Ladbrokes Tip: Four-year-olds have a dominant Doomben Cup record in recent years
The Doomben Cup is the second Group 1 race of the annual Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival after the Doomben 10,000 and takes place on a Saturday in mid – late May at Doomben Racecourse. Contested over 2000m the weight-for-age event attracts a field of class staying types and offers $1,000,000 in total prize money as of 2022*.
*Note: The 2022 Doomben Cup was moved from Doomben on May 21, 2022 to Eagle Farm on May 28, 2022 and took place on Queensland Derby Day over 2100m due to heavy rainfall and unsafe racing conditions at Doomben Racecourse.
The winner of the Group 2 A.D. Hollindale Stakes at the Gold Coast a fortnight earlier is exempt from Doomben Cup ballot and the double was last achieved by Streama (2014) and Zaaki (2021) won won the Group 1 by a record seven lengths.
Zaaki returned and won the 2022 Hollindale Stakes before finishing a disappointing third as the beaten odds-on favourite in that year’s Doomben Cup results behind Huetor.
The best out of the Doomben Cup field are now likely to target the $1.2 million The Q22 (2200m) – a rebranded WFA feature race held at Eagle Farm on Stradbroke Handicap Day with Zaaki (2021) completing the double.
The latest edition of the Doomben Cup runs on Saturday May 28, 2022 over 2100m at Eagle Farm Racecourse on Queensland Derby Day having been moved from Doomben the Saturday prior due to heavy rainfall, and saw the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Huetor ($15) post a huge upset over fellow roughie Maximal and beaten odds-on favourite Zaaki in third.
Doomben Cup Race Info
- Date: Saturday May 28, 2022
- Track: Doomben Racecourse (Eagle Farm Racecourse in 2022)
- Distance: 2000m (2100m in 2022)
- Conditions: Weight-for-age
- Status: Group 1
- Prize Money: $1,000,000
- First Run: 1933
Doomben Cup 2022 Results
The official 2022 Doomben Cup Results & Finishing Order will be available below once the race is run and won in Brisbane on Saturday May 28, 2022.
- 1st: #6 Huetor ($16)
- 2nd: #7 Maximal
- 3rd: #1 Zaaki
Annabel Neasham’s odds-on favourite Zaaki ($1.24) looked the winner chasing back-to-back victories, but was run down after weakening inside the final furlong to finish a disappointing third behind the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained $1.2 million The Q22-bound Huetor ($16) and roughie import Maximal ($31) in a shock Doomben Cup 2022 result.
Doomben Cup Betting
Doomben Cup betting is open at futures prices around nomination stage offering generous all-in prices on the hopeful horses. The Doomben Cup odds firm on the confirmed runners after final acceptances are taken the Wednesday before the race runs on the Saturday.
Horses that ran top three in the AD Hollindale Stakes at the Gold Coast two weeks earlier feature highly up the Doomben Cup betting markets and Zaaki (2021) was the last horse to do the double.
Zaaki ran third in the Doomben Cup trifecta in 2022 on the back of a successful Hollindale Stakes title defence, while Huetor improved on his lead-up fourth in the Hollindale to win the Doomben Cup that year in an upset.
Earlier, Sydney’s Group 3 JRA Plate (2000m) in mid-April serves as a good guide to the Doomben Cup and Zaaki was officially runner-up in that before subsequently being disqualified.
Until Our Ivanhowe (The BMW 10th in 2016), no Doomben Cup winner had come off a run worse than fifth since King Keitel (6th in NZ) in 2001, so runners that finished top five in the lead-up dominate betting for the Group 1. In 2017 however, Sense Of Occasion improved on a sixth in the Hollindale Stakes for his Doomben Cup upset. The trend continued in 2018 and 2019 with Comin’ Through and Kenenda both unplaced in the Hollindale ahead of Group 1 Doomben Cup triumphs.
Favourites and equal favourites have a solid recent record in the Doomben Cup including Streama (2014) and Pornichet (2015) who both saluted for the punters, before the big seven length win by the $2.25 favourite Zaaki in 2021.
In 2022 Zaaki ran third as the beaten $1.24 favourite in Doomben Cup betting, while the surprise winner Huetor won at Doomben Cup odds of $16.
2022 Doomben Cup Odds
The season’s latest Doomben Cup 2022 betting odds are available here and markets on the Group 1 weight-for-age Brisbane race are now live below.
Early market betting odds on the 2022 Doomben Cup will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit ladbrokes.com.au.
Doomben Cup Field
The Doomben Cup field features a top line-up of weight-for-age horses each winter with the largest field in recent years being 20 starters when Bush Padre won in 2003.
2021 Doomben Cup winner Zaaki (pictured at Flemington) went on to win the following year’s $5 million The All-Star Mile. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.
The smallest recent Doomben Cup field was nine runners in 2011 when Scenic Shot won; this is the only line-up of under 10 runners in over 30 years.
Horses traditionally come into the Doomben Cup field via a run at the Gold Coast in the Hollindale Stakes a fortnight earlier over 200m shorter; recent winners of both races include Zaaki (2021), Streama (2014), Metal Bender (2010), Above Deck (2006) and Mr Bureaucrat (2002).
