The Bart Cummings

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

2019 The Bart Cummings Results

  • 1st: #3 Surprise Baby
  • 2nd: #11 Supernova
  • 3rd: #10 Wolfe



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).

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 5, 2019 as the Lexus Bart Cummings and was won by the favourite Surprise Baby. 

The Bart Cummings 2019
Date: Saturday October 5, 2019
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 2520m
Race Type: Quality Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $500,000

2019 The Bart Cummings Results

  • 1st: #3 Surprise Baby
  • 2nd: #11 Supernova
  • 3rd: #10 Wolfe

The Bart Cummings 2019 Results went the way of the punters with Adelaide Cup winner Surprise Baby dominating the race with a 1.5 length win to earn a shot at the $8 million Melbourne Cup – won by his sire Shocking in 2009 – on the first Tuesday of November.

Read more on the 2019 The Bart Cummings win by Melbourne Cup-bound Surprise Baby.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 3 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) Paul Preusker Jordan Childs 6 57kg $2.50F
2 11 SUPERNOVA (GB) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 1.5L 4 54kg $6
3 10 WOLFE (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Linda Meech 2.25L 1 54kg $8
4 4 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jamie Kah 3.75L 2 56kg $11
5 8 AZURO (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Dean Yendall 3.95L 3 54kg $21
6 2 DAL HARRAILD (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 4.25L 5 57kg $16
7 6 ALFARRIS (FR) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 5.5L 12 54kg $31
8 14 QUAFFANY Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 6.25L 11 54kg $61
9 9 KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) Liam Howley Damien Oliver 6.65L 8 54kg $9
10 13 THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) Shaune Ritchie Cory Parish 6.85L 9 54kg $91
11 7 ETYMOLOGY James Cummings Craig Williams 8.1L 10 54kg $19
12 12 TE AKAU CALIBURN (IRE) Jamie Richards Damian Lane 8.3L 13 54kg $21
13 1 MUNTAHAA (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Martin Harley 15.3L 7 58kg $101
5 HARIPOUR (IRE) Chris Waller Jye McNeil 0

2019 The Bart Cummings Odds

The season’s latest The Bart Cummings 2019 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.

2019 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 2019 The Bart Cummings field & barriers will be released on the Wednesday leading-up to race day and published in full below.

The 2019 Lexus Bart Cummings Final Field features 14 Melbourne Cup hopefuls including the hot favourite, Adelaide Cup winner Surprise Baby who is a son of the 2009 Melbourne Cup winner Shocking.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 341x9x00x8 MUNTAHAA (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Martin Harley 7 58kg 106
2 x2468223x7 DAL HARRAILD (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 5 57kg 104
3 11514132×4 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) Paul Preusker Jordan Childs 6 57kg 104
4 50500×8062 VENTURA STORM (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jamie Kah 2 56kg 102
5 x818328x49 HARIPOUR (IRE) Chris Waller Jye McNeil 8 55.5kg 101
6 0x4614x931 ALFARRIS (FR) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 13 54kg 98
7 111890×839 ETYMOLOGY James Cummings Craig Williams 11 54kg 98
8 x8830611x0 AZURO (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Dean Yendall 3 54kg 97
9 12x141x334 KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) Liam Howley Damien Oliver 9 54kg 91
10 11x211x185 WOLFE (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Linda Meech 1 54kg 91
11 112x216x20 SUPERNOVA (GB) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 4 54kg 90
12 1630x512x5 TE AKAU CALIBURN (IRE) Jamie Richards Damian Lane 14 54kg 89
13 921249×126 THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) Shaune Ritchie Cory Parish 10 54kg 79
14 3×50251111 QUAFFANY Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 12 54kg 77

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
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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