The Bart Cummings

The Bart Cummings is a Group 3 staying event held at Flemington Racecourse on Turnbull Stakes Day offering the winner a Melbourne Cup ballot exemption.

2017 The Bart Cummings Results

  • 1st: #4 Amelie's Star
  • 2nd: #13 Granddukeoftuscany
  • 3rd: #10 Kellstorm

The Bart Cummings News

Almandin included in 2017 Zipping Classic nominations

Almandin included in 2017 Zipping Classic nominations

2016 Melbourne Cup winner Almandin has been included in the nominations for the Group 2 $300,000 Zipping Classic (2400m) at Ladbrokes Park Hillside at Sandown on Saturday. The Robert Hickmott trained Almandin had no luck this year in the Group 1 $6.25m Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on November 7 when twelfth to the…

The Bart Cummings is a Group 3 race held at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse in early October over the Spring Racing Carnival.

The Bart Cummings is run under handicap conditions and is open to horses of all ages and sexes. Contested over 2500m, The Bart Cummings provides a valuable opportunity for local stayers to test their mettle over distances greater than 2400m. Because the race is a key lead-up to the Melbourne Cup, it is now named in honour of the twelve-time Melbourne Cup winning trainer, Bart Cummings.

The Bart Cummings winner is exempt from ballot for the Group 1 $6 million Melbourne Cup (3200m) held over the two miles back at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November and the double was last completed by Almandin (2016).

The Bart Cummings is held on Turnbull Stakes Day that is headlined by the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m), Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m), the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m), the Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m).

The Bart Cummings ran on Saturday October 7, 2017.

The Bart Cummings 2017
Date: Saturday October 7, 2017
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 2500m
Race Type: Quality Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $300,000

2017 The Bart Cummings Results

  • 1st: #4 Amelie’s Star
  • 2nd: #13 Granddukeoftuscany
  • 3rd: #10 Kellstorm

See below for the official The Bart Cummings 2017 Results & Finishing Order, the race won by the Darren Weir-trained mare Amelie’s Star who has earned a Melbourne Cup qualification after beating home the $91 pacesetter Granddukeoftuscany (2nd) and fellow roughie Kellstorm ($51) also prepared by Weir. The $2.20 race favourite Almandin, winner of The Bart Cummings – Melbourne Cup double last year, laboured under the 60kg top weight and finished fourth.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 4 AMELIE’S STAR Darren Weir Damian Lane 2 54.5kg $4.60
2 13 GRANDDUKEOFTUSCANY (IRE) Robert Hickmott Michael Dee 2L 1 54kg $91
3 10 KELLSTORM (IRE) Darren Weir Ben Allen (a) 2.1L 5 54kg $51
4 1 ALMANDIN (GER) Robert Hickmott Damien Oliver 3.35L 9 60kg $2.20F
5 3 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 3.85L 10 56.5kg $4.40
6 11 YOGI (NZ) Darren Weir Dean Yendall 4.85L 6 54kg $20
6 2 TALLY James Cummings Hugh Bowman 4.85L 3 57.5kg $11
8 8 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 4.95L 7 54kg $26
9 7 PENTATHLON (NZ) John Wheeler Jye McNeil 7.95L 4 54kg $101
10 6 KINEMA (IRE) Chris Waller Craig Newitt 42.95L 8 54kg $71
5 BROADSIDE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 0
12 SUPER HAZE (IRE) Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 0
9 CROCODILE ROCK (IRE) Robert Hickmott Ben Melham 0

2017 The Bart Cummings Odds

The season’s latest The Bart Cummings 2017 racing odds and Flemington betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au on the potential Melbourne Cup horses will be provided below the week of the race.

2017 The Bart Cummings Field

The Bart Cummings field tends to attract fairly top quality stayers. Because it is one of the earliest staying events in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, some genuine Melbourne Cup contenders enter The Bart Cummings field. Other horses who are targeting later major staying events will seek entry into The Bart Cummings field in order to get as much fitness as possible over longer distances.

Good lead-up races into The Bart Cummings field include the Listed JRA Trophy (2500m) in mid-September and Caulfield’s Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m), the latter producing the 2017 winner Amelie’s Star (4th).

The 2017 The Bart Cummings field & barriers will be released on the Wednesday leading-up to race day and published in full below.

