The 2015 Bendigo Cup is a 2400m staying event held at Bendigo Racecourse in Victoria.
A now group 3 event usually held towards the end of October, the Bendigo Cup is held under handicap conditions and is open to horses aged three years and older.
The Bendigo Cup is one of the richest country cups in Australia, with an impressive total of $300,000 prize money. It is also one of the most renowned country cups in Australia, drawing significant crowds and some top quality horses, particularly in recent years.
The Bendigo Cup can act as an effective lead up race to the Melbourne Cup. Horses generally target the Bendigo Cup following good runs in other events such as the listed Cranbourne Cup (as Sertorius did) or even non black type events at nearby tracks, including major Melbourne racecourses.
Quite often, horses that get a good run in the Bendigo Cup will go on to other country cups at a similar grade, such as the Ballarat Cup. In recent times, as top quality horses have contested this event more often, races such as the Group 2 Sandown Classic have become ideal later targets.
The Bendigo Cup 2015 will be run on Wednesday October 28th.
|2015 Bendigo Cup|
|Date:||October 28th, 2015|
|Race Type:||3YO&UP Handicap|
2015 Bendigo Cup Field
The Bendigo Cup field draws pretty handy stayers. Whether they come from local stables, as is sometimes the case, or travel from Melbourne or even Sydney, the Bendigo Cup field always has some top quality horses. Those horses which target the Bendigo Cup field are usually looking to continue on to bigger staying events later on.
The 2015 Bendigo Cup field will be published below.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||960x8x1554||THE OFFER (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||Michael Walker||7||59kg||107|
|2||30210×0993||LEEBAZ (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||11||57.5kg||104|
|3||x6650x5550||KIRRAMOSA (NZ)||John Sargent||Chris Parnham||2||54.5kg||102|
|4||12146×0744||MAYGROVE||Murray Baker||Matthew Cameron||4||54kg||95|
|5||321143×975||TOOLEYBUC KID||Darren Weir||Dean Yendall||8||54kg||95|
|6||2211303252||KAREEMING||Pat Carey||Damian Lane||5||54kg||90|
|7||71311×901||ARALDO JUNIOR (GER)||Michael Moroney||Craig Newitt||9||54kg||89|
|8||1150x7x018||WEXFORD TOWN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Craig Williams||6||54kg||87|
|9||3x10x31||DIVAN (NZ)||Robert Hickmott||Damien Oliver||1||54kg||70|
|10||707×519592||SAVANNAH MOON||Rod Symons||Ms Jackie Beriman (a)||10||54kg||69|
|11||6947719116||THUNDER SET||Vince Jones||Darren Gauci (late alt)||3||54kg||62|
2015 Bendigo Cup Nominations
The Bendigo Cup nominations are usually filled out with handy types who have had a few lead up races. It’s not often that a horse throws their name into the Bendigo Cup nominations first up, rather it is usually targeted as part of an ongoing spring campaign.
