Bendigo Cup

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

2021 Bendigo Cup Results

  • 1st: #3 Wentwood
  • 2nd: #8 Smokin' Romans
  • 3rd: #9 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 $400,000 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 Bendigo Cup 2021 ran Wednesday October 27, 2021 and was won by Wentwood who is not entered for the Melbourne Cup. 

2021 Bendigo Cup
Date: Wednesday October 27, 2021
Track: Bendigo Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Race Type: 3YO&UP Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $400,000

2021 Bendigo Cup Results

  • 1st: #3 Wentwood
  • 2nd: #8 Smokin’ Romans
  • 3rd: #9 Taramansour

The Maddie Raymond-trained Wentwood ($8.50 @ Ladbrokes.com.au) made the most of an inside draw with Harry Coffey producing a perfectly-timed ride to deny favourite Smokin’ Romans victory in the 2021 Bendigo Cup results that ended the Melbourne Cup dreams of a number of horses.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 WENTWOOD (GB) Maddie Raymond Harry Coffey 1 54kg
2 8 SMOKIN’ ROMANS (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 0.1L 2 54kg
3 9 TARAMANSOUR (IRE) Matt Cumani Fred Kersley 0.3L 9 54kg
4 5 TOORADIN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Linda Meech 2.55L 6 54kg
5 1 AMADE (IRE) Phillip Stokes Ben Allen 3.55L 7 58kg
6 6 BARADE (FR) Archie Alexander Declan Bates 4.3L 4 54kg
7 2 MOSH MUSIC Archie Alexander Daniel Moor 5.8L 8 54.5kg
8 7 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) Aaron Purcell Michael Poy 7.55L 5 54kg
9 4 AKTAU (GB) Michael Moroney Michael Dee 19.55L 3 54kg
11 TOKEN SPIRIT Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Daniel Moor 0
10 SOUS LES NUAGES (IRE) Matt Cumani Dean Yendall 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Bendigo Cup Betting Odds

The latest Bendigo Cup 2021 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.

2021 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 2021 Bendigo Cup field is released on the Monday of race week and will be published in full below.

The Bendigo Cup 2021 final field has attracted a host of stayers still entered for the $8 million Lexus Melbourne Cup but sitting outside the top 24 on the order of entry including the Phillip Stokes-trained Amade, Mosh Music for Archie Alexander and the consistent Tooradin.

  • Scratched: #10 Sous Les Nuages (4)

Click here to read more about the key stayers in the 2021 Bendigo Cup field and betting markets.

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. 

2021 Bendigo Cup Nominations

Early nominations for the Bendigo Cup in 2021 close the Thursday prior to the race and will be listed below.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 1x90x76070 AKTAU (GB) G 6 Michael Moroney 92
2 121x41x804 AMADE (IRE) G 8 Phillip Stokes 102
3 241441×060 ATTORNEY (FR) G 7 Matthew Smith 100
4 21345×2446 BARADE (FR) G 7 Archie Alexander 89
5 0x0558x968 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) G 6 Aaron Purcell 87
6 00x00x7702 DARK DREAM G 7 Ben & JD Hayes 96
7 1166×82447 DEFIBRILLATE (NZ) G 7 Patrick Payne 102
8 662218×057 DOUBLE YOU TEE G 7 Patrick Payne 95
9 1123x8x4x1 DURSTON (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 88
10 23×3504112 EQUINE PHILOSOPHER G 4 Jarrod Robinson 63
11 5x55x01113 FLOATING ARTIST (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 99
12 x111733x74 KING’S CHARISMA (IRE) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 76
13 x57170x505 LE DON DE VIE (GB) G 6 Anthony & Sam Freedman 101
14 8×33149221 LUNAR FLARE M 6 Grahame Begg 91
15 51111×7631 MAHASHAKTI M 5 Mitchell Freedman 83
16 31222×2322 MANKAYAN (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 79
17 878333×009 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 5 Danny O’Brien 103
18 08×8268456 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 8 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 103
19 51716×8078 MOSH MUSIC M 7 Archie Alexander 99
20 0x22x722x5 PONDUS (GB) G 6 Robert Hickmott 103
21 4071251×08 ROYAL CROWN G 5 Michael Kent 79
22 388×000117 RUDIMENTAL (FR) G 6 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 76
23 8227×05516 SECRET BLAZE G 6 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 101
24 2172321112 SMOKIN’ ROMANS (NZ) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 87
25 1x62309x97 SOUND (GER) H 9 Michael Moroney 104
26 1423x18x07 SOUS LES NUAGES (IRE) G 5 Matt Cumani 77
27 851175×331 STARCASTER (GB) G 7 Anthony & Sam Freedman 88
28 x09x521114 TARAMANSOUR (IRE) H 5 Matt Cumani 78
29 0x31851447 THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) G 7 Michael Moroney 97
30 79288611×0 TOKEN SPIRIT G 4 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 71
31 3×11222117 TOORADIN G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 92
32 0x0516x001 WARNING G 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 105
33 116x510x42 WENTWOOD (GB) G 7 Maddie Raymond 94

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.

Bendigo Cup Results

Year Place Horse Time
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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