The Doomben Cup takes place in mid-May each year and is one of the major races staged at Doomben Racecourse during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
A weight-for-age race for horses aged three and upwards with more than $500,000 in prize money, the Doomben Cup is run over 2000m and attracts some of the best middle-distance and staying performers bidding for success in the Group 1 race.
Doomben Cup Day is one of the biggest days of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival with four other Group races joining it on the schedule as well as two listed contests - the others being the Group 3 The Roses, Group 3 BRC Sprint, Group 3 Fred Best Classic, Group 3 Lord Mayor's Cup, Listed Dalrello Stakes and Listed Lancaster Stakes.
The Doomben Cup was first held in 1933 when won by Pentheus and was held over varying distances between 2000m and 2160 until the current trip was settled on in 1990. Ten years earlier in 1980, it had been staged as a Group 1 race for the first time with victory going to Golden Rhapsody.
The Doomben Cup has been won by some major names in Australian racing including Rough Habit, who is the only horse ever to win three successive Doomben Cups having made the race his own between 1991 and 1993.
He is joined on the roll of honour by the familiar names of Bernborough (1946), Earlwood (1959-60), Lord Ben (1974), Marceau (1978), in the earlier years, and more recently by Danewin (1995), Juggler (1996), Might And Power (1998), Intergaze (1999), Mr Bureaucrat (2002), Above Deck (2006), Metal Bender (2010) and Scenic Shot (2011).
The most popular route to the Doomben Cup is via the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes, which takes place over 1800m at Gold Coast Racecourse two weeks earlier. Doomben Cup runners will then likely head on to contest the Group 2 PJ O'Shea Stakes or the Group 2 Brisbane Cup, both staged over 2400m at Eagle Farm in June.