Doncaster Mile Handicap

The Group 1 Doncaster Mile, a 1600m handicap, is one of the feature races on The Championships Day 1 run at Royal Randwick in early April.

2018 Doncaster Mile Results

  • 1st: #3 Happy Clapper
  • 2nd: #10 Comin' Through
  • 3rd: #13 Arbeitsam



The Group 1 Doncaster Mile  is a 1600m handicap race for the best middle distance gallopers in the country. Held at Randwick Racecourse during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, the race is also known as the Doncaster Handicap and is regarded as the equivalent of the spring’s Epsom Handicap.

The Doncaster Mile offers $3 million in prize money making it one of the richest races in the autumn and is open to all horses aged three years and over. The Doncaster Mile is now held on the opening day of The Championships at Royal Randwick on an exciting race card that also features the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m), the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) and the Group 1 ATC Sires Produce Stakes (1400m).

Key lead-up races into the Doncaster Mile field include the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) run the Saturday before at Rosehill Gardens and the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) a fortnight before. Recent winners of the George Ryder Stakes – Doncaster Mile double include Winx (2016), Vision And Power (2009), Haradasun (2007) and Racing To Win (2006).

The Doncaster Mile winner is also exempt from ballot from the autumn’s richest race – the $4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) held the following Saturday. The Doncaster Mile – Queen Elizabeth Stakes double was recently achieved by More Joyous (2012).

The 2018 Doncaster Mile ran on Saturday April 7, 2018 at Royal Randwick and saw Happy Clapper finally win after seconds in 2016 and 2017.

Doncaster Mile 2018
Date: Saturday April 7, 2018
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO+ Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $3,000,000

2018 Doncaster Mile Results

  • 1st: #3 Happy Clapper
  • 2nd: #10 Comin’ Through
  • 3rd: #13 Arbetisam

See below for the full Doncaster Mile 2018 Results & Finishing Order, following the link to read more on the classic win by dual runner-up Happy Clapper who charged home for a two length win over Comin’ Through on way to a seventh clash with Winx.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 3 HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster Blake Shinn 1 57kg $5
2 10 COMIN’ THROUGH Chris Waller Tim Clark 2L 7 51.5kg $19
3 13 ARBEITSAM Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Michael Dee 2.2L 10 50kg $26
4 16 D’ARGENTO Chris Waller Andrew Adkins 2.5L 15 49kg (cd 51kg) $8.50
5 8 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 2.6L 14 52kg $15
6 15 COOL CHAP David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 3.1L 6 50kg $41
7 11 LANCIATO (NZ) Mark Newnham Ms Rachel King (a) 3.6L 13 51kg $19
8 1 HUMIDOR (NZ) Darren Weir Mark Zahra 3.7L 4 58kg $13
9 4 ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 4L 3 53.5kg $51
10 9 KEMENTARI James Cummings Brenton Avdulla 4.1L 2 51.5kg $3.20F
11 12 EGG TART Chris Waller Craig Newitt 4.5L 9 50.5kg $31
12 6 CRACK ME UP (NZ) Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 4.7L 11 53kg $21
13 5 PRIZED ICON Kris Lees Ben Melham 6.1L 5 53.5kg $31
14 7 INVINCIBLE GEM Kris Lees Michael Walker 6.8L 12 52kg (cd 52.5kg) $31
15 2 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) Darren Weir Craig Williams 7.4L 8 57.5kg $26
16 14 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller Jay Ford 10.2L 16 50kg $81

2018 Doncaster Mile Tips

  • 1st: #3 Happy Clapper
  • 2nd: #10 Comin’ Through
  • 3rd: #16 D’Argento

Check out our full Doncaster Mile 2018 Tips & Odds Update now.

Doncaster Mile Betting

The Doncaster Mile is always one of the most popular betting events on the Australian racing calendar because of the open nature of the Group 1 event. Favourites have a fair record in the Doncaster Mile with Winx (2016), More Joyous (2011), Haradasun (2007) and Racing To Win (2006) all winning as the punters elect in the last decade. There has also been some notable upset Doncaster Mile results including back in 1985 when Row Of Waves won as a 100/1 shot.

