The Bart Cummings

The Bart Cummings

Group Three Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, October 1 2022
Location: Flemington Racecourse
Prize Money: $750,000
Distance: 2,500m

You might not know the race but you will almost certainly know the name.

Formally registered as the Banjo Paterson, The Bart Cummings was renamed to honour the late, great horse trainer who helped shape the sport of kings in Australia.

So what makes a Group 3 race that is worth $300,000 so special? It’s the Melbourne Cup ballot exemption prize for the winner.

First offered in 2015, The Bart Cummings’ ballot exempt status has seen the race profile raise significantly over the years.

In 2016 German-bred star Almandin went on to claim the Bart Cummings before registering a famous win in the Melbourne Cup later that campaign.

2022 Bart Cummings betting odds

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Betting on the Bart Cummings

Almandin’s 2016 Bart Cummings victory redefined the race’s future.

The strategy for betting on the Bart Cummings has been changed significantly after the ballot exemption status was granted in 2015.

The best stayers from overseas will now ply their trade earlier in the piece in order to skip the Melbourne Cup queue.

This means the field features a much wider array of talent than you would normally see for a Group 3 worth $750,000.


2022 Bart Cummings Final Field

The field for the 2022 Bart Cummings is set to be released on Wednesday, September 28, 2022.


Previous Bart Cummings Fields

Plenty of great stayers have won The Bart Cummings. Check the previous fields of The Bart Cummings here.

  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Selino Chris Waller Damian Lane 4 58kg
    2 Dawn Patrol Robert Hickmott Jye McNeil 15 57kg
    3 Knights Order Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Michael Dee 5 57kg
    4 Pondus Robert Hickmott Brett Prebble 1 57kg
    5 Amade Phillip Stokes Ben Allon 10 56.5kg
    6 Master Of Wine Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Fred Kersley 8 56.5kg
    7 Dashing Willoughby Chris Waller Luke Nolen 17 56kg
    8 Port Guillaume Ben & JD Hayes Daniel Stackhouse 12 56kg
    9 Miami Bound Danny O’Brien Daniel Moor 3 55.5kg
    10 Sheraz Chris Waller Damien Oliver 9 55.5kg
    11 Grand Promenade Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 6 55kg
    12 Realm Of Flowers Anthony & Sam Freedman Damien Thornton 19 54.5kg
    13 Tralee Rose Symon Wilde Dean Holland 20 54kg
    14 Mosh Music Archie Alexander Declan Bates 13 54kg
    15 The Good Fight Mike Moroney Zac Spain 5 54kg
    16 Sweet Thomas Matthew Smith Dean Yendall 18 54kg
    17 Long Arm (1E) Peter Gelagotis Craig Newitt 2 54kg
    18 Zeyrek (2E) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Will Price 16 54kg
    19 Hasta La War (3E) Sue Murphy Linda Meech 7 54kg
    20 Killourney (4E) Paul Preusker N/A 11 54kg
  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Young Rascal Archie Alexander John Allen 5 60.5kg
    2 Shared Ambition Chris Waller Craig Williams 9 58.5kg
    3 Haky Archie Alexander Declan Bates 6 58kg
    4 Steel Prince Anthony & Sam Freedman Mark Zahra 20 58kg
    5 Lord Belvedere Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 2 57.5kg
    6 Sound Mike Moroney Jamie Kah 3 57.5kg
    7 Carif Peter & Paul Snowden N/A 18 57kg
    8 Creedence Matt Cumani Michael Poy 7 56kg
    9 Paths Of Glory Richard & Michael Freedman Craig Newitt 13 55.5kg
    10 In Good Health Peter Moody Luke Nolen 14 55kg
    11 Admire Robson Paul Preusker Brett Prebble 4 55kg
    12 Schabau Robert Hickmott William Pike 10 55kg
    13 Dabiyr Chris Waller Michael Walker 11 55kg
    14 Game Keeper Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 17 55kg
    15 Persan Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 1 55kg
    16 Polly Grey Chris Waller Damian Lane 15 55kg
    17 South Pacific (1E) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Michael Dee 8 55kg
    18 Kinane Chris Waller Damien Oliver 19 55kg
    19 Good Idea Phillip Stokes Craig Newitt 16 55kg
    20 Super Girl Josh Julius Jordan Childs 21 55kg
    21 Roland Garros Adrian Corboy N/A 12 55kg

2021 The Bart Cummings result


1stGrand Promenade ($2.35)
2ndTralee Rose ($3)
3rdMaster Of Wine ($1.50)

