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A bumper nine race card has been assembled for Bendigo this Wednesday where it is Bendigo Cup Day. The weather is fine, the track is good (4) and the rail is in the true position for the entire circuit.

Bendigo Cup 🏆: View the Field and Odds for the Bendigo Cup

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Race 1. (12:30) No Fuss Event Hire Mdn Plate 1400m

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Tricky maiden to start the meeting. Not sure I want to bet into it, but on top is 4 Hostile Takeover (Bet Now: $5.00). He is seven years of age yet is only having start six, so clearly has shown something at home to persist and in his short career to date, he has showed good ability. He will get back from the gate and be strong at the end.


13 Yulong Premier (Bet Now: $6.00) can be a big improver here. Team Hawkes trained galloper that debuted on the Synthetic at Ballarat where he was kept pretty safe in betting and tried hard, but couldn’t quite get there. Gets the Blinkers on and Pike steers, so he has a bit going for him to be a big improver here.

Long Shot

Very interesting runner is 1 Bodrum (Bet Now: $27.00). Enver Jusufovic trains this son of Lucas Cranach, who is on debut. He has had three jumpouts this prep to get ready for start one. First couple of jumpouts were poor, but he showed more intent in the latest trial, closing off nicely. Not sure he wins, but think he’s one to include in wider multiples as a knockout chance.

Race 2. (13:00) Rising Sun Hotel Mdn Plate 1100m

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The gate makes things tricky, but I loved the recent jumpout of 13 Gloves Are Off (Bet Now: $4.60) at this track. Kym Hann trained filly that sat back in the recent jumpout and under no riding, closed off with real purpose. Stable can get one ready for a debut, and on Cup Day on the home track, suspect she will be ready to go.


7 Better Kick (Bet Now: $4.20) is a fascinating runner. This Scissor Kick three year old returns to racing as a three year old and has been gelded. Pushed out to win his recent jumpout but did respond. Has always showed really good talent at the jumpouts but is yet to translate it on race day, so I think watch the market and see what it does.

Long Shot

6 Al Badr (Bet Now: $18.00) is a son of I Am Invincible for the Hayes/Dabernig team that is on debut. This guy had a recent jumpout at Flemington when near the speed before being clicked up late and he showed good change up speed to get the job done. Draws well and I think is a key threat against these. Interesting to see what the market does.

Race 3. (13:35) Catanach's Jewellers (64) 1100m

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6 Llessur (Bet Now: $4.80) looks the pony to bet on in a tricky race. She resumed over 1000m at Echuca where she sat back off a good speed before Lane eased her into clear air and away she went, bolting up to win impressively and running good time. Tricky gate, but that was a sharp return and I think she has more to come.


11 Ziavera (Bet Now: $5.00) has never raced on a firm track so will be interesting to see how she goes on top of the ground. Resumed on a near bottomless track at Pakenham and tried hard, but the wheels were spinning on the ground. Has showed talent previously, so I’m giving her another chance on a dry deck.

Long Shot

7 All About Fashion (Bet Now: $5.00) is a Hayes/Dabernig trained mare that is resuming. Daughter of Written Tycoon that has only had the one start, which came in a field of five on the Synthetic at Pakenham. Did she beat much? No, but she spanked them. Comes through a fast Flemington jumpout so I think the grounding is strong enough to run well here.

Race 4. (14:10) Brb Electrical (78) 1100m

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Perfect race for 12 Rock Prophet (Bet Now: $3.90). Ray Besanko trained gelding who contested some strong races for some reason, the latest being the Group ll Bobbie Lewis when far from disgraced in defeat behind Zoutori, who went on to win the Gilgai. Comes back to a much more reasonable grade, and he gets the best rider in Victoria at the moment in Jamie Kah to steer.


5 Overkill (Bet Now: $3.90) does look a progressive animal for the Maher/Eustace camp, but I think he’s short enough. Still, he was 2/2 when last in work, both at the Valley, and each time he was impressive from near the speed. Has had three jumpouts to get ready, so has had a strong grounding for his resumption. Market will be the guide.

Long Shot

10 Blood Oath (Bet Now: $17.00) can be a big improver here. He hasn’t raced for several weeks since finishing down the track at Cranbourne, but I thought was ridden a touch upside down that occasion. Has had a freshen up and liked the way he went in a recent Cranbourne jumpout win. Does no work from the gate and is hard to beat at a price, if he brings his best.

Race 5. (14:45) Tac Be Races Ready (64) 1300m

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I’ve got time for 2 Far Enough (Bet Now: $3.20). Looked to jump out really nicely prior to his debut over 1000m at Bendigo where he had no idea what he was doing but Olly got the best out of him to win, and he did it with loads of upside to come, running good time as well. He’s talented and has to be a leading chance against these despite the class/depth rise.


1 Chequerboard (Bet Now: $9.00) has class and that will carry him a fair way here. His opening prep to the career came during the Winter, where he won his first two starts before finishing down the track at Flemington, where he was probably at the end of a long prep. Two jumpouts have been just fair, but he has the runs on the board to go close.

