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The Bendigo Cup is a Group 3 open handicap race that takes place midweek on a Wednesday at Epsom racecourse in Bendigo, Victoria during the spring racing carnival in October. The race is run over a distance of 2400 metres and worth $300,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 Bendigo Cup was won by Francis Of Assisi from Second Bullet with Our Century third.
The Bendigo Jockey Club hosts racing at Epsom racecourse and is located in the rural city of Bendigo which is about 150kms north-west of Melbourne. Formerly a listed race, the Bendigo Cup was upgraded to Group 3 status for the 2015/2016 racing season.
2016 Bendigo Cup info
Wednesday 26th October 2016
Epsom racecourse, Bendigo
Francis Of Assisi
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 and the recent increase in distance to 2400m, the Bendigo Cup now provides a good lead-up race to the Melbourne Cup the following Tuesday at Flemington. The upgrade to Group 3 status also makes it a more attractive proposition for better class horses, along with those stayers being aimed at our most famous race on the first Tuesday in November.
Francis Of Assisi (2016) finished sixth in the Summer Stakes over 2816m at Goodwwod in the UK before travelling to Australia to win this race and recent Bendigo Cup winners include The Offer (2015) and Bring Something (2014).
Spring Carnival Guide
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 $30
Pre-purchase your tickets for a discounted admission price of GA $25 & Concession $20.
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.
2016 Bendigo Cup result
1. $6.50 Francis Of Assisi 55.0 Kerrin McEvoy
2. $6.50 Second Bullet 55.0 Damian Lane
3. $2.30 Our Century 55.0 Ms Katelyn Mallyon
4. $11.00 Bring Something 56.0 Luke Nolen
5. $5.50 Howard Be Thy Name 58.0 John Allen
6. $61.00 Desert Samurai 55.0 Cory Parish
7. $21.00 Go Dreaming 55.0 Justin Potter
8. $41.00 Blizzard 55.0 Craig Williams
9. $17.00 Ferro Nero 55.0 Michael Walker
Margins: 3 len, 0.40 len Time: 2:28.36
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