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Doncaster Mile

The 2018 Doncaster Mile is a Group 1 race that is one of the feature events of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival and is the main race on the opening day of The Championships.

Taking place at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, the Doncaster Mile is worth $3 million prizemoney and is one of four Group 1 races held that is held of the opening weekend of The Championships, along with the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m), Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) and Group 1 Sires Produce Stakes (1400m).

The Doncaster Mile was first held in 1865 when it was won by Dundee as a Principal race and quickly became one of the feature events on the Australian calendar. Although it always drew a strong field the Doncaster Mile finally gained its Group 1 status in 1980.

2018 Doncaster Mile Results

  • 1st – Happy Clapper
  • 2nd – Comin’ Through
  • 3rd – Arbeitsam

The Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) is generally considered the major lead-up race to the Doncaster Mile, but the race generally draws horses from a variety of different races during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. In recent years, Doncaster Mile winners have had their final lead-up runs in races like the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m), Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m), Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) and Group 2 Hobarvtille Stakes (1200m).

The George Ryder Stakes/Doncaster Mile remains a popular betting double throughout the autumn carnival and in recent times Racing To Win (2006), Haradasun (2007) and Vision And Power (2009) have all won both Group 1 events in the same year.

The Doncaster Mile has been won by some great horses throughout its history, but the Group 1 event has proven very tough to win on multiple occasions. Champion mare Sunline (1998 and 2002) was the last horse to win the race twice, while Pharaoh (1994 and 1995), Super Impose (1990 and 1991), Tudor Hill (1959 and 1960), Slogan II (1956 and 1957), Blue Legend (1946 and 1947) and Mildura (1940 and 1941) are the only horses to have won the race in back-to-back years.

The Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) is the Doncaster Mile’s spring racing equivalent, with only one horse, Super Impose (1990-91), managing to snare victory in both races on two occasions.

Doncaster Mile Field

The Doncaster Mile field is always packed with quality and is most years the race is run with a capacity field of twenty runners. It can be very difficult for horses to earn a start in the Doncaster Mile, so races like the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) and Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1600m) that offer ballot exempt entries to lower level horses are always extremely hotly contested. The increase in prizemoney to an amazing $3 million means that positions in the Doncaster Mile field are more sought after than ever and the 2014 edition of the race is set to feature an international presence with Irish Group 1 winner Gordon Lord Byron and Japanese mare Hana’s Gold both on track to contest the Group 1 event.

2018 Doncaster Mile Field

The 2018 Doncaster Mile field will be officially released a few days before the race and should feature some of the best middle-distances horses from right around Australia.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 6813520×41 HUMIDOR (NZ) Darren Weir Mark Zahra 4 58kg 116
2 536181×025 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) Darren Weir Craig Williams 8 57.5kg 115
3 x121262x12 HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster Blake Shinn 1 57kg 114
4 x0x360x314 ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 3 53.5kg 107
5 2720×24263 PRIZED ICON Kris Lees Ben Melham 5 53.5kg 107
6 11×2141914 CRACK ME UP (NZ) Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 11 53kg (incl. 1.0kg penalty) 104
7 1112x13x35 INVINCIBLE GEM Kris Lees Michael Walker 12 52kg 108
8 22226230×2 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 14 52kg 104
9 x4320x1113 KEMENTARI James Cummings Brenton Avdulla 2 51.5kg 104
10 38x1160x31 COMIN’ THROUGH Chris Waller Tim Clark 7 51.5kg 103
11 x31x1x3111 LANCIATO (NZ) Mark Newnham Ms Rachel King (a) 13 51kg (inclu. 1.0kg penalty) 96
12 111x270x40 EGG TART Chris Waller Craig Newitt 9 50.5kg 105
13 2111×42051 ARBEITSAM Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Michael Dee 10 50kg 100
14 x128x25x23 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller Jay Ford 16 50kg 98
15 x541659x32 COOL CHAP David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 6 50kg 95
16 11×1371 D’ARGENTO Chris Waller Corey Brown 15 49kg 88

2018 Doncaster Mile First Acceptances

The 2018 Doncaster Mile first acceptances have been taken as of March 13th and are now published below.

