The Bendigo Cup is a Group 3 open handicap race that takes place midweek on a Wednesday at Bendigo 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 2017 Bendigo Cup was won by Qewy from Kiwia with Foundry third.
The Bendigo Jockey Club hosts racing at the iconic western Victorian race track 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.
|Date:||Wednesday 1st November 2017|
|Track:||Bendigo racecourse, Bendigo|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
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.
Qewy (2017) finished unplaced in the Group 1 Goodwood Cup over 3218m at Goodwood in England before heading to Australia to make it back to back Bendigo Cup victories for UK trainer Charlie Appleby. Recent Bendigo Cup winners include Francis Of Assisi (2016) and The Offer (2015).
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.
Gates Open: 10am
Admission: Adult $30
Pre-purchase your tickets for a discounted General Admission price.
Bendigo Jockey Club
Heinz Street (PO Box 108)
Bendigo Vic 3551
Tel: 03 5448 4209
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.
1. $2.50 Qewy 59.0 Kerrin McEvoy
2. $2.40 Kiwia 56.0 Damian Lane
3. $9.50 Foundry 57.5 Michael Dee
4. $101.00 Skulduggery 54.0 Stephen Baster
5. $41.00 Khartoum 54.0 Patrick Moloney
6. $8.00 Big Memory 55.5 Andrew Mallyon
7. $21.00 Meet And Greet 54.0 Noel Callow
Margins: 0.2 len, 2.25 len
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|2016||Francis Of Assisi||Second Bullet||Our Century||2:28.3|
|2014||Bring Something||Massiyn||Order Of The Sun||2:29.4|
|2012||Puissance De Lune||Practiced||Fiumicino||2:27.9|
|2011||Tanby||At First Sight||Western Symbol||2:28.7|
|2010||Dream Pedlar||My Bentley||Zauberin||2:18.2|
|2007||Captious||Hoodlum||On a Jeune||2:31.9|
|2003||Western Waters||Chairmans Choice||Mr Prudent||2:28.3|
|2002||Forlorna (Ire.)||Fearless Sophie||Time Off||2:31.3|
|2001||Saboteur||Betta Watch It||Never Dull||2:28.3|
|1997||Napier Street||My Satorial||Northern Embossing||2:31.2|
|1996||Cockade||Sovereign Lira||The Red Man||2:33.4|
|1994||Ice Doctor||Unsolved||Seto Flowerian||2:27.2|
|1993||Frontier Boy||Red Zaam||Anfitrion||2:13.8|
|1992||Rasputins Revenge||Awesome Mover||Offshore Trust||2:17.5|
|1991||Stick Around||Tisolde||Home Show||2:14.6|
|1990||Jolly Good Thought||Aquidity||Cool Credit||2:16.3|
|1989||Chigarow||French Icing||Our Magic Man||2:16.7|
|1988||Bettota||Bronze Knight||Jolly Good Thought||2:14.9|