A small field of just 10 gallopers will face off in the Doomben Cup 2016 this Saturday in Brisbane.
Heading the eight-race card at Doomben Racecourse, this year’s $650,000 Group 1 Hardy Brothers Doomben Cup (2000m) is set to run as Race 7 at 4:01pm (AEST).
The weight-for-age classic has attracted the same size field of 10 starters as 2014 with the John O’Shea-trained Hauraki the early favourite in Doomben Cup betting at Ladbrokes.com.au.
James McDonald retains the ride on the gun Reset four-year-old who shoots for his first win since last year’s Group 2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m).
Second in the ATC Derby after that as a three-year-old, Hauraki has since finished in the money in a number of other elite level interstate races including his third in the Chipping Norton to Winx and second in the Ranvet Stakes this autumn.
He comes off a close second in the Group 2 A.D. Hollindale Stakes (1800m) at the Gold Coast from May 7, a race that has produced five of the past seven Doomben Cup winners.
Hauraki ran well from barrier two a fortnight back, will appreciate the step up in distance on Saturday and is set to get another gun run from the inside alley with the last Doomben Cup winner from barrier one being Beaten Up (2013).
O’Shea and the Godolphin stable are also represented in this year’s Doomben Cup field by It’s Somewhat in gate nine with Queensland hoop Damian Browne booked for the ride.
Browne shoots for his first Doomben Cup win aboard the Dynaformer five-year-old who has winning form over the distance and is out to improve on a fifth with 3.2 lengths off the winner in the Hollindale Stakes last time out.
Upset Hollidale Stakes winner Leebaz also backs up in the Doomben Cup field this weekend for Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes.
The Zabeel gelding successfully defended his title in the traditional Doomben Cup lead-up as a $21 roughie, improving on a 13th to Lucia Valentina the run before in Sydney’s Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).
Leebaz was runner-up to Streama in the 2014 Doomben Cup but ran a disappointing 14th in the Group 1 last winter on the back of his first Hollindale victory.
He jumps one on the outside of the favourite this weekend in barrier two with Michael Cahill aboard.
The other best out of the Hollindale Stakes is the Donna Logan & Chris Gibbs-trained third placegetter Volkstok’n’barrell from New Zealand.
The four-year-old son of Tavistock is a proven Group 1 winner in both Australia and New Zealand, his last Aussie turf triumph being in the 2015 Rosehill Guineas over the 2000m in Sydney.
He is another stayer that will relish getting back up to 2000m off the 1800m of the Hollindale and has Blake Shinn in the saddle on Saturday shooting for his third Doomben Cup winning ride in as many years after victories aboard Streama (2014) and Pornichet (2015).
Along with Leebaz the other last start winners in the Doomben Cup this season are the fellow Hawkes Racing-trained Messene who saluted in the Listed Wagga Cup (2000m) on May 6 and Maurus who won over 2200m at Doomben by 3.5 lengths on April 30.
See below for the full Doomben Cup 2016 field, barriers and jockeys with latest odds to be updated shortly at Ladbrokes.com.au – home of the $500 first time depositors’ bonus with use of the code BETBONUS!
2016 Doomben Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw
Doomben Race 7 (4:01pm) – 21/05/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||0590×61103||VOLKSTOK’N’BARRELL (NZ)||Donna Logan & Chris Gibbs||Blake Shinn||5||59kg||109|
|2||0728×33272||HAURAKI||John O’Shea||James McDonald||1||59kg||107|
|3||7x9230x550||OUR IVANHOWE (GER)||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Kerrin McEvoy||6||59kg||112|
|4||9936×56101||LEEBAZ (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Michael Cahill||2||59kg||109|
|5||7x23x61165||IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA)||John O’Shea||Damian Browne||9||59kg||108|
|6||482×082201||MESSENE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||James Orman (a)||4||59kg||106|
|7||21x120x231||MAURUS (GB)||David Vandyke||Blake Spriggs||10||59kg||96|
|8||x6447204x7||SPIRITJIM (FR)||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||3||59kg||108|
|9||113x00xL23||NOBLE PROTECTOR (GB)||Robert Smerdon||Tim Clark||8||57kg||104|
|10||1x33x57412||LADY LE FAY (NZ)||Chris Waller||Jason Collett||7||57kg||98|