Doriemus, winner of the Caulfield and Melbourne Cup double in 1995, ranks as one of Australia’s best stayers of recent years, and was an enormously popular horse.
He first came to note on Caulfield Cup day in 1994, and then won the Cups double in 1995, giving Damien Oliver his first victory in the Melbourne Cup.
Doriemus contested both Cups in the spring of 1996, but while running well, he didn’t place in either race. In 1997, partnered now by Greg Hall, he ran 2nd to the great Might and Power in both Cups, and managed to get desperately close in the Melbourne Cup, with jockey Greg Hall sure he had got the bob of the head on the line.
Lee Freedman said of Doriemus, “He certainly didn’t look much when he arrived from New Zealand. I thought he was a polo pony! But we knew we had something special when we galloped him at Eagle Farm as a 3YO. It was a long range plan to win the 1995 Melbourne Cup, and to also win the Caulfield Cup was a bonus. He was an outstanding world class stayer, right up there in the top three stayers I have trained. If it wasn’t for Might And Power, he would have won the Cups double again in 1997.”
Doriemus and Might and Power are reunited at Living Legends.
Date of Birth: 17/11/1990 in New Zealand
Sex: Gelding Color: Chestnut
Sire: Norman Pentaquad (USA) Dam: Golden Woods (NZ)
Grand Sire: Zamazaan (FR)
Trainer: Lee Freedman
Owners: Pacers Aus Syn (T Henderson) Mrs K Woodruff J Smith K Biggs E/Prise Syn R Austin R Russell
Colours: Blue, Pink Hoops, Hooped Cap
Prize Money: $3,588,412
Starts: 44 Wins: 9 2nds: 8 3rds: 4
- Caulfield Cup (1995)
- Melbourne Cup (1995)
- Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1996)
- Turnbull Stakes (1996)
Video: Doriemus — Melbourne Cup 1997
Video: Doriemus — Melbourne Cup 1995
Video: Damien Oliver’s Story