It’s Somewhat Leads 2017 Doomben Cup Field

The now Darren Beadman-trained Godolphin galloper It’s Somewhat is out to continue his winning streak heading the Doomben Cup 2017 field in Brisbane on Saturday.

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Godolphin’s It’s Somewhat chases the AD Hollindale Stakes – Doomben Cup 2017 double with success in the Group 1 in Brisbane on Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

Set to run as Doomben Race 7 at 4:01pm (AEST), this season’s $650,000 Group 1 Hardy Brothers Doomben Cup (2000m) has attracted a capacity field of weight-for-age hopefuls.

Heading the line-up for the second elite level race of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival is the flying Dynaformer gelding It’s Somewhat chasing a fourth win on the trot.

Two back in Sydney the six-year-old took out the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) before travelling to Queensland for a Group 2 A.D. Hollindale Stakes (1800m) win at the Gold Coast on May 6.

That is the form race to follow into the Doomben Cup, with It’s Somewhat now chasing the double most recently achieved by Streama (2014).

James Doyle has the ride this weekend aboard the likely favourite in Doomben Cup betting, It’s Somewhat drawn barrier six but coming into five if the two emergencies fail to gain a start.

Victoria’s premier trainer Darren Weir is in with a trio of Doomben Cup horses on Saturday, a week after he enjoyed back-to-back SA Derby wins in Adelaide with Volatile Mix.

Weir’s contingent includes Star Exhibit, French import Articus and Amelie’s Star all coming off a lead-up win.

Jockey Blake Shinn has ridden two of the past three Doomben Cup winners to victory aboard Streama (2014) and Pornichet (2015) and is booked to ride Statue Of Liberty five-year-old Star Exhibit this season.

The horse has won his three lead-up starts including the Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m) on New Year’s Eve and a Listed 1400m Caulfield race last time out on April 29.

Articus has been one of the best in futures Doomben Cup odds over the winter lead-up and has Brenton Avdulla riding this weekend in the Group 1.

A five-year-old Areion stallion, Articus atoned for his two failed runs at Caulfield to kick off his career down under when posting a one length win over 1800m at Flemington on May 6 under 60kg.

He has a gun record over the Doomben Cup distance (6-4-1-0), which he’ll appreciate getting back up to on the weekend, and comes back to 59kg at weight-for-age.

Amelie’s Star meanwhile is four runs into her autumn – winter campaign and out to join the aforementioned Streama (2014) as the only other Doomben Cup winning mare along with Cinque Cento (2007) in over 30 years.

Weir’s Zabeel five-year-old comes into the Doomben Cup field on the back of a half-length Group 2 Queen Of The South Stakes (1600m) win over the mile in Adelaide earlier in the month.

The other mares in the Doomben Cup mix this winter are the Nick Olive-trained Single Gaze coming off a second to It’s Somewhat in the AD Hollindale Stakes and Group 2 winner Jessy Belle for the Lindsay Park stable.

Other notable hopes include the Hollindale Stakes third placegetter Maurus and Sense Of Occasion with the outside barrier to overcome.

See below for the full Doomben Cup 2017 field, barriers and jockeys before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au for access to the best Group 1 winter racing odds this weekend.

2017 Doomben Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

Doomben Race 7 (4:01pm) – 20/05/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 3x4313x111 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) Darren Beadman James Doyle 6 59kg 115
2 x4540x60x4 PREFERMENT (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 17 59kg 115
3 454x12x336 SENSE OF OCCASION Kris Lees Corey Brown 18 59kg 109
4 x549169x64 VANBRUGH Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 12 59kg 105
5 x4241211x1 STAR EXHIBIT Darren Weir Blake Shinn 4 59kg 102
6 1162×15649 MCCREERY (GB) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 15 59kg 107
7 90×1211717 CYLINDER BEACH (NZ) Desleigh Forster Jim Byrne 13 59kg 105
8 14x6256x23 BENZINI Adrian & Harry Bull Kelly McCulloch 3 59kg 103
9 5159028×33 MAURUS (GB) John P Thompson Damian Browne 16 59kg 104
10 x277x41244 ASTRONOMOS (GB) John P Thompson Blake Spriggs 11 59kg 100
11 18313×7092 EMPHASIS Richie Stephenson Ronnie Stewart 9 59kg 88
12 31215x0x01 ARTICUS (FR) Darren Weir Brenton Avdulla 8 59kg 106
13 x5474x3435 RUDY Helen Page Tim Clark 2 59kg 102
14 211Fx70312 SINGLE GAZE Nick Olive Ms Kathy O’Hara 14 57kg 109
15 46741×0903 JESSY BELLE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Bobby El-Issa 5 57kg 99
16 421111×421 AMELIE’S STAR Darren Weir John Allen 10 57kg 102
17e 211x480x35 SOUND PROPOSITION (NZ) Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott Opie Bosson 7 59kg 98
18e 740x0080x5 AUVRAY (FR) Richard Freedman TBA 1 59kg 96

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