A race with a long tradition, the Doncaster Handicap or Doncaster Mile as it is sometimes referred to, is one of the most prestigious mile (1600m) races on the Australian turf calendar. With the ATC revamping its Autumn Carnival, the race is now held on day 1 of The Championships. This re-vamp has seen the Doncaster become the richest 1 mile race in the world, and in 2016 the race will carry total stakes of $3m with the winner set to pocket $1.8m.
Conditions of the race are 3YO and older handicap with a field limit of 20 runners. As an added incentive for horses to compete at Randwick the winners of the 2015 Flight Stakes, 2015 Villiers Stakes, 2016 Chipping Norton Stakes, 2016 Randwick Guineas, 2016 Canterbury Stakes, 2016 Coolmore Classic and 2016 George Ryder Stakes all receiving exemption from the ballot.
Some of the greats of Australian turf have won the race including Sunline, Super Impose, Emancipation, Gunsynd, Tobin Bronze and Wakeful.
The Doncaster Mile forms a part of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Odds and previews are available for all the major Autumn Racing Carnival races at UBET's Autumn Racing Betting Hub.
|Doncaster Mile Guide|
|Date:||Saturday 2nd April 2016|
|Race Time:||16:10 AEST|
|Race Type:||Weight For Age 3YO & Upwards|
|2016 Doncaster Mile Odds|
|10||HAPPY CLAPPER||2ND||$3.10 (pl)|
|12||HE OR SHE||-||-|
|2||TURN ME LOOSE||-||-|
TURN ME LOOSE will lead but how quickly will he go upfront? His last start sixth in the George Ryder Stakes (1500m) was a career-worst run after running the first 900 metres in a comfortable 54.77 seconds. In contrast he broke a minute for the first 1000 metres when leading throughout in the Crystal Mile and Emirates Stakes – both over 1600 metres – last spring and was the strongest on the line in the Futurity Stakes (1400m) second up this prep after sitting third behind Hucklebuck when he ran the first 800 metres in a blistering 46.66 seconds.
WINX is clearly the one to beat. She’s won her past eight starts, five of those at Group 1 level. Those Group 1 wins include a victory over this track/distance in the Epsom Handicap – albeit helped by a compressed weight scale – and a 4¾-length romp in the Cox Plate over last year’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Criterion. Despite that, she’s still not topweight and will carry just 56.5kg.
KERMADEC has been placed at both runs this campaign and his last start second behind Winx in the George Ryder was pleasing, running the quickest final 600 metres of the race. Kermadec won last year’s Doncaster with 51kg – he’ll have to carry six kilos more this year – but is going as well as ever.
BOW CREEK was luckless in the Crystal Mile behind TURN ME LOOSE at his Australian debut last October and was again unlucky first up this prep in the C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield, going down to the line untested. He atoned second up in the Peter Young Stakes (1800m) but was unsuited by a very slow tempo in the Australian Cup (2000m) and hit the line as well as anything else in the race, finishing two lengths behind Preferment. Bow Creek is a three-time 1600-metre winner in the northern hemisphere and must be respected back in distance.
FIRST SEAL came from last to win the Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) first up but appeared to have every chance her next two starts when ridden closer to the speed. Is she better ridden quieter? First Seal meets Winx 3.5kg better from her last start defeat in the George Ryder and the blinkers have been applied. The prospect of a damp track shouldn’t concern her supporters either.
Described as the darling of the Australian turf, Winx has taken all before her and has now strung together 8 successive wins, 5 of those at Group 1 level. Amazingly last start in the G1 George Ryder she touched even money at one stage before jumping just inside red figures at $1.90. Displaying her class she romped home to an emphatic 1½ length win with just on a further 2 lengths back to 3rd. A top 10 result will see her jump to 4th position behind only Makybe Diva, Sunline and Black Caviar on the all-time Australasian dollar earning fillies and mares. The 56.5kg seems a fair handicap for the champion mare and while barrier 11 is a little wide, she is in the zone.
The winner of this race last year, Kermadec has been ticking over nicely as he goes about defending his title. Running 3rd up here in the Doncaster, his 1st up effort was pleasing, running 3rd behind Holler in the G1 Canterbury Stakes. 2nd up in the G1 George Ryder he settled at the rear of the 8 horse field and as the field straightened, jockey Zac Purton chased a rails run. Looming strongly at the 200m, the class of Winx prevailed when she found another gear to skip clear for a 1½ length win. Finishing in the money at 5 of 6 on the Randwick surface and 5 of 6 over 1600m, the 4YO will start from gate 3 with Purton to retain the ride and will join former stablemate Sacred Falls as back-to-back winners of the Doncaster if successful.
