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 prize money. The 2019 The Bart Cummings was won by Surprise Baby from Supernova with Wolfe 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 Hotham Handicap, Mackinnon Stakes, Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate.
|Date:||Saturday 3rd October 2020|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Quality Handicap|
|2019 Winner:||Surprise Baby|
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.
Surprise Baby (2019) ran fourth in the Group 2 Feehan Stakes over 1600m at Moonee valley before finishing strongly to win this event in commanding fashion for Horsham trainer Paul Preusker.
Recent The Bart Cummings winners include Avilius (2018) and Amelie's Star (2017).
Wolfe (3rd in 2019) scored a top win in the Group 3 Coongy Handicap at Caulfield after winning this event.
Smart stayer Almandin (2016) captured 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 Hotham Handicap 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 Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes on Derby Day at Flemington and Niwot (2nd in 2011) took out Hotham Handicap on the same day after they finished first & second in this event.
1. $2.50 Surprise Baby 57.0 Jordan Childs
2. $6.00 Supernova 54.0 Dwayne Dunn
3. $8.00 Wolfe 54.0 Ms Linda Meech
4. $11.00 Ventura Storm 56.0 Jamie Kah
5. $21.00 Azuro 54.0 Dean Yendall
6. $16.00 Dal Harraild 57.0 Mark Zahra
7. $31.00 Alfarris 54.0 Luke Nolen
8. $61.00 Quaffany 54.0 Luke Currie
9. $9.00 King Of Leogrance 54.0 Damien Oliver
10. $91.00 The Good Fight 54.0 Cory Parish
11. $19.00 Etymology 54.0 Craig Williams
12. $21.00 Te Akau Caliburn 54.0 Damian Lane
13. $101.00 Muntahaa 58.0 Martin Harley
Margins: 1.5 len, 0.75 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|