Le Romain Heads 2017 Doncaster Mile First Acceptances

Kris Lees’ in-form four-year-old Le Romain is one of the headline Doncaster Mile 2017 first acceptances taken for the April 1 classic by Racing NSW this week.

Le Romain

Canterbury Stakes winner Le Romain is early favourite of the 2017 Doncaster Mile first acceptances. Photo: Steve Hart.

First acceptances for the majors held during ‘The Championships’ at Royal Randwick on the first two Saturdays in April closed on Tuesday including those for the $3 million Group 1 The Star Doncaster Mile (1600m), which drew 81 entries.

Early favourite in pre-field Doncaster Mile odds at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $9 for the win, Le Romain has won his last three starts including the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) first-up in the wet at Randwick on March 4.

A proven wet-tracker, the Hard Spun gelding celebrated his third elite level win in the Canterbury Stakes defeating a star-studded field in the ideal Doncaster Mile lead-up.

Le Romain is only set to improve as he steps out over further, the Randwick specialist (8-4-3-0) having also won the Randwick Guineas over the 1600m at the track as a three-year-old.

Lees has also paid the first acceptance fee for Sense Of Occasion who is exempt from Doncaster Mile ballot, Danish Twist and Singing.

Along with the Villiers Stakes winner Sense Of Occasion, the other horse currently guaranteed a Doncaster Mile start having won a ballot exemption race is the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained filly Global Glamour.

The dual Group 1 winning daughter of Star Witness was last seen running third as the beaten favourite on a rain-affected track in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m).

She is undefeated at a mile however, gets into the Doncaster Mile on a 51kg light weight and is co-trained by Waterhouse who has prepared seven previous winners of the classic.

Waterhouse has a total of four entries still in the mix out to hand her a maiden Doncaster Mile trophy since More Joyous (2012) with Global Glamour joined by last start Challenge Stakes winning mare English, seven-year-old Ecuador who ran third in both the CF Orr Stakes and Futurity Stakes in Melbourne this season, and Kiwi import Ugo Foscolo.

The last filly to win a Doncaster Mile was Sunline (1999) and there are four other three-year-old fillies in the mix this year including the well-fancied Omei Sword.

Trainer Chris Waller won last year’s Doncaster Mile with the superstar Winx (2016) who was his sixth winner in the autumn feature and his fourth on the trot.

Waller will be out to extend his Doncaster Mile winning streak to five consecutive victories in 2017 and leads the first acceptances with a bumper 13 entries.

The best backed of his in the futures Doncaster Mile betting is the filly Omei Sword who is the $10 second elect.

The progressive daughter of High Chaparral looked in fine form in her delayed first-up second in the Surround Stakes and is up to Group 1 class on Saturday at Rosehill in the Coolmore Classic.

Rounding out the Doncaster Mile-bound fillies this autumn are the spring’s Myer Classic winner I Am A Star and Waller’s smart grey Foxplay.

Other notable Doncaster Mile entries include champion sprinter Chautauqua who is tracking well towards his major distance test and Tony McEvoy’s Australian Guineas winner Hey Doc.

The Doncaster Mile 2017 Final Field is out on Tuesday March 28.

In the meantime check out the full first acceptances below before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au to back your early Randwick racing tips online at the home of Odds Boost (T&Cs apply).