Futures Doncaster Mile odds open months in advance of the race at online bookmakers including Ladbrokes.com.au offering punters an early chance to lock in their selections at generous all-in pricing.

2018 Doncaster Mile Odds

All-in Doncaster Mile odds 2018 provided by Ladbrokes.com.au at all-in pricing are listed below for you to back your early Doncaster Mile betting tips.

Doncaster Mile Form

The Doncaster Mile form is always tough to analyse because there are generally horses coming from a variety of different form lines to contest the Group 1 event. The George Ryder Stakes is considered the key form race, but in recent years Doncaster Mile winners have had their final lead-up race in events like the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m), the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) and Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m).

View our comprehensive 2018 Doncaster Mile Form Guide & Betting Preview now.

2018 Doncaster Mile Field

The final Doncaster Mile field of acceptances is released by Racing NSW on the Tuesday before the race and features a capacity 20 starters.

The official 2018 Doncaster Mile field and barriers are due out on Tuesday April 3, 2018 and will be published in full below.

The Doncaster Mile 2018 Final Field is now out with 16 hopefuls in the mix led by Godolphin’s last start Randwick Guineas winning three-year-old Kementari who leads the Doncaster Mile odds after drawing barrier two. The race’s dual runner-up Happy Clapper gets his chance from the inside alley, while the Rosehill Guineas winner D’Argento out in barrier 15 is one of six in the mix for six in the mix for six-time Doncaster Mile winning trainer Chris Waller.

Read more on the 2018 Doncaster Mile Field & Barriers now.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 6813520×41 HUMIDOR (NZ) Darren Weir Mark Zahra 4 58kg 116
2 536181×025 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) Darren Weir Craig Williams 8 57.5kg 115
3 x121262x12 HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster Blake Shinn 1 57kg 114
4 x0x360x314 ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 3 53.5kg 107
5 2720×24263 PRIZED ICON Kris Lees Ben Melham 5 53.5kg 107
6 11×2141914 CRACK ME UP (NZ) Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 11 53kg (incl. 1.0kg penalty) 104
7 1112x13x35 INVINCIBLE GEM Kris Lees Michael Walker 12 52kg 108
8 22226230×2 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 14 52kg 104
9 x4320x1113 KEMENTARI James Cummings Brenton Avdulla 2 51.5kg 104
10 38x1160x31 COMIN’ THROUGH Chris Waller Tim Clark 7 51.5kg 103
11 x31x1x3111 LANCIATO (NZ) Mark Newnham Ms Rachel King (a) 13 51kg (inclu. 1.0kg penalty) 96
12 111x270x40 EGG TART Chris Waller Craig Newitt 9 50.5kg 105
13 2111×42051 ARBEITSAM Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Michael Dee 10 50kg 100
14 x128x25x23 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller Jay Ford 16 50kg 98
15 x541659x32 COOL CHAP David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 6 50kg 95
16 11×1371 D’ARGENTO Chris Waller Corey Brown 15 49kg 88

Check out our dedicated Doncaster Mile Field page for more on the nominations and acceptance stages of the race.

2018 Doncaster Mile Nominations

The Doncaster Mile nominations close on a Monday in early February, two months out from Doncaster Mile Day. The original Doncaster Handicap nominations can feature around 200 hopefuls hoping to make the final field for the autumn Group 1 classic.

The Doncaster Mile 2018 nominations are set to be taken around Monday February 12, 2018 and will be listed below as soon as available.

The official 2018 Doncaster Mile Nominations attracted 181 entries, up from 30 the previous year, the highest number of early noms for the classic in the past five years. Heading the Doncaster Mile 2018 Nominations and early betting is the Godolphin-raced colt Kementari who was ultra-impressive winning the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes first-up. Super trainer Chris Waller meanwhile will chase a seventh Doncaster Mile win having nominated for a 26-strong contingent.

View the full 181 Doncaster Mile 2018 Nominated Horses.

