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First acceptances for the lucrative 2012 Doncaster Mile Handicap have this week been released by Racing New South Wales with the connections of 87 gallopers paying the fee to keep their horses in connection for the April 21 feature.
The number of hopefuls heading towards the $2 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m), one of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival’s richest races, was cut from 202 at late entry state to the 87.
Some of the more notable defectors from the event that will not be there in the Doncaster Mile field include Gai Waterhouse’s Caulfield Stakes winner Descarado, the Michael Moroney-trained Glass Harmonium after their Australian Cup seventh, Joe Pride’s exciting runner Rain Affair who failed to finish better than sixth in their first Group 1 assignment in the Newmarket Handicap last Saturday and the last year’s Doncaster Mile winner Sacred Choice who has now been retired.
Mark Kavanagh’s Thousand Guineas winning filly Atlantic Jewel, who is approximately three weeks off a much awaited race return, remains the early favourite following first acceptances in the Doncaster Mile odds at bookmaker.com.au.
Atlantic Jewel, however, now shares her $6.50 spot at the top of the markets with fellow three-year-old, Ron Leemon’s reigning Golden Rose hero Manawanui.
Manawanui has their next start this Saturday in the $500,000 Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) where he will take on last-start Australian Guineas conqueror and fellow Doncaster Mile first acceptor Mosheen.
Other early favourites in the Doncaster Mile betting markets that are still in contention include:
- Shoot Out ($10 bookmaker.com.au) – Chris Waller’s recent acquisition ran off with a two length win last start in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m), their first win since August 2010 and they don’t look like stopping
- Mosheen ($13 bookmaker.com.au) – Star Crown Oaks – Australian Guineas winning filly from Robert Smerdon’s stables, has a brilliant mile over the record but how she will go in Sydney will be decided in the Randwick Guineas this Saturday
- Secret Admirer ($13 bookmaker.com.au) – Winner of the Epsom Handicap over the Randwick mile last October, should relish getting back to this distance
- Streama ($15 bookmaker.com.au) – Ultra-consistent Stratum filly, winner of the Group 1 Flight Stakes at Randwick over 1600-metres during the spring, back in form last start with a Surround Stakes victory
The final acceptances revealing the 2012 Doncaster Mile field will be taken on Tuesday April 17 and published right here at Races.com.au.
You don’t have to wait any longer to get your bets down on the race, however, thanks to bookmaker.com.au and their exclusive futures markets on the first acceptors.
2012 Doncaster Mile Handicap First Acceptances
Royal Randwick – Saturday April 21, 2012
|2||AL DHAFRA||Guy Walter||86|
|3||ALBERT THE FAT||Chris Waller||112|
|4||ALL LEGAL||Kevin Moses||91|
|5||ALMA’S FURY||Paul Murray||89|
|7||ATLANTIC JEWEL||Mark Kavanagh||110|
|9||BINGO ROSE||Ian Livingstone||70|
|10||BOLD GLANCE||Norm Hilton||101|
|11||BRAYROAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||80|
|12||CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ)||David Payne||109|
|14||DAO DAO||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||101|
|16||DOCTOR DOOM||Guy Walter||92|
|17||FAST CLIP||Gai Waterhouse||99|
|19||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller||106|
|21||FREE WHEELING||Peter Snowden||84|
|23||GATHERING||John P Thompson||106|
|25||HAPPY TRAILS||Paul Beshara||92|
|26||HAPPY ZERO||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||110|
|27||HARD LIQUOR||Anthony Cummings||76|
|28||HERCULIAN PRINCE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||104|
|29||HE’S REMARKABLE (NZ)||Roger James||101|
|32||HUEGILL||Peter G Moody||85|
|33||HURTLE MYRTLE||Matthew Smith||111|
|34||ILLO (GER)||Bart Cummings||107|
|36||KING’S ROSE (NZ)||Peter G Moody||112|
|38||LADYS ANGEL||Joseph Pride||100|
|39||LEICA LARRIKIN||Les Bridge||94|
|41||LOVE CONQUERS ALL||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||112|
|42||LUCK SAN||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||92|
|44||METAL BENDER (NZ)||Chris Waller||116|
|45||MOMENT OF CHANGE||Peter G Moody||91|
|47||MORE JOYOUS (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||120|
|49||MR ARMSTRONG||John P Thompson||86|
|50||MR UNFORGETTABLE||Kevin Moses||97|
|53||PAGO ROCK||Peter G Moody||81|
|54||PIED A TERRE||Peter Snowden||92|
|55||PINKER PINKER||Greg Eurell||116|
|56||RANGIRANGDOO (NZ)||Chris Waller||117|
|58||RED TRACER||Chris Waller||108|
|59||REKINDLED ALLIANCE||Paul Messara||82|
|60||REKINDLED INTEREST||Jim Conlan||112|
|61||REVOLT (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||80|
|62||ROCK CLASSIC||Bart Cummings||106|
|63||SACRED PINS (NZ)||Chris Waller||72|
|64||SAID COM (NZ)||Chris Waller||80|
|65||SECRET ADMIRER||Grahame Begg||113|
|67||SHOOT OUT||Chris Waller||114|
|71||SNOW ALERT||Chris Waller||99|
|72||SOMEPIN ANYPIN (NZ)||Gary Portelli||102|
|73||STRAIGHT ALBERT||Guy Walter||100|
|75||STRIKE THE STARS (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||95|
|77||SUPREME WARRIOR (NZ)||Leon Corstens||66|
|78||TESTA MY PATIENCE||Mick Price||104|
|79||THE GREAT SNOWMAN (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||68|
|80||TORIO’S QUEST||Brett Partelle||101|
|81||TRIPLE ELEGANCE||Chris Waller||106|
|82||TRUSTING||John P Thompson||113|
|84||WALL STREET (NZ)||Michael Moroney||110|
|85||WESTERN SYMBOL (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||82|
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