From 2006 – 2022 eleven Doomben Cup winners came out of the A.D. Hollindale Stakes, most recently Huetor (4th in 2022).
Another potential lead-up held on the same day as the Hollindale but at Gosford is the $500,000 The Coast (1600m), won in 2021 by Brandenburg who went on to run third to Zaaki in the Doomben Cup trifecta next start.
Doomben Cup nominations close on a Tuesday two weeks before the race with the final field of acceptances closing a fortnight later on the Tuesday of race week.
2022 Doomben Cup Field
The official Doomben Cup 2022 final field is announced on Tuesday the 17th of May, 2022 and will be published below once confirmed.
The rescheduled 2022 Doomben Cup field features just 10 gallopers with last year’s seven-length champion, Zaaki, hot favourite to successfully defend his title from the outside barrier over 2100m at Eagle Farm on Queensland Derby Day.
2022 Doomben Cup Nominations
The early Doomben Cup 2022 Nominations close on a Tuesday in early May about a fortnight out from the race.
The 2022 Doomben Cup nominations close at 11:00am (AEDT) on Tuesday the 3rd of May, 2022.
Last year’s seven-length hero Zaaki headlines the 21 early Doomben Cup nominations for 2022 looking to go back-to-back in the event for the first time since the Rough Habit three-pleat (1991-93).
||Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
||ESTI FENY (HUN)
||GREAT HOUSE (IRE)
||Peter & Will Hulbert
||Peter & Paul Snowden
||LA DRAGONTEA (GB)
||Anthony & Sam Freedman
||POLLY GREY (NZ)
||THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ)
||UNCLE BRYN (GB)
||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
||Anthony & Sam Freedman
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
Doomben Cup Tips
Looking for proven weight-for-age types that ran top three in the Hollindale Stakes last time out are good Doomben Cup tips. Also looking for runners drawn in barriers 1 – 8 is favourable when doing the betting tips with double digit barriers rarely producing a winner. However, Sense Of Occasion overcame the outside barrier 15 (of 15) for his 2017 Doomben Cup victory. Comin’ Through saluted from 11 of 11 the following year in 2018.
Sydney visitors also have a dominant Doomben Cup record so watching for the interstate-trained visitors is also a good tip.
Older gallopers make a good tip in the Doomben Cup with Akhenaton (2000) the last three-year-old to win.
2022 Doomben Cup Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ insider Doomben Cup 2022 betting tips and exotic Group 1 Brisbane race selections will be detailed below the week of the race so bookmark this page for the gallopers to back and sack this season.
- To Win: #1 Zaaki ($1.45 at time of publish)
There’s no value in the Doomben Cup favourite, but last year’s seven-length champion Zaaki is impossible to tip against even a week later over 100m further. He may not be as effective on Heavy going, but the track looks to be drying and the rain in Brisbane easing. That sees this Annabel Neasham-trained champion firm. He took out the Hollindale – Doomben Cup double last winter and was strong saluting in the first leg of that again this time in. Fitter for the run, proven in this race and facing a pretty mediocre field depth-wise.
Doomben Cup Form Guide
The Doomben Cup form guide features all of the essential information for punters including the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs of the horses in the field. Looking for horses coming out of the Hollindale Stakes when doing the Doomben Cup form is crucial, as is seeking out staying types with winning form at least over 2000m.
The Doomben Cup form has gone on to stack-up in other elite level races many times over the years including in 2021 with the seven-length champion Zaaki winning Brisbane’s The Q22 next-up before a huge spring in Melbourne that included Group 1 victories in the Underwood and Mackinnon Stakes.
Zaaki also franked the Doomben Cup form returning in 2022 to win the $5 million The All-Star Mile (1600m) at Flemington in the autumn.
Doomben Cup Form Facts
- The AD Hollindale Stakes produced eleven of the Doomben Cup winners from 2007 – 2022 most recently with Zaaki (2021) doing the double followed by Huetor (4th in 2022)
- Only three mares have won the Doomben Cup in the past 30 plus years – Cinque Cento (2007), Streama (2014) and Kenedna (2019)
- Akhenaton (2000) was the last three-year-old Doomben Cup winner
2022 Doomben Cup Form Guide
A link to our comprehensive Doomben Cup 2022 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.
Doomben Cup Results
Favourites have a credible recent record in the Doomben Cup results. The longest priced Doomben Cup winners in recent years include: Huetor ($16 in 2022), Cinque Centro ($21 in 2007) and Sapio ($61 in 1997).
There have been three multiple Doomben Cup winners throughout history: Scenic Shot (2009, 2011)); Rough Habit (1991, 1992, 1993); and Earlwood (1959, 1960).
Notable recent Doomben Cup winners include seven-length winner Zaaki (2021), Pornichet (2015), Streama (2014), Metal Bender (2010) and Above Deck (2006).
Zaaki (2021) also holds the current Doomben Cup race record winning by seven-lengths in a time of 2 minutes 1:06 seconds.
Doomben Cup Winners
(Held at Eagle Farm Racecourse over 2100m)
Race Not Held (COVID-19)
||Life Less Ordinary
||Sense Of Occasion
||Lights Of Heaven
||My Kingdom Of Fife
||Racing To Win
||Like It Is