2021 Bendigo Cup Field & Betting: Horses Chase Melbourne Cup Start

October 26, 2021

2021 Bendigo Cup Field & Betting: Horses Chase Melbourne Cup Start

The time-honoured Group 3 $400,000 Bendigo Cup (2400m) takes place on Wednesday in Victoria with a number of the final acceptors still officially entered for the 2021 Melbourne Cup.

Toorandin (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) | Races.com.au

Toorandin is one of the horses chasing a Melbourne Cup start via Wednesday’s 2021 Bendigo Cup. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

On Monday Racing Victoria took 35 fourth acceptors for Tuesday week’s Group 1 $8 million Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m).

Four of those will get a chance to sneak inside the Top 24 on the Melbourne Cup order of entry via a win in the Bendigo Cup with Mosh Music (25th), Amade (29th), Tooradin (=30th) and Constantinople (=30th) yet to secure a run in the ‘race that stops a nation’.

Of those, the best in Bendigo Cup betting at Ladbrokes.com.au is Tooradin who is the current $4.50 second elect in the markets.

Linda Meech rides the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained gelding barrier seven, the horse a son of the 2010 Geelong Cup – Melbourne Cup double winning French raider Americain.

Tooradin was good winning races at Caulfield (2400m) and Flemington (2500m) recently before he looked outclassed running seventh to Delphi in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes on October 9.

He lines-up against an easier class of rivals here and presents as a genuine winning hope.

The Bendigo Cup odds are firmly led by Tooradin’s stablemate Smokin’ Romans at $3.20 jumping from gate two with Jye McNeil in the saddle.

The classy chestnut enjoyed a hat-trick of recent wins before losing few admirers when a length back second over 2400m at Caulfield on Thousand Guineas Day with 61kg.

He drops notably in weight to just 54kg in the Bendigo Cup field and looks a big chance to end the Melbourne Cup dreams of the four Cup hopefuls in the mix.

In an open edition of the Bendigo Cup the narrow third favourite is Phillip Stokes’ 58kg top weight Amade ($4.80) coming off a fourth to now confirmed Melbourne Cup contender Tralee Rose in the Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m) on October 20.

The Archie Alexander-trained Moshe mare Mosh Music ($12) meanwhile is right on the cusp of a Melbourne Cup start sitting 25th on the ballot.

She needs to improve on her recent string of unplaced runs including a seventh to Nonconformist in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes and eighth to Grand Promenade in the Group 3 The Bart Cummings.

Drawn the rails on Wednesday, recent Terang Cup winner Wentwood coming off a Group 3 Coongy Cup second is the other single-figure Bendigo Cup hope at $7 who is not eyeing a Melbourne Cup run.

The 2021 Bendigo Cup is set to run as Race 7 at 4:00pm (AEDT) on Wednesday with the latest markets available here thanks to Ladbrokes.com.au.

2021 Bendigo Cup Field & Barriers

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 121x41x804 AMADE (IRE) Phillip Stokes Ben Allen 8 58kg 102
2 51716×8078 MOSH MUSIC Archie Alexander Daniel Moor 9 54.5kg 99
3 116x510x42 WENTWOOD (GB) Maddie Raymond Harry Coffey 1 54kg 94
4 1x90x76070 AKTAU (GB) Michael Moroney Michael Dee 3 54kg 92
5 3×11222117 TOORADIN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Linda Meech 7 54kg 92
6 21345×2446 BARADE (FR) Archie Alexander Declan Bates 5 54kg 89
7 0x0558x968 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) Aaron Purcell Michael Poy 6 54kg 87
8 2172321112 SMOKIN’ ROMANS (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 2 54kg 87
9 x09x521114 TARAMANSOUR (IRE) Matt Cumani Fred Kersley 10 54kg 78
10 1423x18x07 SOUS LES NUAGES (IRE) Matt Cumani Dean Yendall 4 54kg 77
11 79288611×0 TOKEN SPIRIT Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Daniel Moor 11 54kg 71

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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