A 22-horse final field has been accepted to contest the 2012 Doncaster Mile at Royal Randwick Racecourse this Saturday, the iconic handicap clash shaping up as a battle between Sydney trainers Chris Waller and Gai Waterhouse.
Waller will be represented by four from his stables in this year’s edition of the $2 million Group 1 BMW Doncaster Mile (1600m), the dedicated horseman out for his third win in the classic.
2010 Doncaster Mile winner Rangirangdoo is back for another shot and will wear the No. 1 saddlcloth on Saturday carrying the 58kg topweight.
Waller originally looked to skip the Doncaster with the veteran seven-year-old because of the weight, but decided to give Rangirangdoo another shot because they were travelling so well and the end of their racing career was looming.
The best fancied of Waller’s quartet is his recent Chipping Norton Stakes winner Shoot Out who will be ridden by Hugh Bowman.
Rounding out the Waller-trained hopefuls are then fellow Group 1 winners Danleigh who will carry 55kg with Kerrin McEvoy aboard, and last spring’s Emirates Stakes winner Albert The Fat.
While Waller plays a strong hand so does the piping hot Waterhouse out for her fourth Group 1 success in as many weeks.
Waterhouse vies for an incredible seventh Doncaster Mile success, which would see her equal the record set by her late father and immortal trainer Tommy Smith.
“It would be nice if I could do it,” Waterhouse said.
“At least having three good horses in it you’ve got three good chances, don’t you?
“They are three completely different horses but they are all in good form.”
Topping Waterhouse’s three-horse Doncaster Mile 2012 contingent and the Doncaster Mile odds at bookmaker.com.au is More Joyous fresh off her sixth Group 1 victory in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes.
A bog track ruined More Joyous’ chances in last year’s Doncaster when she finished a well-beaten 11th behind Sacred Choice as the beaten favourite, and all eyes are on the Sydney skies to see whether it will be another rain-affected track for the glamour mare this weekend.
Waterhouse’s other chances of preparing a seventh Doncaster Mile winner are then improving Encosta De Lago colt Niagara with Tommy Berry to ride, and last Saturday’s Doncaster Prelude winner Fast Clip who will be ridden by Jim Cassidy – both on the 52kg minimum.
Berry was aboard Snippetson four-year-old Fast Clip for their Prelude win on the weekend but has opted to stick with Ajax Stakes winner Niagara on Saturday.
The other big name players in the 20-starter, two-emergency Doncaster Mile field include narrow George Ryder Stakes runner-up Rekindled Interest, dual Group 1 winner Sincero, the Grahame Begg-trained Secret Admirer, Peter Moody’s miler King’s Rose and Kiwi galloper He’s Remarkable.
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2012 Doncaster Mile Final Field
Royal Randwick – 21/04/2012
|1||RANGIRANGDOO (NZ)||Chris Waller||Michael Rodd||58kg|
|2||MORE JOYOUS (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||57.5kg|
|3||Shoot Out||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||56.5kg|
|4||REKINDLED INTEREST||Jim Conlan||Dwayne Dunn||55.5kg|
|5||ALBERT THE FAT||Chris Waller||Steven Arnold||55.5kg|
|6||SINCERO||Stephen Farley||Craig Williams||55.5kg|
|7||DANLEIGH||Chris Waller||Kerrin McEvoy||55kg|
|8||HAPPY ZERO||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||James McDonald||54.5kg|
|9||WALL STREET (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Damien Oliver||54.5kg|
|10||SECRET ADMIRER||Grahame Begg||Brenton Avdulla||54kg|
|11||CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ)||David Payne||Blake Shinn||54kg|
|12||KING’S ROSE (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||53.5kg|
|13||HURTLE MYRTLE||Matthew Smith||Glyn Schofield||53kg|
|14||MONTON||Ron Quinton||Craig Newitt||52.5kg|
|15||HE’S REMARKABLE (NZ)||Roger James||Christian Reith||52kg|
|16||YOSEI||Stuart Webb||Michelle Payne||52kg|
|18||NIAGARA||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||52kg|
|19||FAST CLIP||Gai Waterhouse||Jim Cassidy||52kg|
|20||SINGLE||Craig Carmody||Nathan Berry||52kg|
|21 EMG||HAPPY TRAILS||Paul Beshara||–||52kg|
|22 EMG||ALL LEGAL||Kevin Moses||Kathy O’Hara||52kg|