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The $1 million Doomben Cup is the second Group 1 race of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival run over 2000m under weight-for-age conditions in May.
2023 Doomben Cup Results
- 1st: #3 Huetor
- 2nd: #2 Numerian
- 3rd: #13 Kovalica
Doomben Cup News
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- Doomben Cup 2022 Odds Update: Zaaki Firms Despite Heavy Doomben Track
The Doomben Cup is a 2000m middle-distance race held during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival at Doomben Racecourse*. The second Group 1 race held in Queensland for the carnival, the Doomben Cup is a weight-for-age race for horses aged three years and older.
*Note: The Doomben Cup 2022 was moved from Saturday May 21 to Saturday May 28, 2022 due to heavy rainfall in Brisbane and now takes place at Eagle Farm Racecourse on Queensland Derby Day over an increased distance of 2100m.
Offering $1 million in prize money, the Group 1 Doomben Cup attracts a class field of local and interstate weight-for-age hopefuls. The best lead up race to the Doomben Cup is the Group 2 A.D. Hollindale Stakes (1800m) held two weeks earlier at the Gold Coast. The AD Hollindale Stakes / Doomben Cup double has been won by a number of horses over the years including most recently Streama (2014) and Zaaki (2021) who won the latter by seven lengths.
Zaaki returned as the $1.24 favourite in the 2022 Doomben Cup, but only managed to run third in a shock defeat behind Huetor.
Horses out of the Doomben Cup may progress onto the Group 2 $1.2 million The Q22 (2200m) running on Stradbroke Day from 2021 – a race previously known as the Group 2 PJ O’Shea Stakes / Eagle Farm Cup with Kenedna (2019) and star import Zaaki (2021) the latest horses to do the double.
There was no 2020 Doomben Cup due to COVID-19.
Zaaki further franked the Doomben Cup form from 2021 going on to win not only that year’s The Q22 but also a host of races over the spring including the Group 1 Underwood Stakes – Mackinnon Stakes double in Melbourne. He also returned in the autumn of 2022 and claimed the $5 million The All-Star Mile (1600m).
Zaaki returned to run third in the 2022 Doomben Cup results and was back that spring running top four in a host of Group 1 events including the Cox Plate (4th) before his successful Mackinnon Stakes (now VRC Champions Stakes) title defence.
In the 2023 Doomben Cup Zaaki was back as the short-priced favourite after winning his third A.D. Hollindale Stakes, but could only manage to run seventh to Huetor who made history going back-to-back in the event to become just the fourth two-time Doomben Cup winner champion.
The 2023 Doomben Cup ran on Saturday May 20, 2023 at Doomben Racecourse and saw the now dual Peter & Paul Snowden-trained champion Huetor ($10) make history with his successful title defence.
|Doomben Cup 2023|
|Date:||Saturday May 20, 2023|
|Race Type:||3YO+ Weight-For-Age|
2023 Doomben Cup Results
- 1st: #3 Huetor ($10)
- 2nd: #2 Numerian
- 3rd: #13 Kovalica
Reigning champion Huetor ($10) returned and showed true grit over the final furlong to fight off the Annabel Neasham-trained Numerian ($9.50) and go back-to-back in the 2023 Doomben Cup results after winning the event at Eagle Farm in an upset last winter.
2023 Doomben Cup Results & Finishing Order
|1||3||HUETOR (FR)||Peter & Paul Snowden||Ryan Maloney||6||59kg||$10|
|2||2||NUMERIAN (IRE)||Annabel Neasham||Jason Collett||0.36L||8||59kg||$9.50|
|3||13||KOVALICA (NZ)||Chris Waller||James Orman||1.21L||12||56.5kg||$13|
|4||11||DUAIS||Edward Cummings||Sam Clipperton||1.53L||1||57kg||$15|
|5||5||ZEYREK (FR)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tim Clark||4.15L||2||59kg||$17|
|6||6||DIAMIL (IRE)||John O’Shea||Joshua Parr||4.8L||3||59kg||$41|
|7||1||ZAAKI (GB)||Annabel Neasham||James McDonald||4.89L||10||59kg||$2.15F|
|8||4||NO COMPROMISE (NZ)||Chris Waller||Opie Bosson||4.91L||5||59kg||$61|
|9||8||BANKERS CHOICE (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Brodie Loy||5.16L||11||59kg||$31|
|10||9||PALMETTO (NZ)||John Sargent||Ben Thompson||5.5L||4||59kg||$51|
|11||7||NONCONFORMIST||Grahame Begg||Jordan Childs||5.92L||7||59kg||$12|
|FF||12||ATISHU (NZ)||Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||9||57kg||$7.50|
|10||ESTI FENY (HUN)||Matthew Smith||Ashley Morgan||0|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
2023 Doomben Cup Betting
The best Doomben Cup 2023 betting odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au are available right here as soon as markets on the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival’s second Group 1 race are released, including early access to the top all-in markets weeks before Doomben Cup Day.
