Doncaster Mile 2012 Form Guide & Betting Preview

This Saturday the biggest race on the cards will be the 2012 Doncaster Mile at Royal Randwick in Sydney, and to help you uncover the best bets in the star-studded field below the Races.com.au team have our insider Doncaster Mile form guide and betting preview.

Secret Admirer

Secret Admirer is undefeated over the 2012 Doncaster Mile track and distance

Due to jump at 3:35pm as Randwick Race 7, the $2 million Group 1 BMW Doncaster Mile (1600m) has this year attracted a full field of 20 starters plus two emergencies.

With well over half the field already Group 1 winners, including six-time elite level champion More Joyous who is the $6 co-favourite in the latest Doncaster Mile odds at bookmaker.com.au, it really is a classy edition of the autumn classic.

More Joyous shares her spot at the top of the Doncaster Mile betting markets with fellow Group 1 winning mare Secret Admirer who has the ‘visitor’s draw’ of barrier 22 to overcome.

Continued rain in Sydney will see a rain-affected track for the Doncaster this year bringing out the mudlarks in the betting markets.

So many Group 1 winners, two mares battling for favouritism and a wet track for the second straight Doncaster really opens this one up.

Add into the 2012 Doncaster Mile mix:

  • Three last-stat winners
  • A former Doncaster winner
  • Four Chris Waller-trained hopefuls
  • A single three-year-old
  • A veteran eight-year-old
  • A former Hong Kong galloper
  • A Kiwi raider

And you can see why picking this year’s Doncaster Mile winner could seem overwhelming.

That’s why we have done the Doncaster Mile form, gone over the race history, betting facts and relevant facts to come up with the below need-to-know guide.

2012 Doncaster Mile Form Facts & Betting Stats

  • Last year’s Doncaster winner was the Joe Pride-trained Sacred Choice who came off a fifth in the Ranvet Stakes, jumped form barrier 14 (of 17) with Tim Clark aboard on the 52kg minimum
  • This year two horses come via the Ranvet Stakes with #1 Rangirangdoo (2nd) and #3 Shoot Out (3rd), two of Chris Waller’s four Doncaster hopefuls along with #5 Albert The Fat and #7 Danleigh
  • #1 Rangirangdoo ($10) won the 2010 Doncaster Mile and is the 58kg topweight this year
  • There have been six back-to-back Doncaster Mile winners over the years but Fine And Dandy (1961 & 1963) is the only horse to have won two years apart; Sunline won three years apart in 1999 and 2002
  • Last year’s winning Doncaster Mile barrier (14) belongs on Saturday to #13 Hurtle Myrtle (bookmaker.com.au)
  • Two horses ran in last year’s Doncaster Mile on a Heavy (10) track with #2 More Joyous (11th) and #9 Wall Street (15th)
  • There are three last-start winners engaged with #2 More Joyous (Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes, 1500m, Rosehill, 07/04/2012), #19 Fast Clip (Group 3 Doncaster Prelude, 1600m, Randwick, 14/04/2012) and #20 Single (Listed Sky High Stakes, 1900m, Rosehill, 24/03/2012)
  • #2 More Joyous ($6) boasts the highest Win Rate of the field by far with an impressive 70.83% followed by #20 Single (60.00%) and #6 Sincero (52.38%)
  • The best Place Percentage also belongs to #2 More Joyous (79.17%) followed closely by #10 Secret Admirer (78.57%) and #1 Rangirangdoo (76.92%)
  • #2 More Joyous is one of three chances for Gai Waterhouse in the race along with #18 Niagara ($11) and #19 Fast Clip ($34)
  • Waterhouse shoots for her record-equaling seventh Doncaster win on Saturday having taken out the feature before with Pharaoh (1994-95), Sprint By (1996), Secret Savings (1997), Assertive Lad (2001) and Grand Armee (2003)
  • Aside from Waterhouse’s trio and Waller’s quartet the only other horse in the race prepared by a former Doncaster Mile winning trainer is #8 Happy Zero (John Hawkes who now trains in partnership with his sons Michael and Wayne Hawkes)
  • Horses to be ridden by a previous Doncaster Mile winning jockey are #2 More Joyous (Nash Rawiller who won with Rangirangdoo in 2010) and #19 Fast Clip (Jim Cassidy who won with Vision And Power in 2009)
  • Mares have a decent record in the race having won 23 times most recently with Sacred Choice last year; mares out to be the 24th on Saturday are #2 More Joyous ($6), #10 Secret Admirer ($6), #12 King’s Rose ($17), #13 Hurtle Myrtle ($13), #16 Yosei ($31) and #17 Absolutely ($34)
  • Horses with the best Randwick track record are #1 Rangirangdoo (7-4-2-1), #2 More Joyous (5-4-0-0), #3 Shoot Out (5-3-0-0), #6 Sincero (3-2-0-0), #10 Secret Admirer (3-2-0-1), #13 Hurtle Myrtle (6-1-2-3), #17 Absolutely (2-1-0-0) and #19 Fast Clip (3-2-0-0)
  • Over the mile horses with impressive winning form are #1 Rangirandoo (9-5-2-1), #2 More Joyous (5-3-0-0), #12 King’s Rose (5-3-2-0), #3 Shoot Out (4-2-0-1), #10 Secret Admirer (3-2-0-1), #6 Sincero (3-2-0-0), #2 Rekindled Interest (2-1-0-0), #5 Albert The Fat (2-1-0-0), #19 Wall Street (19-9-2-1), #15 He’s Remarkable (7-3-2-2), #13 Hurtle Myrtle (2-1-0-1), #14 Monton (2-1-0-0), #18 Niagara (2-1-1-0), #19 Fast Clip (4-2-0-0) and #22e All Legal (7-3-1-0)
  • There are seven horses that have run and won over the Track & Distance before with #1 Rangirangdoo (3-2-1-0), #2 More Joyous (3-2-0-0), #3 Shoot Out (1-1-0-0), #6 Sincero (2-1-0-0), #10 Secret Admirer (2-2-0-0), #19 Fast Clip (1-1-0-0) and #22e All Legal (5-2-1-0)
  • It is likely to be another Heavy rated track for the Doncaster on Saturday and the gallopers with the best wet (Heavy) track form are #1 Rangirangdoo (4-1-2-1), #6 Sincero (1-1-0-0), #13 Hurtle Myrtle (1-1-0-0), #17 Absolutely (1-1-0-0) and #19 Fast Clip (3-1-0-0)
  • Favourites have a poor recent record in the Doncaster with five winning in the past 20 years, most recently Haradasun in 2007; #2 More Joyous and #10 Sacred Choice are the current $6 co-favourites this year