2018 Doncaster Mile First Acceptances

Following the nominations the Doncaster Mile first acceptances close a month later on a Tuesday in early March. The Doncaster Handicap first acceptances narrow down the list of potential milers to take to the Randwick track over 1600m in the elite level on Day 1 of ‘The Championships’.

The Doncaster Mile 2018 first acceptances are set to be released around Tuesday March 13, 2018 and will be published below.

The official 2018 Doncaster Mile First Acceptances attracted 80 hopefuls including the early favourite, three-year-old Kementari who made it three on the trot with a win in the Randwick Guineas last weekend. Another gun winner from Randwick Guineas Day among the Doncaster Mile First Declarations is the Pat Webster-trained Canterbury Stakes champ Happy Clapper who has run second in the past two editions of the Doncaster Mile.

View the official Doncaster Mile 2018 First Acceptances featuring Happy Clapper.

Doncaster Mile History

First held in 1865 when Dundee took out the winning title. The race was officially changed to its current title of the Doncaster Mile in 2010 having previously been known as the Doncaster Handicap.

Many champion horses have won the classic over the years and notable Doncaster Mile winners include Wakeful (1901), Chatham (1934), Cuddle (1936), Tudor Hill (1959-1960), Gunsynd (1972), Emancipation (1983), Super Impose (1990-1991), Sunline (1999 & 2002), Grand Armee (2003), More Joyous (2012) and Winx (2016).

Recent Doncaster Mile Winners

See below for a full list of the Doncaster Mile and Doncaster Handicap winners going back to 2000.

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Doncaster Mile
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2018
Doncaster Mile
1st Happy Clapper 1 minute 33.17 seconds
2nd Comin’ Through
3rd Arbeitsam
2017
Doncaster Mile
1st It’s Somewhat 1 minute 39.17 seconds
2nd Happy Clapper
3rd Sense Of Occasion
2016
Doncaster Mile
1st Winx 1 minute 35.2 seconds
2nd Happy Clapper
3rd Azkadellia
2015
Doncaster Mile
1st Kermadec 1 minute 37.6 seconds
2nd Real Impact
3rd Royal Descent
2014
Doncaster Mile
1st Sacred Falls 1 minute 39.6 seconds
2nd Royal Descent
3rd Weary
2013
Doncaster Mile
1st Sacred Falls 1 minute 37.7 seconds
2nd Pierro
3rd Norzita
2012
Doncaster Mile
1st More Joyous 1 minute 35.5 seconds
2nd Shoot Out
3rd Yosei
2011
Doncaster Mile
1st Sacred Choice 1 minute 39.4 seconds
2nd Love Conquers All
3rd Bold Glance
2010
Doncaster Mile
1st Rangirangdoo 1 minute 34.22 seconds
2nd Road To Rock
3rd Brilliant Light
2009
Doncaster Handicap
1st Vision And Power 1 minute 36.6 seconds
2nd Black Piranha
3rd Whobegotyou
2008
Doncaster Handicap
1st Triple Honour 1 minute 38.6 seconds
2nd Casino Prince
3rd Pinnacles
2007
Doncaster Handicap
1st Haradasun 1 minute 38 seconds
2nd Mentality
3rd Divine Madonna
2006
Doncaster Handicap
1st Racing To Win 1 minute 34.1 seconds
2nd Johan’s Toy
3rd Bentley Biscuit
2005
Doncaster Handicap
1st Patezza 1 minute 35.9 seconds
2nd Court’s In Session
3rd Danni Martine
2004
Doncaster Handicap
1st Private Steer 1 minute 35.5 seconds
2nd Grand Armee
3rd Ambulance
2003
Doncaster Handicap
1st Grand Armee 1 minute 36.8 seconds
2nd Dash For Cash
3rd Boreale
2002
Doncaster Handicap
1st Sunline 1 minute 35.2 seconds
2nd Shogun Lodge
3rd Defier
2001
Doncaster Handicap
1st Assertive Lad 1 minute 35.9 seconds
2nd Shogun Lodge
3rd Weasel Will
2000
Doncaster Handicap
1st Over 1 minute 35 seconds
2nd Sunline
3rd Zastov

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