|3||SENSE OF OCCASION||1ST||$9.50 (win)|
|5||STAR EXHIBIT||2ND||$2.80 (pl)|
Darren Beadman won this race as a jockey in 1996 and he can look to secure victory as a trainer here with the ruling favourite It’s Somewhat. Beadman has been appointed caretaker trainer for Godolphin and he saddles a live chance at securing a G1 winner early in his ‘official’ training career. The American bred 6YO comes into this race with the right form lines and also has the right lead-in historically to take the win. Last start in the Hollindale Stakes at Gold Coast the gelding bounced well from barrier 3 and was able to lead them up and leading into the straight, held them off to score by a neck margin. 9 of the past 15 Doomben Cup winners have come through the Hollindale, with 5 of those completing the double. He aims up at four consecutive wins after wins in the G2 Ajax Stakes before a defiant all the way win in the Doncaster Mile.
Mares do not have the greatest record in this race with just two having taken victory in the past 35 years and both of those were 5YO. The last mare to win the race was Streama in 2014 and she completed the Hollindale/Doomben Cup double. Single Gaze settled on the pace in the Hollindale and dug in for the fight but could not quite get to the winner It’s Somewhat, beaten a neck. That followed her first win in over 12 months when taking out the 1600m Tails Stakes at Doomben when carrying 58kg. Her previous win came when taking out the G1 Vinery Stud Stakes over 2000m at Rosehill before being involved in a hard fall in the ATC Oaks. The 4YO mare has shown good improvement and will have gained good confidence this prep and will need to overcome the wide barrier.
Darren Weir will be looking to secure a two-state feature double and has the French bred import engaged in the Doomben Cup. The 5YO entire has had just three starts since arriving in Australia last Spring. Tackling the Caulfield Cup first-up, he carried 53kg when beaten 9 lengths behind Jameka. Sent for another spell he resumed over 1400m in the G3 Victoria Handicap, finding them too sharp that early in his prep. Second-up and stepped out to 1800m at Flemington, Brad Rawiller was up with 60kg and moved the entire forward at the 600m and hitting the front down the stretch was able to forge clear to a one length victory. Brenton Avdulla is up for the Doomben Cup and the pair will jump from barrier 8. Articus is a four-time winner at the distance and has wins on all ground types, so any rain should not bother his chances.
Another Weir trained runner that will be well in contention, with Star Exhibit coming into the Doomben Cup with three successive wins to his name. Winning the Listed ATA Stakes at Ascot over 2200m, the gelding then took victory in the G2 Perth Cup at 2400m. That was his last start in Perth for the Durrant/Miller combo and the 5YO was then transferred to Weir following a spell. Stepping out over 1440m at his debut for the Wangoom Magician in the Listed Anniversary Vase, Brad Rawiller took the ride and after settling mid-field finished best to score victory by three quarters of a length. Blake Shinn will take the ride for the Doomben Cup, having won this race in 2014 and 2015. The Statue Of Liberty gelding has two wins on soft going from two attempts and has 4 wins between 2000m to 2400m.
The Doomben Cup run over 2000m at Doomben Racecourse is a Group 1 weight-for-age event, making it 1 of 7 Group 1 races on the Australian G1 calendar run under weight-for-age conditions at that distance.
The 2017 edition will carry $650,000 in total prizemoney with the winner to receive $416,000. The winner of the Hollindale Stakes receives ballot exemption for the Doomben Cup, which this year was It's Somewhat.
The 2016 winner was the Lee and Anthony Freedman trained Our Ivanhowe ridden by Kerrin McEvoy. Other previous winners of the race include Metal Bender, Defier, Might And Power, Juggler and the dual winner Scenic Shot. The most iconic winner however would be the New Zealand trained gelding that became a favourite of the Brisbane crowds. Rough Habit won the Doomben Cup 3 times in succession from 1991, each time ridden by Jim ‘The Pumper’ Cassidy.
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|Date:||Saturday 20th May 2017|
|Race Time:||16:01 AEST|
|Race Type:||Weight For Age|
|2016 Winner:||Our Ivanhowe|
|2017 Doomben Cup Odds|