The 2016 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, 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 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 2016 will be run on Wednesday Wednesday October 26th.
|2016 Bendigo Cup|
|Date:||Wednesday October 26th, 2016|
|Race Type:||3YO&UP Handicap|
2016 Bendigo Cup Betting Odds
2016 Bendigo Cup Field
The 2016 Bendigo Cup field was released on Monday October 24 and features a final field of just nine runners, below the capacity 16 horse field limit for the race. Darren Weir’s SA Derby winner Howard Be Thy Name heads the Bendigo Cup field and weights, the line-up also including the Charlie Appleby-trained international raider Francis Of Assisi.
See below for the official 2016 Bendigo Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw, following the link for a more detailed race preview.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||111134×075||HOWARD BE THY NAME||Darren Weir||John Allen||3||58kg||100|
|2||15x0x00x36||BRING SOMETHING||Ken Keys||Luke Nolen||9||56kg||96|
|3||689x10x720||BLIZZARD (NZ)||Emma-Lee & David Browne||TBA||2||55kg||88|
|4||x334147x33||DESERT SAMURAI||Adam O’Neill||Cory Parish||5||55kg||64|
|5||0x89661551||FERRO NERO (NZ)||Nigel Blackiston||Michael Walker||1||55kg||75|
|6||143x60x46x||FRANCIS OF ASSISI (IRE)||Charlie Appleby||Kerrin McEvoy||6||55kg||85|
|7||1893×48640||GO DREAMING||Grant Kluske||Justin Potter||8||55kg||90|
|8||10x42x51||OUR CENTURY (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Ms Katelyn Mallyon||4||55kg||87|
|9||22x323x500||SECOND BULLET||Danny O’Brien||Damian Lane||7||55kg||93|
2016 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 latest Bendigo Cup nominations will be published below.
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|