More 2012 Doncaster Mile Scratchings – Rekindled Interest & Single Out

The wet weather in Sydney ahead of Saturday’s prestigious Doncaster Mile 2012 has claimed its first casualties with the connections of both Rekindled Interest and Single withdrawing their horses from the race.

Rekindled Interest

Rekindled Interest has been scratched from the 2012 Doncaster Mile field due to the heavy track

There are now officially three scratchings from the $2 million Group 1 BMW Doncaster Mile (1600m), running as Royal Randwick Race 7 on Saturday, with Peter Moody’s top mare King’s Rose also withdrawing.

As reported by earlier today King’s Rose will bypass the Doncaster after receiving an invite to the Group 1 Champions Mile at Sha Tin on May 6 from the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Her scratching has paved the way for former AJC Oaks winner Absolutely, a mudlark and market mover into $26 in the latest Doncaster markets, to be ridden by ace hoop Luke Nolen on Saturday.

The news of the Jim Conlan-trained Rekindled Interest withdrawing came as little surprise with Conlan saying since acceptance stage that if the track remained in the Heavy range he would not run the last-start George Ryder Stakes runner-up.

Rekindled Interest, who was drawn in barrier two and rated around $16 in the Doncaster Mile odds at, will instead go up against the likes of Americain, Australian Cup – Ranvet Stakes – The BMW triple winner Manighar and Jimmy Choux in the $500,000 Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) on Sydney Cup Day Saturday week.

Craig Carmody’s High Chaparral four-year-old Single earned a Doncaster start after their gritty win in the Listed Sky High Stakes (1900m) at Rosehill last time out, but won’t get their chance in a Group 1 after injuring their off-hind leg.

The current Doncaster Mile field is now down to 19 hopefuls both emergencies in the Paul Beshara-trained Happy Trails and Kevin Moses’ All Legal now in the starting line-up.

Happy Trails ($41) comes off a good fourth behind fellow Doncaster rival Fast Clip ($31) in last Saturday’s Doncaster Prelude and will be ridden by Jay Ford.

Local Al Maher five-year-old All Legal meanwhile is the $101 roughie of the field after their Doncaster Prelude seventh, Kathy O’Hara engaged for the ride.

The early scratchings have also affected the latest Doncaster Mile odds with Epsom Handicap winner Secret Admirer now the sole $6 favourite over possibly next-to-withdraw More Joyous on $6.50.

Money has come in for Chris Waller’s Chipping Norton Stakes winner Shoot Out too and they are into $7.50 over the Stephen Farley-trained Sincero ($8).

A dual Group 1 winner, Umatilla four-year-old Sincero was last seen finishing just half a length away fifth in the George Ryder.

Farley rates them as a top chance in the wet on Saturday as they won the 2011 Gosford Guineas on a Heavy (10) track at their only rain-affected run to date.

“His run in the George Ryder showed he deserves his shot at a Doncaster,” Farley said.

“When I made the decision my immediate reaction was I want a good or a heavy track and it looks like I’ll get my wish.

“He’s probably had a few excuses along the way but his record says he wants it firm or very wet.

“I know the field on Saturday is a lot different to the Gosford Guineas field he beat on the heavy but he couldn’t have handled that surface any better so going to the races on Saturday I won’t be disappointed if it’s a heavy (10).”

Below is the updated Doncaster Mile field and jockeys.

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2012 Doncaster Mile Field & Jockey Update

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

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1X41X99426 RANGIRANGDOO (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Rodd 17 58kg 117
2 110X317X11 MORE JOYOUS (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 12 57.5kg 120
3 95552X3213 SHOOT OUT Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 10 56.5kg 114
4 X241533X62 REKINDLED INTEREST Jim Conlan Dwayne Dunn 2 55.5kg 112
5 6X2421X089 ALBERT THE FAT Chris Waller Steven Arnold 7 55.5kg 112
6 X118597X45 SINCERO Stephen Farley Craig Williams 6 55.5kg 112
7 X6688X6320 DANLEIGH Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 8 55kg 111
8 330X670X68 HAPPY ZERO Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes James McDonald 21 54.5kg 110
9 X04446X636 WALL STREET (NZ) Michael Moroney Damien Oliver 13 54.5kg 110
10 24153X3523 SECRET ADMIRER Grahame Begg Brenton Avdulla 22 54kg 113
11 7X50X25007 CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ) David Payne Blake Shinn 3 54kg 109
12 X11272X833 KING’S ROSE (NZ) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 9 53.5kg 112
13 518X251X94 HURTLE MYRTLE Matthew Smith Glyn Schofield 14 53kg 111
14 0X39511X20 MONTON Ron Quinton Craig Newitt 18 52.5kg 106
15 0X11312X10 HE’S REMARKABLE (NZ) Roger James Christian Reith 5 52.5kg (inc. 0.5kg pen.) 101
16 X0079X0548 YOSEI Stuart Webb Ms Michelle Payne 1 52kg 108
17 21X5660X50 ABSOLUTELY Michael Kent Luke Nolen (late alt) 15 52kg 105
18 X21302X210 NIAGARA Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 16 52kg 86
19 5X3294X361 FAST CLIP Gai Waterhouse Jim Cassidy 4 52kg 99
20 2198X14111 SINGLE Craig Carmody Nathan Berry 19 52kg 86
21e 3144X23344 HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara Jay Ford (late alt) 20 52kg 92
22e 52120X4367 ALL LEGAL Kevin Moses Ms Kathy O’Hara 11 52kg 91