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2012 BMW Doncaster Mile Field & Form Guide

Royal Randwick Race 7 – 3:35pm – 21/04/2012

No. Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. A/S Days API Career Win% Place% Last 6
1. RANGIRANGDOO C J Waller Michael Rodd 17 58 7yoG 14 $80,996 26: 10 8 2 38.46% 76.92% x99426
2. MORE JOYOUS Ms G Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 12 57.5 5yoM 14 $115,131 24: 17 0 2 70.83% 79.17% 317×11
3. SHOOT OUT C J Waller Hugh Bowman 10 56.5 5yoG 28 $79,784 28: 8 4 5 28.57% 60.71% 2×3213
4. REKINDLED INTEREST J T Conlan Dwayne Dunn 2 55.5 4yoG 14 $57,647 15: 3 2 2 20.00% 46.67% 533×62
5. ALBERT THE FAT C J Waller Steven Arnold 7 55.5 7yoG 14 $37,118 34: 11 3 3 32.35% 50.00% 21×089
6. SINCERO S Farley Craig Williams 6 55.5 4yoG 14 $69,167 21: 11 1 0 52.38% 57.14% 597×45
7. DANLEIGH C J Waller Kerrin Mc Evoy 8 55 8yoG 14 $44,627 52: 9 7 9 17.31% 48.08% 8×6320
8. HAPPY ZERO “M, W and J Hawkes James Mc Donald 21 54.5 7yoG 14 $120,524 19: 8 1 3 42.11% 63.16% 670×68
9. WALL STREET M D Moroney Damien Oliver 13 54.5 7yoG 28 $49,396 31: 11 4 1 35.48% 51.61% 46×636
10. SECRET ADMIRER G M Begg Brenton Avdulla 22 54 4yoM 14 $72,609 14: 3 3 5 21.43% 78.57% 3×3523
11. CENTENNIAL PARK David Payne Blake Shinn 3 54 6yoG 14 $22,565 36: 7 6 2 19.44% 41.67% x25007
12. KING’S ROSE P G Moody Luke Nolen 9 53.5 4yoM 14 $50,783 20: 8 3 2 40.00% 65.00% 72×833
13. HURTLE MYRTLE Matthew Smith Glyn Schofield 14 53 5yoM 14 $36,843 21: 4 3 3 19.05% 47.62% 251×94
14. MONTON R J Quinton Craig Newitt 18 52.5 5yoG 14 $22,657 22: 6 1 2 27.27% 40.91% 511×20
15. HE’S REMARKABLE R A James Christian Reith 5 52.5 4yoH 14 $31,725 17: 6 2 2 35.29% 58.82% 312×10
16. YOSEI S J Webb Michelle Payne 1 52 4yoM 14 $40,782 23: 4 1 1 17.39% 26.09% 9×0548
17. ABSOLUTELY M C Kent Not Notified 15 52 4yoM 7 $36,115 13: 1 3 2 7.69% 46.15% 660×50
18. NIAGARA Ms G Waterhouse Tommy Berry 16 52 3yoC 14 $23,858 10: 2 4 1 20.00% 70.00% 02×210
19. FAST CLIP Ms G Waterhouse Jimmy Cassidy 4 52 4yoG 7 $25,293 18: 6 4 2 33.33% 66.67% 94×361
20. SINGLE Craig Carmody Nathan Berry 19 52 4yoG 28 $24,440 10: 6 1 0 60.00% 70.00% x14111
21. HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara Not Notified 20 52 4yoG 7 $12,448 22: 2 5 5 9.09% 54.55% x23344
22. ALL LEGAL Kevin Moses Kathy O’Hara 11 52 5yoG 7 $16,637 25: 4 4 4 16.00% 48.00% 0x4367

*Form Guide Credit – Ladbrokes.com.au

*All odds quoted are Fixed Win form bookmaker.com.au and subject to change