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 0x72586x65 ABBEY MARIE M 5 Michael Kent 102
2 5x13x3552x ADMIRE WINNER (JPN) H 4 Chris Waller 91
3 1x22027x07 AIDE MEMOIRE (NZ) M 6 Kris Lees 102
4 x124113x16 ALIZEE F 3 James Cummings 105
5 712111×420 ARBEITSAM G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 100
6 1125×481 ASSIMILATE C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 75
7 x2123x5312 BRAVE SMASH (JPN) H 5 Darren Weir 112
8 6x129x233x CALCULATED C 3 Chris Waller 75
9 0222511×73 CLASSIC UNIFORM G 5 Gary Moore 109
10 113x385x66 CLEARLY INNOCENT G 6 Kris Lees 111
11 812126×127 CLIFF’S EDGE C 3 Darren Weir 98
12 338x1160x3 COMIN’ THROUGH G 4 Chris Waller 103
13 3235×2128 CONDOR C 3 Paul Perry 67
14 3x541659x3 COOL CHAP G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 95
15 211×214191 CRACK ME UP (NZ) G 4 Bjorn Baker 104
16 70x7490x39 DANISH TWIST M 6 Kris Lees 101
17 11×137 D’ARGENTO C 3 Chris Waller 88
18 21x31250x1 DAYSEE DOOM M 5 Ron Quinton 108
19 33x42143x1 DIXIE BLOSSOMS M 5 Ron Quinton 108
20 012x631x57 DUCA VALENTINOIS (IRE) G 6 James Cummings 104
21 0x97620265 ECKSTEIN M 4 Kurt Goldman 102
22 1111x270x4 EGG TART M 4 Chris Waller 105
23 x0x360x314 ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE) H 6 Chris Waller 107
24 11900821×0 FASTNET TEMPEST (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 98
25 1x23475x38 FOXPLAY M 4 Chris Waller 111
26 110x1512x3 FRANCALETTA M 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 98
27 02x19x6422 GLOBAL GLAMOUR M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 107
28 5x121262x1 HAPPY CLAPPER G 7 Patrick Webster 114
29 10x56685x6 HEAVENS ABOVE M 6 Tim Martin 107
30 7x46880x88 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 103
31 42139×15 HOLY SNOW C 3 Mick Price 82
32 x6813520x4 HUMIDOR (NZ) G 5 Darren Weir 116
33 11x21113x6 INTERLOCUTER (USA) H 5 James Cummings 101
34 41112x13x3 INVINCIBLE GEM M 4 Kris Lees 108
35 3933221565 JACQUINOT BAY G 10 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 95
36 12x0212x51 JUST DREAMING M 4 Kris Lees 90
37 311×626 KAONIC (NZ) C 3 Chris Waller 72
38 1x4320x111 KEMENTARI C 3 James Cummings 104
39 017128×653 KINGSGUARD (NZ) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 89
40 x31x1x3111 LANCIATO (NZ) G 5 Mark Newnham 96
41 22x253920x LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 96
42 x0x65359x0 MACKINTOSH (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 102
43 3131456x4x MASK OF TIME (IRE) H 4 Aaron Purcell 96
44 95x84730x7 MCCREERY (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 102
45 3x128x25x2 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 98
46 631×743 NETTOYER M 4 Wendy Roche 67
47 131x113x1 NICCANOVA G 4 Steve Tregea 88
48 13x72x203x ONE FOOT IN HEAVEN (IRE) R 6 Chris Waller 108
49 135×56 PARET C 3 Chris Waller 66
50 6x673715x5 PERAST C 3 Paul Perry 82
51 13173×5 POETIC DREAM (IRE) H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 92
52 123x316x40 PORTMAN (NZ) G 5 Danny O’Brien 79
53 202720×242 PRIZED ICON H 4 Kris Lees 107
54 x661x025x2 RADIPOLE (IRE) G 5 Michael Moroney 95
55 1x17159x32 RAIMENT M 4 James Cummings 94
56 x212720x22 SAMOVARE M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 96
57 1412x3x50x SARRASIN (GB) H 6 Richard Freedman 98
58 4x20x2x38x SATONO RASEN (JPN) H 6 Chris Waller 100
59 36x557x136 SEANNIE F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 78
60 10x731x076 SHILLELAGH (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 109
61 112×1295 SIEGE OF QUEBEC C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 82
62 214x550x51 SILENT SEDITION M 5 Andrew Noblet 109
63 205×470007 SIR MOMENTS G 7 Joseph Pride 98
64 x074313x56 SLIGHTLY SWEET M 6 Jason Coyle 96
65 22833005×0 SO SI BON H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 94
66 35011254×9 SOUND PROPOSITION (NZ) G 6 Kris Lees 106
67 15314270×0 SOVEREIGN NATION G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 99
68 32111114×6 SPECIAL MISSILE G 4 John P Thompson 88
69 2411x13x65 STAMPEDE H 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 103
70 1×22034220 SUPPLY AND DEMAND G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 104
71 0x94220x60 TANGLED C 3 Chris Waller 90
72 61x70600x8 THE MISSION C 3 Paul Perry 90
73 212x22150x THEANSWERMYFRIEND G 4 Henry Dwyer 96
74 x22226230x TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 104
75 x536181x02 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) H 7 Darren Weir 115
76 0x605361x4 TRIBAL WISDOM G 4 Michael Moroney 80
77 32x11228x2 UP ’N’ ROLLING (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 81
78 3141×74 VILLERMONT C 3 Aaron Purcell 81
79 822063×349 WYNDSPELLE (NZ) H 4 Michael Kent 97
80 12x70100x8 ZANBAGH M 7 John P Thompson 107

