Bendigo Cup

The Bendigo Cup is a Group 3 staying event held at Bendigo Racecourse on the Wednesday before Victoria Derby Day.

2023 Bendigo Cup Results

  • 1st: #7 Interpretation
  • 2nd: #9 Brayden Star
  • 3rd: #12 Taramansour



The Bendigo Cup is a 2400m staying event held at Bendigo Racecourse in Victoria during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

A now Group 3 event held towards the end of October or early November on the Wednesday before the Victoria Derby Day meeting at Flemington on the first Saturday in November kicks off the Melbourne Cup Carnival action, the Bendigo Cup is held under handicap conditions and is open to horses aged three years and older.

The Bendigo Cup is one of the richest country cups in Australia, with an impressive total of $500,000 prize money. It is also one of the most renowned country cups in Australia, drawing significant crowds and some top quality horses, particularly in recent years.

The Bendigo Cup can act as an effective lead up race to the Melbourne Cup. Horses generally target the Bendigo Cup following good runs in other events such as the listed Cranbourne Cup  or even non black type events at nearby tracks, including major Melbourne racecourses.

Quite often, horses that get a good run in the Bendigo Cup will go on to other country cups at a similar grade, such as the Ballarat Cup. In recent times, as top quality horses have contested this event more often, races like the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) at Flemington on Emirates Stakes Day become a nice next-up option. Francis Of Assisi (2016) was the last horse to win the Bendigo Cup – Queen Elizabeth Stakes double.

In more recent years the Bendigo Cup has started to attract and be dominated by international visitors in much the same way as the other spring cup features.

The 2021 Bendigo Cup form was franked with the runner-up Smokin’ Romans returning the following spring to win the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) and the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) before starting the short-priced favourite in the 2022 Caulfield Cup.

The Bendigo Cup 2021 winner Wentwood meanwhile went on to run third in both the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) and Group 2 Sandown Classic (2400m) during the spring.

Winning mare High Emocean franked the Bendigo Cup 2022 form going on to run third to her stablemate Gold Trip in that year’s Melbourne Cup results.

The Bendigo Cup 2023 ran Wednesday November 1, 2023 as a potential lead-up into the Melbourne Cup field and was won by the heavily-backed favourite Interpretation ($2.70F) for last year’s winning trainers Ciaron Maher & David Eustace. 

2023 Bendigo Cup
Date: Wednesday November 1, 2023
Track: Bendigo Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Race Type: 3YO&UP Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $500,000

2023 Bendigo Cup Results

  • 1st: #7 Interpretation ($2.70F)
  • 2nd: #9 Brayden Star
  • 3rd: #12 Taramansour

Ciaron Maher & David Eustace have gone back-to-back in the Bendigo Cup with a final stride victory off a perfectly-timed ride by Michael Dee aboard the well-supported favourite Interpretation ($2.70). The team won the same race last year with High Emocean who went on to run third to stablemate Gold Trip in the Group 1 Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m), a race Interpretation failed to finish. He’ll get another chance now likely to move high enough up the order of entry to take his shot with a light weight as a more mature gelding.

Click here to read more on the thrillingly close win by Interpretation in the Bendigo Cup 2023 results.

2023 Bendigo Cup Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 7 INTERPRETATION (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Michael Dee 5 54.5kg $2.70F
2 9 BRAYDEN STAR (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Blaike McDougall 0.1L 2 54kg $7.50
3 12 TARAMANSOUR (IRE) Phillip Stokes Daniel Stackhouse 0.6L 1 54kg $14
4 1 LUNCIES (GB) Kris Lees Blake Shinn 0.7L 10 59kg $12
5 8 SUIZURO Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Craig Newitt 2.45L 11 54.5kg $8
6 4 KUKERACHA (NZ) Chris Waller Beau Mertens 2.85L 7 56kg $31
7 11 PESTO (GB) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jye McNeil 2.95L 13 54kg $11
8 10 PORT PHILIP (IRE) Julius Sandhu Ms Celine Gaudray (a) 3.35L 8 54kg $41
9 16 WERTHEIMER (NZ) Matthew Enright Ms Alana Kelly 3.45L 3 54kg $201
10 2 HEZASHOCKA (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Damien Oliver 3.55L 4 58kg $8.50
11 3 HO HO KHAN (NZ) Mitchell Freedman Ms Tahlia Hope 7.05L 12 56kg $41
12 13 WIN O’CLOCK (GB) Matthew Williams Dean Yendall 7.15L 9 54kg $18
13 14 RICK’S CAFE Rhiannon Schiffer Ms Carleen Hefel (a) 9.65L 14 54kg $41
14 6 HASTA LA WAR Sue Murphy Ms Linda Meech 11.15L 6 54.5kg $31
5 MURAMASA Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Blaike McDougall 0
15 SPEAK (GB) Michael Moroney Billy Egan 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2023 Bendigo Cup Betting Odds

