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Doomben Roses

The Doomben Roses is an Australian Group 3 Thoroughbred horse race held annually in early May at Doomben Racecourse in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The race is open to three-year-old filles and is run over a distance of 2020 metres (approximately 1¼ miles). It is the main lead-up race for the Queensland Oaks. Prizemoney in 2008 was AUD$176,100.


  • The Doomben Roses originated in 1996 as a Listed race until 2002.
  • 1996 to 1997 - 1915 metres.
  • In 1998 it was increased to its present 2020 metres.

The most notable winner of the race is 2001 winner Ethereal, who went on to win that year's Melbourne Cup. In winning the 2002 race, Palidamah set a new speed record of 2:01.95 for the current distance.

To date, Roger James is the only trainer to win this race twice.

Winners of the Doomben Roses






2010 Marheta [1] Mark Zahra Michael Moroney Ballymore Stables (Aust)P/L 2:03.57
2009 Awesome Planet [2] Jim Cassidy Graeme Rogerson A G Kostanich, G A Rogerson et al 2:04.37
2008 Heavenly Glow R. Thompson Allan Denham Syndicate 2:05.50
2007 Lasoron Darren Beadman Brian Guy Syndicate 2:03.02
2006 Gaze Darren Beadman Roger James Melba Murfitt 2:03.51
2005 Cinque Cento Justin Sheehan Tony Wildman Scone Racing et al. 2:04.07
2004 Natural Woman Greg Childs Bruce McLachlan John Cornish / John O’Brien 2:04.30
2003 The Jewel Greg Childs Hector Anderson Ray Dennis & brothers 2:04.92
2002 Palidamah Jason Taylor Noel J. Doyle John Croan et al. 2:01.95
2001 Ethereal Scott Seamer Sheila Laxon Peter & Phillip Vela 2:04.03
2000 Avilde Michael Cahill John Hawkes Not found 2:05.41
1999 Episode Damien Oliver David Hall Not found 2:06.22
1998 Melora V. A. Coglan Roger James Not found 2:03.04
1997 Queenstown Kate Michael Pelling K. Wood Not found 1:39.64
1996 Ballare Shane Dye Gai Waterhouse Not found 1:41.57



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