Recent Bart Cummings results

  • Following a perfect steer from John Allen, Ciaron Maher & David Eustace managed to take out The Bart Cummings for a second year in a row, this time with the in-form Grand Promenade. The British-bred Grand Promenade $5.50 – took his earnings to more than $1 million when he held off game mare Tralee Rose ($8.50) and Master Of Wine ($51) to win by 1.75 lengths. Grand Promenade moved to equal first in the Melbourne Cup order of entry with his win, giving Maher and Eustace four of the top 10 runners in line for a crack at the race that stops the nation.
  • Victory in The Bart Cummings earned the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Persan a ballot exemption into the $8 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup. Having begun his campaign with a maiden at Wangaratta, the fact within nine starts, he was competiting and winning his way into the race that stopped the nation was a remarkable feat by all involved. Persan was a revelation through the winter and has taken the required steps along the course to claim his first stakes race win on Saturday. A $10 chance under Jye McNeil, Persan scored by a length from Sound ($15) with Steel Prince ($7.50) a nose away third.
  • Foreign invaders had monopolised the Melbourne Cup in recent years but a country-trained galloper from Horsham, Surprise Baby prepared by little-known trainer Paul Preusker booked her spot in the great race following her win in The Bart Cummings. The gelding, New Zealand-bred and sired by a former Cup winner in Shocking, came with a sustained run from the 800-metre mark and won by a comfortable length and a half from the Team Hawkes-trained Supernova, with Gai Waterhouse’s Japanese import Wolfe in third place.
  • James Cummings wanted his Godolphin gun Avilius to gain a ballot exemption entry into the Cup and the boy in blue got exactly that. Lining up as a favourite heading into the Bart Cummings and when the gelding loomed large on the outside and let down the race looked to be over. Jaameh stayed on powerfully to make it interesting but the Godolphin gelding saluted and booked his place in the Melbourne Cup.
  • Rated as one of the main hopes in a field that also contained last year’s winner Almandin, Amelie’s Star delivered a great run for backers. Trailing behind early pace setter Granddukeoftuscany, Amelie’s Star was patiently ridden and eventually unleashed at the 200m and the mare did the rest, winning by a comfortable margin on the line. Unfortunately the mare failed to replicate that performance in the Melbourne Cup, where she finished a disappointing 14th.
  • Almandin became the first horse in 2016 to do the Cummings/Cup double. Settling midfield, Almandin looked to be struggling as the race entered the straight after being hampered for room. After looking like an also-ran at the 400m Almandin switched into a higher gear once he found daylight and raced away to gain an entry into the Melbourne Cup.
  • They don’t come much easier than this. In the first-ever ballot exempt Bart Cummings, Let’s Make Adeal bided her time before presenting at the top of the straight. The mare duly kicked away at the 600m and never looked threatened, despite a fast-finishing effort from Our Ivanhoe.
  • Kiwi stayer Who Shot Thebarman was expected to win the 2014 edition of the Bart Cummings and the import didn’t let his backers down. Saddled by Glen Boss, the horse didn’t have it all his own way in the running and had to be taken to the wide outside entering the straight. Who Shot Thebarman didn’t look to be traveling all that well heading into the final 400m but as all good stayers do he plugged away and recorded a comfortable margin in a result that belied just how hard the run was.
  • British import Araldo took out the 2013 edition of the race in his third ever Australian start. In the closest finish in the race’s history, Araldo, Sea Moon and Gotta Take Care broke away from the field to fight it out, with the winner lunging late to win in a photo finish. While the Araldo would go on to finish second in The Metropolitan and a respectable fifth in the 2014 Caulfield Cup, the horse would never again taste success.

Past The Bart Cummings winners list

The Bart Cummings Past Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2021 Grand Promenade John Allen Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
2020 Persan Jye McNeil Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
2019 Surprise Baby Jordan Childs Paul Preusker
2018 Avilius Glyn Schofield James Cummings
2017 Amelie’s Star Damian Lane Darren Weir
2016 Almandin Damien Oliver Robert Hickmott
2015 Let’s Make Adeal Dwayne Dunn Nigel Blackiston
2014 Who Shot Thebarman Glen Boss Chris Waller
2013 Araldo Glen Boss Mike Moroney
2012 Tanby Damien Oliver Robert Hickmott
2011 Mourayan Hugh Bowman Robert Hickmott
2010 Harris Tweed Brad Rawiller Murray & Bjorn Baker
2009 Light Version Nicholas Hall Robert Smerdon
2008 Light Version Ben Melham Robert Smerdon
2007 Dolphin Jo Sebastian Murphy Terry & Karina O’Sullivan
2006 Irazu Steve Richards Daniel Moor
2005 Brave Lancer Greg Childs Neville McBurney
2004 Yakama Danny Nikolic Bevan & Melissa Laming
2003 Vicksburg Brett Prebble Mark Minervini

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