The latest Bendigo Cup 2023 betting markets will be listed below, fixed win pricing provided by Ladbrokes.com.au for you to back your Bendigo Cup tips at the best prices.

High Emocean ($2.30 in 2022) followed by the fellow Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Interpretation ($2.70 in 2023) are the latest favourites in Bendigo Cup betting to salute for the punters.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2023 BENDIGO CUP ODDS (Final Field)

2023 Bendigo Cup Form Guide

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2023 BENDIGO CUP FORM GUIDE

2023 Bendigo Cup Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Bendigo Cup 2023 Tips on the popular mid-week spring showdown this season.

  • To Win: #5 Muramasa ($4.80 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Nice price still on off for the airborne Muramusa for Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young (who are also flying this spring as a stable). This Deep Impact four-year-old is going from strength-to-strength and chases a third win on the trot. Saluted over the mile at Flemington two back with 59kg showing he could carry plenty of weight before stepping-up for a Group 3 Coongy Cup (2000m) victory at Caulfield in higher grade last time out. Wider-out here with 55.5kg and a different jockey comes aboard, but has upside and looks like he’ll stay the mile and a half. Faces some quality rivals, but going too good to ignore.

2023 Bendigo Cup Field

The Bendigo Cup field has a capacity of 16 stayers, but rarely runs with this many starters. Spring gallopers may come into the Bendigo Cup field via a number of different lead-up races including the Group 3 Coongy Cup (2000m) on Caulfield Cup Day or the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) a week earlier.

The 2023 Bendigo Cup field is released on the Monday of race week and will be published in full below.

The Bendigo Cup 2023 final field features a quality line-up of spring stayers including Group 3 Coongy Cup winner Muramasa chasing a third win on the trot and the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Interpretation needing a win and penalty to make the Melbourne Cup field on November 7.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the 2023 Bendigo Cup field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 2x22418x98 LUNCIES (GB) Kris Lees Blake Shinn 11 59kg 104
2 x05420x807 HEZASHOCKA (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Damien Oliver 4 58kg 102
3 1124×00987 HO HO KHAN (NZ) Mitchell Freedman Ms Tahlia Hope 14 56kg 98
4 x05314x709 KUKERACHA (NZ) Chris Waller Beau Mertens 8 56kg 98
5 725x900x11 MURAMASA Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Blaike McDougall 12 55.5kg 97
6 5x8313x006 HASTA LA WAR Sue Murphy Ms Linda Meech 7 54.5kg 95
7 6536Px3259 INTERPRETATION (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Michael Dee 5 54.5kg 95
8 02330×8541 SUIZURO Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Craig Newitt 13 54.5kg 95
9 3×21221317 BRAYDEN STAR (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 2 54kg 92
10 23x0100x75 PORT PHILIP (IRE) Julius Sandhu Ms Celine Gaudray (a), (late alt) 9 54kg 88
11 905926×461 PESTO (GB) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jye McNeil 15 54kg 84
12 8x6925x115 TARAMANSOUR (IRE) Phillip Stokes Daniel Stackhouse 1 54kg 82
13 54920×0961 WIN O’CLOCK (GB) Matthew Williams Dean Yendall 10 54kg 81
14 x3121x5133 RICK’S CAFE Rhiannon Schiffer Ms Carleen Hefel (a) 16 54kg 74
15 5x42x22x62 SPEAK (GB) Michael Moroney Billy Egan 6 54kg 71
16 742430×524 WERTHEIMER (NZ) Matthew Enright Ms Alana Kelly 3 54kg 71

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 Bendigo Cup Nominations

Early nominations for the Bendigo Cup in 2023 close the Thursday prior to the race and will be listed below.

