The Doomben Cup is a 2020 metre race for three-year-olds and over run under weight-for-age conditions. It is held in May by the Brisbane Racing Club at Doomben during the Winter Carnival.
- Race Type: Group 1, 3YO and Upwards WFA
- Distance: 2,000 metres
- Track: Doomben Racecourse, Brisbane, Queensland
- Date: Saturday 20 May 2017
The Doomben Cup was first held in 1933 over a distance of 10 furlongs (about 2000 metres) and was won by Pentheus. From 1973 to 1988 it has been held over 2200 metres, 2160 metres in 1989 then 2020 metres from 1990 apart from 2040 metres in 1996 and 2200 metres in 2002 and 2003. The juggling of distances between 2000 and 2200 metres makes it difficult to line up past form.
The major lead-up race to the Doomben Cup is the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes over 1800 metres held at the Gold Coast two weeks earlier. History has shown this to be a great guide to the Doomben Cup with many horses taking out the Hollindale Stakes – Doomben Cup double. After the Cup many horses go on to race in the Group 2 PJ O’Shea Stakes over 2400 metres.
Favourites and second favourites have a good strike rate in this race and in recent years older geldings, and therefore horses carrying maximum weights, have dominated the race. Mares have a poor record and when Cinque Cento won in 2007 she was the first mare to win a Doomben Cup since Dream in 1950.
Doomben Cup Final Field & Odds 2017
See below for early betting markets in this years Doomben Cup.‘Odds not currently available’
Doomben Cup Preview & Tips 2017
Track: Soft Weather: Fine
There is a full field of 16 plus 2 emergencies for the $650,000 2017 Hardy Brothers Doomben Cup and eight of them had their last start in the Hollindale. The favourite in the early market is It’s Somewhat who ran 3rd in this race last year and comes off a win in the Hollindale following a win in the Doncaster. Second favourite is Articus who has 4 wins over this distance in Europe and won over 1800m at Flemington last start. Third favourite is Single Gaze who was 2nd in the Hollindale after a win over 1600m at Doomben.
Sense Of Occasion was held up and ran on late for 6th in the Hollindale. Star Exhibit is a Perth Cup winner who has won 4 of his last 5 starts and could show up at good odds. Amelie’s Star won the Group 2 Queen Of The South Stakes at her third start after a long break, and will charge home late. Maurus ran home well for 3rd in the Hollindale and was 5th in this race last year. All other runners are currently 15 to 1 or longer.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|1 It’s Somewhat||1 It’s Somewhat||1 It’s Somewhat|
|5 Star Exhibit||14 Single Gaze||12 Articus|
|12 Articus||12 Articus||3 Sense Of Occasion|
|14 Single Gaze||3 Sense Of Occasion||14 Single Gaze|
Past winners of the Doomben Cup:
The Doomben Cup is a test of endurance and strength and its greatest horse was Rough Habit who won in 1991, 1992 and 1993. Other famous winners include Might And Power, Durbridge, Danewin, Intergaze, Juggler, Lord Hybrow, Winfreux and Bernborough.
|2017||Sense Of Occasion||Star Exhibit||Rudy|
|2016||Our Ivanhowe||Hauraki||It’s Somewhat|
|2013||Beaten Up||Foreteller||Secret Admirer|
|2012||Mawingo||Lights Of Heaven||Manighar|
|2011||Scenic Shot||My Kingdom Of Fife||Glass Harmonium|
|2010||Metal Bender (NZ)||Gold Water||Triple Honour (NZ)|
|2009||Scenic Shot||Racing To Win||Sir Slick (NZ)|
|2008||Sarrera||Rampant Lion||Like It Is|
|2006||Above Deck||Octopussy||Roman Arch|
|2005||Perlin (NZ)||Platinum Scissors||Natural Blitz|
|2003||Bush Padre||Freemason||Maguire (NZ)|
|2002||Mr Bureaucrat||Galroof (NZ)||Freemason|
|2001||King Keitel (NZ)||Shogun Lodge||Khazakh Belle|