The Bart Cummings

The Bart Cummings is a Group 3 staying event held at Flemington Racecourse on Turnbull Stakes Day offering the winner a Melbourne Cup ballot exemption.

2023 The Bart Cummings Results

  • 1st: #15 Future History
  • 2nd: #18e First Immortal
  • 3rd: #4 Serpentine



The Bart Cummings is a Group 3 race held at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse in early October over the Spring Racing Carnival.

The Bart Cummings is run under quality handicap conditions and is open to horses of all ages and sexes. Contested over 2510m it currently offers $500,000 in prize money. The Bart Cummings provides a valuable opportunity for local stayers to test their mettle over distances greater than 2400m. Because the race is a key lead-up to the Melbourne Cup, it is now named in honour of the twelve-time Melbourne Cup winning trainer, Bart Cummings.

The Bart Cummings winner is exempt from ballot for the Group 1 $8 million Melbourne Cup (3200m) held over the two miles back at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November and the double was last completed by Almandin (2016).

More recently in 2019, The Bart Cummings winner Surprise Baby ran an eye-catching fifth in the Melbourne Cup results that spring and was immediately installed as the all-in favourite for the 2020 Melbourne Cup.

The next year, Persan did the same backing up from his The Bart Cummings victory to run a credible fifth to Twilight Payment in the Melbourne Cup 2020.

The Bart Cummings is held on Turnbull Stakes Day that is headlined by the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m), Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m), Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m), the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m), and the Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m).

A nice next up option for The Bart Cummings graduates is the Group 3 Geelong Cup (2400m) held a fortnight later. The mare Tralee Rose improved on her The Bart Cummings second in 2021 to win the Geelong Cup next race.

Many The Bart Cummings graduates then target the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m). In 2022 The Bart Cummings winner Lunar Flare ran a next-up second in the Moonee Valley Cup, while The Bart Cummings runner-up Francesco Guardi turned the tables in The Valley event.

The Bart Cummings ran on Saturday October 7, 2023 and saw the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Future History ($9) hold on to secure the Melbourne Cup golden ticket for last year’s winning stable. 

The Bart Cummings 2023
Date: Saturday October 7, 2023
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 2510m
Race Type: Quality Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $500,000

2023 The Bart Cummings Results

  • 1st: #15 Future History ($9)
  • 2nd: #18e First Immortal
  • 3rd: 4 Serpentine

Last year’s Melbourne Cup winning trainers Ciaron Maher & David Eustace have another livewire hope for the first Tuesday of November with Future History ($9) holding off the late challengers to secure a ballot exemption for the world’s richest handicap after taking out The Bart Cummings 2023.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 15 FUTURE HISTORY (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 3 54kg $9
2 18e FIRST IMMORTAL Mark & Levi Kavanagh Daniel Stackhouse 0.75L 16 54kg $3.80F
3 4 SERPENTINE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ben Melham 2L 12 58kg $13
4 16 MOSTLY CLOUDY (IRE) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 2.1L 8 54kg $12
5 11 AMADE (IRE) Phillip Stokes Zac Spain 2.3L 5 56kg $151
6 1 ASHRUN (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 2.7L 14 59kg $31
7 10 ALASKAN GOD Daniel Morton Ms Jamie Kah 2.9L 1 56kg $15
8 7 ATHABASCAN (FR) John O’Shea James McDonald 3.1L 11 57kg $7
9 14 INTERPRETATION (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Michael Dee 3.4L 13 55kg $21
10 6 VIRTUOUS CIRCLE (NZ) Liam Howley Damian Lane 3.6L 6 57.5kg $21
11 19e SHAIYHAR (IRE) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Beau Mertens 4L 7 54kg $17
12 3 SHERAZ (FR) Chris Waller Damien Oliver 5.25L 4 58.5kg $13
13 8 HIGH EMOCEAN (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Harry Coffey 5.35L 15 56.5kg $81
14 2 GOLDMAN (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jordan Childs 6.1L 2 59kg $7
15 5 SIR LUCAN (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Winona Costin 6.2L 10 57.5kg $31
16 9 HOPEFUL (FR) Annabel Neasham Chad Schofield 12.2L 9 56.5kg $201
20e UNITED NATIONS (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 0
13 HASTA LA WAR Sue Murphy Ms Linda Meech 0
12 FANCY MAN (IRE) Annabel Neasham Jamie Mott 0
17e CARINI (FR) Danny O’Brien Michael Dee 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 The Bart Cummings Betting Odds

The season’s latest The Bart Cummings 2023 racing odds and Flemington betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au on the potential Melbourne Cup horses will be provided below the week of the race.

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2023 The Bart Cummings Form

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2023 The Bart Cummings Tips

Stay tuned for our insider The Bart Cummings 2023 Tips on the Melbourne Cup-bound stayers facing off in the Turnbull Stakes Day event this spring.

