Almandin is favourite to win Saturday's Group 1 Sydney Cup. Photo: Steve Hart

Almandin Surges Home to Win 2018 Tancred Stakes

Almandin ($2.80) has continued his impressive form by winning the Group 1 Tancred Stakes (2400m) at Rosehill Gardens this afternoon.

Jumping from the gates well, the former Melbourne Cup winner settled into a good tempo as race favourite Galio Chop ($2.35) was first into stride from Harlem ($21) and Single Gaze ($7).

Laquesti Spirit ($151) made a move to lead early but jockey Kierrin McEvoy was greeted with a big turn of foot as Almandain was able to storm home and finish ahead of Ambitious ($26) and Who Shot Thebarman ($51)

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy was thrilled with Almandin’s performance and win.

“He was full of beans throughout the run, he travelled really well. He springed the lids and travelled a bit more forward than I thought we might be but he travelled really well and he was strong at the end.”

Trainer Nick Williams was happy with the result and was impressed with the Kierrin’s ride.

“It was a wonderful race and out plan is to go into the Sydney Cup unless Kierrin tells us we should take on Winx.”

Almandin sits at odds of  $7.50 in our early  market for the Sydney Cup.