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.

2020 The Bart Cummings Results

  • 1st: #15 Persan
  • 2nd: #6 Sound
  • 3rd: #4 Steel Prince



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 quality handicap conditions and is open to horses of all ages and sexes. Contested over 2520m. 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 $8 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).

More recently in 2019, The Bart Cummings winner Surprise Baby ran an eye-catching fifth in the Melbourne Cup results that spring and was immediately installed as the all-in favourite for the 2020 Melbourne Cup.

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 3, 2020 and saw Persan secure the Melbourne Cup ballot exemption. 

The Bart Cummings 2020
Date: Saturday October 3, 2020
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 2520m
Race Type: Quality Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $500,000

2020 The Bart Cummings Results

  • 1st: #15 Persan
  • 2nd: #6 Sound
  • 3rd: #4 Steel Prince

The Bart Cummings 2020 results saw the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Pierro four-year-old Persan ($10) secure his $8 million Lexus Melbourne Cup bid with an eye-catching victory over Sound ($15).

Click here to read more on the 2020 The Bart Cummings winner Persan who is now into the Melbourne Cup field.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 15 PERSAN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 1 55kg $10
2 6 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney Jamie Kah 1L 3 57.5kg $15
3 4 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Mark Zahra 1.1L 14 58kg $7.50
4 12 SCHABAU (GER) Robert Hickmott William Pike 1.6L 10 55kg $5.50
5 2 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller Craig Williams 1.9L 9 58.5kg $5F
6 8 CREEDENCE Matt Cumani Michael Poy (a) 2.1L 7 56kg $15
7 11 ADMIRE ROBSON (JPN) Paul Preusker Brett Prebble 2.3L 4 55kg $10
8 5 LORD BELVEDERE (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 3.05L 2 57.5kg $5.50
9 20e SUPER GIRL Josh Julius Jordan Childs 5.05L 15 55kg $101
10 19e GOOD IDEA Phillip Stokes Craig Newitt 5.8L 12 55kg $81
11 3 HAKY (IRE) Archie Alexander Declan Bates 7.05L 6 58kg $61
12 17e SOUTH PACIFIC (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Michael Dee 7.25L 8 55kg $61
13 13 DABIYR (IRE) Chris Waller Michael Walker 9.25L 11 55kg $31
14 14 GAME KEEPER Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 14.25L 13 55kg $31
15 1 YOUNG RASCAL (FR) Archie Alexander John Allen 22.25L 5 60.5kg $61
9 PATHS OF GLORY (GB) Richard & Michael Freedman Craig Newitt 0
7 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden 0
21e ROLAND GARROS Adrian Corboy 0
16 POLLY GREY (NZ) Chris Waller Damian Lane 0
10 IN GOOD HEALTH Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 0
18e KINANE (NZ) Chris Waller Damien Oliver 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 The Bart Cummings Odds

The season’s latest The Bart Cummings 2020 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.

2020 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 2020 The Bart Cummings field & barriers will be released on the Wednesday leading-up to race day and published in full below.

The Bart Cummings 2020 field features a line-up of potential Melbourne Cup horses led in betting by Chris Waller’s last-start Kingston Town Stakes runner-up in Sydney Shared Ambition.

Click here to read more on the key chances in the 2020 The Bart Cummings field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 6x19x17x78 YOUNG RASCAL (FR) Archie Alexander John Allen 5 60.5kg 107
2 1x3103x092 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller Craig Williams 9 58.5kg 103
3 386x051x90 HAKY (IRE) Archie Alexander Declan Bates 6 58kg 102
4 11x4679x03 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Mark Zahra 20 58kg 102
5 141x7811x1 LORD BELVEDERE (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 2 57.5kg 101
6 005x532x52 SOUND (GER) Michael Moroney Jamie Kah 3 57.5kg 101
7 2x0352x678 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden 18 57kg 100
8 0218×01611 CREEDENCE Matt Cumani Michael Poy (a) 7 56kg 98
9 1123×00114 PATHS OF GLORY (GB) Richard & Michael Freedman Craig Newitt 13 55.5kg 97
10 10x38x3114 IN GOOD HEALTH Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 14 55kg 98
11 21x214x7x6 ADMIRE ROBSON (JPN) Paul Preusker Brett Prebble 4 55kg 95
12 1x111x7x33 SCHABAU (GER) Robert Hickmott William Pike 10 55kg 94
13 615129×337 DABIYR (IRE) Chris Waller Michael Walker 11 55kg 93
14 6x1111x336 GAME KEEPER Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 17 55kg 93
15 x312111212 PERSAN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 1 55kg 93
16 652×025245 POLLY GREY (NZ) Chris Waller Damian Lane 15 55kg 93
17e xF1216x936 SOUTH PACIFIC (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Michael Dee 8 55kg 92
18e 2x2113x500 KINANE (NZ) Chris Waller Damien Oliver 19 55kg 85
19e 7712432×06 GOOD IDEA Phillip Stokes 16 55kg 82
20e 1x4143x150 SUPER GIRL Josh Julius 21 55kg 80
21e x409213919 ROLAND GARROS Adrian Corboy 12 55kg 72

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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. The Bart Cummings results since 2006 are provided below.

Bart Cummings Results

Year Place Horse Time
2020
The Bart Cummings
1st Persan 2 minutes 36.24 seconds
2nd Sound
3rd Steel Prince
2019
The Bart Cummings
1st Surprise Baby 2 minutes 38.66 seconds
2nd Supernova
3rd Wolfe
2018
The Bart Cummings
1st Avilius 2 minutes 35.43 seconds
2nd Jaameh
3rd Yogi
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

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