Bendigo Cup

The Bendigo Cup is a Group 3 staying event held at Bendigo Racecourse on the Wednesday before Victoria Derby Day.

2019 Bendigo Cup Results

  • 1st: #11 Top Of The Range
  • 2nd: #4 Brimham Rocks
  • 3rd: #10 Hang Man



The Bendigo Cup is a 2400m staying event held at Bendigo Racecourse in Victoria during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

A now Group 3 event held towards the end of October or early November on the Wednesday before the Victoria Derby Day meeting at Flemington on the first Saturday in November kicks off the Melbourne Cup Carnival action, 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 $400,000 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  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 like the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) at Flemington on Emirates Stakes Day become a nice next-up option. Francis Of Assisi (2016) was the last horse to win the Bendigo Cup – Queen Elizabeth Stakes double.

In more recent years the Bendigo Cup has started to attract and be dominated by international visitors in much the same way as the other spring cup features.

The Bendigo Cup 2019 ran Wednesday October 30, 2019 and was won narrowly by Top Of The Range. 

2019 Bendigo Cup
Date: Wednesday October 30, 2019
Track: Bendigo Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Race Type: 3YO&UP Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $400,000

2019 Bendigo Cup Results

  • 1st: #11 Top Of The Range
  • 2nd: #4 Brimham Rocks
  • 3rd: #10 Hang Man

Trainer Michael Moroney dominated the Bendigo Cup 2019 results with a win by his Savabeel six-year-old Top Of The Range, while stablemate Hang Man ran third. Perth hoop William Pike guided Top Of The Range to a thrilling win over the Chris Waller-trained Brimham Rocks with the winner looking to earn a weight penalty to make the $8 million Melbourne Cup field.

Read more on the 2019 Bendigo Cup win by Top Of the Range.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 11 TOP OF THE RANGE (NZ) Michael Moroney William Pike 11 54kg $8
2 4 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) Chris Waller Michael Walker 0.2L 8 56.5kg $6
3 10 HANG MAN (IRE) Michael Moroney James Winks 1.2L 7 54kg $13
4 5 CAPTAIN COOK (GB) Chris Waller Ms Linda Meech 2.2L 10 56kg $9
5 8 BONDEIGER Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Dwayne Dunn 2.3L 2 54kg $31
6 14 RUPTURE Paul Preusker Dean Holland 2.4L 6 54kg $9
7 7 SULLY (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Brett Prebble 2.9L 5 54.5kg $5F
8 16 SUPER GIRL Josh Julius Damien Thornton 4.4L 9 54kg $61
9 9 SIN TO WIN (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 4.5L 12 54kg (cd 54.5kg) $21
10 15 CREEDENCE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jye McNeil 5L 13 54kg $61
11 1 ANGEL OF TRUTH Gwenda Markwell Luke Currie 8.5L 3 58kg $12
12 13 SINGLE HANDED Nick Smart Declan Bates 9.75L 4 54kg $101
13 2 RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) William Haggas Brenton Avdulla 14.25L 14 58kg $8
14 6 VOLKSTOK’N’BARRELL (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 14.65L 1 56kg $13
12 KILIMANJARO (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Beau Mertens 0
3 PATRICK ERIN (NZ) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 0

2019 Bendigo Cup Betting Odds

The latest Bendigo Cup 2019 betting markets will be listed below, fixed win pricing provided by Ladbrokes.com.au for you to back your Bendigo Cup tips at the best prices.

2019 Bendigo Cup Field

The Bendigo Cup field has a capacity of 16 stayers, but rarely runs with this many starters. Spring gallopers may come into the Bendigo Cup field via a number of different lead-up races including the Group 3 Coongy Cup (2000m) on Caulfield Cup Day or the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) a week earlier.

The 2019 Bendigo Cup field is released on the Monday of race week and will be published in full below.

The Bendigo Cup 2019 Final Field features 16 class stayers including the UK raider Raheen House who leads early betting despite a wide gate 14 draw.

