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The 2015 Doncaster Mile nominations have been released and 139 talented gallopers are a chance of contesting the Group 1 event at Royal Randwick on April 4.

Sacred Falls will have the chance to make history in the 2015 edition of the Doncaster Mile. Photo by: Steve Hart

Sacred Falls will have the chance to make history in the 2015 edition of the Doncaster Mile. Photo by: Steve Hart

Leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller trained the first four horses across the line in the 2014 Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) and he has included 25 horses in the nominations for this year’s race.

Sacred Falls has been set for the Doncaster Mile and will have the chance to become the first horse in history to win the time-honored race on three consecutive occasions, while Royal Descent will be given the opportunity to turn-the-tables on her stablemate after finishing second last year.

The Doncaster Mile is one of a number of options for Epsom Handicap winner He’s Your Man and Waller is also keeping his options open with Cox Plate winner Adelaide, talented filly Amicus, imported stayer Beaten Up, classy mare Catkins, Coolmore Stud Stakes placegetter Delectation, Victoria Derby winner Preferment, French import Weary and Group 1 placegetter Winx.

Another trainer that has an outstanding record in the Doncaster Mile is seven-time winner Gai Waterhouse and she could also have multiple runners in the 2015 edition of the race after including 17 horses in the nominations.

Classy mare Cosmic Endeavour has not been seen at the races since she took out the 2014 edition of the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m), but Waterhouse has high hopes for the mare in the autumn and the Doncaster Mile is on her agenda.

Waterhouse has not revealed her plans with Group 1 winning three-year-old Almalad, but he has been included in the Doncaster Mile nominations, while Spring Champion Stakes winner Hampton Court, imported galloper Excess Knowledge, the promising Wandjina and lightly-raced Supara could also find themselves in the race.

Racing To Win (2006), Haradasun (2007), Triple Honour (2008) and Sacred Falls (2013) have all won the Doncaster Mile as three-year-olds in recent years and the age group is set to have a strong hand in the 2015 Doncaster Mile.

Team Snowden-trained Shooting To Win recorded his maiden win at the highest level of racing when he took out the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) last year and the Doncaster Mile is one of a number of races on his agenda for the autumn.

Shooting To Win is set to return to racing in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens next Saturday and he will return to Group 1 level for the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) on March 7 before potentially taking on the older horses in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) and Doncaster Mile.

Another Group 1 winning three-year-old that has been included in the Doncaster Mile nominations is Flight Stakes winner First Seal and Golden Rose Stakes winner Hallowed Crown, while Godolphin colt Sweynesse, the undefeated Wawail, Western Australian hopeful Disposition and Robert Smerdon-trained Fontein Ruby have also been competitive at the highest level of racing.

The 2014 Doncaster Mile had an international presence in the form of Japanese mare Hana’s Goal and Japan will be represented in the race again by Real Impact and World Ace.

Real Impact has not recorded a win at Group 1 level since he took out the 2011 edition of the Yasuda Kinen (1608m), but he has been a consistent performer against the cream of the crop in Japan and he took out the Group 2 Hanshin Cup (1400m) in his final start in 2014.

World Ace took out the Group 2 Yomiuri Milers Cup (1609m) in Kyoto last year and he was partnered by Australian hoop Craig Williams when he finished fifth behind the world’s highest-rated horse Just A Way in the Group 1 Yasuda Kinen (1609m) last year.

The Deep Impact entire failed to fire in both the Group 2 The Mainichi Okan (1800m) and the Group 1 The Mile Championship (1600m), but he finished a credible fourth behind Able Friend in the Group 1 Hong Kong Mile (1600m) at Sha Tin last December.

There was speculation at the end of last year that Able Friend would make the trip to Australia for the Doncaster Mile, but the Australian-bred galloper is set to remain in Hong Kong and has not been include in the Doncaster Mile nominations.

