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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
Bendigo Cup News
- 2023 Melbourne Cup Calls Bendigo Cup Winner Interpretation: Another Runner for Maher & Eustace
- 2023 Bendigo Cup Field & Betting: Interpretation Needs Win & Penalty To Make Melbourne Cup Field
- Bendigo Cup Winner High Emocean Sweating on 2022 Melbourne Cup Start
- 2022 Bendigo Cup Field Features Last Minute Melbourne Cup Horses
- 2021 Bendigo Cup Field & Betting: Horses Chase Melbourne Cup Start
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|
|Race Type:||3YO&UP Handicap|
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.
2023 Bendigo Cup Results & Finishing Order
|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
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.
|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|
|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
|1st||Interpretation||2 minutes 28.52 seconds|
|1st||High Emocean||2 minutes 34.43 seconds|
|1st||Wentwood||2 minutes 27.90 seconds|
|1st||Princess Jenni||2 minutes 29.32 seconds|
|1st||Top Of The Range||2 minutes 27.41 seconds|
|1st||Red Alto||2 minutes 28.51 seconds|
|3rd||Sir Charles Road|
|1st||Qewy||2 minutes 27.5 seconds (track record)|
|1st||Francis of Assisi||2 minute 28.3 seconds|
|1st||The Offer||2 minutes 28.5 seconds|
|1st||Bring Something||2 minutes 29.4 seconds|
|3rd||Order Of The Sun|
|1st||Sertorius||2 minutes 30.8 seconds|
|1st||Puissance De Lune||2 minutes 27.9 seconds|
|1st||Tanby||2 minutes 28.7 seconds|
|2nd||At First Sight|
|1st||Dream Pedlar||2 minutes 18.2 seconds|
|1st||Zupacool||2 minutes 15.0 seconds|
|1st||Banana Man||2 minutes 28.8 seconds|
|1st||Captious||2 minutes 31.9 seconds|
|3rd||On A Jeune|
|1st||Gallic||2 minutes 31.9 seconds|
|1st||True Courser||2 minutes 30.3 seconds|
|1st||Gallic||2 minutes 32.5 seconds|
|1st||Western Waters||2 minutes 28.3 seconds|
|1st||Forlorna||2 minutes 31.3 seconds|
|1st||Saboteur||2 minutes 28.3 seconds|
|2nd||Betta Watch It|
|1st||Yammer||2 minutes 34.4 seconds|