2019 Bairnsdale Cup Preview


The 2019 Bairnsdale Cup is in the spotlight on Sunday with a field of ten runners to contest the 1600m feature on the Victorian Country Cups Circuit.

A strong combination of city and out of town trained horses will travel to the East Gippsland district of Victoria to try to grab a slice of the $70,000 prizemoney that is on offer.

Caulfeld co-trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace will saddle up two runners in the Bairnsdale Cup, the topweight Bondeiger and the last start Tatura Cup winner Reserve Street.

Fellow Caulfield training partnership of Mick Price and Michael Kent will be looking for another Country Cup win with Echuca Cup winner Heptagon and the in-form Cranbourne stable of Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young will send Main Stage to Bairnsdale on Sunday.

We have analysed all ten runners and our complete 2019 Bairnsdale Cup tips can be found below.


Bondeiger has raced and won in much harder company than he is facing in the Bairnsdale Cup and looks well in with 61.5kg at the top of the weights. Bondeiger was a winner during the 2019 Adelaide Autumn Carnival with a victory in the Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes over 2600m before finishing fourth in the Group 2 Adelaide Cup over 3200m, both at Morphettville. Bondeiger is among the nominations for the 2019 Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington and a win here would be a good start to his Spring campaign.

Gold Fields

Gold Fields has been racing in top form in the city at The Valley with a second two starts back over 1519m followed by a win in a 1600m Handicap four weeks ago. The Logan McGill trained Gold Fields is up sharply in the weights but will strip as one of the main chances in the Bairnsdale Cup.


The Mick Price and Michael Kent trained Heptagon is no stranger to the Country Cup circuit with a win in the Echuca Cup back in March. Heptagon hasn’t been far off the mark at his recent outings in the city with a last start fifth over 1400m at Caufield last Sunday. He will handle the step up to 1600m.


Cranbourne trained Snitzepeg has been well beaten at his two most recent starts with a ninth at Caulfield and a tenth at The Valley and even though he will find this slightly easier, will still have to improve on his recent form to be considered.

Flying Sardine

Former Kiwi mare Flying Sardine is struggling to find her best form and failed to beat a runner home last start when sixteenth in a 1700m Flemington Handicap. Hard to see her threatening here.

Main Stage

The Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young trained Main Stage was once touted as a top Derby contender during his three year old season but has only won one race since finishing fifth in the 2018 Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick. Main Stage has been well beaten in restricted class at his two runs this preparation and would have to improve quickly to figure in the finish.

Reserve Street

Reserve Street is looking for back to back Country Cup wins after claiming the Tatura Cup over 1450m a fortnight ago. The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace trained Reserve Street was rewarded for his consistency but will be up against tougher opposition in the Bairnsdale Cup.

El Don

El Don was racing in fine form over longer distances before a spell at Flemington and Sandown and might be tested at the 1600m first up. The seven year old is yet to win first up from three previous attempts.


Nangawooka is a winner over the same course and distance as the Bairnsdale Cup but has been beaten out of a place at his last two starts at Cranbourne and Flemington. The Matthew Brown trained seven year old mixes his form up and was a winner three starts back in a 1400m BenchMark 64 Handicap at Sale.


Ripplebrook found his way into the runner’s up stall in the Flemington mid-week meeting last start over 1630m and if he can repeat that effort might be able to figure in the minor prizemoney again in the Bairnsdale Cup.

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