Doomben Races

Doomben Races


Doomben is one of two primary race tracks in Brissy. Their time to shine is during the annual Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, where Doomben host a slew of Group 1 Races, including the Doomben 10,000 and Doomben Cup.

Duly nicknamed “The Garden Racecourse,” Doomben is home to the Brisbane Racing Club, hosting around-a-bout 46 meetings per year.

The ribbon for the track was first cut in 1933, with the picturesque venue also home to prestigious gardens around the track.

If you’re wanting to head to Doomben for the races, check out one of the 24 Saturday Race Meets, 2 Public Holiday Race Meets and 20 Midweek Race Meets.

Doomben Racecourse doesn’t stop there, however, also hosting the Brisbane Winter and Summer Racing Carnivals.

The track is oval-shaped with tight turns both before and after the 350m straight.

The right-handed track has a 1,715m circumference, featuring three different chutes at the 1,350m, 1,615m, and 2,200m marks.

Doomben Racecourse Details
Address: Hampden Street
Suburb: Ascot, QLD, 4007
Phone Number: (07) 3268 6800
Circumference: 1,715m
Direction: Clockwise
Track Type: Turf

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Key Doomben Races

RaceDistanceGroup LevelPrizemoney
BTC Cup1,200mGroup 1$400,000
Doomben Cup2,020mGroup 1$500,000
Doomben 10,0001,350mGroup 1$650,000
George Moore Stakes1,200mGroup 3$200,000

Doomben Racing Tips     

Doomben Racecourse Barrier and Starting Positions

1010m: Runners here start at the back of the course, with a very short run until the first long sweeping turn into the home straight. You’re really going to want to draw an inside barrier here, with the first turn optimal on the inside gate.

1100m & 1200m: Situated on the course proper, at the back straight. There’s a short straight run before hitting the first turn – with inside barriers once again having a clear cut advantage for hitting that first sweeping turn head on near the rail.

1350m: Starts off in a little chute off the back of the straight. There’s a straight rub of 450m before hitting that first turn, with inside barriers having an advantage, but not as much as the previous distances. They’ll have a bigger advantage if the rail is out.

1615m: Runners here will start in a small chute off the back of the course proper, on the left-hand side of the track. They have a straight run of around 200m, before that long turn into the back straight. Barriers aren’t really important due to the length of both straights, which give runners with a wider draw a clear opportunity to cut across to the inner rail, or come from the outside on that final run.

2020m & 2100m: Begin in the home straight – with a long run before the first turn. Inside barriers are only of little advantage here in comparison to some of the shorter distances.

2200m: Barriers here are in a small chute at the top of the home straight. Due to the distance and length of this first straight run, barriers are of no, or little, importance.

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Getting to the Track

Train: Getting to Doomben Racecourse is probably considered easiest by train. The nearest station duly named Doomben Station, on the Doomben line. You then have a short walk along Onslow Street to Doomben Racecourse.

Check out the QLD Translink for more info on how to get to Doomben Racecourse.

Bus: Three different buses head to Doomben Racecourse, including route 302, 303 and 304. All of these depart from Brisbane City to Doomben.

Check out the QLD Translink if you’re keen to catch a bus to Doomben Racecourse.

Car: Doomben Racecourse is located by car, on Nudgee Road, only 8km north of the Brisbane City Centre. This takes around 25 minutes by car on Kingston Smith Drive.

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