With the track currently rated as a Heavy 9 and rain continuing to fall over Royal Randwick Racecourse today, mass scratchings have ensued for 2013 Doncaster Mile Day.
The feature race itself, the $2 million Doncaster Mile, has experienced two race scratchings.
Both Lamasery and Veyron have been withdrawn from the field due to the deteriorating track conditions.
Lamasery was due to have his second autumn race start in the 2013 Doncaster Mile after finishing 10th of 18 runners in the Group 2 Ajax Stakes last month.
The Commands gelding has since finished second in a promising trial at Warwick Farm and was set to run in his first Doncaster Handicap in Sydney today.
Veyron was also due to have his second start of the autumn in Australia, having placed eighth in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes last start.
Prior to that run, the Thorn Park gelding won the Group 1 Zabeel Classic and placed second in both the Group 1 Hanui Farm Classic and Group 1 Lindauer New Zealand Stakes in New Zealand.
The other Group 1 race at Royal Randwick today, the 2013 Australian Oaks, has seen the scratching of Cameo due to the wet weather.
The Sharmardal filly has been strong on Good tracks this autumn, however, failed to handle the slow going when 13th in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes last start.
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2013 Doncaster Mile Day – Royal Randwick Scratchings
Race 1 – 11:45AM NEWGATE FARM HANDICAP (2400 METRES)
Race 2 – 12:25PM ARROWFIELD KEITH MACKAY QUALITY (1200 METRES)
#5 More Than Mum
Race 3 – 1:04PM ADINA APARTMENT HOTELS FERNHILL HANDICAP (1600 METRES)
Race 4 – 1:40PM MCGRATH ESTATE AGENTS SOUTH PACIFIC CLASSIC (1400 METRES)
#6 Boban and #8 Rock Magic
Race 5 – 2:16PM tab.com.au SPRINT (1200 METRES)
#1 Stratana, #2 Bound To Blush, #11 Vilakazi Street, #12 Senta De Noche, #13 Territory, #14 Arctic Flight, #16 War Charm, #17e Deceiver and #19e Prince Of Thunder
Race 6 – 2:55PM BROOKFIELD MULTIPLEX JAPAN RACING ASSOCIATION PLATE (2000 METRES)
#6 Single, #7 Court Connection, #8 Lunayir and #10 Strike The Stars
Race 7 – 3:35PM PATINACK FARM AUSTRALIAN OAKS (2400 METRES)
Race 8 – 4:15PM BMW DONCASTER MILE (1600 METRES)
#4 Veyron and #10 Lamasery
Race 9 – 4:52PM CARGO BAR HANDICAP (1400 METRES)
#1 Star Of Octagonal, #3 Macknuckle, #4 Instinction, #10 Ever The Same and #20e Australian Star