The Bart Cummings

The 2017 Bart Cummings is a Group 3 staying event held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne during the Victorian Spring Racing Carnival.

Raced over 2500m under quality handicap conditions, the Bart Cummings is a thrilling race that pits some of the best stayers on the circuit against each other.

Open to horses of all ages and sexes, the Bart Cummings ensures quality competition and fantastic form guidance. Worth $300,000, the Bart Cummings is an impressive Group 3 race. It is regularly targeted by stayers looking for a launchpad into the Melbourne Spring Carnival staying events. As the first group level event held over 2000m at Flemington during the spring, the Bart Cummings holds a lot of value as a warm-up race.

The Bart Cummings is held on Turnbull Stakes Day alongside eight other black-type events. These are the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes, Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes, Group 2 Gilgai Stakes, Group 2 Blazer Stakes and four Listed events.

Successful runners in the Bart Cummings often seek entry into later staying races which carry more prestige and prize money. The Group 1 Caulfield Stakes and Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes are two of the preferred events for horses to continue on to.

The Bart Cummings gets its name, of course, from legendary trainer Bart Cummings, trainer of twelve Melbourne Cup winners. Previously known as the Banjo Paterson, the race was named after the famed trainer in 2004. A considerable number of horses have in the past raced in the event prior to a Melbourne Cup run, so it seemed like a natural choice of race to honour Mr Cummings.

Initially a listed event, the Bart Cummings was granted Group 3 status in 2014. Notable Bart Cummings winners include Dolphin Jo (2007) and Tanby (2012).

2017 Bart Cummings Field

The Bart Cummings field regularly features impressive stayers. With the prize money increase that accompanies an upgrade to group status, the 2017 Bart Cummings field will no doubt have a few big names scattered through it. Held right around the time a lot of foreign raiders are entering the country, expect to see some internationals in the Bart Cummings field.

The 2017 Bart Cummings field will be published here on Wednesday, October 4th.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 x665111x21 ALMANDIN (GER) Robert Hickmott Damien Oliver 12 60kg 112
2 x37710x247 TALLY James Cummings Hugh Bowman 6 57.5kg 105
3 384x386x51 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 13 56.5kg 103
4 x4214x8394 AMELIE’S STAR Darren Weir Damian Lane 5 54.5kg 103
5 65123×8135 BROADSIDE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 1 54kg 98
6 1x75459x70 KINEMA (IRE) Chris Waller Craig Newitt 11 54kg 97
7 9x97860x04 PENTATHLON (NZ) John Wheeler Jye McNeil 7 54kg 93
8 482x542x99 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 10 54kg 90
9 1x1x21x322 CROCODILE ROCK (IRE) Robert Hickmott Ben Melham 4 54kg 87
10 9×17351116 KELLSTORM (IRE) Darren Weir Ben Allen (a) 8 54kg 86
11 168×211314 YOGI (NZ) Darren Weir Dean Yendall 9 54kg 84
12 4051421427 SUPER HAZE (IRE) Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 3 54kg 82
13 x9x5644276 GRANDDUKEOFTUSCANY (IRE) Robert Hickmott Michael Dee 2 54kg 74

2017 Bart Cummings Nominations

A considerable number of stayers enter the Bart Cummings nominations ever year. The upgrade to Group 3 in 2014 also affected the Bart Cummings nominations, with better stayers now seeing it as a more worthy opportunity to stretch out over a decent distance.

The 2017 Bart Cummings nominations will be published here on Monday, September 27th.

Bart Cummings Results

Bart Cummings results and winning times since 2006 are listed below.

Year Results Winning Time
2017 1 Amelie’s Star 2 Granddukeoftuscany 3 Kellstorm 2:37.69
2016 1 Almandin 2 Zanteca 3 Excess Knowledge 2:37.47
2015 1 Let’s Make Adeal 2 Our Ivanhowe 3 Hawkspur 2:35.66
2014 1 Who Shot Thebarman 2 Marksmanship 3 Anudjawun 2:39.62
2013 1 Araldo 2 Sea Moon 3 Gotta Take Care 2:38.23
2012 1 Tanby 2 Maluckyday 3 Dame Claire 2:36.69
2011 1 Mourayan 2 Niwot 3 Showcause 2:40.78
2010 1 Harris Tweed 2 Exceptionally 3 Above Average 2:40.32
2009 1 Light Vision 2 Miss Darcey 3 Zacroona 2:38.76
2008 1 Light Vision 2 Baughurst 3 Zavite 2:41.34
2007 1 Dolphin Jo 2 The Fuzz 3 Light Vision 2:39.06
2006 1 Irazu 2 Aznavour 3 Bay Story 2:38.22