Rangirangdoo Wins Doncaster Mile Beating Road To Rock & Brilliant Light

The Chris Waller-trained Rangirangdoo broke through into Group 1 territory for the first time on Saturday when he secured a tight but thrilling win in the $1.5 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at the Royal Randwick racecourse.

Five-year-old Rangirangdoo had previously placed second in three Group 1 features, including his last start runner-up to Theseo in the Ranvet Stakes.

But on Saturday Rangriangdoo ($6) answered all those who doubted he had a Group 1 win in him, when he fought hard to the line, beating home Anthony Cumming?s Road To Rock ($26) by just a half-neck with Brilliant Light ($15) a gallant third one and a half lengths away.

Five-time Group 1 winner Typhoon Tracy, the highly fancied $3.30 favourite on Saturday, was stepped on during the race and pulled up hard on the straight to finish a disappointing 14th.

Rangirangdoo was ridden by close-race-finish expert Nash Rawiller after Waller fought for his right to keep Rawiller aboard Rangirangdoo in the Doncaster Mile. A challenge by rival trainer Gai Waterhouse when she decided to run Theseo in the race, led to a tug-of-war over her stable jockey Rawiller in a Supreme Court Hearing.

Theseo ended up running eighth in the Doncaster on Saturday with Darren Beadman aboard.

In another controversy from Saturday, Damien Oliver, the hoop aboard runner-up Road To Rock, is facing a steward?s inquiry after weighing in nearly a kilo over his mount?s 54kg handicap.

Waller had two of his other horses run in the race, with George Ryder Stakes winner Danleigh finishing a solid fifth and 2008 Doncaster Mile victor Triple Honour also holding their own in seventh.

Rangirangdoo, sired by Pentire out of She Wishes, has now won over $1.73 million in prizemoney for his connections after winning nine of his 19 career starts.

Waller is considering next Saturday?s $350,000 Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) as a final autumn run for Rangirangdoo, and will make a last minute decision based on the gelding?s health and fitness over the next week.

Randick?s meeting on Saturday featured two other great Group 1 races. In the $350,000 AJC Australian Oaks (2400m) the brilliant Gai Waterhouse-trained Once Were Wild, also ridden by the in-form Nash Rawiller, secured her sixth career win from just eight starts, while four-year-old Ortensia claimed victory in the $300,000 The Galaxy (1100m).

Emirates Doncaster Mile Results for 2010:

Position

Horse

Trainer

Rider

1
RANGIRANGDOO (NZ)
Chris Waller Nash Rawiller
2
ROAD TO ROCK
Anthony Cummings Damien Oliver
3
BRILLIANT LIGHT
Kerry Parker Jay Ford
4
DRUMBEATS
Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy
5
DANLEIGH
Chris Waller Hugh Bowman
6
SNAPY HALO (ARG)
John O’Shea Jason Maskiell
7
TRIPLE HONOUR (NZ)
Chris Waller Tim Clark
8
THESEO
Gai Waterhouse Darren Beadman
9
TOBIQUE
Allan Denham Craig Newitt
10
PALACIO DE CRISTAL
Grahame Begg Peter Wells
11
WALL STREET (NZ)
Jeff Lynds Opie Bosson
12
BLACK PIRANHA
Con Karakatsanis Jim Cassidy
13
PRIMA NOVA
Anthony Cummings Daniel Ganderton
14
TYPHOON TRACY
Peter G Moody Luke Nolen
15
CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ)
David Payne Craig Williams
16
RECOUP DE FORTUNE
Anthony Cummings Brenton Avdulla
17
MISS MARIELLE
Joseph Pride Tommy Berry
18
VISION AND POWER (NZ)
Joseph Pride Michael Rodd
19
ALLEZ WONDER
Bart Cummings Michelle Payne
20
MENTALITY
M, W & J Hawkes Tye Angland
SCRATCHED:
WALKING OR DANCING (NZ)