  • To Win: #18 First Immortal ($3.30 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Has trainer Mark Kavanagh uncovered a genuine shot at a second Melbourne Cup trophy to add to his 2009 victory with Shocking? It’s a full field in The Bart Cummings and the deserving favourite for the Kavanagh’s is this in-form and still untapped Churchill four-year-old who is on the up-and-up. He has won seven of his 13 starts to date and is a genuine Flemington specialist with three wins from his four previous runs at Headquarters. This is a test at Group 3 level, but he has been so strong in easier company. Last time out he blitzed a Benchmark 78 over 2000m at Caulfield carrying a hefty 63kg to a 3.5 length victory. Has winning form up to 2500m so the distance now is a non-issue, and he will be absolutely airborne dropping right back to 54kg. Has the outside alley and will start from 16 of 16, but if he slots in and gets the gap at the right time he’ll take the power of beating.

2023 The Bart Cummings Field

The Bart Cummings field tends to attract fairly top quality stayers. Because it is one of the earliest staying events in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, some genuine Melbourne Cup contenders enter The Bart Cummings field. Other horses who are targeting later major staying events will seek entry into The Bart Cummings field in order to get as much fitness as possible over longer distances.

Good lead-up races into The Bart Cummings field include the Listed JRA Trophy (2500m) in mid-September and Caulfield’s Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m).

The 2023 The Bart Cummings field & barriers will be released on the Wednesday leading-up to race day and published in full below.

The Bart Cummings 2023 final field features a capacity field of Melbourne Cup hopefuls chasing the ballot exemption into the world’s richest handicap race including the in-form favourite First Immortal for 2009 Melbourne Cup winning trainer Mark Kavanagh.

Click here to read more on the key runners in The Bart Cummings 2023 field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x5x22410x7 ASHRUN (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 18 59kg 103
2 x31x111x96 GOLDMAN (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jordan Childs 2 59kg 103
3 472x295x08 SHERAZ (FR) Chris Waller Damien Oliver 4 58.5kg 102
4 020x129x24 SERPENTINE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ben Melham 15 58kg 101
5 0x1390x704 SIR LUCAN (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Winona Costin 13 57.5kg 100
6 32x8802x09 VIRTUOUS CIRCLE (NZ) Liam Howley Damian Lane 6 57.5kg 100
7 8537Px9911 ATHABASCAN (FR) John O’Shea James McDonald 14 57kg 99
8 613x5840x7 HIGH EMOCEAN (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 19 56.5kg 102
9 217x0020x0 HOPEFUL (FR) Annabel Neasham 10 56.5kg 98
10 60847×7253 ALASKAN GOD Daniel Morton Ms Jamie Kah 1 56kg 97
11 45x83300x9 AMADE (IRE) Phillip Stokes Zac Spain 5 56kg 97
12 02x858x586 FANCY MAN (IRE) Annabel Neasham 16 56kg 97
13 x5x8313x00 HASTA LA WAR Sue Murphy Ms Linda Meech 12 55.5kg 96
14 x6536Px325 INTERPRETATION (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 17 55kg 95
15 61154×7212 FUTURE HISTORY (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 3 54kg 93
16 15×0332361 MOSTLY CLOUDY (IRE) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 9 54kg 92
17e 31115x2x31 CARINI (FR) Danny O’Brien Michael Dee 11 54kg 92
18e 7111011×21 FIRST IMMORTAL Mark & Levi Kavanagh Daniel Stackhouse 20 54kg 91
19e 4x11x71616 SHAIYHAR (IRE) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Beau Mertens 7 54kg 87
20e 17x41x9523 UNITED NATIONS (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 8 54kg 85

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 The Bart Cummings Nominations

