. Trainer Charlie Appleby and the chief Randwick vet had to demonstrate that running in the second Sydney Cup did not threaten the Goldolphin stayer.
It was still a heavy track at Randwick, rated at eight, but it would have had to have been in considerably better shape than it was on the first occasion, when eight races on the card preceded the Cup and doubtless made the track into a virtual swamp.
British bred Polarisation won for the first time on a track rated heavy, but has a history of winning more times on courses rated soft that on those rated good, where he has won only twice in 16 attempts.
Prior to cashing in for $1.3 million at Randwick, Polarisation had only around $200,000 to show for his 24 races. He beat New Zealand’s Who Shot Thebarman and pre-race favourite Big Duke for his first and only Group 1 win.