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Doomben Cup Tips & Preview

  • The Doomben Cup takes place at Doomben on May 22
  • The race is the first Group 1 of the Brisbane Winter Carnival
  • Who will win the Doomben feature?
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The Doomben Cup takes place at Doomben on May 22 and is the second Group 1 of the Brisbane Winter Carnival

An 12-strong field will be lining up. Who will win the Doomben feature?

Doomben Cup Preview & Tips

1. Sir Dragonet

Group 1 Cox Plate winner that needs little introduction amongst this company. Undoubtedly the class horse of the race and presents for this assignment after a terrific run in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Finished 5th in that race, only 1.9 lengths behind the ‘tough as teak’ Brit Addeybb, which is no shame to have on the CV.  This horse is a major player and will be in the finish.

2. Mugatoo

The ‘mug’ in this blokes names is where the similarities cease. Proven Group 1 performer who set the day alight at Moonee Valley when winning the All-Star Mile. Has been thereabouts in Group 1 company past two runs since finishing within a length on both occasions. 

Stable has a high opinion of this horse and if the pressure is applied in the middle stages of the race then this horse will have the final shot at them.

3. Fifty Stars

Coming off a respectable performance in the Hollindale, Fifty Stars comes into the cup with bright prospects. Having led the chase behind eventual winner Zaaki, the Lindsay Park 6yo made up significant ground in the straight, only to be beat by 2 lengths. Considering the way in which he attacked the line suggests he is rock-hard fit for the 2000m journey and will be doing his best work late.

4. Avilius

Despite the disappointment of the past two runs, Avilius is a horse that can match anyone on his day. A horse with undoubted ability, you can be assured the astute James Cummings has not brought him north for the assurance of sunshine. 

A tragedy beaten in the George Ryder, he again featured in the Group 1 Doncaster two weeks later, where he was doing his best work late. The cup distance is ideal to rocket this guy back into the winners circle and with Group 1 specialist Kerrin Mcevoy In the saddle, punters will be given a great sight.

5. Zaaki

Standout performer and clear favourite leading into the cup this year. His performance in the Hollindale was nothing short of spectacular – leaving the field in his wake and eased down the last 50m to win with comfortably. Prior to this he ran second in the Group 3 JRA Plate over 2000m, where the time was solid overall as were the sectionals with his last 200m a respectable 34.70. 

Although the Hollindale has proven to be a strong form-line for the Doomben Cup, the track bias and margins at the Gold Coast can at times be misleading. That said, you cannot knock winning form and this 6yo Gelding prepared by the in-form Annabel Neasham will be trained to the minute.

6. Humidor

Resumed after a two month layoff with a 5th in the Hollindale, which was in line  with his previous first-up record. Second-up is more to this veterans liking where he ran a cracking second in the Underwood behind the accomplished Russian Camelot.

Although suggestions this blokes best racing is behind him, Chris Waller knows a win in the cup would be a fitting way to bring to an end what has been an ultra-consistent career.

7. Shared Ambition

One of three Chris Waller trained horses, Shared Ambition is a genuine hope in the cup this year. Followed the preparation of many in the field with a handy third in the Hollindale where he went with the eventual winner in the straight Zaaki – beaten only by 2.5 lengths. He finished down the placing in the Group 1 Australian Cup at Flemington but the margin was minimal which suggests this horse has something to offer in this company.

8. Southern France

One of the outsiders of the cup this year. His past three runs have been in Group 1 company, with his most recent in the Sydney Cup over 3200m. Tricky alley adds to the difficulties of this assignment and will take all the big race experience of Craig Williams to get him over the line.

9. Brandenburg

Big class rise for this 4yo gelding out of Burgundy who looks to be up against the odds in this company. Hard to see him figuring in the finish and will have to repeat his run in the Epsom where he was game behind the classy Probabeel, to be any hope.

10. Melody Belle

Flying the flag for the Kiwi invaders who have a habit of showing up in the Brisbane Winter Carnival over the years. Group 1 winner at this very distance, this 6yo mare out of Commands has mixed form leading into this race. Although her run in the Hollindale was not flash, there was definitely excuses to be had and a sharp improvement will come as no surprise. Leading New Zealand hoop Opie Bosson jets in for the ride which will give owners some much needed confidence.

11. Nettoyer

This 7yo mare out of Sebring continues to be underrated in this company. Punters should remember that this horse won the Queen of the Turf with a blistering finish over the mile less than a month ago. Nettoyer will again drift to the tail of the field but if the speed is genuine throughout the race she will be rattling home in the last 200m.

12. Toffee Tongue

The last of the Chris Waller's horses to represent the stable in this year’s cup. Her run in Hollindale was better than the margin suggests. Although given a good run in transit, she found herself in the worse going in the straight but continued to stick to the task for long periods. With positive runs amongst Group company in Melbourne last year and a Schweppes Oaks to her name, the form suggests she may just be the knockout horse.

Doomben Cup Tips

Work around boxing the top 5 runners, with Sir Dragonet the each-way bet.


Work around boxing the top 5 runners, with Sir Dragonet the each-way bet.

Best Bet: Sir Dragonet Each-Way @450 at BetMGM - 5 Units

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