Zaaki ($2.25 in 2021) was the last favourite in Doomben Cup betting to salute for the punters and the first since the mare Streama (2014). Zaaki returned in 2022 as the $1.24 Doomben Cup favourite but ran a disappointing third as Huetor won in an upset at Doomben Cup odds of $16.
Huetor returned and won the 2023 Doomben Cup in another upset at $10, while Zaaki finished seventh as the $2.15 favourite that year.
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2023 Doomben Cup Form Guide
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2023 Doomben Cup Tips
Stay tuned for our insider Doomben Cup 2023 Tips on the Brisbane Group 1 event this season.
- To Win: #1 Zaaki ($2.05 at time of publish) – BET NOW
Zaaki is the eight-year-old marvel who just keeps showing up and he’s hard to knock again here. Out over $2 in the markets and comes via the strongest form lines. The Annabel Neasham-trained star was runner-up to Giga Kick two back in the All Aged Stakes before posting his record third A.D. Hollindale Stakes victory. The young Giga Kick franked the form with his Doomben 10,000 victory in Brisbane last weekend, and now it is Zaaki’s turn. He won this race in 2021 and was third last year. Can salute.
2023 Doomben Cup Field
The Doomben Cup field attracts a class field of weight-for-age winter racing hopefuls each season, many coming off the AD Hollindale Stakes run at the Gold Coast earlier in the month. A number of gallopers in the Doomben Cup field are coming off a run during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival and races like the Doncaster Mile and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick during The Championships have provided a number of Doomben Cup winners in recent years.
Zaaki (2021) was the last horse to complete the AD Hollindale Stakes – Doomben Cup double. After winning the 2022 Hollindale, Zaaki finished third in that year’s Doomben Cup results as Huetor improved on lead-up fourth in the same Gold Coast event to win the Group 1 in Brisbane in a boil-over.
In 2023 Zaaki won his third Hollindale before a disappointing seventh in the Doomben Cup that saw the reigning champ Huetor go back-to-back and improve on a lead-up second in the Hollindale that year.
The official Doomben Cup 2023 Field & Barriers are set for release on the Tuesday of race week and will be published in full below once announced by Racing Queensland.
The 2023 Doomben Cup final field features a star-studded line-up of weight-for-age hopefuls led by the event’s 2021 champ Zaaki coming off his record third straight A.D. Hollindale Stakes win along with the reigning winner Huetor who was good running second in the same key lead-up.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Probable Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||3x13341x21||ZAAKI (GB)||Annabel Neasham||James McDonald||11||59kg||119|
|2||1x2250x426||NUMERIAN (IRE)||Annabel Neasham||Jason Collett||9||59kg||111|
|3||18x8x06532||HUETOR (FR)||Peter & Paul Snowden||Ryan Maloney||7||59kg||109|
|4||536107×204||NO COMPROMISE (NZ)||Chris Waller||Opie Bosson||6||59kg||108|
|5||x000x12173||ZEYREK (FR)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tim Clark||2||59kg||108|
|6||81401×9318||DIAMIL (IRE)||John O’Shea||Joshua Parr||4||59kg||107|
|7||x87670x184||NONCONFORMIST||Grahame Begg||Jordan Childs||8||59kg||106|
|8||0261×63625||BANKERS CHOICE (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Brodie Loy||12||59kg||104|
|9||8x6408x311||PALMETTO (NZ)||John Sargent||Ben Thompson||5||59kg||95|
|10||3x7808x481||ESTI FENY (HUN)||Matthew Smith||Ashley Morgan||3||59kg||95|
|11||117x06880x||DUAIS||Edward Cummings||Sam Clipperton||1||57kg||114|
|12||675123×216||ATISHU (NZ)||Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||10||57kg||111|
|13||41111×31||KOVALICA (NZ)||Chris Waller||James Orman||13||56.5kg||97|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
2023 Doomben Cup Nominations
The season’s early Doomben Cup 2023 nominations are set to be taken on a Tuesday in early May a couple of weeks out from Doomben Cup Day and will be provided below as soon as released.
The 2023 Doomben Cup nominations close on Tuesday May 2, 2023 at 11:00am (AEST).
The Doomben Cup 2023 nominations attracted 35 weight-for-age winter hopefuls including the 2021 champion Zaaki who ran third in last year’s race, Chris Waller’s Queen Of The Turf Stakes winning mare Atishu, and the defending champ Huetor for Peter & Paul Snowden.
|Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp Rating|
|1||7675123×21||ATISHU (NZ)||M||5||Chris Waller|
|2||70261×6362||BANKERS CHOICE (NZ)||G||5||Michael Moroney|
|3||22118x696x||BELLATRIX BLACK (NZ)||M||4||Kris Lees|
|4||1x332x3x5x||BOIS D’ARGENT (GB)||G||6||Annabel Neasham|
|5||3x1122x212||CAP DE JOIE (GB)||M||4||Nick Ryan|
|6||0030×23102||CEPHEUS (GB)||G||6||Matthew Dunn|
|7||x5711376x2||DESERT ICON (FR)||G||7||Chris Waller|
|8||881401×931||DIAMIL (IRE)||G||5||John O’Shea|
|10||3381×84701||EL PATRONESS||M||4||Danny O’Brien|
|11||43x7808x48||ESTI FENY (HUN)||G||8||Matthew Smith|
|12||35x5302x85||FANCY MAN (IRE)||H||5||Annabel Neasham|
|13||0111324×47||FLOATING ARTIST (GB)||G||7||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace|
|14||0x30088x04||GREAT HOUSE (IRE)||G||6||Chris Waller|
|15||4x1310x21x||GUNSTOCK (NZ)||G||4||Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)|
|16||1173x217x0||HOPEFUL (FR)||G||6||Annabel Neasham|
|17||9x13x110x6||HOSIER (IRE)||G||6||Kris Lees|
|18||418x8x0653||HUETOR (FR)||G||6||Peter & Paul Snowden|
|19||202220×444||JUST FOLK||G||6||Josh Julius|
|20||x18x0x9212||KALAPOUR (IRE)||G||6||Kris Lees|
|21||032x0000x8||KOLDING (NZ)||G||7||Chris Waller|
|22||41111×31||KOVALICA (NZ)||G||3||Chris Waller|
|23||x890627x05||KUKERACHA (NZ)||G||5||Chris Waller|
|24||6x0025x800||LION’S ROAR (NZ)||G||5||John O’Shea|
|25||25121×4212||NAVAJO PEAK||G||4||David Payne|
|26||1804x79x91||NEW MANDATE (IRE)||G||5||Chris Waller|
|27||536107x20x||NO COMPROMISE (NZ)||G||6||Chris Waller|
|29||1x2250x426||NUMERIAN (IRE)||G||7||Annabel Neasham|
|30||38x6408x31||PALMETTO (NZ)||G||4||John Sargent|
|31||x1x7701x61||SKYMAN (GB)||G||7||Chris Waller|
|32||921177×884||SMOKIN’ ROMANS (NZ)||G||6||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace|
|33||x4300x6746||YOUNG WERTHER (NZ)||G||5||Danny O’Brien|
|34||13x13341x2||ZAAKI (GB)||G||8||Annabel Neasham|
|35||7x000x1217||ZEYREK (FR)||G||6||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
Doomben Cup History
First won by Pentheus in 1933, the Doomben Cup’s greatest horse has been Rough Habit with three consecutive wins from 1991 to 1993.
Between 1933 and 1937, the Doomben Cup race distance was 10 furlongs (approx 2000m) however this was changed to 11 furlongs (2200m) between 1938 and 1972. In 1989 it was temporarily increased to 2160m.
In 2021 the favourite Zaaki won the Doomben Cup by a record seven lengths before returning to finish a disappointing third as the beaten $1.24 favourite in 2022.
Notable Doomben Cup winners including Might And Power (1998), the mare Streama (2014) and Our Ivanhowe (2016).
In 2022 the Doomben Cup was moved to Eagle Farm Racecourse a week after to run over 2100m on Queensland Derby Day due to heavy rainfall and unsafe racing conditions at Doomben.
In 2023 Huetor became just the fourth horse in history to win multiple editions of the Doomben Cup joining Scenic Shot (2009 & 2011); Rough Habit (1991, 1992 & 1993); and Earlwood (1959 & 1960).
Recent Doomben Cup Winners
|1st||Huetor||2 minutes 02.02 seconds|
Doomben Cup(Held at Eagle Farm Racecourse)
|1st||Huetor||2 minutes 09.79 seconds (Run over 2100m)|
|1st||Zaaki||2 minutes 01.06 seconds|
Doomben CupRace Not Held Due To COVID-19
|1st||Kenedna||2 minutes 02.18 seconds|
|2nd||Life Less Ordinary|
|1st||Comin’ Through||2 minutes 01.43 seconds|
|1st||Sense Of Occasion||2 minutes 06.63 seconds|
|1st||Our Ivanhowe||2 minutes 04.41 seconds|
|1st||Pornichet||2 minutes 02.52 seconds|
|1st||Streama||2 minutes 01.72 seconds|
|1st||Beaten Up||2 minute 04.34 seconds|
|1st||Mawingo||2 minute 02.0 seconds|
|2nd||Lights of Heaven|
|1st||Scenic Shot||2 minute 03.7 seconds|
|2nd||My Kingdom Of Fife|
|1st||Metal Bender||2 minutes 2.65 seconds|
|1st||Scenic Shot||2 minutes 2.8 seconds|
|2nd||Racing To Win|
|1st||Sarrera||2 minutes 3.3 seconds|
|3rd||Like It Is|
|1st||Cinque Cento||2 minutes 1.8 seconds|
|1st||Above Deck||2 minutes 13.8 seconds|
|1st||Perlin||2 minutes 15 seconds|
|1st||Defier||2 minutes 11.6 seconds|
|1st||Bush Padre||2 minutes 13 seconds|
|1st||Mr Bureaucrat||2 minutes 14 seconds|
|1st||King Keitel||2 minutes 1.9 seconds|
|1st||Akhenaton||2 minutes 4.7 seconds|