The Group 1 Doncaster Mile 2017 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 2017 Doncaster Mile Handicap will be run on Saturday April 1 at Royal Randwick.
|Date:||Saturday April 1, 2017|
|Race Type:||3YO+ Handicap|
2017 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 2017 Doncaster Mile field and barriers are due out on Tuesday March 28, 2017 and will be published in full below.
Check out our dedicated Doncaster Mile Field page for more on the nominations and acceptance stages of the race.
2017 Doncaster Mile Nominations
The early 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 2017 nominations are set to be taken around Monday February 6, 2017 and will be listed below as soon as available.
2017 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 2017 first acceptances are set to be released around Tuesday March 7, 2017 and will be published below.
Doncaster Mile History
First held in 1865 when Dundee took out the winning title, the Doncaster Mile’s fastest race time (since 1930) was recorded in 1979 by Belmura Lad with 1:33.7. The slowest race time recorded was 1:45.25 by Tuhitarata in 1942. The race was officially changed to its current title of the Doncaster Mile in 2010.
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).
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.
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).
The official 2017 Doncaster Mile Form Guide will be published below closer to ‘The Championships’ in April.
Recent Doncaster Mile Winners
See below for a full list of the Doncaster Mile and Doncaster Handicap winners going back to 2000.
|1st||Winx||1 minute 35.2 seconds|
|1st||Kermadec||1 minute 37.6 seconds|
|1st||Sacred Falls||1 minute 39.6 seconds|
|1st||Sacred Falls||1 minute 37.7 seconds|
|1st||More Joyous||1 minute 35.5 seconds|
|1st||Sacred Choice||1 minute 39.4 seconds|
|2nd||Love Conquers All|
|1st||Rangirangdoo||1 minute 34.22 seconds|
|2nd||Road To Rock|
|1st||Vision And Power||1 minute 36.6 seconds|
|1st||Triple Honour||1 minute 38.6 seconds|
|1st||Haradasun||1 minute 38 seconds|
|1st||Racing To Win||1 minute 34.1 seconds|
|1st||Patezza||1 minute 35.9 seconds|
|2nd||Court’s In Session|
|1st||Private Steer||1 minute 35.5 seconds|
|1st||Grand Armee||1 minute 36.8 seconds|
|2nd||Dash For Cash|
|1st||Sunline||1 minute 35.2 seconds|
|1st||Assertive Lad||1 minute 35.9 seconds|
|1st||Over||1 minute 35 seconds|