2017 Doomben Cup Nominations Attract 35 Hopefuls

Racing Queensland received 35 Doomben Cup 2017 nominations for the Group 1 weight-for-age clash that will take place on Saturday May 20 during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

It's Somewhat

It’s Somewhat is one of the key 2017 Doomben Cup nominations for the May 20 Group 1 in Brisbane. Photo: Steve Hart.

One of the early elite level features of the festival and the sole major for the staying types, this year’s $650,000 Group 1 Hardy Brothers Doomben Cup (2000m) will likely be contested by a host of horses coming out of a Gold Coast run in the Group 2 A.D. Hollindale Stakes (1800m) this Saturday.

The Hollindale Stakes has produced more Doomben Cup winners than any other lead-up in the past 30 years with the double most recently completed by Streama (2014).

One of the key Hollindale Stakes runners and Doomben Cup nominees for the season is the John O’Shea-trained It’s Somewhat.

The six-year-old son of Dynaformer chases a third straight win on the weekend heading towards the Brisbane Group 1 a fortnight later after his upset win as a $31 roughie in Sydney’s Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) last time out.

The import ran a brave third behind Our Ivanhowe in last year’s Doomben Cup trifecta and will be out to go two better in 2017.

His biggest danger both this weekend at the Gold Coast and in the upcoming Group 1 according to all-in Doomben Cup betting is the Darren Weir-trained former French galloper Articus.

The five-year-old Areion stallion has been unplaced in his two runs down under to date finishing 13th in the spring’s Caulfield Cup and 13th again first-up in the Group 3 Victoria Handicap (1400m) on April 15.

Still the bookies are keeping him safe in betting to atone with the runs under his belt.

Weir has a total of four Doomben Cup nominees this season including also his Perth Cup winner Star Exhibit and Master Of Arts who was last seen running third in the Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) over the two miles in mid-March.

One of the best Brisbane-trained performers in Doomben Cup calculations meanwhile is the Desleigh Forster-trained Cylinder Beach who contests the AD Hollindale this weekend having won three of his past four starts going back to New Year’s Eve.

The last start Toowoomba Cup winner has standout Doomben form with three wins and four other minor placings from nine starts at the track.

Other notable Doomben Cup nominations include five-time Doomben winner Rudy for Gold Coast trainer Helen Page, Kris Lees’ Doncaster Mile and Queen Elizabeth Stakes third placegetter Sense Of Occasion, and the Gary Portelli-trained Hawkesbury Cup third placegetter last weekend Testashadow.

The official Doomben Cup final field and barriers are set for release on May 17, 2017.

Check out the full Doomben Cup 2017 nominations below before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au for all the winter’s best Brisbane racing markets.

2017 Doomben Cup Nominations

Doomben Racecourse – 20/05/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 314181458x ADDICTIVE HABIT (NZ) G 7 Lee Somervell
2 x421111x42 AMELIE’S STAR M 5 Darren Weir
3 x31215x0x0 ARTICUS (FR) H 5 Darren Weir
4 7x277x4124 ASTRONOMOS (GB) G 6 John P Thompson
5 740x0080x5 AUVRAY (FR) G 6 Richard Freedman
6 x540417x12 COL ’N’ LIL M 5 Ben Currie
7 213x311x CONSOMMATEUR (NZ) M 4 Michael Kent
8 290×121171 CYLINDER BEACH (NZ) G 4 Desleigh Forster
9 118313×709 EMPHASIS G 4 Richie Stephenson
10 0x6333x676 HAPPY HANNAH M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden
11 0x9128x506 HAZZABEEL (NZ) G 6 Ciaron Maher
12 53x4313x11 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) G 6 John O’Shea
13 046741×090 JESSY BELLE M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
14 2221841×12 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller
15 1x4444813x MASTER OF ARTS (NZ) H 5 Darren Weir
16 15159028×3 MAURUS (GB) G 6 John P Thompson
17 51162×1564 MCCREERY (GB) G 5 Chris Waller
18 4x82876x2x MIME (NZ) M 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
19 0x35112411 MORENDI G 4 Darren Graham
20 x7111x6275 NEW TIPPERARY G 4 Joseph Pride
21 30x91130x5 PEMBERLEY (NZ) G 5 Ciaron Maher
22 849x080x70 PORNICHET (FR) H 6 Ciaron Maher
23 0x4540x60x PREFERMENT (NZ) H 5 Chris Waller
24 0x5474x343 RUDY G 6 Helen Page
25 1454x12x33 SENSE OF OCCASION G 6 Kris Lees
26 145x227x09 SINGING (FR) H 7 Kris Lees
27 2211Fx7031 SINGLE GAZE M 4 Nick Olive
28 05x610x702 SONS OF JOHN G 6 Jason Attard
29 3113x3x1x SOUND PROPOSITION (NZ) G 5 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott
30 x4241211x1 STAR EXHIBIT G 5 Darren Weir
31 782×163303 TESTASHADOW G 5 Gary Portelli
32 x421132x33 THE CHAIRMAN G 5 Mick Price
33 142×21831 TOP OF MY LIST M 4 Anthony & Edward Cummings
34 x549169x64 VANBRUGH H 4 Chris Waller
35 x18601121x VENTURA STORM (IRE) H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig


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