Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club have announced the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Royal Randwick.
The $2 million feature was abandoned mid-race and declared a no-race last Saturday following a fall past the winning post on the first lap where Almoonqith had broken down and was unable to be moved from the track.
Stewards made the decision to abandon the race around the 1600m mark, and while most jockeys were made aware by a the official starter who was screaming from the 800m mark, several horses were vigorously ridden to the line.
The Charlie Appleby-trained Godolphin pair, Polarisation (1st) and Penglai Pavillion (3rd), were among those ridden out, as were Chance To Dance (2nd) and Annus Mirabilis (4th).
Australian Turf Club (ATC) Chief Executive, Darren Pearce said the Club and Racing NSW officials had consulted with participants over the past 48 hours in an attempt to reschedule the race.
“We wanted to give all entrants a chance to compete for the $2 million and we believe 22 April strikes a balance between varying views of owners and trainers, whilst achieving a competitive field size for punters and racegoers,” Pearce said.
Entries for the Sydney Cup will comprise of runners from the no-race that decide to accept for the rescheduled feature.
These horses are exempt from any ballot that may occur, with the race also being re-opened for additional entries that nominate before midday on Monday, April 17.
A $15,000 payment will be made to all horses that lined up on Saturday, April 8, and do not start on Saturday, April 22.
Further, a $4,000 payment will be made to the connections of all horses that competed in the no-race and then go on to contest the rescheduled Sydney Cup.
European visitors Penglai Pavillion and Polarisation will remain in special isolation at Canterbury Park while the Easter Monday meeting is conducted at that venue.
Racing NSW and the ATC agreed that the ANZAC Day meeting scheduled for Royal Randwick on Tuesday April 25, will remain in place reflecting the importance of the day.
ATC officials will determine a new rail position following the April 22 meeting.