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.

2021 The Bart Cummings Results

  • 1st: #11 Grand Promenade
  • 2nd: #13 Tralee Rose
  • 3rd: #6 Master Of Wine



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. 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 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m), the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m), the Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m).

The Bart Cummings ran on Saturday October 2, 2021 and was won by Grand Promenade. 

The Bart Cummings 2021
Date: Saturday October 2, 2021
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 2510m
Race Type: Quality Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $750,000

2021 The Bart Cummings Results

  • 1st: #11 Grand Promendade
  • 2nd: #13 Tralee Rose
  • 3rd: #6 Master Of Wine

Click here to read more on the 2021 The Bart Cummings win by Melbourne Cup-bound Grand Promenade.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 11 GRAND PROMENADE (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 6 55kg $5.50
2 13 TRALEE ROSE (NZ) Symon Wilde Dean Holland 1.25L 16 54kg $7.50
3 6 MASTER OF WINE (GER) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Fred Kersley 1.55L 7 56.5kg $51
4 1 SELINO (GB) Chris Waller Damian Lane 2.05L 4 58kg $81
5 4 PONDUS (GB) Robert Hickmott Brett Prebble 2.55L 1 57kg $5.50
6 12 REALM OF FLOWERS Anthony & Sam Freedman Damien Thornton 2.75L 15 54.5kg $21
7 15 THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) Michael Moroney Zac Spain 3.5L 5 54kg $51
8 14 MOSH MUSIC Archie Alexander Declan Bates 4.75L 11 54kg $51
9 9 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O’Brien Daniel Moor 5.5L 3 55.5kg $41
10 2 DAWN PATROL (IRE) Robert Hickmott Jye McNeil 6.25L 13 57kg $17
11 3 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Michael Dee 9L 12 57kg $17
12 5 AMADE (IRE) Phillip Stokes Ben Allen 10.25L 9 56.5kg $13
13 17e LONG ARM (IRE) Peter Gelagotis Craig Newitt 12.25L 2 54kg $26
14 10 SHERAZ (FR) Chris Waller Damien Oliver 12.75L 8 55.5kg $4.40F
15 16 SWEET THOMAS (GER) Matthew Smith Dean Yendall 13.5L 14 54kg $101
16 8 PORT GUILLAUME (FR) Ben & JD Hayes Daniel Stackhouse 13.9L 10 56kg $19
19e HASTA LA WAR Sue Murphy Ms Linda Meech 0
20e KILLOURNEY (IRE) Paul Preusker 0
7 DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) Chris Waller Luke Nolen 0
18e ZEYREK (FR) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Will Price (a) 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 The Bart Cummings Odds

The season’s latest The Bart Cummings 2021 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.

2021 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 2021 The Bart Cummings field & barriers will be released on the Wednesday leading-up to race day and published in full below.

A full line-up of Melbourne Cup hopefuls do battle in The Bart Cummings 2021 field this weekend led in betting by dour stayer Grand Promenade and the resuming Chris Waller-trained French import Sheraz