Read more on the Bendigo Cup 2019 field of last minute Melbourne Cup hopefuls.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 16511×6580 ANGEL OF TRUTH Gwenda Markwell Luke Currie 3 58kg 105
2 54x44x2396 RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) William Haggas Brenton Avdulla 14 58kg 105
3 6797×90066 PATRICK ERIN (NZ) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 16 57kg 103
4 7400×09190 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) Chris Waller Michael Walker 8 56.5kg 102
5 5245×52313 CAPTAIN COOK (GB) Chris Waller Ms Linda Meech 10 56kg 101
6 x6000x6405 VOLKSTOK’N’BARRELL (NZ) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 1 56kg 101
7 56252×9923 SULLY (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Brett Prebble 5 54.5kg 98
8 8341469×65 BONDEIGER Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Dwayne Dunn 2 54kg 95
9 2652244×24 SIN TO WIN (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 12 54kg 93
10 12619×0415 HANG MAN (IRE) Michael Moroney James Winks 7 54kg 92
11 531320×562 TOP OF THE RANGE (NZ) Michael Moroney William Pike 11 54kg 91
12 62x53x5x56 KILIMANJARO (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Beau Mertens 15 54kg 87
13 514118×219 SINGLE HANDED Nick Smart Declan Bates 4 54kg 87
14 60xN102111 RUPTURE Paul Preusker Dean Holland 6 54kg 80
15 35×6545132 CREEDENCE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jye McNeil 13 54kg 75
16 332126×532 SUPER GIRL Josh Julius Damien Thornton 9 54kg 61

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.

Notable recent Bendigo Cup winners include Gallic (2004, 06), Puissance De Lune (2012), Sertorius (2013), The Offer (2015) and Francis Of Assisi (2016) who went on to win the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) during the Melbourne Cup Carnival next start after being balloted out of the Melbourne Cup field. The 2017 Bendigo Cup winner Qewy handed English trainer Charlie Appleby back-to-back wins in the race setting a new race record with his 2:27.50 second victory.

Bendigo Cup Results

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Bendigo Cup
1st Top Of The Range 2 minutes 27.41 seconds
2nd Brimham Rocks
3rd Hang Man
2018
Bendigo Cup
1st Red Alto 2 minutes 28.51 seconds
2nd Dal Harraild
3rd Sir Charles Road
2017
Bendigo Cup
1st Qewy 2 minutes 27.5 seconds (track record)
2nd Kiwia
3rd Foundry
2016
Bendigo Cup
1st Francis of Assisi 2 minute 28.3 seconds
2nd Second Bullet
3rd Our Century
2015
Bendigo Cup
1st The Offer 2 minutes 28.5 seconds
2nd Divan
3rd Kirramosa
2014
Bendigo Cup
1st Bring Something 2 minutes 29.4 seconds
2nd Massiyn
3rd Order Of The Sun
2013
Bendigo Cup
1st Sertorius 2 minutes 30.8 seconds
2nd Massiyn
3rd Kesampour
2012
Bendigo Cup
1st Puissance De Lune 2 minutes 27.9 seconds
2nd Practiced
3rd Fiumicino
2011
Bendigo Cup
1st Tanby 2 minutes 28.7 seconds
2nd At First Sight
3rd Western Symbol
2010
Bendigo Cup
1st Dream Pedlar 2 minutes 18.2 seconds
2nd My Bentley
3rd Zauberin
2009
Bendigo Cup
1st Zupacool 2 minutes 15.0 seconds
2nd Crossthestart
3rd Daka’s Gem
2008
Bendigo Cup
1st Banana Man 2 minutes 28.8 seconds
2nd Imvula
3rd Butwaittheresmore
2007
Bendigo Cup
1st Captious 2 minutes 31.9 seconds
2nd Hoodlum
3rd On A Jeune
2006
Bendigo Cup
1st Gallic 2 minutes 31.9 seconds
2nd Brindabella
3rd Home Sweet
2005
Bendigo Cup
1st True Courser 2 minutes 30.3 seconds
2nd Belzain
3rd Garidar
2004
Bendigo Cup
1st Gallic 2 minutes 32.5 seconds
2nd Jakodae
3rd Diamond Jake
2003
Bendigo Cup
1st Western Waters 2 minutes 28.3 seconds
2nd Chairmans Choice
3rd Mr Prudent
2002
Bendigo Cup
1st Forlorna 2 minutes 31.3 seconds
2nd Fearless Sophie
3rd Time Off
2001
Bendigo Cup
1st Saboteur 2 minutes 28.3 seconds
2nd Betta Watch It
3rd Never Dull
2000
Bendigo Cup
1st Yammer 2 minutes 34.4 seconds
2nd Western Outlaw
3rd Jamestown

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