Bendigo Cup

Part of the Victorian Spring Racing Carnival, the Bendigo Cup had only been upgraded to a Group listing within the past few years but has already become a key country spring cup event offering $400,000 in prize money.

Contested on the Wednesday prior to Victoria Derby Day, the Bendigo Cup race takes place over 2400m and is held less than a week out from the iconic Melbourne Cup.

Potentially, the Bendigo Cup winner could continue onto a start in the ‘race that stops a nation’.

If a horse has done well in the this race they may also find themselves well placed to enter the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (VRC), Ballarat Cup or Zipping Classic over the remainder of the spring racing season.

Bendigo Cup 2020 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 
  • Track Location: Bendigo Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Left-handed
  • Race Distance: 2,400 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Handicap
  • Qualification: Open
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 3
  • Operator: Bendigo Jockey Club
  • Prize Purse: $400,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1868
  • 2020 Bendigo Cup Winner: Princess Jenni

Bendigo Cup 2020 RESULTS

The official 2020 Bendigo Cup results will be available below once the race takes place on Wednesday October 28, 2020. 

  1. #8 Princess Jenni
  2. #Pondus
  3. #1 Haky

Princess Jenni ($26) narrowly denied the Lloyd Williams-raced international Pondus ($3.80F) a victory run into the $8 million Lexus Melbourne Cup, the mare holding on by a short half-head to salute in the Bendigo Cup 2020 results that were marred by the loss of Super Girl.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 8 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) David Brideoake Jye McNeil 9 56.5kg $26
2 3 PONDUS (GB) Joseph O’Brien Damian Lane 0.1L 15 59kg $3.80F
3 1 HAKY (IRE) Archie Alexander Jamie Kah 2.1L 6 59kg $12
4 13 SARACEN KNIGHT (IRE) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 4.1L 5 55kg $5.50
5 6 ZEBROWSKI (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes William Pike 4.5L 11 58kg $6
6 16 REALM OF FLOWERS Anthony & Sam Freedman Billy Egan 6.25L 3 55kg $26
7 11 GOOD IDEA Phillip Stokes Michael Poy (a) 6.35L 10 55kg $16
8 17e RED ALTO Brent Stanley Dean Holland 6.45L 8 55kg $151
9 15 JACK REGAN (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Zac Spain 6.55L 7 55kg $61
10 12 MASAFF (IRE) Chris Waller Michael Walker 8.8L 14 55kg $8.50
11 10 MIDTERM (GB) Michael & Luke Cerchi Patrick Moloney 9.55L 1 55kg $71
12 18e LOFTY HEIGHTS Julius Sandhu Harry Coffey 9.65L 12 55kg $101
13 7 FURRION (GB) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes John Allen 12.9L 4 57.5kg $19
14 4 INVERLOCH (IRE) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Dee 13.4L 2 58.5kg $19
FF 14 SUPER GIRL Josh Julius Jordan Childs 13 55kg $15
SCRATCHED 9 SILENT COMMAND Nick Smart Will Price (a) 0
SCRATCHED 2 LORD BELVEDERE (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 0
SCRATCHED 5 AZURO (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Luke Currie 0

Bendigo Cup Betting 2020

New Ways to Bet at neds

There are many different ways to bet on the Bendigo Cup, we’ve included some of the most popular options below:

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Bendigo Cup
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Bendigo Cup.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Bendigo Cup. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the Bendigo Cup, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within the Bendigo Cup, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the Bendigo Cup to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Bendigo Cup to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Bendigo Cup to win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the Bendigo Cup, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Bendigo Cup

  1. Log in at neds.com.au
  2. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  3. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on Bendigo Cup Betting above).
  4. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Bendigo Cup 2020 Odds

Early market odds on the 2020 Bendigo Cup will be displayed below. If you would like to know the current odds, you can check our live market for the 2020 edition of the Bendigo Cup here once markets open.

Which Horse Will Win The Bendigo Cup

The best way to pick who will win the Bendigo Cup is to take into account the form, assess the barriers, consider the weight the horse will carry, among other factors.

  • Internationals – Entrants from other countries are quite common, and international horses taking place is not a rarity.
  • Barrier – With a 400 metre straight, don’t put too much stock into how wide your horse is drawn.

Bendigo Cup 2020 Favourites

Early favourites in 2020 Bendigo Cup betting include Lord Belvedere for last weekend’s Cox Plate winning trainers Ciaron Maher & David Eustace along with the Joseph O’Brien-trained international raider Pondus

Bendigo Cup 2020 Field

The official 2020 Bendigo Cup field of final acceptances is announced the Monday of race week and will be published in full below. 

