Held at Group 3 level the Bendigo Cup is a 2400m event run at open handicap conditions. The race was first held in 1946 when Skyway was successful. The race was a Listed event up until 2014 with the 2015 edition elevated to Group 3 status.
In 2017 total prize money on offer is $300,000 with the winner to receive $180,000. The 2016 winner was the Charlie Appleby trained Francis of Assisi, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy. Other winners of the race include The Offer, Sertorius, Tanby, Zupacool and the dual winner Gallic.
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|Date:||Wednesday, 1st November 2017|
|Location:||Bendigo Jockey Club|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
|2016 Winner:||Francis of Assisi|
|2016 Bendigo Cup Results|
|6||FRANCIS OF ASSISI||1ST||$6.60 (win)|
|9||SECOND BULLET||2ND||$2.00 (pl)|
|8||OUR CENTURY||3RD||$1.00 (pl)|
Trained by Robert Hickmott and owned by the Williams, Our Century is only lightly raced, having faced the starter on just six occasions. The form line is through Hartnell, however that came more than two years ago when finishing 2nd to him in the 2014 Listed Queens Vase at Ascot. That was the last run of Our Century in England prior to being exported to Australia. His next start came this campaign, being off the scene for over two years, the gelding resumed in a 1700m handicap at Caulfield when carrying 54kg when settling near the rear. Second-up in a 2400m handicap at Caulfield and carrying 59.5kg, he was ridden closer to the speed and was able to secure a one length victory. After opening at $3, he met with early support in the UBET market to firm into $2.50.
Irish import Francis Of Assissi will make his Australian debut as he looks to force his way into the Melbourne Cup field. Trained by Charlie Appleby and owned by Godolphin, the 7YO gelding is a winner of 6 races from 16 starts. Like stablemate Qewy that took out the Geelong Cup, he has mixed his runs over both flat races and hurdles. The first three wins of his career were on the flat, two at 1400m and one at 1200m. While the other three wins all came over the hurdles, over distances no shorter than 3100m, His last two starts in the UK were a 4th in the Silver Cup at York run at 2800m where he was ridden by James McDonald and carried 60kg and then at Goodwood in the Summer Stakes carrying 61kg into 6th, with the race taken out by Qewy.
Trained by Darren Weir, the South Australian Derby winner has been allotted the top-weight of 58kg as he looks to ignite his Spring campaign. After three starts this preparation he has yet to hit the heights that saw him start as the favourite in the Queensland Derby in the Winter when finishing 4th behind Eagle Way. The 4YO entire resumed in a 1700m handicap at Flemington when five lengths from the winner Royal Rapture. Stepped straight back to the elite level his next run came in the Underwood Stakes behind his stable-mate Black Heart Bart. Hi slatest run was in the G2 Herbet Power Stakes when carrying 53.5kg. He is the top rated in the field and faces the acid test this campaign to get things back on track.
Bring Something began his preparation at Caulfield in the same race as Howard Be Thy Name and carried 57kg to third place behind Royal Rapture. Second-up in the G3 Coongy Handicap he carried 54kg to a mid-field finish behind Vanbrugh. The Ken Keys trained 6YO won the Bendigo Cup in 2014 when he defeated Massiyn and Order Of The Sun. He has won third up in a preparation previously, like he is here and from three attempts at 2400m has been successful on all three occasions. Bring Something opened on the sixth line of betting in the UBET market at $14 and there has been some early nibbles at that price.
The Bendigo Cup is a Listed Race that is held during the Melbourne Spring Carnival on the Bendigo Cup Day. One of the more prestigious country cups during the carnival, it attracts handy horses from across the state. Raced under Open Handicap conditions over 2400m, it boasts a prize purse of $250,000, with the winning connections taking home a handy $150,000. In 2013, Sertorius capped a run of minor placings with victory in the Bendigo Cup. The son of Galileo went on to run a close second to veteran Precedence in the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth, and then win the Group 2 Zipping Classic, in a profitable spring campaign which netted connection over $465,000 in prize money from six runs.
In 2012, Puissance De Lune romped home in the Bendigo Cup and was installed the early 2013 Melbourne Cup favourite, before breaking down. Another injury-plagued stayer, Gallic, was successful at Bendigo in 2004 and again in 2006.
|2016||FRANCIS OF ASSISI||KERRIN MCEVOY||CHARLIE APPLEBY||02:28.3|
|2015||THE OFFER||MICHAEL WALKER||GAI WATERHOUSE||02:28.5|
|2014||BRING SOMETHING||LUKE NOLEN||KEN KEYS||02.29.4|
|2013||SERTORIOUS||RYAN MALONEY||JAMIE EDWARDS||02.30.7|
|2012||PUISSANCE DE LUNE||GLEN BOSS||DARREN WEIR||02.27.9|
|2011||TANBY||STEVEN KING||ROBERT HICKMOTT||02.28.7|
|2010||DREAM PEDLAR||CRAIG WILLIAMS||TROY BLACKER||02.18.2|
|2009||ZUPACOOL||LUKE NOLEN||JOHN SYMONS & SHEILA LAXON||02.15.0|
|2008||BANANA MAN||MICHELLE PAYNE||MICHAEL KENT||02.28.8|
|2007||CAPTIOUS||CRAIG NEWITT||MICK PRICE||02.31.9|