The 2023 Bendigo Cup nominations attracted 31 spring stayers including Friday night’s Group 2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup winner Cleveland and in-form Group 3 Coongy Cup winner Muramasa chasing at third win on the trot.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 2x22418x98 LUNCIES (GB) G 7 Kris Lees 1 59kg 59kg 104
2 x05420x807 HEZASHOCKA (NZ) G 6 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 2 58kg 58kg 102
3 26x50x4962 CLEVELAND (IRE) H 6 Kris Lees 3 58kg 58kg 102
4 2x858x5861 FANCY MAN (IRE) G 6 Annabel Neasham 4 56.5kg 56.5kg 99
5 x05314x709 KUKERACHA (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 5 56kg 56kg 98
6 1124×00987 HO HO KHAN (NZ) H 9 Mitchell Freedman 6 56kg 56kg 98
7 725x900x11 MURAMASA G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 7 55.5kg 55.5kg 97
8 19x64x069x THIRD REALM (GB) G 6 Anthony & Sam Freedman 8 55.5kg 55.5kg 97
9 9x0050x806 MOUNT POPA (IRE) G 9 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 9 55.5kg 55.5kg 97
10 641127×890 FAME G 4 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 10 55kg 55kg 96
11 02330×8541 SUIZURO G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 11 54.5kg 54.5kg 95
12 6536Px3259 INTERPRETATION (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 12 54.5kg 54.5kg 95
13 23x99x9680 MAKRAM (IRE) G 7 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 13 54.5kg 54.5kg 95
14 5x8313x006 HASTA LA WAR G 8 Sue Murphy 14 54.5kg 54.5kg 95
15 5×03323614 MOSTLY CLOUDY (IRE) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 15 54kg 53.5kg 93
16 3×21221317 BRAYDEN STAR (GB) H 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 16 54kg 53kg 92
17 302813×808 TRUE MARVEL (FR) G 8 Matthew Smith 17 54kg 52kg 90
18 x41x952320 UNITED NATIONS (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 18 54kg 51.5kg 89
19 x820200x70 SO DAZZLING (NZ) M 4 John Sargent 19 54kg 49kg 88
20 23x0100x75 PORT PHILIP (IRE) G 6 Julius Sandhu 20 54kg 51kg 88
21 905926×461 PESTO (GB) G 8 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 21 54kg 49kg 84
22 8x6925x115 TARAMANSOUR (IRE) G 7 Phillip Stokes 22 54kg 48kg 82
23 54920×0961 WIN O’CLOCK (GB) G 7 Matthew Williams 23 54kg 47.5kg 81
24 x3121x5133 RICK’S CAFE M 8 Rhiannon Schiffer 24 54kg 42kg 74
25 7569×37428 ARAVENE M 5 Tom Dabernig 25 54kg 41.5kg 73
26 5×40412122 FIRE GLO TOO G 6 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 26 54kg 43kg 72
27 14×31122 INSULATION (GB) G 5 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 27 54kg 42.5kg 71
28 5x42x22x62 SPEAK (GB) M 5 Michael Moroney 28 54kg 40.5kg 71
29 742430×524 WERTHEIMER (NZ) G 6 Matthew Enright 29 54kg 42.5kg 71
30 98225×5262 COMMANDO DRIFT (NZ) M 5 Pat Carey & Harris Walker 30 54kg 38kg 66
31 x14x423383 ZAYNUDIN (IRE) G 6 Tom Dabernig 31 54kg 38.5kg 63

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Bendigo Cup History

The Bendigo Cup was inaugurated in 1868, and was then known as the Sandhurst Cup. Old England was the first winner.

The new Bendigo track was established relatively recently in 1998. The grandstand was built in 1902, making it one of the oldest in the region.