The Bart Cummings 2017 Final Field attracted 13 stayers led by the defending champion and last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Almandin giving the weight away with 60kg.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x665111x21 ALMANDIN (GER) Robert Hickmott Damien Oliver 12 60kg 112
2 x37710x247 TALLY James Cummings Hugh Bowman 6 57.5kg 105
3 384x386x51 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 13 56.5kg 103
4 x4214x8394 AMELIE’S STAR Darren Weir Damian Lane 5 54.5kg 103
5 65123×8135 BROADSIDE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 1 54kg 98
6 1x75459x70 KINEMA (IRE) Chris Waller Craig Newitt 11 54kg 97
7 9x97860x04 PENTATHLON (NZ) John Wheeler Jye McNeil 7 54kg 93
8 482x542x99 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 10 54kg 90
9 1x1x21x322 CROCODILE ROCK (IRE) Robert Hickmott Ben Melham 4 54kg 87
10 9×17351116 KELLSTORM (IRE) Darren Weir Ben Allen (a) 8 54kg 86
11 168×211314 YOGI (NZ) Darren Weir Dean Yendall 9 54kg 84
12 4051421427 SUPER HAZE (IRE) Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 3 54kg 82
13 x9x5644276 GRANDDUKEOFTUSCANY (IRE) Robert Hickmott Michael Dee 2 54kg 74

2017 The Bart Cummings Nominations

Trainers will often include a number of their better performing stayers in The Bart Cummings nominations because there are few other choices at that distance in Melbourne that weekend. Inclusion in the Bart Cummings nominations is a strong indication that a horse has its sights set on major staying events later in October, and early entries close the Monday of race week.

The 2017 The Bart Cummings Nominations attracted 24 stayers led by reigning champion Almandin who went on to win last year’s Melbourne Cup.

The Bart Cummings History

The Bart Cummings was previously known as the Banjo Paterson. That name has since been reserved for a separate series of racing. The Bart Cummings was named as such because the man himself often used the race as a platform for developing his stayers ahead of feature events such as the Melbourne Cup.

The Bart Cummings gained its current name in 2004, when the VRC made the decision to honour the Australian Racing Hall of Fame inaugural inductee. In response to the accolade, Mr Cummings famously said “I will be doing my very best to try to prepare the winner of it”.

Previously a listed event, the Bart Cummings was granted Group 3 status prior to the 2014 edition. In 2012 and 2009, the race was run over 2520m.

Light Vision won this race two years running in 2008 and 2009. Mourayan took top honours in 2011, while Araldo seized first place in 2013. More recently Almandin (2016) completed The Bart Cummings – Melbourne Cup double for prolific owner Lloyd Williams. Th Bart Cummings results since 2006 are provided below.

Bart Cummings Results

Year Place Horse Time
2018
The Bart Cummings
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2017
The Bart Cummings
1st Amelie’s Star 2 minutes 37.69 seconds
2nd Granddukeoftuscany
3rd Kellstorm
2016
The Bart Cummings
1st Almandin 2 minutes 37.47 seconds
2nd Zanteca
3rd Excess Knowledge
2015
The Bart Cummings
1st Let’s Make Adeal 2 minutes 35.6 seconds
2nd Our Ivanhowe
3rd Hawkspur
2014
The Bart Cummings
1st Who Shot Thebarman 2 minutes 39.62 seconds
2nd Marksmanship
3rd Anudjawun
2013
The Bart Cummings
1st Araldo 2 minutes 38.23 seconds
2nd Sea Moon
3rd Gotta Take Care
2012
The Bart Cummings
1st Tanby 2 minutes 36.69 seconds
2nd Maluckyday
3rd Dame Claire
2011
The Bart Cummings
1st Mourayan 2 minutes 40.78 seconds
2nd Niwot
3rd Showcause
2010
The Bart Cummings
1st Harris Tweed 2 minutes 40.32 seconds
2nd Exceptionally
3rd Above Average
2009
The Bart Cummings
1st Light Vision 2 minutes 38.76 seconds
2nd Miss Darcey
3rd Zacroona
2008
The Bart Cummings
1st Light Vision 2 minutes 41.34 seconds
2nd Baughurst
3rd Zavite
2007
The Bart Cummings
1st Dolphin Jo 2 minutes 39.06 seconds
2nd The Fuzz
3rd Light Vision
2006
The Bart Cummings
1st Irazu 2 minutes 38.22 seconds
2nd Aznavour
3rd Bay Story