2014 Doomben Cup Betting Update

May 15th, 2014

A talented list of 10 has been confirmed to line up for a tilt at the featured 2014 Group 1 Doomben Cup (200m) in Brisbane this weekend, offering punters exceptional value and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.

Streama is outright favourite in betting markets for success in the 2014 Doomben Cup

Streama is outright favourite in betting markets for success in the 2014 Doomben Cup. Photo: Daniel Costello

Producing an exceptional turn of foot to register a maiden victory in 2014 in the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) on the Gold Coast last time out, Group 1 champion Streama has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite in betting markets for success in the 2014 Doomben Cup, currently offered at odds of $4.20.

Notable for performing well over each of her racing preparations since debuting on track at the beginning of the 2011 season, Streama arguably hit career best form over the 2013 racing calendar; finishing outside the places just once in ten appearances.

A standout performer over both winter and spring, the Stratum mare was unlucky to finish third in the major Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) and second in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m), but continued to build in form before strolling home to win the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) on September 21st.

Confirmed to retire into a breeding career at the conclusion of the 2014 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, Streama is offered a great chance of adding a fourth Group 1 title to her record this weekend, with talented jockey Blake Shinn confirmed to take the ride.

A standout performer of the in-form Team Hawkes stable this year, Leebaz is currently outright second favourite for success in the 2014 Doomben Cup, and was arguably the biggest winner of all leading contenders at Wednesday’s barrier draw having been allocated the ideal gate 2.

While yet to contend an event at the highest level of Australian racing, Leebaz has more than earned his place in this weekend’s Doomben feature; claiming six victories and two places from his nine competitive starts to far.

Unlucky not to be carrying a perfect record of four wins from as many starts this season into the Doomben Cup, the Zabeel gelding returned to the track with two impressive victories back-to-back before finishing a close second to Weary in the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) on April 5th.

Returning to the winner’s circle when easily doing away with classy company in the Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) last time out, Leebaz will be partnered by in-form jockey James McDonald this weekend and is a great chance of justifying $4.50 odds.

Returning to the track in impressive form this season, Akzar has so-far received the market share of wagers for success in the 2014 Doomben Cup, having cut in from an opening price of more than $7 to currently register as $5 third favourite and clear market mover.

Claiming eight wins and a further 12 minor places from 35 competitive starts to date, Akzar has without doubt hit peak condition over his six most recent appearances; claiming a hat-trick of wins and finishing second in both the Community Raceday Handicap (2000m) and Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m) before producing an incredible turn of foot to win the featured Warrnambool Cup (2350m) by more than six lengths last time out on May 1st.

Allocated the ideal barrier 6, the Selkirk gelding has been confirmed to be partnered by Brad Rawiller and is a great chance of success in his maiden Group 1 tilt this weekend.

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