2021 Bendigo Cup Race Details

Race 7 at Bendigo on Wednesday 27th October 2021.

The Bendigo Cup is a 2400 metre open handicap race run by the Bendigo Jockey Club in late October. It is held at Bendigo as part of the Victorian Spring Racing Carnival.

You can read more about the race history, lead-up races and past winners on the Bendigo Cup page.

Bendigo Cup 2021 Preview

Track: Good Weather: Fine

Nine geldings, one entire and one mare have accepted for the $400,000 time honoured Bendigo Cup.  Three met in the Herbert Power, two in the Coongy, two in a benchmark 84 at Caulfield and two in a benchmark 78 at Caulfield.  The Maher & Eustace and Matt Cumani stables both saddle up two runners.  The early favourite in the betting is one of the Maher & Eustace runners, Smokin’ Romans.  He is second up off a two month let up and Jye McNeil who won this race last year on Princess Jenni is booked to ride him.  Next in the betting is Tooradin.  He looks likely to come across and lead from barrier seven for Linda Meech who is an outstanding front running jockey.

Amade is on the quick back after running fourth in last week’s Geelong CupWentwood was an eye catcher from the back in the Coongy and strips fitter third up.  Mosh Music is unbeaten in two starts over this distance.  Barade was the best placed finish of those who come via the Herbert Power – he finished sixth, while Taramansour is a stayer on the up.  The remaining runners are longer than $20-1.

Bendigo Cup Runner by Runner

1. Amade

Backs up after a run in last weeks Geelong Cup.  Ran home well into fourth there after missing the start and settling last.  Ready to peak here at his fourth run of the preparation.  Major player.

2. Mosh Music

Blinkers come off.  Settled well back in the fast run Bart Cummings last start and worked home fairly solidly into eighth.  Has a good platform now to run well in this.

3. Wentwood

Victorian Country Cups horse of the year.  Has been good in both return runs.  Latest got back off a slow speed at Caulfield and charged home to run a narrow second.  Might still be half a run short from a fitness perspective but it won’t surprise to see him run well here.

4. Aktau

Has been soundly beaten in all five runs this prep.  Hard to recommend off recent form.

5. Tooradin

Put in a rare poor performance in the Herbert Power last start where he lead and weakened to be beaten close to six lengths.  Had finished in the top two placings at his seven starts prior!  Gets an in form Linda Meech in the saddle.  Capable of bouncing back.

6. Barade

Another who has the blinkers coming off.  He was close up at his first three runs back from the spelling paddock, then finished midfield in the Herbert Power.  No wins from seven starts at this distance is a query.  Consider for multiples.

7. Constantinople

Son of Galileo trained by Aaron Purcell.  Came to Australia with big wraps but has failed to run a place in his twelve starts here.

8. Smokin’ Romans

Race favourite who has won three of his last four.  Returned from an eight week let up with a strong second at Caulfield.  Drops significantly in weight here and maps to get a gun run in behind stable mate Tooradin.  Key winning chance.

9. Taramansour

Lightly raced entire trained by Matt Cumani.  He won three in a row on the country circuit, then finished fourth in the race Smokin’ Romans comes through.  Is poorly weighted in this.

10. Sous Les Nuages

Second of the Matt Cumani runners.  He has finished eleventh and seventh in two runs since arriving in Australia from France.  This distance should be more to his liking.

11. Token Spirit

Four year old gelding who has three wins and a second from fourteen starts.  Didn’t fire first up at Caulfield in an easier race.  Prefer others.

Bendigo Cup 2021 Tips

The following are the top 4 selections for this years race.

Jo’s Tips
Lewis’ Tips
8. Smokin’ Romans 8. Smokin’ Romans
5. Tooradin 1. Amade
1. Amade 2. Mosh Music
3. Wentwood 3. Wentwood

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2021 Bendigo Cup Final Results

The track was rated as Good 4.

Scratchings: 10. Sous Les Nuages, 11. Token Spirit

Result Horse Margin
1st 3. Wentwood
2nd 8. Smokin’ Romans 0.1 length
3rd 9. Taramansour 0.3 length
4th 5. Tooradin 2.55 lengths