|Date:||Saturday, May 22, 2021|
The Doomben Cup is a group 1 weight-for-age race that will be run over a distance of 2000m at Doomben Racecourse.
Boasting a purse $700,000 The Doomben Cup features a number Australia’s best race horses, who venture north for the Queensland Winter Carnival.
It was first run as the BATC Doomben Cup from 1933-1982, then as the XXXX Cup between 1983-1987 then as the Channel 9 Cup in 1988, before reverting back to XXXX Cup until 1991.
Having won the race in 1991, Rough Habit won it again in 1992, the same year it was renamed the Doomben Cup, the name it still goes by today.
The 2020 Doomben Cup was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
2021 Doomben Cup betting odds
Sir Dragonet and Mugatoo will renew their rivalry in the 2021 Doomben Cup and the star performers in the 2020/21 racing season share the top line of betting in all-in markets with $5 available with online bookmakers.
The experienced duo of Avilius and Melody Belle are on the second line of betting with $8 on offer, whilst Zaaki is the only other run in single figures for the Doomben Cup
Betting on the Doomben Cup
The Doomben Cup as a Group 1 race has a huge following from punters around the country. This means bookies pay a lot of attention to it for weeks leading up to the event.
Take a look at at the bookmakers below so you can make an informed decision.
Betting on the Doomben Cup
Two weeks before the Doomben Cup, the Hollindale Stakes run over 1800m at the Gold Coast, is held. This race has proven to be a strong indicator of who will contend in the Doomben Cup.
Five horses have won the Hollindale Stakes-Doomben Cup double since 2002, with ten horses in total having run at the Gold Coast lead-up before winning the feature at Doomben.
The five to have completed the double are Streama, Metal Bender, Above Deck, Bush Padre and Mr Bureaucrat.
Other races which have indicated the winner of the Doomben Cup include the The Queen of the South, the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Prime Minister’s Cup.
The most successful trainers in the Doomben Cup are New Zealand’s John Wheeler, who trained Rough Habit to his hatrick of victories, and Chris Waller who has had a stranglehold on the race since 2010.
2019 Doomben Cup result
Recent runnings of The Doomben Cup
- It took an inch perfect ride from jockey John Allen to help claim Keneda’s second Group 1 of her autumn/winter campaign. Following her win in the Coolmore Legacy five weeks earlier the Maher & Eustace-trained mare saluted as a $10 chance in the Doomben Cup. When entering the home straight, Allen opted to dart Kenedna back to the fence with clear running, and the move proved to be successful as she went on to hold out the fast finishing Life Less Ordinary and Sixties Groove.
- After a bitterly disappointing run in the Group 2 Hollidale Stakes on the Gold Coast, Chris Waller-trained Comin’ Through was a $9 outsider coming into the race. It was the four-year-old and stablemate Egg Tart that came away in the latter stages to fight out the finish however, with Comin’ Through living up to his name in strong fashion.
- Sense Of Occasion relished conditions best at Doomben and punters got some juicy odds. The Kris Lees-trained stayer capped off some good form in the Doncaster and Queen Elizabeth by winning the Doomben Cup at odds of $9.20. Read the race report.
- Our Ivanhowe ($16) saluted for the Freedman stable with Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle. The barnstorming late run helped the Freedman’s to their fifth win in the race and their second group 1 since the brothers combined their training talents. The victory came over the top Godolphin pair Hauraki ($3.20) and It’s Somewhat ($5.50). Read a full report.
- Import Pornichet, trained by Gai Waterhouse, trounced the local horses to win the Doomben Cup. At the turn, jockey Blake Shinn, requested the four year old move forward and the bay didn’t disappoint with a blistering run on the straight to easily win. Chris Waller’s Weary and I’m Imposing rounded out the placings.
- Blake Shinn rode the Guy Walter-trained Streama to her fourth group 1 victory. Ridden to perfection by Shinn, Streama got the perfect sit behind Leebaz and powered away in the straight to win by three quarters of a length. Leebaz and Junoob filled out the minor placings.
- Chris Waller’s Beaten Up made a successful switch to Australian soil after beginning his career in Britain. Beaten Up, paying $9, was ridden by Leith Innes with another Waller import, Foreteller, finishing second with Secret Admirer back in third.
List of Doomben Cup winners
|Doomben Cup Past Winners|
|2020||Race Not Held|
|2019||Kenedna||John Allen||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace|
|2018||Comin’ Through||Michael Walker||Chris Waller|
|2017||Sense Of Occasion||Corey Brown||Kris Lees|
|2016||Our Ivanhowe||Kerrin McEvoy||Lee & Anthony Freedman|
|2015||Pornichet||Blake Shinn||Gai Waterhouse|
|2014||Streama||Blake Shinn||Guy Walter|
|2013||Beaten Up||Leith Innes||Chris Waller|
|2012||Mawingo||Nash Rawiller||Anthony Freedman|
|2011||Scenic Shot||Shane Scriven||Daniel Morton|
|2010||Metal Bender||Kerrin McEvoy||Chris Waller|
|2009||Scenic Shot||Shane Scriven||Daniel Morton|
|2008||Sarrera||Damien Oliver||Michael Moroney|
|2007||Cinque Cento||Steven Arnold||Peter Moody|
|2006||Above Deck||Mark Zahra||Jim Conlan|
|2005||Perlin||Danny Nikolic||Graeme Rogerson|
|2004||Defier||Hugh Bowman||Guy Walter|
|2003||Bush Padre||Michael Rodd||Lee Freedman|
|2002||Mr. Bureaucrat||Adrian Robinson||Warwick Hailes|
|2001||King Keitel||Brian York||Paul Jenkins|
|2000||Akhenation||Glen Boss||Bill Mitchell|
Doomben Cup Past Winners Pre 2000
|Doomben Cup Past Winners Pre 2000|
|1998||Might and Power|
|1990||Eye Of The Sky|
|1982||Double You Em|
|1970||Divide And Rule|