2017 Doncaster Mile First Acceptances

Randwick Racecourse – 01/04/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 641454x12x SENSE OF OCCASION G 6 Kris Lees 1= 51.5kg 103
2 x3611x9213 GLOBAL GLAMOUR F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 1= 51kg 107
3 x211123x28 HARTNELL (GB) G 6 John O’Shea 3 58kg 116
4 x12129x211 BLACK HEART BART G 6 Darren Weir 4 57kg 114
5 1311x47x32 CHAUTAUQUA G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 5 56.5kg 119
6 3x183538x6 EXOSPHERIC (GB) H 5 Lee & Anthony Freedman 6= 56kg 112
7 22x12182x3 HAURAKI G 5 John O’Shea 6= 56kg 112
8 7x22251x11 LE ROMAIN G 4 Kris Lees 8= 55.5kg 113
9 451008×446 PALENTINO H 4 Darren Weir 8= 55.5kg 111
10 29x791x705 LUCKY HUSSLER G 7 Darren Weir 10= 55kg 110
11 x51709x4x2 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) H 6 Darren Weir 10= 55kg 110
12 631x5470x1 ENGLISH M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 10= 53kg 110
13 x1240x518x FIRST SEAL M 5 John P Thompson 10= 53kg 110
14 06116×1133 ECUADOR (NZ) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 14= 54kg 108
15 1653x4313x IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) G 6 John O’Shea 14= 54kg 108
16 23x56469x2 HAPPY CLAPPER G 6 Patrick Webster 16= 53.5kg 107
17 11x1110x87 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 16= 53.5kg 108
18 x463351x62 PRIZED ICON C 3 James Cummings 16= 53kg 107
19 x154231x27 I AM A STAR (NZ) F 3 Shane Nichols 16= 51kg 107
20 3x00352x02 AROD (IRE) H 6 Chris Waller 20= 53kg 106
21 249×232924 DIBAYANI (IRE) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 20= 53kg 106
22 x3915x0x36 ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE) H 5 Chris Waller 22= 52kg 104
23 13x1421x97 DIVINE PROPHET C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 22= 51.5kg 104
24 118x359x47 DANISH TWIST M 5 Kris Lees 22= 50kg 104
25 19x1030x03 MISS ROSE DE LAGO M 6 Danny O’Brien 22= 50kg 104
26 0x274088x2 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 22= 50kg 104
27 x7323590x1 HE OR SHE G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 27= 51.5kg 103
28 49x549169x VANBRUGH H 4 Chris Waller 27= 51.5kg 103
29 x11134x311 HEY DOC G 3 Tony McEvoy 27= 51kg 103
30 x454282x06 SEABURGE C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 27= 51kg 103
31 11x1611x8 UGO FOSCOLO (NZ) G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 27= 51kg 103
32 22x41670x9 HEAVENS ABOVE M 5 Tim Martin 27= 50kg 103
33 x402211Fx7 SINGLE GAZE M 4 Nick Olive 27= 50kg 103
34 x6251162x1 MCCREERY (GB) G 5 Chris Waller 34= 52kg (inc. 1.0kg penalty) 102
35 6x511112x1 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 34= 51kg 103
36 1x26330x1x TIVACI H 4 Michael Moroney 34= 51kg 102
37 2x20214x31 DIXIE BLOSSOMS M 4 Ron Quinton 37= 50.5kg (inc. 0.5kg penalty) 101
38 80x05x610x SONS OF JOHN G 6 Jason Attard 37= 50.5kg 101
39 x1290x1211 CYLINDER BEACH (NZ) G 4 Desleigh Forster 39= 50kg 100
40 3x230x533x FOUNDATION (IRE) G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 39= 50kg 100
41 x672162x88 FRENCH EMOTION M 5 Chris Waller 39= 50kg 100
42 5140x5474x RUDY G 6 Helen Page 39= 50kg 100
43 1x1782x163 TESTASHADOW G 5 Gary Portelli 39= 50kg 101
44 3x12x210x2 EURO ANGEL (NZ) M 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 44= 50kg 99
45 182844700x JACQUINOT BAY G 9 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 44= 50kg 99
46 694132x70x MARENOSTRO (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 44= 50kg 99
47 5120x5x21x REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 44= 50kg 99
48 212x231x21 SILENT SEDITION M 4 Andrew Noblet 44= 50kg 99
49 515x0560x2 ZANBAGH M 6 John P Thompson 44= 50kg 99
50 400x9128x5 HAZZABEEL (NZ) G 6 Ciaron Maher 50= 50kg 98
51 35x046741x JESSY BELLE M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 50= 50kg 98
52 10x2248x42 THAMES COURT M 4 David Brideoake 50= 50kg 98
53 111×84 ABBEY MARIE M 4 Michael Kent 53= 50kg 97
54 2x145x227x SINGING (FR) H 7 Kris Lees 53= 50kg 97
55 x266223x69 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman 53= 50kg 97
56 11114x RUSSIAN REVOLUTION C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 53= 49kg 97
57 114x82876x MIME (NZ) M 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 57= 50kg 95
58 1114x4197x RAW IMPULSE (GB) H 5 Darren Weir 57= 50kg 95
59 50×2152427 TOO GOOD TO REFUSE H 4 Desleigh Forster 57= 50kg 95
60 212x114x24 FOXPLAY F 3 Chris Waller 60= 49kg 92
61 129x12x2 OMEI SWORD F 3 Chris Waller 60= 49kg 92
62 110x7111x6 NEW TIPPERARY G 4 Joseph Pride 62= 50kg 88
63 1x51024x94 SHILLELAGH (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller 62= 50kg 88
64 3x522845x7 TORGERSEN (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 62= 50kg 88
65 123×115 MAN FROM UNCLE G 3 Anthony & Edward Cummings 65 49kg 86
66 917x277x41 ASTRONOMOS (GB) G 6 John P Thompson 66 50kg 85
67 4x11144x48 VELADERO C 3 Chris Waller 67 49kg 84
68 1117×232 ECHO EFFECT G 3 Kristen Buchanan 68 49kg 82
69 21x13433x SPECTROSCOPE (USA) H 4 John O’Shea 69= 50kg 81
70 121×533 COMIN’ THROUGH C 3 Chris Waller 69= 49kg 81
71 2x1113x8 BEZEL C 3 John O’Shea 71 49kg 78
72 41×2111 DUSTY JACK G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 72 50kg 76
73 323211×35 ANAHEIM C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 73 49kg 75
74 381416x ANCIENT HISTORY (IRE) H 4 John O’Shea 74= 50kg 74
75 54x17x26x1 CANNYESCENT G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 74= 50kg 74
76 142×218 TOP OF MY LIST M 4 Anthony & Edward Cummings 74= 50kg 74
77 3x68x11212 PORTMAN (NZ) G 4 Danny O’Brien 77= 50kg 72
78 51429×338 LAND OF PLENTY C 3 Grahame Begg 77= 49kg 72
79 3646×1216 ACHI BABA G 3 John O’Shea 79 49kg 71
80 1182×53 NO DOUBT H 4 Anthony & Edward Cummings 80 50kg 67
81 32195x REINFORCED C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 81 49kg 64

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