The Bendigo Cup is a pulsating listed race that is held annually in midweek September at Bendigo’s Epsom Racecourse. The race is actually part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and is run over a long distance of 2400M under open handicap conditions. The Bendigo Cup is today worth up to $200,000 in prize money making it one of the richest listed events in Australia. In its proud history, the Bendigo Cup has developed a strong culture of showcasing not only some of the best and raw talent in middle and long distance races but also exciting and high quality horse racing.
The Country race is staged in Bendigo City about 150KM off the city center of Melbourne. The 2013 edition of the race was an epic tale of thrilling performers with Sertorius doing remarkably well to take home the title. Massiyn and Kesampour had to both settle for second and third respectively in what was a pulsating encounter between some talented horses.
The Bendigo Cup is a major sporting event in the rural city and in fact, the race always attracts massive crowds every year. Horses that perform well in this event can consider taking on the Group 1 Melbourne Cup. For many horse trainers and jockeys, the Bendigo Cup is a great test of resilience and strength over long distances and is always a great stage for horses keen on launching themselves in other bigger long distance races.
Some fine champions have emerged from this race including the amazing Puissance De Lune who won the race back in 2012, Gallic who took the title twice in 2004 and 2006 and the outstanding Dream Peddler who was on hand to take home the Bendigo Cup title in 2010. The Bendigo Cup should be an ideal highlight in this year’s Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival especially for horse racing fans keen on competitive and grueling long distance races.
Bendigo Cup recent winners & placegetters
|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|