The Bendigo Cup 2020 final field has attracted a capacity line-up of spring stayers including Lord Belvedere who boasts outstanding mile and a half form, and the Joseph O’Brien-trained Irish raider Pondus with work to do from a wide alley.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 86x051x900 HAKY (IRE) Archie Alexander Jamie Kah 8 59kg 101
2 41x7811x18 LORD BELVEDERE (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 3 59kg 101
3 2239x2140x PONDUS (GB) Joseph O’Brien Damian Lane 18 59kg 101
4 22107×4072 INVERLOCH (IRE) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Dee 2 58.5kg 100
5 13770×7006 AZURO (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Luke Currie 4 58kg 99
6 1122×80462 ZEBROWSKI (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes William Pike 13 58kg 99
7 5x5021x000 FURRION (GB) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes John Allen 6 57.5kg 98
8 4x356x8057 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) David Brideoake Jye McNeil 11 56.5kg 100
9 3238×61915 SILENT COMMAND Nick Smart Will Price (a) 17 55kg 76
10 87256×0808 MIDTERM (GB) Michael & Luke Cerchi Patrick Moloney 1 55kg 86
11 12432×0602 GOOD IDEA Phillip Stokes Michael Poy (a) 12 55kg 83
12 3x632x4848 MASAFF (IRE) Chris Waller Michael Walker 16 55kg 83
13 315x16x716 SARACEN KNIGHT (IRE) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 7 55kg 80
14 4143×15093 SUPER GIRL Josh Julius Jordan Childs 15 55kg 80
15 01168×0860 JACK REGAN (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Zac Spain (late alt) 9 55kg 78
16 x13611x588 REALM OF FLOWERS Anthony & Sam Freedman Billy Egan 5 55kg 76
17e 7×05704957 RED ALTO Brent Stanley 10 55kg 75
18e 236×001410 LOFTY HEIGHTS Julius Sandhu Harry Coffey 14 55kg 67

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Bendigo Cup 2020 Tips

Favourite: #2 Lord Belvedere ($4.80 at time of publish)

Best Bet: #6 Zebrowski ($5 at time of publish)

Best Roughie: #11 Good Idea ($18 at time of publish)

Our insider 2020 Bendigo Cup tips will be detailed above the week of the race and a complete Bendigo Cup tipping post available on the Neds Blog.

Bendigo Cup Race Day

Race day takes place on Wednesday, the 28th of October, 2020 at Bendigo Racecourse. 

Bendigo Cup 2020 Nominations

Nominations close at 12 PM, Thursday, the 22nd of October, 2020. 

Bendigo Cup 2020 Weights

Handicap conditions apply to this race. Weights are declared at 4PM, Friday the 23rd of October, 2020 with final weights to be published in our above Bendigo Cup Field section. 

Bendigo Cup 2020 Acceptances

Final acceptances must occur before 9 AM on Monday, the 26th of October, 2020 and will be published in our above Bendigo Cup Field section.

Bendigo Cup Riders Announcement

Riders must be declared by 12 PM Monday, the 26th of October, 2020 will be published in our above Bendigo Cup Field section.

Bendigo Cup Scratchings

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Wednesday, the 28th of October 2020. 

Bendigo Cup Prize Money

The Bendigo Cup prize purse is worth $400,000 in total, distributed from places first through to eighth.

Place Prize Money
1st $240,000
2nd $72,000
3rd $36,000
4th $18,000
5th $10,000
6th $8,000
7th $8,000
8th $8,000

Bendigo Cup Race Number

The Bendigo Cup is set to run as Bendigo Race 7 at 4:00pm (AEDT) on the 28th of October 2020. There are nine races in total that day at Bendigo Racecourse.

Bendigo Cup 2020 Form Guide

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check our full form guide closer to race day to see if the form guide for 2020’s Bendigo Cup has been released.

Bendigo Cup Live

You can tune into the 2020 Bendigo Cup live, across the following mediums.

Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)

Radio: Radio Sport National

Streaming: 7Live

Bendigo Cup Winners

Winners of the Bendigo Cup going back to 1999 are displayed in the table below. If you would like to view the full list of Bendigo Cup winners, going all the way back to 1946, please visit our Bendigo Cup Winners page.

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Time
2020 Princess Jenni David Brideoake Jye McNeil 2:29.32
2019 Top Of The Range Michael Moroney William Pike 2:27.41
2018 Red Alto Brent Stanley Michael Walker 2:28.51
2017 Qewy Charlie Appleby Kerrin McEvoy 2:27.50
2016 Francis Of Assisi Charlie Appleby Kerrin McEvoy 2:28.36
2015 The Offer Gai Waterhouse Michael Walker 2:28.51
2014 Bring Something Ken Keys Luke Nolen 2:29.43
2013 Sertorius Bruce Elkington Ryan Maloney 2:30.79
2012 Puissance De Lune Darren Weir Glen Boss 2:27.97
2011 Tanby Robert Hickmott Steven King 2:28.72
2010 Dream Pedlar Troy Blacker Craig Williams 2:18.22
2009 Zupacool John Symons & Sheila Laxon Luke Nolen 2:15.00
2008 Banana Man Michael Kent Michelle Payne 2:28.85
2007 Captious Mick Price Craig Newitt 2:31.93
2006 Gallic Graeme Rogerson Steven Arnold 2:31.93
2005 True Courser Darren Weir Peter Mertens 2:30.32
2004 Gallic Graeme Rogerson Danny Nikolic 2:32.56
2003 Western Waters Sydney Catherall Wayne Hokai 2:28.31
2002 Forlorna Sheila Laxon John Didham 2:31.35
2001 Saboteur David Hall Luke Currie 2:28.30
2000 Yammer Tony Noonan Nash Rawiller 2:34.45
1999 Majestic Avenue Russell Cameron Craig Williams 2:28.33