  • Scratched: #7 Dashing Willoughby (17); #18e Zeyrek (16)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 8x86541x08 SELINO (GB) Chris Waller Damian Lane 4 58kg 105
2 313616x2x0 DAWN PATROL (IRE) Robert Hickmott Jye McNeil 15 57kg 103
3 143x8511x9 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Michael Dee 14 57kg 103
4 40x22x722x PONDUS (GB) Robert Hickmott Brett Prebble 1 57kg 103
5 1x121x41x8 AMADE (IRE) Phillip Stokes Ben Allen 10 56.5kg 102
6 08x663x000 MASTER OF WINE (GER) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Fred Kersley 8 56.5kg 102
7 9x11400x90 DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) Chris Waller Luke Nolen 17 56kg 101
8 11x1510x06 PORT GUILLAUME (FR) Ben & JD Hayes Daniel Stackhouse 12 56kg 101
9 x878333x00 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O’Brien Daniel Moor 3 55.5kg 104
10 1122x3321x SHERAZ (FR) Chris Waller Damien Oliver 9 55.5kg 100
11 4×22121125 GRAND PROMENADE (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 6 55kg 99
12 2x62251x00 REALM OF FLOWERS Anthony & Sam Freedman Damien Thornton 19 54.5kg 102
13 1112114×33 TRALEE ROSE (NZ) Symon Wilde Dean Holland 20 54kg 101
14 651716×807 MOSH MUSIC Archie Alexander Declan Bates 13 54kg 99
15 30×3185144 THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) Michael Moroney Zac Spain 5 54kg 97
16 48×7531260 SWEET THOMAS (GER) Matthew Smith Dean Yendall 18 54kg 93
17e x4x16123x0 LONG ARM (IRE) Peter Gelagotis Craig Newitt 2 54kg 90
18e 1122x05x64 ZEYREK (FR) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Will Price (a) 16 54kg 88
19e 12x547x771 HASTA LA WAR Sue Murphy Ms Linda Meech 7 54kg 82
20e 11x330x724 KILLOURNEY (IRE) Paul Preusker 11 54kg 74

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 The Bart Cummings Nominations

Early nominations for The Bart Cummings race in 2021 close the Monday of race week and will be updated below once confirmed.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 1x121x41x8 AMADE (IRE) G 8 Phillip Stokes 102
2 x216570x5x BUCKHURST (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 105
3 3x73590x00 CHAPADA G 6 Michael Moroney 102
4 1622x32x05 CHARMS STAR (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 90
5 9x11400x90 DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 101
6 313616x2x0 DAWN PATROL (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 103
7 1x440x1x61 DEGRAVES (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 93
8 x1111x6x42 DELPHI (IRE) H 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 103
9 253x6133x0 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) G 7 Matt Cumani 100
10 4×22121125 GRAND PROMENADE (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 99
11 12x547x771 HASTA LA WAR G 6 Sue Murphy 82
12 0313514143 HEIR TO THE THRONE (NZ) G 7 Andrea Leek 76
13 3x31x932x2 HOMESMAN (USA) G 8 Anthony & Sam Freedman 110
14 11x330x724 KILLOURNEY (IRE) G 6 Paul Preusker 74
15 143x8511x9 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 103
16 25x57170x5 LE DON DE VIE (GB) G 6 Anthony & Sam Freedman 103
17 x4x16123x0 LONG ARM (IRE) G 6 Peter Gelagotis 90
18 101x71x574 LUNCIES (GB) G 5 Kris Lees 88
19 08x663x000 MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 102
20 x878333x00 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) M 5 Danny O’Brien 104
21 651716×807 MOSH MUSIC M 7 Archie Alexander 99
22 x333112163 NO COMPROMISE (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 91
23 215x1244x3 PERSAN G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 104
24 40x22x722x PONDUS (GB) G 6 Robert Hickmott 103
25 11x1510x06 PORT GUILLAUME (FR) G 5 Ben & JD Hayes 101
26 113×101133 PURRFECT DEAL M 5 Michael Costa 96
27 2x62251x00 REALM OF FLOWERS M 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 102
28 900x00x503 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) G 7 Ben & JD Hayes 97
29 8x86541x08 SELINO (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 105
30 1122x3321x SHERAZ (FR) G 5 Chris Waller 100
31 9217232111 SMOKIN’ ROMANS (NZ) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 86
32 48×7531260 SWEET THOMAS (GER) G 10 Matthew Smith 93
33 30×3185144 THE GOOD FIGHT (NZ) G 7 Michael Moroney 97
34 63×1122211 TOORADIN G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 92
35 1112114×33 TRALEE ROSE (NZ) M 5 Symon Wilde 101
36 600x0516x0 WARNING G 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 104
37 1122x05x64 ZEYREK (FR) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 88

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
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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