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.

Doriemus at Living Legends

Doriemus 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


Career Record

Doriemus winning the Melbourne Cup 1995

Doriemus winning the Melbourne Cup 1995

Prize Money: $3,588,412
Starts: 44       Wins: 9       2nds: 8       3rds: 4

Major Wins:

  • Caulfield Cup (1995)
  • Melbourne Cup (1995)
  • Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1996)
  • Turnbull Stakes (1996)


Date Venue Track Distance Race
05/10/1996 FLEM Heavy 2000 TURNBULL
20/04/1996 RAND Good 2000 QUEEN ELIZ
07/11/1995 FLEM Heavy 3200 MELB CUP
21/10/1995 CAUL Good 2400 CAUL CUP
05/11/1994 FLEM Good 2000 GREY-SMITH
15/10/1994 CAUL Good 2000 4Y&UP WLTR
28/05/1994 DOOM Fast 2200 3MW
07/05/1994 TREN Good 2100 CL1-SW
20/04/1994 TER Slow 2100 MDN-SW



Video: Doriemus — Melbourne Cup 1997

Video: Doriemus — Melbourne Cup 1995

Video: Damien Oliver’s Story


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