Whilst standing trackside in awe of Zaaki’s 7-length win in the 2021 running of the Doomben Cup, we thought a new star of the turf had officially arrived.
Fast-forward 12 months later to this years’ edition and a lot of punters have rebranded the Doomben Cup to the “Zaaki Cup”, such is his red-hot favouritism to win the race.
Zaaki isn’t the only star to win the Doomben Cup though, so let’s take a walk down memory lane and take a look at the Top 5 Doomben Cup Winners.
He starts as the odds-on favourite in the race this year but he stamped himself as a genuine star of the turf with his barnstorming win in the race last year.
He went on to win the Group 1 Underwood and Mackinnon Stakes during the spring.
What an outstanding thoroughbred he was.
At one stage he put together 15 wins on the trot including the Doomben 10,000 and Doomben Cup and goes down as one of Australia’s greatest ever race horses.
Quite often having to go up against WFA superstars Lonhro, Northerly and Fields of Omagh, Defier was a quality middle distance horse who picked up a couple of other Group 1’s, most notably in the 2002 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
The gelding was awfully close to genuine superstar status, finishing runner-up in the 2002 and 2003 Cox Plates.
The 2004 Doomben Cup victory was his last time at the track, a fitting ending for a career that netted nearly $3m in prize money.
Might and Power (1998)
Among other Group 1’s, Might and Power won the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups in 1997, then went on to demolish his rivals in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes the following Autumn before doing the same in the 1998 edition of the Doomben Cup. It was a track record at the time.
All of this polished off with a Cox Plate victory later in the year. Horses who’ve won both the Cup and the Cox Plate is an incredibly elite list.
What a champion.
Rough Habit (1991, 1992, 1993)
Rough Habit LOVED the Winter Carnival. In his illustrious career he picked up a win in the Queensland Derby, two Stradbroke’s and three Doomben Cups.
His 1992 finish in the Stradbroke Handicap has to be seen to be believed.
A kiwi horse, buy the end of his career this fella was well and truly adopted by the Sunshine State.