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Trainer Kris Lees could have three runners in the 2018 Group 1 $3m The Star Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick on April 7 if Sound Proposition can win at Rosehill on Saturday.

Sound Proposition, above, needs to win the Doncaster Prelude to gain a start in the Doncaster Mile at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Sound Proposition, above, needs to win the Doncaster Prelude to gain a start in the Doncaster Mile at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Sound Proposition is currently twenty-second in the order of entry for the Doncaster Mile and could join stablemates Prized Icon and Invincible Gem in the famous Randwick Mile on the first day of The Championships if he can gain exemption from the ballot with a win in the Group 3 $150,000 Mounties 50th Birthday Doncaster Prelude (1500m) at Rosehill.

“Prized Icon ran another excellent race and has a lovely weight in the Doncaster, whilst Invincible Gem will take further benefit from only her second outing this preparation,” Lees told Racing New South Wales News Desk.

Sound Proposition is currently marked at $51 for the Doncaster Mile with Ladbrokes.com.au while Invincible Gem and Prized Icon are listed as $26 chances.

The James Cummings trained Kementari heads the betting for the Doncaster Mile at $4.20 ahead of Happy Clapper at $5.50 and D’Argento at $6.

Sound Proposition has to carry the top weight of 59kg in the Doncaster Prelude on Saturday and has drawn barrier twelve with Hugh Bowman booked to ride and the six year old is coming off a first up ninth to Lanciato in the Group 3 $150,000 Newcastle Newmarket Handicap (1400m) at Newcastle on March 9.

Trainer Chris Waller has already scratched Japanese import Admire Winner, reducing the field to fourteen, but will still have three runners in the Doncaster Prelude, Montauk, Mister Sea Wolf and Cellarman.

Montauk has drawn the best of the Waller runners at barrier four, Celllarman has drawn next to him in five with Brenton Avdulla to ride and Kerrin McEvoy’s mount Mister Sea Wolf has drawn gate nine.

James Cumming will also have three runners with Duca Valentinois (barrier 15), Interlocuter (barrier 3) and Spectroscope (barrier 11) all to carry the famous Godolphin royal blue colours in the Doncaster Prelude.

The Peter and Paul Snowden trained Snippets Land has drawn the rails with Christian Reith booked to ride.

Final field for the 2018 Doncaster Prelude (1500m)

# Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 35011254×9 SOUND PROPOSITION (NZ) Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 12 59kg 106
2 80x348248x ECUADOR (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 6 58kg 104
3 012x631x57 DUCA VALENTINOIS (IRE) James Cummings Jason Collett 15 57.5kg 103
4 11x21113x6 INTERLOCUTER (USA) James Cummings Tye Angland 3 56.5kg 101
5 323x73158x MONTAUK Chris Waller 4 56kg 100
6 29x56541x3 SHIRAZ Kim Waugh Andrew Adkins 2 56kg 100
7 106x7354x4 SPECTROSCOPE (USA) James Cummings Craig Williams 11 56kg 100
8 3x128x25x2 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 9 55.5kg 99
9 661x025x23 RADIPOLE (IRE) Michael Moroney Corey Brown 14 55kg 98
10 1133151114 CELLARMAN Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 5 54.5kg 97
11 205×470007 SIR MOMENTS Joseph Pride Jay Ford 7 54.5kg 97
12 50296×5833 SNIPPETS LAND Peter & Paul Snowden Christian Reith 1 54.5kg 97
13 5x13x3552x ADMIRE WINNER (JPN) Chris Waller Scratched 10 53kg 91
14 17128×6537 KINGSGUARD (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 13 53kg 89
15 82x41424x9 INVINCIBLE KNIGHT John P Thompson Michael Dee 8 53kg 84

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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