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The Bart Cummings is a Group 3 quality handicap race held each year in early October at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria. The race is run over a distance of 2500 metres and worth $300,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 The Bart Cummings was won by Almandin from Zanteca with Excess Knowledge third.

Previously a listed race, The Bart Cummings was upgraded to Group 3 status for the 2014/2015 racing season and takes place on Gr1 Turnbull Stakes day. The Bart Cummings is exempt from ballot for the 2016 Melbourne Cup, joining the Lexus Stakes, Mackinnon Stakes, Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate.

2016 The Bart Cummings info
Date: Sunday 2nd October 2016
Track: Flemington racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 2500 metres
Race Type: Quality Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $300,000
2016 Winner: Almandin

The Bart Cummings is the first longer distance group race of the Melbourne spring and generally attracts staying types that are just below the upper echelon, with the handicap conditions lending themselves to the better weighted runners engaged.

Earlier middle distance events like the Gr3 Naturalism Stakes at Caulfield or the JRA Cup at Moonee Valley are possible lead up races to The Bart Cummings, especially for those horses looking to step up in distance towards the longer feature races ahead.

The upcoming Gr3 Herbert Power Stakes at Caulfield might be next in line for the better stayers going around. Sea Moon (2nd in 2013) followed up his narrow victory in this event with victory in the Herbert Power Stakes at his next start.

Almandin (2016) won the listed Harry White Stakes over 2400m at Caulfield before scoring the easiest of victories in this event and recent The Bart Cummings winners include Let's Make Adeal (2015) and Who Shot Thebarman (2014).

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Almandin (2016) headed to Flemington on the first Tuesday in November to win the Melbourne Cup over Heartbreak City in exciting finish. Who Shot Thebarman (2014) went on to run third in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington on the first Tuesday in November.

Araldo (2013) managed to run third in the Gr3 The Lexus Stakes at Flemington on the first day of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival, while Sea Moon (2nd in 2013) won the Herbert Power Stakes at his next start. Gotta Take Care (3rd in 2013) came third in the Gr2 Moonee Valley Cup on Cox Plate day at Moonee Valley.

Tanby (2012) went on to finish third in the Gr3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington during the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival before winning the Gr2 Sandown Classic at Sandown.

Mourayan (2011) ran second in the Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes on Derby Day at Flemington and Niwot (2nd in 2011) took out The Lexus Stakes on the same day after they finished first & second in this event.

2016 The Bart Cummings result
1. $3.00 Almandin 55.0 Damien Oliver
2. $14.00 Zanteca 54.0 Craig Williams
3. $12.00 Excess Knowledge 58.0 Mark Zahra

then followed
4. $31.00 Vengeur Masque 54.0 Patrick Moloney
5. $14.00 Dandy Gent 54.0 Ms Linda Meech
6. $8.00 Lucques 54.0 Damian Lane
7. $21.00 Pentathlon 55.5 James McDonald
8. $8.00 Almoonqith 58.0 Michael Walker
9. $4.60 Aloft 54.0 Kerrin McEvoy
10. $21.00 Swacadelic 54.0 Chris Parnham
11. $71.00 Shimrano 54.0 Dwayne Dunn

Margins: 1.5 len, 0.5 len
Time: 2:37.47

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The Bart Cummings recent winners & placegetters
Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2016 Almandin Zanteca Excess Knowledge 2:37.4
2015 Let's Make Adeal Our Ivanhowe Hawkspur 2:35.6
2014 Who Shot Thebarman Marksmanship Anudjawun 2:39.6
2013 Araldo Sea Moon Gotta Take Care 2:38.2
2012 Tanby Maluckyday Dame Claire 2:36.6
2011 Mourayan Niwot Showcause 2:40.7

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