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The Bart Cummings

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 2017 The Bart Cummings was won by Amelie's Star from Granddukeoftuscany with Kellstorm third.

Previously a listed race, The Bart Cummings was upgraded to Group 3 status for the 2014/2015 racing season and takes place on Group 1 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.

2017 The Bart Cummings info

Date: Saturday 7th October 2017
Track: Flemington racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 2500 metres
Race Type: Quality Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $300,000
2017 Winner: Amelie's Star

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. Now and then a classy stayer may contest this race, such as Alamndin (2016), who went on to win the Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday in November.

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.

Amelie's Star (2017) ran fourth in the Gr3 Naturalism Stakes over 2000m at Caulfield before proving too strong for her rivals in this event and recent The Bart Cummings winners include Almandin (2016) and Let's Make Adeal (2015).

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After winning this race, Almandin (2016) took out the Melbourne Cup, defeating Heartbreak City in an exciting finish up the famous Flemington straight.

Who Shot Thebarman (2014) ran third in the Melbourne Cup after scoring in this event.

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.

2017 The Bart Cummings result

1. $4.60 Amelie's Star 54.5 Damian Lane
2. $91.00 Granddukeoftuscany 54.0 Michael Dee
3. $51.00 Kellstorm 54.0 Ben Allen

then followed
4. $2.20 Almandin 60.0 Damien Oliver
5. $4.40 Harlem 56.5 Dwayne Dunn
=6. $20.00 Yogi 54.0 Dean Yendall
=6. $11.00 Tally 57.5 Hugh Bowman
8. $26.00 Vengeur Masque 54.0 Patrick Moloney
9. $101.00 Pentathlon 54.0 Jye McNeil
10. $71.00 Kinema 54.0 Craig Newitt

Margins: 2 len, 0.1 len
Time: 2:37.69

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The Bart Cummings recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2017 Amelie's Star Granddukeoftuscany Kellstorm 2:37.6
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