Doncaster Mile Winners & Results

Below is the table of Doncaster Mile winners and results since 2000.

Year Results Winning Time
2018 1 Happy Clapper 2 Comin’ Through 3 Arbeitsam  1:3
2017 1 It’s Somewhat 2 Happy Clapper 3 Sense of Occasion  1:39.1
2016 1 Winx 2 Happy Clapper 3 Azkadellia  1:35.2
2015 1 Kermadec 2 Real Impact 3 Royal Descent  1:37.6
2014 1 Sacred Falls 2 Royal Descent 3 Weary  1:39.6
2013 1 Sacred Falls 2 Pierro 3 Norzita  1:37.9
2012 1 More Joyous 2 Shoot Out 3 Yosei  1:35.5
2011 1 Sacred Choice 2 Love Conquers All 3 Bold Glance  1:39.4
2010 1 Rangirangdoo 2 Road To Rock 3 Brilliant Light  1:34.2
2009 1 Vision and Power 2 Black Piranha 3 Whobegotyou  1:36.6
2008 1 Triple Honour 2 Casino Prince 3 Pinnacles  1:38.6
2007 1 Haradasun 2 Mentality 3 Divine Madonna  1:38.0
2006 1 Racing To Win 2 Johna’s Toy 3 Bentley Biscuit  1:34.1
2005 1 Patezza 2 Court’s In Session 3 Danni Martine  1:35.9
2004 1 Private Steer 2 Grand Armee 3 Ambulance  1:35.5
2003 1 Grand Armee 2 Dash For Cash 3 Boreale  1:36.8
2002 1 Sunline 2 Shogun Lodge 3 Defier  1:35.2
2001 1 Assertive Lad 2 Shogun Lodge 3 Weasel Will  1:35.9
2000 1 Over 2 Sunline 3 Zastov  1:35.0

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