Some of the best sprinters in Australia bid for victory each year in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000, which is one of the feature races of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
The Group 1 race is held at Doomben Racecourse
in May each year and carries $650,000 in prize money. Run over 1350m, it is the highlight of the final day of racing at Doomben Racecourse during the carnival before the action moves to Eagle Farm.
The race gets the Doomben 10,000 name due to the fact the prize money was increased to $10,000 in the 1940s - making it the richest sprint race in Australia at the time. The race title, which had previously been the Doomben Newmarket Handicap and the TM Ahearn Memorial, has since stuck despite the prize fund increasing dramatically.
The Doomben 10,000 is the star attraction of a day that also includes the running of the Group 2 Sires Produce Stakes, the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes, the Group 3 Lady Of The Turf Stakes and the Group 3 Premier's Cup.
The Doomben 10,000 has been won by some of the biggest names in Australian horse racing - dual winners Black Onyx (1969 and 1970), Prince Triala (1990 and 1991), Chief De Beers (1995 and 1998), Falvelon (2001 and 2002) and Apache Cat (2008 and 2009) on the roll of honour along with the likes of Bernborough (1946), Manikato (1979), Bel Esprit (2003) and Takeover Target (2007).
Sea Siren, meanwhile, created history when winning in 2012 as she became the first filly to win the race. Five mares had achieved victory in the years previous but never a filly.
The lead-up to the Doomben 10,000 will see most runners contest the BTC Cup at Doomben two weeks earlier with Apache Cat (2008) and Sea Siren (2012) having done the double. Others will come into the race via the Robert Sangster Stakes held at Morphettville in South Australia or the All Aged Stakes at Randwick in Sydney.
The Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm two weeks later is likely to be the next port of call for most of the horses contesting the Doomben 10,000.