Doomben Cup 2021 – Field Preview, Odds & Tips

We have expert betting tips for the 2021 Doomben Cup this Saturday at Doomben, which features a field of 12 stayers.

The Group 1 field consists of Zaaki, Sir Dragonet, and Mugatoo, so the quality types are out in force in Queensland.

We have a runner-by-runner betting guide for the Doomben Cup over 2000m.

All odds are with Sportsbet – our No. 1 rated bookmaker. You can join Sportsbet by clicking HERE.

Best bets for Doomben Cup


Best Bet:

Zaaki @ $2.60 Bet @ Sportsbet


Best Each Way Bet:

Mugatoo @ $5 Bet @ Sportsbet


Best Roughie:

Shared Ambition @ $17 Bet @ Sportsbet


Doomben Cup Trifecta Tips

Punters should have five runners on their ticket for the Doomben Cup trifecta.

  • Zaaki
  • Mugatoo
  • Sir Dragonet
  • Shared Ambition
  • Toffee Tongue

Doomben Cup First-Four Tips

We have included six runners in our first-four selections for the Doomben on Saturday.

  • Zaaki
  • Mugatoo
  • Sir Dragonet
  • Shared Ambition
  • Toffee Tongue
  • Brandenburg

Doomben Cup Form Guide & Tips

1. Sir Dragonet ($5) Bet @ Sportsbet

The 2020 Cox Plate winner got back to winning form when scoring two back at Rosehill. He followed it with a fifth behind Addeybb in the Queen Elizabeth.

There isn’t much wrong with that form and although he’s not in our top two selections, leaving him out of trifecta bets would be a mistake.

2. Mugatoo (Best Each Way – $5) Bet @ Sportsbet

Mugatoo is a classy six-year-old that owns nine wins from 20 starts. The Kris Lees-trained import was only 1.8 lengths behind Addeybb and he was hitting the line nicely.

He won’t have to do much work off the inside draw and having Hugh Bowman in the saddle is a bonus.

$5 is a fair price and he’s good enough to upset the favourite.

3. Fifty Stars ($15) Bet @ Sportsbet

That was a good turnaround when second last start at Gold Coast. He was struggling to find his best form and running second to Zaaki is a good form guide.

The son of Sea the Stars was no match for the winner, but it should give him confidence going forward.

We can’t see him winning, but it wouldn’t be the biggest shock.

4. Avilius ($16) Bet @ Sportsbet

Avilius continues to hurt punters and although he runs at generous odds, his best days are behind them.

The seven-year-old didn’t get much luck in the running last start, but the excuses are piling up and although he’s a place chance, he shouldn’t be winning.

Consider in first-four selections.

5. Zaaki (Best Bet – $2.60) Bet @ Sportsbet

The hype has been with Zaaki since arriving in Australia and he showed why when scoring by 2.3 lengths in the Hollindale.

He is a smart six-year-old that will appreciate the fitness under his belt and we’re not surprised at the money coming his way.

Bookmakers opened him at $3.10 and it has been one-way traffic since.

6. Humidor ($31) Bet @ Sportsbet

The old campaigner is having his first start at Doomben and although his efforts this preparation have been solid, we can’t see him winning.

$31 looks the right price and he might find some of these too tough.

7. Shared Ambition (Best Roughie – $17) Bet @ Sportsbet

Punters shouldn’t rule out Shared Ambition, which owns two wins from five starts this preparation.

The Waller-trained five-year-old was only 2.5 lengths behind Zaaki in the Hollindale and he has every chance to overturn that result.

We wouldn’t be leaving him out and the $17 is a value price from bookmakers.

8. Southern France ($101) Bet @ Sportsbet

Yet to show anything since arriving in Australia and it has been a huge bust for connections.

Should have stayed in Europe by all accounts.

9. Brandenburg ($20) Bet @ Sportsbet

Put them away to win at Gosford in The Coast last start and although he meets harder opposition, he can’t be ruled out.

The four-year-old is a three-time winner that has yet to be tested over this distance. However, he is bred to stay and the $20 could be worth entertaining.

10. Melody Belle ($17) Bet @ Sportsbet

The great Kiwi mare is having her last start and although there will be sentimental on her nose, she looks held.

It hasn’t been a good campaign for the 19-time winner, but she is a four-time winner over the distance and track conditions suit.

We would love to see her run well, but from a punting perspective, there are better chances elsewhere.

11. Nettoyer ($51) Bet @ Sportsbet

Nettoyer only likes to win every so often and it’s unlikely to be on Saturday. She won the Doncaster two back and followed it up with a 12th at Gold Coast.

Her form is extremely tough to follow and although she’s always a danger, we won’t be putting her in our selections.

12. Toffee Tongue ($18) Bet @ Sportsbet

Toffee Tongue scored a win three back but she was 5.2 lengths behind Zaaki last start, which might be too much to overcome.

The four-year-old faces a tough field and although her distance stats read well, we like her chances better over 2400m.

Daryl Curnow
About the Author: Daryl Curnow

After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NRL, AFL, NBA, Rugby, NFL, and US college sports. Daryl’s tips have been featured on various websites around the world before joining the GoBet team. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.



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