See the 2022 Doomben 10,000 Preview and Results.
See the 2021 Doomben 10,000 Preview and Results.
The Doomben 10,000 was first run in 1933 when Wallum carrying 45.5kg beat Closing Time carrying 58.5 kg over 6 furlongs (about 1200 metres). It has had several distance changes in the early years but has been held over 1350 metres from 1973 to 2016. In 2017 it was shortened to 1200m and run as the first Group 1 of the Brisbane carnival. It became a Group 1 race in 1980 and was a handicap event until 1997 when it became weight-for-age. In 2020 it was not run for the first time ever, due to COVID-19.
The race was originally called the Doomben Newmarket Handicap and then the TM Ahearn Memorial but was changed to the Doomben 10,000 in the 1940’s as the 10,000 pounds prizemoney made it the richest sprint race in Australia. When Bernborough won the race in 1946 he carried 68.5kg under the handicap conditions to win 10,000 pounds.
Prior to 2017, many horses used the Group 1 BTC Cup as the lead-up race to the Doomben 10,000. Those that run well will go to contest the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap over 1400 metres at Eagle Farm. Mares have a poor record in the race and when Hot Danish won in 2010 she was only the fifth mare in history to win the Doomben 10,000. Three-year-old fillies had never won until Sea Siren became the first in 2012, although they had placed with Melito running third in 2010 and Gold Edition just beaten by Takeover Target in 2007.
In 2022 it was held at Eagle Farm due to heavy rain during the week before.