Early nominations for The Bart Cummings race in 2023 close the Monday of race week and will be updated below once confirmed.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 12x7931x80 LUNAR FLARE M 8 Grahame Begg 1 59kg 59kg 107
2 x31x111x96 GOLDMAN (NZ) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 2 59kg 59kg 103
3 x5x22410x7 ASHRUN (FR) G 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 3 59kg 59kg 103
4 226x50x496 CLEVELAND (IRE) H 6 Kris Lees 4 58.5kg 58.5kg 102
5 613x5840x7 HIGH EMOCEAN (NZ) M 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 5 56.5kg 56.5kg 102
6 472x295x08 SHERAZ (FR) G 7 Chris Waller 6 58.5kg 58.5kg 102
7 020x129x24 SERPENTINE (IRE) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 7 58kg 58kg 101
8 32x8802x09 VIRTUOUS CIRCLE (NZ) H 4 Liam Howley 8 57.5kg 57.5kg 100
9 0x1390x704 SIR LUCAN (IRE) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 9 57.5kg 57.5kg 100
10 8537Px9911 ATHABASCAN (FR) G 5 John O’Shea 10 57kg 57kg 99
11 81124×0098 HO HO KHAN (NZ) H 9 Mitchell Freedman 11 57kg 57kg 99
12 217x0020x0 HOPEFUL (FR) G 7 Annabel Neasham 12 56.5kg 56.5kg 98
13 60847×7253 ALASKAN GOD G 5 Daniel Morton 13 56kg 56kg 97
14 02x858x586 FANCY MAN (IRE) G 6 Annabel Neasham 14 56kg 56kg 97
15 45x83300x9 AMADE (IRE) G 10 Phillip Stokes 15 56kg 56kg 97
16 x5x8313x00 HASTA LA WAR G 8 Sue Murphy 16 55.5kg 55.5kg 96
17 x6536Px325 INTERPRETATION (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 17 55kg 55kg 95
18 61154×7212 FUTURE HISTORY (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 18 54kg 54kg 93
19 15×0332361 MOSTLY CLOUDY (IRE) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 19 54kg 53.5kg 92
20 31115x2x31 CARINI (FR) G 5 Danny O’Brien 20 54kg 53.5kg 92
21 7111011×21 FIRST IMMORTAL G 4 Mark & Levi Kavanagh 21 54kg 53kg 91
22 4x11x71616 SHAIYHAR (IRE) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 22 54kg 51kg 87
23 17x41x9523 UNITED NATIONS (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 23 54kg 50kg 85
24 31×2313671 FERAGO G 7 Patrick F Ryan Jnr 24 54kg 47.5kg 80
25 7601635361 FEARENTLESS M 5 Paul Preusker 25 54kg 42kg 73

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

The Bart Cummings History

The Bart Cummings was previously known as the Banjo Paterson. That name has since been reserved for a separate series of racing. The Bart Cummings was named as such because the man himself often used the race as a platform for developing his stayers ahead of feature events such as the Melbourne Cup.

The Bart Cummings gained its current name in 2004, when the VRC made the decision to honour the Australian Racing Hall of Fame inaugural inductee. In response to the accolade, Mr Cummings famously said “I will be doing my very best to try to prepare the winner of it”.

Previously a listed event, the Bart Cummings was granted Group 3 status prior to the 2014 edition. In 2012 and 2009, the race was run over 2520m.

Light Vision won this race two years running in 2008 and 2009. Mourayan took top honours in 2011, while Araldo seized first place in 2013. More recently Almandin (2016) completed The Bart Cummings – Melbourne Cup double for prolific owner Lloyd Williams. The Bart Cummings results since 2006 are provided below.

Bart Cummings Results

Year Place Horse Time
2023
The Bart Cummings
1st Future History 2 minutes 39.03 seconds
2nd First Immortal
3rd Serpentine
2022
The Bart Cummings
1st Lunar Flare 2 minutes 36.67 seconds
2nd Francesco Guardi
3rd Interpretation
2021
The Bart Cummings
1st Grand Promenade 2 minutes 37.73 seconds
2nd Tralee Rose
3rd Master Of Wine
2020
The Bart Cummings
1st Persan 2 minutes 36.24 seconds
2nd Sound
3rd Steel Prince
2019
The Bart Cummings
1st Surprise Baby 2 minutes 38.66 seconds
2nd Supernova
3rd Wolfe
2018
The Bart Cummings
1st Avilius 2 minutes 35.43 seconds
2nd Jaameh
3rd Yogi
2017
The Bart Cummings
1st Amelie’s Star 2 minutes 37.69 seconds
2nd Granddukeoftuscany
3rd Kellstorm
2016
The Bart Cummings
1st Almandin 2 minutes 37.47 seconds
2nd Zanteca
3rd Excess Knowledge
2015
The Bart Cummings
1st Let’s Make Adeal 2 minutes 35.6 seconds
2nd Our Ivanhowe
3rd Hawkspur
2014
The Bart Cummings
1st Who Shot Thebarman 2 minutes 39.62 seconds
2nd Marksmanship
3rd Anudjawun
2013
The Bart Cummings
1st Araldo 2 minutes 38.23 seconds
2nd Sea Moon
3rd Gotta Take Care
2012
The Bart Cummings
1st Tanby 2 minutes 36.69 seconds
2nd Maluckyday
3rd Dame Claire
2011
The Bart Cummings
1st Mourayan 2 minutes 40.78 seconds
2nd Niwot
3rd Showcause
2010
The Bart Cummings
1st Harris Tweed 2 minutes 40.32 seconds
2nd Exceptionally
3rd Above Average
2009
The Bart Cummings
1st Light Vision 2 minutes 38.76 seconds
2nd Miss Darcey
3rd Zacroona
2008
The Bart Cummings
1st Light Vision 2 minutes 41.34 seconds
2nd Baughurst
3rd Zavite
2007
The Bart Cummings
1st Dolphin Jo 2 minutes 39.06 seconds
2nd The Fuzz
3rd Light Vision
2006
The Bart Cummings
1st Irazu 2 minutes 38.22 seconds
2nd Aznavour
3rd Bay Story

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