The 2015 Bendigo Cup nominations will be published below.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||960x8x1554||THE OFFER (IRE)||G||7||Gai Waterhouse||1||59kg||107|
|2||955×143121||MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE)||G||6||John O’Shea||2||58.5kg||106|
|3||30210×0993||LEEBAZ (NZ)||G||6||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||3||57.5kg||104|
|5||1105216×53||INDEX LINKED (GB)||G||8||Chris Waller||5||57.5kg||104|
|6||x6650x5550||KIRRAMOSA (NZ)||M||5||John Sargent||6||54.5kg||102|
|8||3x43028x48||BIG MEMORY (FR)||G||6||Tony McEvoy||8||56kg||101|
|10||4321x6x185||CHANCE TO DANCE (IRE)||G||6||Robert Hickmott||10||55kg||99|
|11||x362Lx6063||HAVANA COOLER (IRE)||G||6||John O’Shea||11||55kg||99|
|13||4x3x0x1226||THE UNITED STATES (IRE)||H||6||Robert Hickmott||13||54.5kg||98|
|14||62x893x000||LIKE A CAROUSEL||G||6||Ken Keys||14||54kg||96|
|15||x32303x840||BOLD SNIPER (GB)||G||6||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||15||54kg||96|
|17||321143×975||TOOLEYBUC KID||G||6||Darren Weir||17||54kg||95|
|18||0x86123505||KAPOUR (IRE)||G||6||Ciaron Maher||18||54kg||95|
|19||0535×86826||THUNDER LADY (NZ)||M||4||John Sargent||19||54kg||94|
|21||71311×901||ARALDO JUNIOR (GER)||G||5||Michael Moroney||21||54kg||89|
|22||7130×40980||DON DOREMO (NZ)||G||5||Robbie Laing||22||54kg||88|
|23||1150x7x018||WEXFORD TOWN (IRE)||G||5||Robert Hickmott||23||54kg||87|
|24||320x2x5135||VELOX (GB)||G||6||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||24||54kg||87|
|25||4x23x11x5x||ASSIGN (IRE)||G||5||Robert Hickmott||25||54kg||84|
|26||0066612111||TEMPS VOLEUR||G||4||Robbie Laing||26||54kg||82|
|27||801x22414x||MASTER ZEPHYR (GB)||G||4||Antoine de Watrigant||27||54kg||72|
|28||417x26x614||ANNUS MIRABILIS (IRE)||G||5||Robert Hickmott||28||54kg||72|
|29||453210×875||REFECTORY (IRE)||G||6||Richard Laming||29||54kg||72|
|30||20×5043100||CUBAN FIGHTER||G||4||Robbie Laing||30||54kg||71|
|31||3x10x31||DIVAN (NZ)||G||4||Robert Hickmott||31||54kg||70|
|32||2216×04133||PURPLE SMILE||G||5||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||32||54kg||70|
|33||707×519592||SAVANNAH MOON||M||5||Rod Symons||33||54kg||69|
|34||6947719116||THUNDER SET||G||7||Vince Jones||34||54kg||62|
Bendigo Cup History
The Bendigo Cup was inaugurated in 1868, and was then known as the Sandhurst Cup. Old England was the first winner.
The new Bendigo track was established relatively recently in 1998. The grandstand was built in 1902, making it one of the oldest in the region.
The Bendigo Cup was previously held in November. In 2009 the race date was shifted to October to encourage classier horses to contest it on the way to bigger events. Following the 2010 edition the decision was made to increase the race distance again to 2400m (as it was in 2008 and prior) to further improve the race’s suitability as a lead up event.
The Bendigo Racecourse is sometimes referred to as the Epsom Racecourse.
Notable recent Bendigo Cup winners include Rasputins Revenge (1992), Yammer (2000), Gallic (2004, 06), Puissance De Lune (2012) and Sertorius (2013).
Bendigo Cup Results
|1st||The Offer||2 minutes 28.5 seconds|
|1st||Bring Something||2 minutes 29.4 seconds|
|3rd||Order Of The Sun|
|1st||Sertorius||2 minutes 30.8 seconds|
|1st||Puissance De Lune||2 minutes 27.9 seconds|
|1st||Tanby||2 minutes 28.7 seconds|
|2nd||At First Sight|
|1st||Dream Pedlar||2 minutes 18.2 seconds|
|1st||Zupacool||2 minutes 15.0 seconds|
|1st||Banana Man||2 minutes 28.8 seconds|
|1st||Captious||2 minutes 31.9 seconds|
|3rd||On A Jeune|
|1st||Gallic||2 minutes 31.9 seconds|
|1st||True Courser||2 minutes 30.3 seconds|
|1st||Gallic||2 minutes 32.5 seconds|
|1st||Western Waters||2 minutes 28.3 seconds|
|1st||Forlorna||2 minutes 31.3 seconds|
|1st||Saboteur||2 minutes 28.3 seconds|
|2nd||Betta Watch It|
|1st||Yammer||2 minutes 34.4 seconds|