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.
Last mare to win: English (2018)
Last 3YO to win: C&G – Epaulette (2013); Filly – Sea Siren (2012)
Multiple winners: Apache Cat (2008 & 2009): Falvelon (2001 & 2002); Chief De Beers (1995 & 1996); Prince Trialia (1990 & 1991); Black Onyx (1969 & 1970)
Fastest time (1200m): The Bostonian (2020) 1:08:97
Interesting trivia: Not held in 2020 due to coronavirus pandemic.
Past winners of the Doomben 10,000
Five horses have won this race twice. They were Apache Cat (2008 and 2009), Falvelon (2001 and 2002), Chief De Beers (1995 and 1996), Prince Trialia (1990 and 1991) and Black Onyx (1969 and 1970). When Black Onyx won in 1969 he carried 54.5kg and in 1970 he carried 59kg. In 1962 the stallion Aquanita travelled from Western Australia to win the race, and when Undue won in 2006 he became the first Darwin-trained horse to win a Group 1 race.
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Doomben 10,000 Preview & Tips 2018
Track: Soft Weather: Fine
There are 15 runners for the 2018 $700,000 Kirin Doomben 10,000. The short-priced favourite is Redzel who won this race last year and was 2nd in the TJ Smith Stakes last outing. Second favourite is In Her Time who won the Galaxy first-up this campaign then got too far back and ran on well for 3rd in the TJ Smith Stakes. Third in the betting is Impending who won the Group 2 Victory Stakes at this track and distance last start and goes well at this distance.
Le Romain fought on strongly for a close 2nd in the G1 All Aged last start. Care To Think has 6 wins and 4 places from 12 starts and has won all 3 of his starts on this track. English beat the favourite in a recent trial and can handle all types of going. Spieth generally runs well first-up. Houtzen is the only three-year-old filly in the field and won her only start on this track. All other runners are currently over 25 to 1.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.