The Bendigo Cup was previously held in November. In 2009 the race date was shifted to October to encourage classier horses to contest it on the way to bigger events. Following the 2010 edition the decision was made to increase the race distance again to 2400m (as it was in 2008 and prior) to further improve the race’s suitability as a lead up event.

Notable recent Bendigo Cup winners include Gallic (2004, 06), Puissance De Lune (2012), Sertorius (2013), The Offer (2015) and Francis Of Assisi (2016) who went on to win the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) during the Melbourne Cup Carnival next start after being balloted out of the Melbourne Cup field. The 2017 Bendigo Cup winner Qewy handed English trainer Charlie Appleby back-to-back wins in the race setting a new race record with his 2:27.50 second victory.

Trainers Ciaron Maher & David Eustace prepared back-to-back Bendigo Cup winners with High Emocean (2022) and Interpretation (2023).

Bendigo Cup Results

Year Place Horse Time
2023
Bendigo Cup
1st Interpretation 2 minutes 28.52 seconds
2nd Brayden Star
3rd Taramansour
2022
Bendigo Cup
1st High Emocean 2 minutes 34.43 seconds
2nd Port Philip
3rd Verimli
2021
Bendigo Cup
1st Wentwood 2 minutes 27.90 seconds
2nd Smokin’ Romans
3rd Taramansour
2020
Bendigo Cup
1st Princess Jenni 2 minutes 29.32 seconds
2nd Pondus
3rd Haky
2019
Bendigo Cup
1st Top Of The Range 2 minutes 27.41 seconds
2nd Brimham Rocks
3rd Hang Man
2018
Bendigo Cup
1st Red Alto 2 minutes 28.51 seconds
2nd Dal Harraild
3rd Sir Charles Road
2017
Bendigo Cup
1st Qewy 2 minutes 27.5 seconds (track record)
2nd Kiwia
3rd Foundry
2016
Bendigo Cup
1st Francis of Assisi 2 minute 28.3 seconds
2nd Second Bullet
3rd Our Century
2015
Bendigo Cup
1st The Offer 2 minutes 28.5 seconds
2nd Divan
3rd Kirramosa
2014
Bendigo Cup
1st Bring Something 2 minutes 29.4 seconds
2nd Massiyn
3rd Order Of The Sun
2013
Bendigo Cup
1st Sertorius 2 minutes 30.8 seconds
2nd Massiyn
3rd Kesampour
2012
Bendigo Cup
1st Puissance De Lune 2 minutes 27.9 seconds
2nd Practiced
3rd Fiumicino
2011
Bendigo Cup
1st Tanby 2 minutes 28.7 seconds
2nd At First Sight
3rd Western Symbol
2010
Bendigo Cup
1st Dream Pedlar 2 minutes 18.2 seconds
2nd My Bentley
3rd Zauberin
2009
Bendigo Cup
1st Zupacool 2 minutes 15.0 seconds
2nd Crossthestart
3rd Daka’s Gem
2008
Bendigo Cup
1st Banana Man 2 minutes 28.8 seconds
2nd Imvula
3rd Butwaittheresmore
2007
Bendigo Cup
1st Captious 2 minutes 31.9 seconds
2nd Hoodlum
3rd On A Jeune
2006
Bendigo Cup
1st Gallic 2 minutes 31.9 seconds
2nd Brindabella
3rd Home Sweet
2005
Bendigo Cup
1st True Courser 2 minutes 30.3 seconds
2nd Belzain
3rd Garidar
2004
Bendigo Cup
1st Gallic 2 minutes 32.5 seconds
2nd Jakodae
3rd Diamond Jake
2003
Bendigo Cup
1st Western Waters 2 minutes 28.3 seconds
2nd Chairmans Choice
3rd Mr Prudent
2002
Bendigo Cup
1st Forlorna 2 minutes 31.3 seconds
2nd Fearless Sophie
3rd Time Off
2001
Bendigo Cup
1st Saboteur 2 minutes 28.3 seconds
2nd Betta Watch It
3rd Never Dull
2000
Bendigo Cup
1st Yammer 2 minutes 34.4 seconds
2nd Western Outlaw
3rd Jamestown

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