The Doomben Cup is a Group 1 weight-for-age race held each May at Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, Queensland. The race is run over the staying distance of 2000 metres and worth $500,000 in prizemoney. The 2013 Doomben Cup was won by Beaten Up from Foreteller with Secret Admirer third.
Held on the second day of the Doomben racing carnival, Doomben Cup Day features a number of quality group races and is one of the bigger race meetings held during the Brisbane winter racing carnival.
The Doomben Cup is the premier distance event of the Doomben racing carnival each winter in Brisbane. The weight-for-age conditions of the race provides better performed horses an advantage and the race itself has been won by many of Australia's top gallopers, including Intergaze (1999), Might And Power (1998), Juggler (1996), Danewin (1995) and Queensland favourite Rough Habit in three consecutive years from 1991 to 1993.
The Gr2 Hollindale Stakes held two weeks previously over 1800m at the Gold Coast is the best guide to this race with Metal Bender (2010) being the last horse to win the Hollindale Stakes & Doomben Cup double, while Above Deck (2002), Mr Bureaucrat (2002), Might And Power (1998), Danewin (1995), Durbridge (1994) and Rough Habit (1991-92) all won the Hollindale Stakes before winning the Doomben Cup.
Both Scenic Shot (2011) & Mawingo (2012) ran third in the Hollindale Stakes before winning the Doomben Cup at their next outing.
The natural progression for horses contesting the Doomben Cup is the Gr2 PJ O'Shea Stakes over 2200m on Oaks Day at Eagle Farm in June. Lights Of Heaven (2nd in 2012) won the PJ O'Shea stakes after running second in the Doomben Cup, while Scenic Shot (2009) went on to win the PJ O'Shea Stakes and Gr2 Brisbane Cup after taking out this race.
Beaten Up (2013) finished second in the listed Rowley Mile over 1600m at Hawkesbury in New South Wales on his way to a strong victory in this event and recent Doomben Cup winners include Mawingo (2012) and Scenic Shot (2011).
2012 Doomben Cup result
1. $9.00 Beaten Up 59.0 Leith Innes
2. $4.00 Foreteller 59.0 Jim Cassidy
3. $15.00 Secret Admirer 57.0 Michael Rodd
4. $8.00 Manighar 59.0 Brad Rawiller
5. $4.20 Lights Of Heaven 57.0 Luke Nolen
6. $31.00 Lightinthenite 59.0 Nicholas Hall
7. $21.00 Danleigh 59.0 Michael Walker
8. $41.00 Zurella 57.0 Jonathan Riddell
9. $9.00 Lamasery 59.0 Glen Colless
10. $21.00 Pimms Time 57.0 Damian Browne
11. $51.00 Fibrillation 57.0 Michael Cahill
12. $12.00 Hippopus 56.5 Chris Munce
13. $31.00 Zabeelionaire 59.0 Stephen Baster
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