Doomben Cup 2021

Saturday May 22, 2021

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 $700,000 in total prize money. 

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. 

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. 

The latest edition of the Doomben Cup ran on Saturday May 22, 2021 after there was no 2020 edition due to COVID-19 and saw Zaaki salute for the punters by a runaway seven lengths. 

Doomben Cup Race Info

  • Date: Saturday May 22, 2021
  • Track: Doomben Racecourse
  • Distance: 2000m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $700,000
  • First Run: 1933

Doomben Cup 2021 Results

The official 2021 Doomben Cup Results & Finishing Order will be available below once the race is run and won in Brisbane on Saturday May 22, 2021.

  • 1st: #5 Zaaki
  • 2nd: #12 Toffee Tongue
  • 3rd: #9 Brandenburg

The Annabel Neasham-trained favourite Zaaki ($2.25) could not have been more impressive, the last-start Hollindale winner going to another level to dominate the 2021 Doomben Cup results by a runaway seven lengths ahead of a likely start in the $1.2 million The Q22 (2200m) on Stradbroke Day. 

Doomben Cup Odds

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.

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. 

2021 Doomben Cup Betting

The season’s latest Doomben Cup 2021 betting odds are available here and markets on the Group 1 weight-for-age Brisbane race are now live below.

Doomben Cup 2022 Odds

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

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.

Doomben Cup betting odds at

Streama (2014) was the last horse to complete the AD Hollindale Stakes – Doomben Cup double during the winter. Photo Credit: Daniel Costello.

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 – 2021 ten Doomben Cup winners came out of the A.D. Hollindale Stakes.

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.

2021 Doomben Cup Field

The official Doomben Cup 2021 final field is announced on Tuesday the 18th of May, 2021 and will be published below once confirmed. 

An outstanding Doomben Cup 2021 field of Group 1 winners and in-form types is gathered for Brisbane this weekend with the Hollindale winner Zaaki heading the markets. 

  • Scratchings: #3 Fifty Stars (10); #8 Southern France (12) 

2021 Doomben Cup Nominations

The early Doomben Cup 2021 Nominations close on a Tuesday in early May about a fortnight out from the race.

The 2021 Doomben Cup nominations have been confirmed with 42 early entries including All-Star Mile champion Mugatoo, Sir Dragonet who won last year’s Cox Plate and Godolphin great Avilius

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 3387×40248 ALIFEROUS M 5 Kris Lees  
2 12x163x5x6 ARAPAHO (FR) H 4 Bjorn Baker  
3 x1925308x8 ATTENTION RUN (GER) M 6 Kris Lees  
4 462605×335 AVILIUS (GB) G 7 James Cummings  
5 7x03876x00 BRANDENBURG (NZ) G 4 John Sargent  
6 8x66221x76 CELLARMAID M 4 Kelly Schweida  
7 16116642×4 CREEDENCE G 6 Matt Cumani  
8 5119×24127 ENTENTE G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott  
9 8352×72087 FIFTY STARS (IRE) H 6 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes  
10 15145xL140 FLASH AAH G 5 Mitchell Fry  
11 0237413113 HANG MAN (IRE) G 7 Michael Moroney  
12 70x173x31x HOMESMAN (USA) G 7 Anthony & Sam Freedman  
13 5x1230x40x HUMIDOR (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller  
14 2400×65470 HUSH WRITER (JPN) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott  
15 x7612x3657 KHOEKHOE C 3 Matt Cumani  
16 1181x6143x KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott  
17 811x188x77 LORD BELVEDERE (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace  
18 688×866316 MAHAMEDEIS G 6 Nick Ryan  
19 60113×1916 MELODY BELLE (NZ) M 6 Jamie Richards  
20 74108×9308 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 7 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young  
21 0x51068x82 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) G 9 Chris Waller  
22 7469340617 MR MARATHON MAN (GB) G 7 Richard Litt  
23 11124×5146 MUGATOO (IRE) G 6 Kris Lees  
24 02900×8791 NETTOYER M 7 Wendy Roche  
25 453221114x PARADEE M 4 Danny O’Brien  
26 3112252×83 PARRY SOUND G 5 Bjorn Baker  
27 1455×77831 PATHS OF GLORY (GB) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman  
28 9379729442 PLATINUM INVADOR (NZ) G 5 Barry Lockwood  
29 24549×3514 POLLY GREY (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller  
30 x524x04312 SEAT OF POWER (IRE) G 6 Gary Duncan  
31 92527×1201 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller  
32 2x16x79415 SIR DRAGONET (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace  
33 301x79x778 SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace  
34 1x2211x250 SPIRIT RIDGE (GB) G 6 Mark Newnham  
35 x14000x405 THE CANDY MAN G 7 Barry Baldwin  
36 645995163x TIPTRONIC (NZ) G 7 Graham Richardson  
37 58203×6814 TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller  
38 2112x145x3 TWO ILLICIT (NZ) M 4 Roger James & Robert Wellwood  
39 1x90399x17 VANNA GIRL M 4 Toby & Trent Edmonds  
40 33x7600x05 WARNING G 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman  
41 19x17x780x YOUNG RASCAL (FR) G 6 Archie Alexander  
42 x8x3647x62 ZAAKI (GB) G 6 Annabel Neasham  

