Referred to by many as the ‘Garden’ course, Doomben racecourse is a beautiful racetrack surrounded by breathtaking gardens and located just 7km from the heart of Brisbane. Race meetings at Doomben take place weekly with both Saturday and midweek Wednesday races becoming a big hit with racing enthusiasts. Controlled by the Brisbane Turf Club, Doomben also partakes in the Brisbane Winter Carnival in May and June. This carnival features three huge racing days at Doomben including the BTC Cup Day, the XXXX Doomben Cup Day and the Doomben 10,000 Day. Doomben also hosts a Summer Racing Carnival held in December and January.
Doomben’s Brisbane Winter Carnival Races
BTC Cup Day
The BTC Cup Day hosts three major races, the BTC Cup, the Doomben Classic and the Chairmans Handicap. The BTC Cup is a Group 1 event which offers $400,000 in prize money. As a 1200m weight-for-age race, the event attracts a lot of good sprinters from both locally and interstate. As the first race held at Doomben, the BTC Cup is regarded as the best lead up race to the Doomben 10,000 two weeks later. The next race held on the Cup Day is the Group 3 Doomben Classic. Worth $125,000 in prize money, this set weight race tests the best 3 year old horses over a distance of 1615 metres. The last major race on the day is the Group 3 BTC Chairmans Handicap. This 2020 metre quality handicap race offers $100,000 in prize money and normally attracts a more local group of stayers.
Doomben Cup Day
Worth half a million in prize money, the XXXX Doomben Cup is one of the most prized races during the Brisbane Winter Carnival. As a Group 1 race, the event attracts superior staying horses from around the country that compete in the 2020 metre weight-for-age challenge. Many top horses have won this race including Melbourne Cup winner Might and Power in 1998. The Group 3 Doomben Roses is a 2020 metre set weight race for 3 year old fillies. It is considered the best lead up race to the Group 1 Queensland Oaks held at Eagle Farm. The 1200m Champagne Classic is a Group 2 set weight event for 2 year old horses. It attracts a good group of young racehorses and is offers $150,000 in prize money.
The Group 3 BTC Sprint is a 1350m Quality Handicap worth $125,000. It is the same distance as the Doomben 10,000 one week later and is therefore a great lead up race for many sprint horses. The Group 3 BTC Classic is the same distance as the BTC Sprint however it is a set weight race for 3 year old horses only. It also offers $125,000 in prize money. The last major race on the XXXX Doomben Cup Day is the Group 3 Lord Mayors Cup. This 1615m weight-for-age race is worth $100,000 in prize money and attracts plenty of local horses.
Doomben 10,000 Day
As the last major Brisbane Winter Carnival race day at Doomben, this event attracts an enormous amount of spectators eager to experience a day at the races. The biggest race of the day is the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 worth $650,000 and it is a 1350m weight-for-age race. The Group 3 Premier’s Cup follows the Doomben 10,000 offering $125,000 in prize money. It is a 2200m Open Handicap which is considered a great lead up race to the Group 2 Brisbane Cup held two weeks later. Lastly, the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate, is a 2020m set weight race for 3 year olds. It is also worth $125,000 and is the perfect lead up race to the Group 1 Queensland Derby held at Eagle Farm two weeks later.
Doomben’s Brisbane Summer Racing Carnival Races
George Moore Stakes Day
The Group 3 George Moore Stakes is a 1200m Quality Handicap worth $200,000. Held during the warmer months, the race attracts local sprinters which also go on to compete in a number of listed stakes races during the carnival. These races include the Doomben Stakes and the Bernborough Handicap.