2022 Bendigo Cup Field Features Last Minute Melbourne Cup Horses

October 24, 2022

2022 Bendigo Cup Field Features Last Minute Melbourne Cup Horses

A small line-up of potential Melbourne Cup horses faces off in the time-honoured Bendigo Cup 2022 field this Wednesday as the countdown to the world’s richest handicap continues.

Port Philip | Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos | Races.com.au

The flying Port Philip chasing a fifth win on the trot is one of the key chances in Wednesday’s 2022 Bendigo Cup field. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Group 1 $8 million Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) runs at Flemington on Tuesday November 1, and this week’s Group 3 $500,000 Bendigo Cup (2400m) serves as a late lead-up into the iconic two-mile showdown.

The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Ocean Park mare High Emocean currently heads Bendigo Cup betting at $3.10 and firming through Ladbrokes.com.au.

Drawn barrier four with Harry Coffey to ride, the six-year-old is looking to further frank the form out of this year’s Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2510m).

High Emocean was a two-length Flemington win at the same track and distance on a Soft track two back where she defeated Mohican Heights and 2019 Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare.

She was far from disgraced in a stirring edition of The Bart Cummings when sixth, only 1.4 lengths off the winner Lunar Flare.

Lunar Flare went on to run second in her failed Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m) title defence on Cox Plate Day, a race won in emphatic fashion by 3.75 length winner Francesco Guardi who came off an unlucky second in The Bart Cummings.

High Emocean is 33rd on the Melbourne Cup ballot and is using Wednesday’s race to hopefully win a penalty and make the 24-horse final field for which she’s only rated a $101 roughie to take out.

Occupying the second line of Bendigo Cup betting at $4 is the flying Julius Sandhu-trained Port Phillip in gate seven with Craig Newitt aboard.

The in-form Camelot five-year-old comes off four straight wins, the latest a narrow victory over 2400m at Caulfield on a Soft (7) on October 12.

He was stronger on Heavy tracks in September including a 4.5 length 2050m victory at Mornington with 58.5kg and a Flemington success with 57.5kg over 2550m two back.

Another horse among the 34 Melbourne Cup fourth declarations taken on Monday racing in Wednesday’s Bendigo Cup field is the Chris Waller-trained Crystal Pegasus.

Twenty-second on the Melbourne Cup order of entry, Waller’s Australia six-year-old carries the 58kg top-weight in the Bendigo Cup and is an early market mover into $7.50.

He hasn’t won a race since stringing together four on the trot over the autumn including his Listed Mornington Cup (2400m) victory.

The galloper has been well-beaten in all subsequent runs finishing towards the tail end of the field in races including the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) and Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), but will relish an easier grade of rivals this week.

In an open midweek market, the other horses at single-figure Bendigo Cup odds this spring are the Matt Cumani-trained Fiorente entire Nobel Heights ($6.50), the autumn’s Group 1 Australasian Oaks winner Glint Of Hope ($7) and the rails-drawn Verimli ($7.50) for goliath owner Lloyd Williams.

The Bendigo Cup 2022 is set to run as Race 7 at 4:00pm (AEDT) on Wednesday with full markets from Ladbrokes.com.au available here.

2022 Bendigo Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 11119×9000 CRYSTAL PEGASUS (GB) Chris Waller James McDonald 5 58kg 100
2 x12310x654 GLINT OF HOPE (JPN) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 3 55.5kg 99
3 29x25x3416 HIGH EMOCEAN (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Harry Coffey 4 54.5kg 97
4 7794230×05 DADOOZDART (GB) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jye McNeil 8 54kg 82
5 2x840x7x26 VERIMLI (FR) Robert Hickmott Anthony Darmanin 1 54kg 81
6 253x5211x4 NOBEL HEIGHTS Matt Cumani Jordan Childs 6 54kg 78
7 x432x61111 PORT PHILIP (IRE) Julius Sandhu Ethan Brown 7 54kg 77
8 75544×9742 WERTHEIMER (NZ) Matthew Enright Ms Alana Kelly (a) 2 54kg 70

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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