2017 Doncaster Mile Field Released

A talented and capacity field of milers has been confirmed for Saturday’s 2017 Doncaster Mile (1600m); the feature race on Day 1 of The Championships at Royal Randwick.

Hauraki will carry topweight in the 2017 Doncaster Mile. Photo: Steve Hart

Hauraki will carry topweight in the 2017 Doncaster Mile. Photo: Steve Hart

Equine superstar and defending champion Winx is the notably emission from the 2017 Doncaster Mile field, however several outstanding milers have been confirmed the twenty-strong group, including topweight Hauraki.

Hauraki has been a strong and consistent performer for Godolphin throughout his entire racing career so far and was unlucky to finish in the minors at the highest level several times leading into his recent spring campaign.

Having resumed in September for a smart win in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1600m), the Reset gelding placed second to Winx in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) before mustering a huge turn of foot in the final straight at Randwick to win the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m).

Failing to handle the conditions when eighth in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) and ending his year second in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (2000m), Hauraki resumed this year for third in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) before running fourth in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) last time out.

Godolphin is set to launch a three-pronged attack in the race after trainer John O’Shea also confirmed It’s Somewhat and Prelude winner Spectroscope in the 2017 Doncaster Mile field.

Le Romain appears to have returned to racing in career-best form this time and will carry 56.5kgs in the Doncaster Mile, with the notable advantage of Hugh Bowman in the saddle.

Breaking through for his first Group 1 win when beating Press Statement to the line in the Randwick Guineas (1600m) last autumn, Le Romain returned in spring for a number of strong and consistent results, before ending his year a comfortable winner of the Group 1 Cantala Stakes (1600m).

Having resumed this time to win the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m), Le Romain won his third Group 1 crown in the Canterbury Stakes before placing second to Winx in the George Ryder Stakes a fortnight ago.

Chris Waller has dominated the 2017 Doncaster Mile field; accepting positions in the race for a total of four of his stable stars; Arod, McCreery, Endless Drama and Antonio Giuseppe.

Arod began his career under the guidance of Peter Chapple-Hyam in the UK and has posted several good results in Australia, between lacklustre performances since arriving last spring.

McCreery finished second behind Le Romain in the Cantala Stakes most notably in spring and while returning this time to win the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m), finished a distant fifth in the George Ryder Stakes most recently.

Endless Drama has shown plenty of ability through his short Australian racing tenure so far, but faded late in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) to finish sixth at his most recent start.

Antonio Giuseppe is undoubtedly the most intriguing of Waller’s runners confirmed in the Doncaster Mile field, having been originally set for major staying races.

The four-year-old won a Rosehill minor over 1500m with ease first-up, but faded in each of the Group 3 Sky High Stakes (2000m) and Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at his two most-recent appearances.

Leading Victorian Darren Weir is another trainer who has confirmed several runners in the 2017 Doncaster Mile field, including both Palentino and Tosen Stardom.

A multiple Group 1 winner at the distance, Palentino will carry winning form into the Doncaster Mile after taking out the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) at Flemington a fortnight ago.

Tosen Stardom has finished second in each of the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) and the Blamey Stakes since returning this season.

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2017 Doncaster Mile Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 2x12182x34 HAURAKI John O’Shea James Doyle 16 57kg 112
2 x22251x112 LE ROMAIN Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 8 56.5kg 116
3 51008×4461 PALENTINO Darren Weir Mark Zahra 3 56.5kg 111
4 51709x4x22 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) Darren Weir Craig Williams 23 56kg 110
5 3x56469x21 HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster Blake Shinn 2 55.5kg 1.0kg 109
6 653x4313x1 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) John O’Shea Zac Purton 9 55kg 110
7 6116×11338 ECUADOR (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 14 55kg 108
8 x00352x020 AROD (IRE) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 7 54kg 106
9 49×2329249 DIBAYANI (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 21 54kg 105
10 120x5x21x1 REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 15 53kg 2.0kg 109
11 6251162×15 MCCREERY (GB) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 17 53kg 1.0kg 106
12 x3915x0x36 ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 20 53kg 104
13 641454x12x SENSE OF OCCASION Kris Lees Corey Brown 10 52.5kg 103
14 54231×2711 I AM A STAR (NZ) Shane Nichols Dean Yendall 1 52kg 108
15 x11134x311 HEY DOC Tony McEvoy Tim Clark 19 52kg 106
16 511112×124 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 6 52kg 103
17 0x05x610x7 SONS OF JOHN Jason Attard 5 51.5kg 101
18 x1782x1633 TESTASHADOW Gary Portelli Ms Katelyn Mallyon 13 51kg 101
19 1x13433x11 SPECTROSCOPE (USA) John O’Shea Joao Moreira 22 51kg 100
20 12x210x204 EURO ANGEL (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Andrew Adkins (a) 11 51kg 99
21e 10x7111x62 NEW TIPPERARY Joseph Pride Jay Ford 18 51kg 96
22e 1182×5352 NO DOUBT Anthony & Edward Cummings 12 51kg 85
23e 142×2183 TOP OF MY LIST Anthony & Edward Cummings 4 51kg 81

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