One of the minor races on BMW Stakes Day which attracts a significant amount of attention is the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude. The event, an Open Handicap, is run over 1500m at Rosehill Racecourse in Sydney. As its name suggests, it is one of the main lead up races to the $3 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile – the premier mile race at the Sydney Autumn Carnival. The race name and distance have changed since its inauguration in 1985, as has the venue.
But it’s been held at Randwick since 2010 and was elevated from a Listed Race to Group 3 in 2011. Notable horses to feature on the honour roll include; Skyerush (2013), Dao Dao (2009), Adam (1999), Livistona Lane (1991) and Card Shark (1989). In 2014, imported galloper Weary claimed the event before going on to run a brave third in the Doncaster Handicap.
|2016||HAVANA COOLER||JAMES MCDONALD||JOHN O'SHEA||01:29.0|
|2015||EXCESS KNOWLEDGE||KERRIN MCEVOY||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:29.8|
|2014||WEARY||HUGH BOWMAN||CHRIS WALLER||01:31.4|
|2013||SKYERUSH||BLAKE SHINN||GUY WALTER||01:36.1|
|2012||FAST CLIP||TOMMY BERRY||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:35.2|
|2011||MY KINGDOM OF FIFE||DWAYNE DUNN||CHRIS WALLER||01:34.8|
|2010||BRILLIANT LIGHT||JAY FORD||KERRY PARKER||1.35.7|
|2009||DAO DAO||DARREN BEADMAN||M, W & J HAWKES||1.24.7|
|2008||VALEDICTUM||DARREN BEADMAN||DANNY O’BRIEN||01:39.2|
|2007||MR UBIQUITOUS||DAMIEN OLIVER||CHRIS WALLER||01:23.8|
|2006||GORGONITE||DANNY NIKOLIC||GRAHAME BEGG||01:22.8|