Friday, May 21, 2010


Some interesting stats from Cyberhorse when previewing tomorrow’s $505,000 Doomben Cup-G1.
Under the header of ‘Avoid the Girls’ (as if that doesn’t go without saying!), Cyberhorse goes on to reveal the poor record of fillies and mares in Brisbane’s weight for ager.
Cyberhorse takes up the story:
When betting on Saturday’s Group One $500,000 Kirks Doomben Cup (2020m), it may be worth your while considering the following historical precedents. 
First run in 1933, the honour roll of the Doomben Cup includes some of the greatest horses to have ever raced in Australia.
Previous winners include Bernborough, Might and Power, Durbridge, Samson, River Seine and Dandy Andy, while shortly after the Doomben Cup became a weight-for-age race, Rough Habit won the event three years in a row from 1991 to 1993.
One telling statistic you notice straight away is that mares have a terrible record in the Doomben Cup. 
Prior to the Peter Moody-trained Cinque Cento winning in 2007, the last mare to win the Doomben Cup was Dream in 1950.
Only four mares have won the race since its inception. This imposing statistic holds more relevance this year with five mares making up the Doomben Cup 13-horse field.
History does endorse the chances of a couple of horses, mainly Metal Bender and Road To Rock.
Metal Bender will be looking to become the first horse since Above Deck in 2006 to win the Hollindale / Doomben Cup double in the same season.
That double has been achieved eight times in the last 20 years.
Road To Rock, who is set to be sent to stud immediately after Saturday’s race, won the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick last start. Connections of the galloper will be hoping to replicate the deeds of Sarrera two years ago who completed the same double.
For those who fancy the chances of Sir Time Keeper, three-year-olds have won two of the last 20 Doomben Cups.

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