Doomben Cup 2023

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*.

2022 Doomben Cup winner Huetor

2022 Doomben Cup winner Huetor (pictured in Sydney). Photo: Steve Hart.

*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. 

In 2023 three-time Hollindale Stakes champ Zaaki returned but ran a disappointing seventh to the back-to-back champion Huetor. 

The latest edition of the Doomben Cup ran on Saturday May 20, 2023 at Doomben Racecourse and saw the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Huetor ($10) become just the fourth horse in history to win multiple editions with his successful title defence. 

Doomben Cup Race Info

  • Date: Saturday May 20, 2023
  • Track: Doomben Racecourse 
  • Distance: 2000m 
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1,000,000
  • First Run: 1933

Doomben Cup 2023 Results

The official 2023 Doomben Cup Results & Finishing Order will be available below once the race is run and won in Brisbane on Saturday May 20, 2023.

  • 1st: #3 Huetor
  • 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.

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. 

Zaaki won the Hollindale for the third time in 2023 before his disappointing seventh as the beaten favourite in that year’s Doomben Cup that saw the defending champ Huetor go back-to-back off a lead-up second in the A.D. Hollindale. 

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. Huetor won the race again in 2023 at $10. 

2023 Doomben Cup Odds

The season’s latest Doomben Cup 2023 betting odds are available here and markets on the Group 1 weight-for-age Brisbane race are now live below.

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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 Winners - Zaaki | Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos | Ladbrokes

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 – 2023 twelve Doomben Cup winners came out of the A.D. Hollindale Stakes, most recently two-time hero Huetor (4th in 2022 and 2nd in 2023).

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.

2023 Doomben Cup Field

The official Doomben Cup 2023 final field is announced on Tuesday the 16th of May, 2023 and will be published below once confirmed. 

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.

2023 Doomben Cup Nominations

The early Doomben Cup 2023 Nominations close on a Tuesday in early May about a fortnight out from the race.

The 2023 Doomben Cup nominations close at 11:00am (AEDT) on Tuesday the 2nd of May, 2023

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  
9 117x06880x DUAIS M 5 Edward Cummings  
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  
28 x87670x184 NONCONFORMIST G 6 Grahame Begg  
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 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. 

2023 Doomben Cup Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Doomben Cup 2023 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 ($2.05 at time of publish) 

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.

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. 

Zaaki came back running third in the 2022 Doomben Cup results before a successful title defence in the Mackinnon Stakes that spring (now run as the VRC Champions Stakes). 

Doomben Cup Form Facts

  • The AD Hollindale Stakes produced 12 of the Doomben Cup winners from 2007 – 2023 most recently with Zaaki (2021) doing the double followed by two-time champ Huetor (4th in 2022 and 2nd in 2023). 
  • 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. 

2023 Doomben Cup Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Doomben Cup 2023 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 and $10 in 2023), Cinque Centro ($21 in 2007) and Sapio ($61 in 1997).

There have been four multiple Doomben Cup winners throughout history with Huetor (2022 & 2023); 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. 

Recent Doomben Cup Winners

Past Doomben Cup winners and place-getters dating back to the year 2000 are detailed in the below table. 

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time


Huetor Numerian Kovalica 2:02.0


(Held at Eagle Farm Racecourse over 2100m)

Huetor Maximal Zaaki 2:09.7
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