Getting into the race with a light 50kg under the handicap conditions, the Ciaron Maher trained mare will go in search of her maiden Group 1 triumph. From 3 starts this preparation, the mare has landed a pair of seconds and a win. 1st up in the G3 Bellmaine Stakes at Caulfield she finished a half-length from the winner Tuscan Sling over 1200m. 2nd up she was able to turn the tables on Tuscan Sling when taking out the G3 Mannerism Stakes over 1400m with subsequent G2 Sunline Stakes winner Miss Rode De Lago finishing 3rd. At her first Sydney run in the G1 Coolmore she settled midfield and tracked the winner Peeping all the way, finishing a half-length in 2nd. The mare will be partnered by Glen Boss, who knows how to ride the Doncaster, having been successful 6 times in the Randwick feature and has finished runner-up on... read more Getting into the race with a light 50kg under the handicap conditions, the Ciaron Maher trained mare will go in search of her maiden Group 1 triumph. From 3 starts this preparation, the mare has landed a pair of seconds and a win. 1st up in the G3 Bellmaine Stakes at Caulfield she finished a half-length from the winner Tuscan Sling over 1200m. 2nd up she was able to turn the tables on Tuscan Sling when taking out the G3 Mannerism Stakes over 1400m with subsequent G2 Sunline Stakes winner Miss Rode De Lago finishing 3rd. At her first Sydney run in the G1 Coolmore she settled midfield and tracked the winner Peeping all the way, finishing a half-length in 2nd. The mare will be partnered by Glen Boss, who knows how to ride the Doncaster, having been successful 6 times in the Randwick feature and has finished runner-up on 3 occasions. read less
Not often you will see a horse that has won successive Group 1’s coming in to a handicap race with only 52.5kg and seemingly unwanted in the market. That is what is being turned out here, with the Donna Logan/Chris Gibbs gelding set to cross the Tasman for a tilt at the Doncaster. 1st up in the G1 NRM Sprint at Te Rapa he finished mid-field behind Xtravagant. 2nd up in the G1 Haunui Classic over 1600m at Otaki he was a strong winner and followed that with a narrow win over 2000m in the G1 NZ Stakes. Last Autumn he was successful in the G1 Rosehill Guineas defeating Preferment, drops 6½kg from his last 2 wins that were at weight-for-age and is 3 time winner from 4 attempts over 1600m.
The Doncaster Handicap, or the Doncaster Mile, is a Group 1 race that is held on the richest day on the Australian Racing Calendar, The Championships Day 1. Hosted by the Royal Randwick Racecourse, it covers a distance of 1600m and is the world’s richest mile, with prize money of $3 million. An Open Handicap, it is raced alongside other prominent races, such as the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes and the Group 1 ATC Australian Derby. Dating back to 1866, the Doncaster was traditionally held on Easter Monday, but recently it was moved to the first day of the ATC Championship Carnival. The 1882 edition attracted a record 30 starters. Many great horses have won the Handicap over the years but Super Impose (1990 & 1991) is the only horse to have saluted twice in the Doncaster and its spring equivalent, the Epsom Handicap in the same years.
Other multiple Doncaster winners include; Sacred Falls (2013 & 2014), Sunline (1999 & 2002), Pharaoh (1994 & 1995), Tudor Hill (1959 & 1960), Fine And Dany (1961 & 1963), Slogan II (1956 & 1957), Blue Legend (1946 & 1947) and Mildura (1940 & 1941). Other notable winners of this turf classic are Wakeful (1901), Chatham (1934), Tobin Bronze (1967), Gunsynd (1972), Maybe Mahal (1978), Belmura Lad (1979), Emancipation (1983), Grand Armee (2003), Haradasun (2007) and More Joyous (2012).
|2015||WINX||HUGH BOWMAN||CHRIS WALLER||01:35.2|
|2015||KERMADEC||GLEN BOSS||CHRIS WALLER||01:37.6|
|2014||SACRED FALLS||ZAC PURTON||CHRIS WALLER||01:39.5|
|2013||SACRED FALLS||TOMMY BERRY||CHRIS WALLER||01:37.9|
|2012||MORE JOYOUS||NASH RAWILLER||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:35.5|
|2011||SACRED CHOICE||TIM CLARK||JOE PRIDE||01:39.4|
|2010||RANGIRANGDOO||NASH RAWILLER||CHRIS WALLER||01:34.2|
|2009||VISION AND POWER||JIM CASSIDY||JOE PRIDE||01:36.6|
|2008||TRIPLE HONOUR||GLEN BOSS||CHRIS WALLER||01:38.5|
|2007||HARADASUN||GLEN BOSS||TONY VASIL||01:38.0|
|2006||RACING TO WIN||GLEN BOSS||JOHN O’SHEA||01:34.1|