2016 Doomben Cup Nominations Feature 40 Entries

Nominations for all of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival majors are now out including 40 early entries for this year’s Doomben Cup 2016, to run at Doomben Racecourse on Saturday May 21.

Excess Knowledge

Excess Knowledge is the only 2016 Doomben Cup nomination for last year’s winning trainer Gai Waterhouse. Photo: Steve Hart.

The weight-for-age $650,000 Group 1 Hardy Brothers Doomben Cup (2000m) has been dominated by Sydney raiders in recent seasons and there is again a strong showing of interstate hopes in the mix for 2016.

Last year’s Doomben Cup winner was the Gai Waterhouse-trained Pornichet (2015), Waterhouse also having won the race in 1996 with Juggler.

She returns 20 years since her maiden win with one entry this season, Excess Knowledge.

The six-year-old Monsun stallion was last seen running second at Rosehill on March 12 in the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) and runs in this weekend’s traditional Doomben Cup lead-up, the Group 2 A.D. Hollindale Stakes (1800m) on the Gold Coast.

The Hollindale Stakes – Doomben Cup double was last achieved two years back buy Streama (2014), who is also only the second winner of the latter in over 30 years along with Cinque Cento (2007).

This winter there are four mares and one filly, the John O’Shea-trained ATC Oaks runner-up Ambience, nominated for the Doomben Cup.

The mares in the mix are Gold Coast-trained Tarloshan, Chris Waller’s Lady Le Fay who won the Anzac Handicap last start, the Robert Smerdon-trained Queen Of The Turf Stakes third-placed Noble Protector and Darren Weir’s former Perth-based Real Love.

Desert King five-year-old Desert King was third beaten under a length two back in the Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) before just being nosed out of a 2000m Caulfield win by Doctor Care on April 23.

No three-year-old has won the Doomben Cup since Akhenaton (2000) 16 years ago, and only three are nominated to try and break the drought this season.

The other two three-year-olds among the early entries aside from the aforementioned Ambience are her stablemate Old North and the Desleigh Forster-trained Cylinder Beach.

Winner of the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) two back, the Godolphin-raced Lonhro colt Old North backed-up with a Group 3 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) second and races again on the weekend in the Hollindale Stakes.

Local Showcasing gelding Cylinder Beach meanwhile enjoyed a big winter as a two-year-old last year including his close fourth in the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m), and returned to racing last weekend with a win in the Group 3 Gunysnd Classic (1630m).

The other big name Doomben Cup nominations accepted for a Hollindale Stakes run this season include favourite for the latter Hauraki who was runner-up in last year’s ATC Derby, the Steven O’Dea-trained Hollindale runner-up last winter Sir Moments and Waller’s French import Spiritjim.

Another headline interstate raider is the Robert Hickmott-trained Gallante, winner of the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) on April 9.

Other notable Doomben Cup nominees include the O’Shea-trained Havana Cooler, Ben Currie’s Toowomba Cup winner Honey Toast and Caulfield Cup third placed German import Our Ivanhowe.

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2016 Doomben Cup Nominations

Doomben Racecourse – 21/05/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 11313×8502 AMBIENCE F 3 John O’Shea
2 1x411917x2 ASTRONOMOS (GB) H 5 David Vandyke
3 3534x31x1 CYLINDER BEACH (NZ) G 3 Desleigh Forster
4 x572217x2x EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) H 6 Gai Waterhouse
5 0x0069x031 GALLANTE (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott
6 x0728x3327 HAURAKI G 4 John O’Shea
7 Lx60633x13 HAVANA COOLER (IRE) G 6 John O’Shea
8 141×742121 HONEY TOAST G 5 Ben Currie
9 16x5300x02 INDEX LINKED (GB) G 8 Chris Waller
10 87x23x6116 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) G 5 John O’Shea
11 315160×540 JETSET LAD (NZ) G 8 Brian Smith
12 75092012×0 JUNOOB (GB) G 8 Chris Waller
13 042x5x848x KOOL KOMPANY (IRE) H 4 Chris Waller
14 11x33x5741 LADY LE FAY (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller
15 09936×5610 LEEBAZ (NZ) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
16 x867x60x70 LESS IS MORE (FR) G 8 David Vandyke
17 1111×64355 LOCK’S LEGEND G 6 Brian Smith
18 3213×38451 MASTER OF ARTS (NZ) H 4 Darren Weir
19 4x311x9761 MASTER ZEPHYR (GB) G 4 Darren Weir
20 21x120x231 MAURUS (GB) G 5 David Vandyke
21 3482×08220 MESSENE G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
22 9x00740x99 MORIARTY (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller
23 113x00xL23 NOBLE PROTECTOR (GB) M 6 Robert Smerdon
24 6x61x1412 OLD NORTH C 3 John O’Shea
25 x82Px008x8 OPINION (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller
26 7x9230x550 OUR IVANHOWE (GER) H 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman
27 0820×03044 PUCCINI (NZ) H 5 Darren Weir
28 61x232x11 RAW IMPULSE (GB) H 4 Darren Weir
29 1784333132 REAL LOVE M 5 Darren Weir
30 31x7858x64 SAKHEE’S SOLDIER (NZ) G 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
31 425823×069 SHOREHAM G 6 Gerald Ryan
32 11x23714x0 SHOTOVER RIVER (NZ) G 6 John & Chris Meagher
33 76x4212x13 SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE) G 7 David Vandyke
34 x6712x2413 SIR MOMENTS G 5 Steven O’dea
35 0x6447204x SPIRITJIM (FR) H 6 Chris Waller
36 4480x82x34 STRAWBERRY BOY G 7 Chris Waller
37 6x18712x07 TALES OF GRIMM (USA) G 7 Chris Waller
38 190x09x088 TARLOSHAN (NZ) M 6 Graeme Boyd
39 70590×6110 VOLKSTOK’N’BARRELL (NZ) G 4 Donna Logan & Chris Gibbs
40 9000×98682 WEARY (FR) G 6 Chris Waller


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