2015 Doncaster Mile Nominations

# Form Horse Trainer Handicap
1 1x2122131x ADELAIDE (IRE) Chris Waller N/A
2 1211x6745x AKAVOROUN Ciaron Maher N/A
3 x11x94180x ALMALAD Gai Waterhouse N/A
4 7211290x0x ALMIGHTY CHARGE Gai Waterhouse 87
5 316x3221x AMICUS Chris Waller 101
6 x73762x77x ANY DAY WILL DO David Vandyke 84
7 1127x1080x AOMEN (IRE) Anthony Cummings 103
8 801112x10x ARABIAN GOLD David Vandyke N/A
9 1811x1x AS NEEDED Anthony Cummings 80
10 4311335x7x BAGMAN Chris Waller 104
11 111x BARON ARCHER Jason Warren N/A
12 211x136x BASCULE (NZ) Chris Waller N/A
13 9021x42x8x BEATEN UP (GB) Chris Waller 110
14 5383x8431x BEST CASE (NZ) Anthony Cummings 91
15 1x240x7x BETTER LAND Peter G Moody N/A
16 70x4559x9x BOBAN Chris Waller 113
17 317x32303x BOLD SNIPER (GB) Gai Waterhouse N/A
18 07x684071x BONARIA Pat Hyland N/A
19 07x323620x BULL POINT Chris Waller 100
20 6x4x1233x1 CATKINS Chris Waller N/A
21 12715x112x CHAUTAUQUA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes N/A
22 12327x069x CHINTZ (NZ) Joseph Pride 96
23 24x131x18x CONTRIBUTER (IRE) John O’Shea 104
24 164213111x COSMIC ENDEAVOUR Gai Waterhouse 109
25 16x21x513x COUNTRYMAN Gai Waterhouse 82
26 1x3722753x CRITERION (NZ) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig N/A
27 111x4342x2 DELECTATION Chris Waller N/A
28 515215565x DESTINY’S KISS Joseph Pride 102
29 235x700x15 DIAMETRIC (IRE) Chris Waller N/A
30 58141x879x DIAMOND DRILLE Gai Waterhouse 106
31 1122×6 DIAMOND VALORES (NZ) Peter & Paul Snowden N/A
32 111122x DISPOSITION Wez Hunter N/A
33 60x1126x3x DISSIDENT Peter G Moody N/A
34 1114x1828x ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes N/A
35 20x23x715x EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) Gai Waterhouse N/A
36 6564×21124 EXCITED PRINCE Jason Coyle 72
37 21x216x23x EXTRA NOBLE (GB) Michael Moroney N/A
38 090354366x FAST DRAGON Bruce Wallace N/A
39 4x12112x FIRST SEAL John P Thompson 103
40 111x22221x FIVEANDAHALFSTAR Anthony Cummings 113
41 x31151160x FONTEIN RUBY Robert Smerdon N/A
42 1x612124x7 FOREIGN PRINCE (NZ) David Payne N/A
43 89x431850x FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller 113
44 034x40100x FOREVER LOVED (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 96
45 27x261126x GENERAL GROOVE Leon & Troy Corstens 90
46 113x11226x GIRL GUIDE David Hayes & Tom Dabernig N/A
47 7x4x11x9Px GUEST OF HONOUR (IRE) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig N/A
48 912x50950x GYPSY DIAMOND Peter & Paul Snowden N/A
49 11x114x HALLOWED CROWN Bart & James Cummings N/A
50 10x834118x HAMPTON COURT Gai Waterhouse N/A
51 2x5820561x HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara N/A
52 869x1520x HARARE Pat Carey N/A
53 11×6 HAURAKI John O’Shea N/A
54 7514080x0x HAWKSPUR Chris Waller 108
55 21x480x01x HERA (NZ) Kris Lees 96
56 40x313112x HE’S YOUR MAN (FR) Chris Waller 110
57 258221123x HI SON Tony Gollan N/A
58 1x718547x2 HIMALAYA DREAM (FR) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes N/A
59 131x HONG KONG CAPTAIN David Hayes & Tom Dabernig N/A
60 x2x50554x0 HONORIUS David Payne N/A
61 34x471315x HOOKED John P Thompson N/A
62 09x938x11x HOSTING Greg Eurell N/A
63 128x20121x I’M IMPOSING (GB) Chris Waller 107
64 9x5373350x IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) John O’Shea N/A
65 11x1x IVANHOWE (GER) Lee & Anthony Freedman N/A
66 8265052111 JACQUINOT BAY David Hayes & Tom Dabernig N/A
67 43x861D70x JUNOOB (GB) Chris Waller 108
68 121×4 KERMADEC (NZ) Chris Waller N/A
69 64x114731x LANDLOCKED (NZ) Joe Cleary 80
70 x820x8830x LASER HAWK Joseph Pride 105
71 140x38627x LAW Chris Waller 80
72 3x13x1x LE CORDON BLEU Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 73
73 x11212x84x LEEBAZ (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes N/A
