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Day 1 of Sydney’s ‘The Championships’ runs at Royal Randwick Racecourse across the afternoon and the full Doncaster Mile Day 2017 results for all ten races will be updated as the day progresses right here.
Four elite level Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival features headline the action and Races.com.au will be first to publish the winners of the Inglis Sires’ (Race 6), Australian Derby (Race 7), TJ Smith Stakes (Race 8) and the Doncaster Mile (Race 9).
So stay tuned to find out the Randwick race results for the bumper meeting and head to Ladbrokes.com.au for the premier autumn Group 1 racing odds and offers.
Race 10 (5:50pm) – $200,000 Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m)
- 1st: #15 Waking Moment
- 2nd: #2 Perfect Rhyme
- 3rd: #6 Fallacy
Continuing the upsets on Doncaster Mile Day the John Thompson-trained Waking Moment scored a Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes victory as a $26 roughie enjoying the step-up in distance after finishing mid-field in a Kembla Grange maiden over a mile last time out. The form leading into the ATC Oaks probably won’t stack-up, but it was a brilliant result for connections of Waking Moment who won by the bob of the head over the better-fancied Perfect Rhyme with Fallacy crossing third.
Race 9 (5:10pm) – $3,000,000 Group 1 The Star Doncaster Mile (1600m)
- 1st: #6 It’s Somewhat
- 2nd: #5 Happy Clapper
- 3rd: #13 Sense Of Occasion
The John O’Shea-trained, Godolphin-raced It’s Somewhat scored a huge Doncaster Mile upset in a brilliant all-the-way victory at huge odds. Jockey Zac Purton took the last start Ajax Stakes winner straight to the front in a Sunline-like all-the-way victory on the Heavy going. Happy Clapper finished second in a Doncaster Mile quinella for the second straight year, while another of the race’s roughie hopes Sense Of Occasion rounded out the trifecta in his first run since a Gosford Cup second back in mid-January.
Race 8 (4:30pm) – $2,500,000 Group 1 Darley TJ Smith Stakes (1200m)
- 1st: #1 Chautauqua
- 2nd: #12 English
- 3rd: #6 Fell Swoop
International superstar Chautauqua put all the doubters firmly in their place making history at Royal Randwick with a third consecutive win in the TJ Smith Stakes. He had been potted all week after Team Hawkes had earlier plans to run him in the Doncaster Mile, but the ‘Grey Flash’ showed why he was such a champion coming from an impossible position at the back of the field to fly home and record one of the great Australian race results. English looked the winner before the grey ran her down, the mare holding for second with Fell Swoop in third.
Race 7 (3:50pm) – $2,000,000 Group 1 BMW Australian Derby (2400m)
- 1st: #4 Jon Snow
- 2nd: #9 Harper’s Choice
- 3rd: #6 Hardham
Kiwi horseman Murray Baker celebrated his fourth Australian Derby win with New Zealand raider Jon Snow scoring an upset on a seven day back-up after winning the Tulloch Stakes last weekend. It was Gingernuts, the Kiwi-trained Rosehill Guineas winner, the punters backed but Jon Snow presented rock hard fit and bounced out to beat home the Gerald Ryan-trained pacesetter Harper’s Choice, while Alister Clark Stakes winner Hardham ran third to round out the ATC Derby trifecta.
Race 6 (3:10pm) – $1,000,000 Group 1 Inglis Sires’ (1400m)
- 1st: #8 Invader
- 2nd: #9 Summer Passage
- 3rd: #5 Trapeze Artist
Team Snowden were back in the winners’ stall with a two-year-old this autumn, Invader leading an all-Snitzel bred Inglis Sires’ Trifecta in 2017 thanks to a patient ride from jockey Hugh Bowman. Invader was three back on the fence with nowhere to go, but Bowman didn’t panic and presented him on the straight to finish hard down the outside and run down the Kiwi Summer Passage to win, while Trapeze Artist ran on well in third for trainer Gerald Ryan.
Race 5 (2:30pm) – $200,000 Group 3 The Green Guys PJ Bell Stakes (1200m)
- 1st: #20 Diddums
- 2nd: #8 Prompt Response
- 3rd: #18 Smart Amelia
An on-pace ride from Sam Clipperton on the 54kg minimum weight saw the Gerald Ryan-trained Snitzel filly Diddums continue to improve with an impressive all-the-way win in the PJ Bell Stakes. A lovely training performance from Ryan saw the $20 roughie hope come out of a Benchmark 67 second place to take out the Group 3 on Doncaster Day, the filly setting the pace throughout before kicking away with 200m to go to hold off challenger Prompt Response with Smart Amelia finishing third.
Race 4 (1:55pm) – $388,000 Special Condition Country Championships Final (1400m)
- 1st: #13 Free Standing
- 2nd: #7 After All That
- 3rd: #14 Not For Export
In his twelfth start this prep Free Standing, who was smashed by today’s favourite Perfect Dare at Grafton last time out, was able to turn to the tables thanks to a gun ride by Blake Shinn who settled off the hot speed and got the Equiano four-year-old out at the right time on Doncaster Mile Day to hand Coffs Harbour trainer Ms Cathleen Rode a lucrative victory.
Race 3 (1:20pm) – $300,000 Group 2 Schweppes Chairman’s Handicap (2600m)
- 1st: #1 Big Duke
- 2nd: #3 Aloft
- 3rd: #7 Rock On
The Sydney Cup favourite Big Duke proved he was ready for the two mile classic Saturday week carrying 58kg to a huge win in the ATC Chairman’s Handicap on Doncaster Mile Day. After racing up on the speed throughout, the Darren Weir-trained stayer was presented at the perfect time for the storming late finish to put two lengths on the runner-up Aloft, while Rock On finished off well for third.
Race 2 (12:45pm) – $200,000 Group 3 China Horse Club Carbine Club Stakes (1600m)
- 1st: #5 Acatour
- 2nd: #4 Theanswermyfriend
- 3rd: #1 Veladero
Peter & Paul Snowden’s impressive Sebring colt Acatour relished getting a bit of a firmer track on Day 1 of ‘The Championships’, improving on his Randwick Guineas eighth to race past the short-priced favourite Theanswermyfriend and post a Group 3 win in the ATC Carbine Club Stakes. A genuine miler, the horse was given a gun ride by Blake Shinn, while the third placed Veladero was brave in the close placing with the runner-up.
Race 1 (12:10pm) – $200,000 Group 3 Widden 150th Anniversary Stakes (1100m)
- 1st: #1 Property
- 2nd: #2 Condor Heroes
- 3rd: #8 Sheikha
The Robert Smerdon-trained market mover Property scored a super impressive win in the first on Doncaster Mile Day, the son of Starcraft franking the Melbourne form out of the Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes. He ran fifth in that Group 1 beaten under three lengths, bypassed the Golden Slipper and was saved for this easier assignment that he blitzed. He looked professional easing up to the front-runner From Within with 200m to go before flying home for a three length win over Condor Heroes who made up all the ground after missing the kick. Sheikha held for third after racing up on the pace wide with no cover throughout.
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