Bendigo Cup

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

2020 Bendigo Cup Results

  • 1st: #8 Princess Jenni
  • 2nd: #3 Pondus
  • 3rd: #1 Haky



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 2020 ran Wednesday October 28, 2020 and was won in an upset by Princess Jenni. 

2020 Bendigo Cup
Date: Wednesday October 28, 2020
Track: Bendigo Racecourse
Distance: 2400m
Race Type: 3YO&UP Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $400,000

2020 Bendigo Cup Results

  • 1st: #8 Princess Jenni
  • 2nd: #3 Pondus
  • 3rd: #1 Haky

David Brideoake’s mare Princess Jenni ($26) held off the Joseph O’Brien-trained international raider Pondus ($3.80F) in an upset Bendigo Cup 2020 result, denying the Team Williams-raced galloper a shot at the $8 million Lexus Melbourne Cup.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 8 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) David Brideoake Jye McNeil 9 56.5kg $26
2 3 PONDUS (GB) Joseph O’Brien Damian Lane 0.1L 15 59kg $3.80F
3 1 HAKY (IRE) Archie Alexander Jamie Kah 2.1L 6 59kg $12
4 13 SARACEN KNIGHT (IRE) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 4.1L 5 55kg $5.50
5 6 ZEBROWSKI (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes William Pike 4.5L 11 58kg $6
6 16 REALM OF FLOWERS Anthony & Sam Freedman Billy Egan 6.25L 3 55kg $26
7 11 GOOD IDEA Phillip Stokes Michael Poy (a) 6.35L 10 55kg $16
8 17e RED ALTO Brent Stanley Dean Holland 6.45L 8 55kg $151
9 15 JACK REGAN (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Zac Spain 6.55L 7 55kg $61
10 12 MASAFF (IRE) Chris Waller Michael Walker 8.8L 14 55kg $8.50
11 10 MIDTERM (GB) Michael & Luke Cerchi Patrick Moloney 9.55L 1 55kg $71
12 18e LOFTY HEIGHTS Julius Sandhu Harry Coffey 9.65L 12 55kg $101
13 7 FURRION (GB) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes John Allen 12.9L 4 57.5kg $19
14 4 INVERLOCH (IRE) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Dee 13.4L 2 58.5kg $19
FF 14 SUPER GIRL Josh Julius Jordan Childs 13 55kg $15
9 SILENT COMMAND Nick Smart Will Price (a) 0
2 LORD BELVEDERE (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 0
5 AZURO (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Luke Currie 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Bendigo Cup Betting Odds

The latest Bendigo Cup 2020 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.

2020 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 2020 Bendigo Cup field is released on the Monday of race week and will be published in full below.

The Bendigo Cup 2020 final field features a capacity line-up of potential late Melbourne Cup hopefuls including the narrow favourite Lord Belvedere for last weekend’s Cox Plate winning trainers Ciaron Maher & David Eustace.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 86x051x900 HAKY (IRE) Archie Alexander Jamie Kah 8 59kg 101
2 41x7811x18 LORD BELVEDERE (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 3 59kg 101
3 2239x2140x PONDUS (GB) Joseph O’Brien Damian Lane 18 59kg 101
4 22107×4072 INVERLOCH (IRE) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Dee 2 58.5kg 100
5 13770×7006 AZURO (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Luke Currie 4 58kg 99
6 1122×80462 ZEBROWSKI (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes William Pike 13 58kg 99
7 5x5021x000 FURRION (GB) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes John Allen 6 57.5kg 98
8 4x356x8057 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) David Brideoake Jye McNeil 11 56.5kg 100
9 3238×61915 SILENT COMMAND Nick Smart Will Price (a) 17 55kg 76
10 87256×0808 MIDTERM (GB) Michael & Luke Cerchi Patrick Moloney 1 55kg 86
11 12432×0602 GOOD IDEA Phillip Stokes Michael Poy (a) 12 55kg 83
12 3x632x4848 MASAFF (IRE) Chris Waller Michael Walker 16 55kg 83
13 315x16x716 SARACEN KNIGHT (IRE) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 7 55kg 80
14 4143×15093 SUPER GIRL Josh Julius Jordan Childs 15 55kg 80
15 01168×0860 JACK REGAN (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Zac Spain (late alt) 9 55kg 78
16 x13611x588 REALM OF FLOWERS Anthony & Sam Freedman Billy Egan 5 55kg 76
17e 7×05704957 RED ALTO Brent Stanley 10 55kg 75
18e 236×001410 LOFTY HEIGHTS Julius Sandhu Harry Coffey 14 55kg 67

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
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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