74 2145x867x6 LESS IS MORE (FR) David Vandyke N/A
75 90x544260x LIDARI (FR) Peter G Moody N/A
76 013x16130x LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) Kris Lees 111
77 31124x511x MAHARA Peter & Paul Snowden 96
78 0x53480x5x MALAVIO Steve Englebrecht 101
79 11x4169x3 MERION (NZ) Michael Moroney N/A
80 1x117x299x MESSENE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 106
81 668283×642 MIGHTY LUCKY Fred Cowell N/A
82 x042710x0x MOONOVERMANHATTAN Mick Price N/A
83 x55610831x MORIARTY (IRE) Chris Waller N/A
84 x1707x202x MOURO (USA) Tony McEvoy N/A
85 85x7334x1x NINTH LEGION Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 105
86 NORTHERN SOLSTICE (GB) Gai Waterhouse N/A
87 x1341Dx00x ORATOR (IRE) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig N/A
88 33x1312x24 PAJARO (NZ) Gai Waterhouse N/A
89 12155x4x PANZER DIVISION Paul Messara 90
90 x558611x2x PETROLOGY David Hayes & Tom Dabernig N/A
91 10x24280x6 PLUCKY BELLE Peter G Moody N/A
92 621x44571x POLITENESS Robert Smerdon N/A
93 x15139x41x PORNICHET (FR) Gai Waterhouse N/A
94 7322421x PREFERMENT (NZ) Chris Waller N/A
95 47x416744x PRESS REPORT Lee Curtis 75
96 05x418x23x PUCCINI (NZ) Peter & Jacob McKay N/A
97 3x3311x3 QUICK STRIKE Chris Waller 70
98 21x5533x8x RARE FRAGRANCE Bryce Heys 77
99 1x89x0x61x REAL IMPACT (JPN) Noriyuki Hori N/A
100 x23111x11x RED EXCITEMENT Gerald Ryan 103
101 525x22220x ROYAL DESCENT Chris Waller N/A
102 3530x2211x RUDY Helen Page 100
103 16533x300x RYKER Gai Waterhouse N/A
104 412x44140x SACRED FALLS (NZ) Chris Waller N/A
105 32x311111x SAKHEE’S SOLDIER (NZ) Murray Baker N/A
106 11x3620x8x SAN DIEGO John O’Shea N/A
107 7x111229x1 SCISSOR KICK Paul Messara N/A
108 11x82311x SHOOTING TO WIN Peter & Paul Snowden N/A
109 24x977673x SHOREHAM Saab Hasan N/A
110 429x72845x SOLICIT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra N/A
111 x31211x18x SONNTAG Henry Dwyer N/A
112 81x247844x SPILLWAY (GB) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig N/A
113 19x0x5x10x SPURTONIC Gai Waterhouse 103
114 44x527012x SPY DECODER (NZ) Anthony Cummings 80
115 4226x1107x STAR FASHION David Hayes & Tom Dabernig N/A
116 239x16800x STAR ROLLING Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison N/A
117 x3121122x2 STRATUM STAR Darren Weir N/A
118 897x00000x STRIKE THE STARS (NZ) Anthony Cummings N/A
119 76x12N311x SUAVITO (NZ) Nigel Blackiston N/A
120 212x SUPARA Gai Waterhouse 71
121 1x11138x SWEYNESSE John O’Shea N/A
122 51x2x SWORN TO SILENCE (NZ) Bryce Heys 65
123 67x312526x TAHNI DANCER Clinton McDonald N/A
124 47470546×1 TALES OF GRIMM (USA) Sam Kavanagh N/A
125 0112x9121x TARLOSHAN (NZ) Graeme Boyd N/A
126 x11259x25x TELEPATHIC (NZ) Chris Waller 81
127 6212x4212x TESTASHADOW Gary Portelli N/A
128 212111939x THE CLEANER Mick Burles N/A
129 650x2114x THE WACO KID Nick Olive 59
130 113x THINKING OF YOU (NZ) Peter G Moody 76
131 1218x2311x TINTO Rex Lipp N/A
132 85506x380x TOYDINI Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 109
133 VELOX (GB) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig N/A
134 44x404730x WANDJINA Gai Waterhouse N/A
135 1x11x1x WAWAIL David Hayes & Tom Dabernig N/A
136 132x560x1x WEARY (FR) Chris Waller 108
137 11x122x WINX Chris Waller 96
138 276x6186x4 WOODBINE Gai Waterhouse N/A
139 x5x15x084x WORLD ACE (JPN) Yasutoshi Ikee N/A

About The Author

Thomas Hackett

Thomas is a passionate and opinionated racing journalist and punter who has been obsessed with horse racing since he backed Saintly to win the 1996 Melbourne Cup. An international racing enthusiast, he has his finger on the pulse of racing news not just from Australia but all around the world.

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