Doomben Races News

Trainer Gary Portelli is hopeful of a far-less biased track at Brisbane’s Doomben Racecourse this weekend than that which punished wide runners on Doomben Cup day last Saturday. Confirmed to saddle leading chance Rebel Dane in the featured Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m), Portelli told TVN he is once again…


Doomben Races

The Doomben races are some of the premier thoroughbred horse racing events held in Australia each year and are conducted at Brisbane’s Doomben Racecourse, one of two leading metropolitan tracks in Queensland.

Racing at Doomben is conducted by the Brisbane Racing Club (BRC), who also govern the events held at Eagle Farm Racecourse.

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A number of the country’s classic Group races are run at Doomben including the Doomben Cup and the Doomben 10,000 making the Doomben races some of the best battles to enjoy an online punt on, whether it is on one of the quality mid-week meets or one of the leading race-days during the annual Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

Feature Doomben Winter Races

Group 1

BTC Cup

(1200m)

Doomben

$400,000

WFA

Group 3

Rough Habit Plate

(2020m)

Doomben

$125,000

3YO SW

Group 1

Doomben Cup

(2020m)

Doomben

$500,000

3YO & Up WFA

Group 1

Champagne Classic

(1200m)

Doomben

$175,000

2YO SW

Group 3

Doomben Roses

(2020m)

Doomben

$175,000

3YO Fillies SW

Group 1

Doomben 10,000

(1350m)

Doomben

$650,000

WFA

Doomben Racecourse

Host to the top-notch Doomben races each season is, of course, Doomben Racecourse.

The racecourse itself is located in the suburb of Ascot, around seven kilometres away from the Brisbane CBD and near the iconic Doomben railway station.

The track is made up of a turf surface with a home straight of 341 metres, a circumference of 1715 metres and 26 metres wide.

Doomben Racecourse is home to many prestigious Group 1 events on top of their regular race meetings each year.

The majority of feature Doomben races are run in May during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival with the most recognizable ones being the BTC Cup, Doomben 10,000 and Doomben Cup – all Group 1 events.

These are by far the most popular events held at the Doomben Racecourse offering the biggest online betting prize pools and wagering opportunities for racing fans and punters alike.

The BTC Cup

The opening Group 1 race held at Doomben each winter racing season is the BTC Cup conducted in mid-May.

Run over a sprint distance of 1200 metres, the BTC Cup offers over $400,000 in prize money and is now a weight-for-age conditioned race.

The BTC Cup is the ideal lead-up race for sprinters heading towards the other Group 1 features held at Doomben and Eagle Farm during the winter carnival including the $1 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) the following month.

Many leading horses have taken out the BTC Cup including General Nediym (1998), Thorn Park (2004) and Apache Cat (2008), but the greatest BTC Cup winner to date is the mighty Black Caviar who scored her 13th successive career win in the 2011 BTC Cup.

The Doomben Cup

The Doomben Cup offers punters another excellent betting opportunity during the Brisbane Winter Carnival and runs in late May annually.

The second elite level Doomben race of the season, the Doomben Cup is a staying showdown conducted over 2020m under weight-for-age conditions and has over $500,000 in stakes on offer.

Notable Doomben Cup winners include Rough Habit who scored three editions of the race successively from 1991-93, Danewin (1995), Might And Power (1998) and Metal Bender (2010).

The Doomben 10,000

The third Group 1 feature Doomben race held each winter racing season is the Doomben 10,000 that is held on the last Saturday in May.

Run over a middle-sprint distance of 1350m, the Doomben 10,000 is another weight-for-age race and has a lucrative purse of over $650,000 making it one of the richest Queensland races of the year.

Many horses that contest the Doomben 10,000 are heading towards the $1 million Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm and over the years the race has been one by many champion sprinters including Falvelon (2001-2002), Bel Esprit (2003), Takeover Target (2007) and Hot Danish (2010).

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