Sydney’s triple premiership winning trainer Chris Waller dominates the final acceptances for the 2014 Doncaster Mile field this weekend having paid up for six gallopers from his stables in the weekend’s major event.
Running as Randwick Race 8 at 4:30pm (AEST) on Saturday, this year’s $3 million Group 1 The Star Doncaster Mile (1600m) is shaping up as a beauty.
It attracted a capacity field of 20, plus two emergencies, six of which come from Waller’s stables with Boban, My Kingdom Of Fife, Sacred Falls, Hawkspur, Royal Descent and Weary.
Waller has won the Doncaster Mile three times since 2008 with Triple Honour (2008), Rangirangdoo (2010) and Sacred Falls (2013) who thrived in the wet last Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
He’s out to go back-to-back in the handicap classic this year with one of his six looking to salute for the gentleman trainer.
The reigning Doncaster Mile winner Sacred Falls is back to defend their title and should get another wet track this year.
Last year’s Doncaster was run on a Heavy (10) which suited the then three-year-old son of O’reilly to a tee, Sacred Falls in good form again this time round.
They’ll be third-up in the Doncaster following two Group 1 fourth place finishes in Sydney, most recently defeated under one and a half lengths by import Gordon Lord Byron in the George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on March 29.
George Ryder second and third placegetters Speediness, a Damien Oliver mount for Saturday, and Kiwi raider El Roca who also ran second in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas this season, are both also set to back up in the Doncaster.
Also coming via a run in the George Ryder for Waller are his Chipping Norton Stakes champ Boban (7th) and rising 10-year-old My Kingdom Of Fifth (14th) who is likely to jump at triple figures.
His Queensland Derby winner from last winter Hawkspur meanwhile didn’t run in the George Ryder, the Purrealist four-year-old instead putting in a solid effort when fourth to Silent Achiever in the Ranvet Stakes on March 22.
The form on that race was franked last Saturday too with Silent Achiever backing up to win The BMW over It’s A Dundeel.
Redoute’s Choice mare Royal Descent meanwhile was far from disgraced in her lead-up Doncaster run too when fifth behind Steps In Time in the Coolmore Classic over the 1500m at Rosehill.
Royal Descent is another Waller-trained Group 1 winner who loves a wet track having won the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) this time last year by 10 lengths on Heavy ground.
Waller’s final Doncaster acceptor Weary then comes off a last start win.
The lightly-raced Astronomer grey races for just the 12th time here, Saturday to be the four-year-old’s fourth run down under.
They’ve been improving each time out on Aussie soil too running third in their debut, second next start in the Group 2 Ajax Stakes and then winning the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) on a Heavy (8) track at Rosehill last weekend.
Weary will be ridden by last year’s Doncaster Mile winning jockey Tommy Berry who is still mourning the shock death of his twin brother and fellow top hoop Nathan.
The only other last start winner in the mix on Saturday is then the in-form Messene from the in-form Hawkes stables.
Team Hawkes celebrated a Golden Slipper upset with Mossfun last weekend and are after more glory here as Lonhro five-year-old Messene chases their eighth straight win.
They only stepped up to Group company for the first time in the Ajax Stakes, but they handled that with ease winning by three lengths in a top effort.
See below for the full Doncaster Mile 2014 field and jockeys, the barrier draw to be conducted later this afternoon.
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2014 Doncaster Mile Handicap Field & Jockeys
Randwick Race 8 – 4:30pm (AEST) – 12/04/2014
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||11111×5417||BOBAN||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||0||58kg||114|
|2||1112x21x00||MY KINGDOM OF FIFE (GB)||Chris Waller||Craig Newitt||0||57kg||112|
|3||32x212x566||STREAMA||Guy Walter||Hugh Bowman||0||56.5kg||115|
|4||1x47835x44||SACRED FALLS (NZ)||Chris Waller||Zac Purton||0||56.5kg||111|
|5||714570×634||HAWKSPUR||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||0||56kg||110|
|6||x51316x855||TOYDINI||Guy Walter||Blake Shinn||0||56kg||110|
|7||14423×6272||SPEEDINESS||Colin Scott||Damien Oliver||0||55.5kg||109|
|8||12x2011x17||MOURO (USA)||Tony McEvoy||Luke Nolen||0||55kg||108|
|9||1x23205x45||ROYAL DESCENT||Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||0||54kg||110|
|10||x848113155||MONTON||Ron Quinton||Sam Clipperton (a)||0||54kg||106|
|11||x738320x30||DEAR DEMI||Clarry Conners||James McDonald||0||53.5kg||109|
|12||x00x80x310||FAT AL||Peter G Moody||–||0||53kg inc. 1.0kg Penalty||102|
|13||0x614143x3||SLOW PACE (USA)||Kris Lees||Joao Moreira||0||52.5kg||103|
|14||462x6983x0||HANA’S GOAL (JPN)||Kazuhiro Kato||Kyosuke Maruta||0||52kg||106|
|15||225x13x719||LIDARI (FR)||Peter G Moody||Chad Schofield||0||52kg||102|
|16||22264×2116||DISSIDENT||Peter G Moody||Brenton Avdulla||0||51.5kg||101|
|17||2111x11x11||MESSENE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Corey Brown||0||51.5kg||97|
|18||1125×1223||EL ROCA||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Glen Boss||0||51.5kg||92|
|19||x6x244x321||WEARY (FR)||Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||0||51.5kg||89|
|20||5x52101x38||NINTH LEGION||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Craig Williams||0||51.5kg||100|
|22e||376154×249||GYPSY DIAMOND||John O’Shea||Kerrin McEvoy||0||51.5kg||91|