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.
|Date:||Saturday 7th October 2017|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Quality Handicap|
|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).
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.
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.
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
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
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|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|