The first day of The Championships is finally here and what should be a stellar day of racing is headlined by the running of the 2014 Doncaster Mile, which will feature some of the most talented milers from right around the country.
Unfortunately, the Sydney weather has not turned on a day fitting for such a stellar card of racing and the Royal Randwick track has been rated in the heavy race.
The poor weather has led to a number of scratchings from all four of the feature races on the Randwick card and the track conditions could play a major role in deciding the outcome of every single race.
Royal Randwick Track Report
- Weather: Overcast
- Track Conditions: Heavy 9
- Penetrometer: 6.2
- Rail: True
- Previous Rail: True (15/3/2014)
The only major scratching in the 2014 Doncaster Mile is triple Group 1 winner Boban, who will be saved for a tilt at the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) next weekend, and he will be replaced in the field by Malavio.
The T.J. Smith Stakes has been heavily affected by scratchings, with Spirit Of Boom, Fontelina and Zoustar as well as all three emergencies coming out of the race, while the Group 1 Sires Produce Stakes (1200m) and Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) have not had any withdrawals at this stage.
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The complete 2014 Doncaster Mile Day scratchings can be found below!
2014 Doncaster Mile Day Scratchings
Race 1 (12:15PM) – $200,000 Group 3 Widden Kindergarten Stakes (1100m)
Race 2 (12:50PM) – $200,000 Group 3 The Daily Telegraph Carbine Club Stakes (1600m)
#9 Darci Magic, #11 Juantorena
Race 3 (1:25 PM) – $200,000 Group 3 The Other Woman P J Bell Stakes (1200m)
#7 Miss Steele, #10 Shahad, #16 Papillon Rouge, #22 Glenbawn Dame
Race 4 (2:00PM) – $300,000 Group 2 Schweppes Chairman’s Handicap (1200m)
#2 Permit, #4 Epingle
Race 5 (2:35 PM) – $1,000,000 Group 1 Inglis Sires’ (1400m)
No current scratchings
Race 6 (3:10PM) – $2,000,000 Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m)
No current scratchings
Race 7 (3:50PM) – $2,500,000 Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m)
#4 Spirit Of Boom, #9 Fontelina, #16 Zoustar, #19 Irish Fling, #20 Flamberge, #21 Peron
Race 8 (4:30PM) – $3,000,000 Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m)
#1 Boban, #22 Gypsy Diamond
Race 9 (5:10PM) – $200,000 Group 3 TAB Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m)
#6 Marmelo, #9 Aztec Rose, #18 Postnthyme, #19 Cast In Stone
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