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. View our Doomben Cup Preview.

2021 Doomben Cup Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Doomben Cup 2021 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: #7 Shared Ambition ($12 at time of publish)

An outstanding edition of the Doomben Cup and a race that is far more open than the markets suggest. Zaaki was good winning the traditional lead-up at the Gold Coast by over two lengths last time out, but going for a bit of value in Waller’s always-honest Shared Ambition. This consistent five-year-old was third in the Hollindale after a previous Group 3 win over 2000m in Sydney and presents fit here. He will relish the step back up in distance and can surprise at a price. 

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.

Doomben Cup Form Facts

  • The AD Hollindale Stakes produced ten of the Doomben Cup winners from 2007 – 2021 most recently with Zaaki (2021) doing the double 
  • Only three mares have won the Doomben Cup in the past 30 plus years – Cinque Cento (2007), Streama (2014) and Kenedna (2019)

2021 Doomben Cup Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Doomben Cup 2021 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, but the longest priced winner in recent years was Cinque Centro ($21 in 2007) and before them Sapio ($61 in 1997).

Notable recent Doomben Cup winners include seven-length winner Zaaki (2021), Pornichet (2015), Streama (2014), Metal Bender (2010) and Above Deck (2006).

Doomben Cup Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2021 Zaaki Toffee Tongue Brandenburg 2:01.0


Race Not Held (COVID-19)

2019 Kenedna Life Less Ordinary Sixties Groove 2:02.1
2018 Comin’ Through Egg Tart Ambitious 2:01.4
2017 Sense Of Occasion Star Exhibit Rudy 2:06.6
2016 Our Ivanhowe Hauraki It’s Somewhat 2:01.4
2015 Pornichet Weary I’m Imposing 2:02.5
2014 Streama Leebaz Junoob 2:01.7
2013 Beaten Up Foreteller Secret Admirer 2:04.3
2012 Mawingo Lights Of Heaven Manighar 2:02.0
2011 Scenic Shot My Kingdom Of Fife Glass Harmonium 2:03.7
2010 Metal Bender Gold Water Triple Honour 2:02.6
2009 Scenic Shot Racing To Win Sir Slick 2:02.8
2008 Sarrera Rampant Lion Like It Is 2:03.3
2007 Cinque Cento Gaze Pentathon 2:01.8
2006 Above Deck Octapussy Roman Arch 2:13.8
2005 Perlin Platinum Scissors Natural Blitz 2:15.0
2004 Defier Pentastic Upsetthym 2:11.6
2003 Bush Padre Freemason Maguire 2:13.0
2002 Mr Bureaucrat Galroof Freemason 2:14.0
2001 King Keitel Shogun Lodge Kasakh Belle 2:01.9
2000 Akhenaton Integrate Cruzeiro 2:04.7