Doncaster Prelude 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

This Saturday’s 2012 Doncaster Prelude gives a field of 18 horses a chance to press their claims for a berth in the prestigious Doncaster Mile which will take place on April 21.


Illo has drawn the wide barrier 17 for the Doncaster Prelude this weekend

Bart Cummings entered German import Illo in the event in the hope he might be a late Doncaster chance and prove better over a mile (1600m) after failing to impress at 2000 metres in the Australian Cup and the Ranvet Stakes.

The job of doing so became far tougher this morning when the six-year-old received an unfavourable barrier 17 draw.

He is one of four overseas horses named in the final field, with the most high profile being the top weight, Foreteller.

The Brisitsh gelding will carry 59kg into Saturday’s race and will be looking to bounce back after his first run this autumn resulted in a twelfth-place finish in the Canterbury Stakes.

The five-year-old has shown moments of promise since arriving in Australia with a highlight win coming in the Group 3 David Jones Cup but he is yet to really impress and has an overall record of four wins from 11 starts.

Chris Waller-trained gelding The Verminator will make his return from a spell and Waller will be hoping the five-year-old can return to the form that saw him win the Group 1 Big 6 Metropolitan at Randwick last October.

Another former Group 1 winner set to race in the Doncaster Prelude is Absolutely who won last year’s AJC Oaks ahead of Shamrocker and Pinker Pinker.

The Redoute’s Choice mare has had one start this campaign where she finished fifth to Niagara in the Ajax Stakes.

One horse heading into the race with some form on the board is Lohnro mare Raspberries.

Trained by Peter Snowden, the four-year-old won the Group 3 PFD Food Services Stakes at Flemington in early march and backed it up with a third-place effort in the Group 2 Sunline Stakes.

The Doncaster Prelude will run as the ninth race on the Australian Derby Day card this weekend and is set to jump at 4:52pm (AEST).

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2012 Doncaster Prelude – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 1X115715X0 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller TBA 6 59kg 106
2 X860X05X49 ALL SILENT Grahame Begg James McDonald 4 58.5kg 105
3 21X30X4287 ILLO (GER) Bart Cummings Nash Rawiller 17 58.5kg 105
4 143315100X THE VERMINATOR Chris Waller TBA 13 58.5kg 105
5 18055451X0 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan Glyn Schofield 16 57kg 102
6 321X5660X5 ABSOLUTELY Michael Kent Brad Rawiller 18 56.5kg 105
7 61X976X070 GATHERING John P Thompson TBA 3 56.5kg 101
8 5X1X77X0X4 LARRY’S NEVER LATE (NZ) Jim Conlan Glen Boss 7 56kg 100
9 2X91104X13 RASPBERRIES Peter Snowden TBA 8 55kg 102
10 15X3294X36 FAST CLIP Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 11 55kg 98
11 X231X491X7 SHANNARA Peter Snowden TBA 2 54.5kg 101
12 X22X6X1147 SPEEDINESS Colin Scott Craig Williams 10 54kg 95
13 X9890568X0 LODGE THE DEEDS Gwenda Markwell TBA 14 54kg 93
14 630X111383 ALMA’S FURY Paul Murray Peter Robl 1 54kg 92
15 03144X2334 HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara Christian Reith 12 54kg 92
16 41X785333X LEGSMAN (NZ) John O’Shea TBA 15 54kg 92
17 X52120X436 ALL LEGAL Kevin Moses Jim Cassidy 5 54kg 91
18 X531111X38 REVOLT (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Rod Quinn 9 54kg 80