The Bendigo Cup is a listed open handicap race that takes place midweek on a Wednesday at Epsom racecourse in Bendigo in October during the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 2400 metres and worth $250,000 in prizemoney. The 2013 Bendigo Cup was won by Sertorius from Massiyn with Kesampour third.
The Bendigo Jockey Club is located in the rural city of Bendigo which is about 150kms north-west of Melbourne and racing takes place at Epsom racecourse.
Bendigo Cup info
Wednesday 29th October 2014
Epsom racecourse, Bendigo
The Bendigo Cup brings a carnival like atmosphere to the Western District area and the city of Bendigo comes alive on Cup day to celebrate the running of their major cup for the year with local holidays and many festivities.
With the date change from mid November to late October in 2009 the Bendigo Cup now provides a good lead-up race to the Melbourne Cup the following Tuesday at Flemington and for 2011 & 2012 the race will be run over 2400m rather than 2200m to make it a more attractive proposition for those horses being aimed at our most famous race on the first Tuesday in November.
Sertorius (2013) finished runner-up in the listed Cranbourne Cup over 2025m at Cranbourne before winning this event and recent Bendigo Cup winners include Puissance De Lune (2012) and Tanby (2011).
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Up until 2008 the race was held in November, which was a couple of weeks after the Melbourne carnival ends. With with the race being moved to the Wednesday prior to the Melbourne Cup in 2009 it may start to provide some kind of guide to our greatest race in future years.
Traditionally the Bendigo Cup has attracted handy country type stayers who will most likely continue on the country cup circuit and may go on to the other main western districts race, the Ballarat Cup in mid November. With the change of date, some horses may go on and tackle a race like the Sandown Classic in November.
Sertorious (2013) had a consistent spring following his Bendigo Cup victory, running second in the Gr2 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington before winning the Gr2 Sandown Classic at Sandown the following week.
Darren Weir stayer Puissance De Lune (2012) won the Gr2 Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 2500m at Flemington after winning this race and My Bentley (2nd in 2010) took out the listed Ballarat Cup over 2200m at Ballarat the following month.
Bendigo Cup Day Information
Gates Open: 10am
Admission: Adult $25
Bendigo Jockey Club
Heinz Street (PO Box 108)
Bendigo Vic 3551
Tel: 03 5448 4209
Bendigo Track Map Bendigo race track has a circumference of 1884m and provides horses with ample time to get settled with most starts having good runs before having to negotiate the first turn. The track itself is quite roomy and with a long straight length of 400m it gives horses every chance in the run to the line.
2013 Bendigo Cup result
1. $3.80 Sertorius 55.5 Ryan Maloney
2. $8.50 Massiyn 56.5 Brett Prebble
3. $7.00 Kesampour 57.5 Luke Nolen
4. $21.00 Angola 54.0 James Winks
5. $15.00 Folding Gear 56.5 Nicholas Hall
6. $14.00 Bit Of Hell 55.5 Craig Newitt
7. $8.00 Verdant 54.5 Chris Symons
8. $8.00 Gotta Take Care 54.5 Dean Yendall
9. $31.00 Packing Empire 54.0 Michael Walker
10. $9.00 Tuscan Fire 57.5 Nash Rawiller
11. $101.00 Umatic 54.0 Vlad Duric
12. $14.00 Hippopus 54.0 Tommy Berry
Margins: 1 1/2 len, 3/4 len Time: 2:30.79
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