Long Shot

4 Miraitowa (Bet Now: $8.50) deserves another chance. Kevin Corstens trained three year old that gave them a spanking on debut at Ballarat before going to the Gothic Stakes where on face value, he was plain, but was found to be lame post race, so there were excuses. That debut win was very sharp, so have to give him another look.

Race 6. (15:20) Bet365 Racing Refund (70) 1300m

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Ability wise, the best horse in the race looks to be 5 Heirborn (Bet Now: $6.00), and if he can get luck from a sticky gate, he looks the one to beat. Resumes for Team Freedman off the back of a couple of jumpouts and has looked pretty good each time he has stepped out. Fell away last prep, but starting again fresh here, hoping class gets him home.


3 Chipsaredown (Bet Now: $11.00) doesn’t have the ability of some of these, but he has plenty of ticker. That was on display when he won under the lights at the Valley last time out because Phoenix Global dashed and gave a really good kick, but this guy knuckled down strongly and wore the leader down to win. He has the early speed to overcome the wide gate and will give a great sight.

Long Shot

Fitter and up to 1300m I do like for 6 Kent Street (Bet Now: $26.00). Peter Chow trained gelding that resumed over 1100m at Hamilton where he was back, wide with cover, and tried hard, but the last 150m or so, his condition gave out. He is a two time second up winner, should get three wide cover from the gate and prove a leading chance.

Race 7. (16:00) Bendigo Cup 2400m

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I reckon this is a race where you could back a couple each way and get a decent price. On top and one horse I will have something on each way is 7 Furrion (Bet Now: $14.00), who has the Gerry Ryan colours and he would love to win the hometown cup. This bloke comes through the Cranbourne Cup and I thought he worked home well late behind Future Score. Gets to 2400m, Blinkers first time, has upside and Johnny Allen sticks.


6 Zebrowski (Bet Now: $4.60) is all but assured a run in the Melbourne Cup, but would need to win this to 100% secure his spot. Was a bit concerned about him after some average runs in Sydney, but his effort in the Herbert Power behind Chapada was very encouraging. Pike won the race last year and he has a great chance to repeat the dose 12 months on.

Long Shot

The other I want to back at big odds is 16 Realm Of Flowers (Bet Now: $27.00) for the Freedman camp. I thought she was warming to the task very late behind Mystic Journey two back before going to the Pinker Pinker Plate where she lumped 58.5kg and the track was too wet. She needs a dry deck, and if she gets it here, think she’ll run a big race at odds.

Race 8. (16:40) Bendigo Locksmiths (70) 1600m

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Provided she’s each way odds, I think 12 Imperial Dawn (Bet Now: $8.50) is one of the better bets on the program. Hasn’t raced for a month since stepping up to the mile at Sale and working home strongly from the back when third to Tell Me Again. Tick over jumpout at Flemington saw her with Winkers on and gee she went sharp with them on, winning in fast time. If she can hold a forward spot from gate one, think she only runs well.


Fitter and up to the mile I do like for 7 Yulong Patrol (Bet Now: $10.00). Resumed over 1350m at Donald in what was a sit/sprint, and keep in mind he had to lump 60kg. He did a really good job to produce the late splits he did, going on to win. He’s got more upside than most here, and that form from Donald has been franked.

Long Shot

5 Cassius (Bet Now: $11.00) can be a big improver here. Hayes/Dabernig trained gelding that resumed on a bottomless track at Ballarat where he was snagged back to near last from the wide gate but worked home nicely late behind Polanco, who went on to win again last Wednesday at Geelong, so the form reads well, and from the gate, can sit much closer in the run.

Race 9. (17:20) Filkel-melb. Cup Carnival (78) 1400m

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12 Campese (Bet Now: $4.20) is a nice horse and I think he can continue his winning ways. Archie Alexander trained four year old that resumed over this track/distance where he was a noted drifter late in betting but loved the way he attacked the line under Childs to wear them down in an impressive return. Don’t think this race is much harder and he’s got more upside than most.


This run could be a guide as to whether or not 1 Maritana (Bet Now: $12.00) is better suited at 1200m or not. I was on him when he raced at Caulfield on Blue Sapphire Day, but he was quite disappointing I thought and expected more behind Strome. This race looks much weaker overall and his win prior at Mornington suggested 1400m would be okay.

Long Shot

4 Do You Reckon (Bet Now: $18.00) is on the quick back up after racing last Wednesday at Geelong. He attempted to lead throughout at a solid clip and tried hard, but he was right up against the inside rail, and for the meeting, that wasn’t the A1 ground. He should fire across and lead, proving hard to run down at a price.

Best Bets & Quaddie Tips

BEST BET: Race Eight Number 12 Imperial Dawn

NEXT BEST: Race Two Number 13 Gloves Are Off

LONG SHOT: Race Seven Number 7 Furrion


Quaddie Tips (Races Six Through To Nine):

Leg One: 3, 5, 6, 8

Leg Two: 3, 6, 7, 13, 16

Leg Three: 12

Leg Four: 1, 4, 12, 13

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