doomben cup

The Doomben Cup is Group 1 weight-for-age race over 2000 metres, held at Doomben Racecourse during Brisbane’s Winter Carnival. Total prizemoney is $1 million.

Read on for the full 2022 race preview from our expert punter Alfie – the man behind the Alpha Racing membership. With the Doomben Cup meeting washed out, this year’s race has been pushed back a week and will be run at Eagle Farm Racecourse over 2100 metres.

Doomben Cup: Alfie’s preview

Speed The pace is below average. Zaaki will lead the small field with Polly Grey sitting off him.

Track With the shift to Eagle Farm, things are a little more certain – the course handles the wet and although there’s no rain currently forecast for Saturday, there’s some to come on Friday. I’m working off a track in the 5-6 range. Winners came from everywhere at the last Eagle Farm meeting – it was very much tempo-related.


Prices courtesy of TopSport at time of publication.

1 Zaaki [$1.40] is obviously far and away the best horse here – in fact the debate is really whether he is the best horse in Australia at the moment. It’s very hard to take the $1.40… but then very hard to see who possibly beats him! He’ll handle the heavy if that happens. Won this by eight lengths last year.

9 Polly Grey [$8.50] is the one you could be confident if it very wet… and if Zaaki wasn’t in the race! The weather is drying now anyway

6 Huetor [$12] is a sneaky place chance if he can get out of the barrier better.

4 Kukeracha [$15] is a much improved horse after his sixth in the Doncaster Prelude. He continues to improve his ratings, a big place chance.

3 Yonkers [$31] would require a serious failure by Zaaki to be any hope of challenging.

5 Great House [$34] is a good horse but has no wins on the Heavy and rates down on those tracks.

2 The Chosen One [$41] is another sneaky place chance but not sure how he will handle it if really heavy.

Will be very surprised if any of of the rest can knock the top ones off: 10 Coventina Bay [$18], 7 Maximal [$26] and 8 Esti Feny [$71].

Verdict & betting strategy

It’s pretty straightforward, isn’t it?

This is Zaaki‘s race to lose and it’s all about whether you want to take a very short price.

But for an interest, I’ve outlined a couple above that might make for solid place bets.

This could be the way to play the race if you’re keen – spread your stake with place bets and a small win bet on these:



The Chosen One

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