Hauraki Ready to Fire in 2016 Doomben Cup

May 16th, 2016

Hauraki is yet to break through for a maiden win at the highest level, but appears to be particularly well placed in Saturday’s 2016 Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m); regardless of the talented field that is likely to accept for the Brisbane feature.

Hauraki remains favourite for Saturday's 2016 Doomben Cup. Photo: Steve Hart

Hauraki remains favourite for Saturday’s 2016 Doomben Cup. Photo: Steve Hart

Having capped a standout three-year-old campaign a close second in the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m), Hauraki resumed in spring for a number of typically strong performances but was unable to return to winning form.

Running third in the talent-rich Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) first-up this time, the Reset gelding savaged the line for third in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) on February 27th before placing a close second to The United States in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m).

While failing to match the late pace when seventh in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) on Day 2 of The Championships, Hauraki will carry competitive form into the Doomben Cup after running a close second in the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) a fortnight ago.

Godolphin Australia’s Henry Plumptre told the Herald Sun he is confident the conditions at Doomben on Saturday might see a return to winning form for the classy four-year-old.

“He’s probably one of those horses that needs to hit the front and find the winning post too quickly to anything about it,” Plumptre said.

“The mare has thrown four stakes winners but that family can be a little bit quirky.

“On his day he’s a very good horse. John (O’Shea, trainer) pointed out last week at the Gold Coast he was four weeks between runs and that was a telling thing. He probably just ran out of condition.

“By the same token, the winner is a good horse when they get him right and they flagged during the week they had him right.

“I think the Doomben Cup is a good race for him.”

Hauraki has been a strong and consistent performer for Godolphin through his entire racing career so far; posting three wins and seven minors through sixteen competitive starts, but has been unable to return to the winner’s stall since taking out the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) in March last year.

Hauraki remains an outright $3.80 favourite in early 2016 Doomben Cup betting markets with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.