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 on the first Saturday in April each autumn.

2017 Doncaster Mile Results

  • 1st: It's Somewhat
  • 2nd: Happy Clapper
  • 3rd: Sense Of Occasion

Doncaster Mile Handicap News

English clear favourite for 2017 All Aged Stakes

English clear favourite for 2017 All Aged Stakes

Group 1 wining mare English is a clear cut race day favourite for the Group 1 $600,000 Schweppes All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick today.

English, above with red sleeves, is the clear favourite for the All Aged Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Ladbrokes.com.au have English at $3.20, a clear margin ahead of the Kris Lees trained Le ...

Doncaster Mile Handicap

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 2017 Doncaster Mile Handicap ran on Saturday April 1, 2017 at Royal Randwick.

Doncaster Mile
Date: Saturday April 1, 2017
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO+ Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $3,000,000

2017 Doncaster Mile Results

  • 1st: It’s Somewhat
  • 2nd: Happy Clapper
  • 3rd: Sense Of Occasion

Read the full Doncaster Mile 2017 Results led by upset winner It’s Somewhat prepared by John O’Shea for Godolphin who led all-the-way.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 6 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) John O’Shea Zac Purton 8 55kg $31
2 5 HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster Blake Shinn 0.5L 2 55.5kg $7
3 13 SENSE OF OCCASION Kris Lees Corey Brown 4L 9 52.5kg $61
4 3 PALENTINO Darren Weir Mark Zahra 4.5L 3 56.5kg $12
5 1 HAURAKI John O’Shea James Doyle 5.3L 14 57kg $21
6 11 MCCREERY (GB) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 5.7L 15 53kg $14
7 21 NEW TIPPERARY Joseph Pride Jay Ford 6.2L 16 51kg $51
8 14 I AM A STAR (NZ) Shane Nichols Dean Yendall 8.1L 1 52kg $13
9 15 HEY DOC Tony McEvoy Tim Clark 8.3L 17 52kg $17
10 19 SPECTROSCOPE (USA) John O’Shea Joao Moreira 9.5L 20 51kg $7.50
11 10 REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 9.7L 13 53kg $6
12 16 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 10L 5 52kg $13
13 17 SONS OF JOHN Jason Attard Ms Kathy O’Hara 10.2L 4 51.5kg $101
14 20 EURO ANGEL (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Andrew Adkins (a) 11.2L 10 51kg $101
15 2 LE ROMAIN Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 11.8L 7 56.5kg $4.80F
16 7 ECUADOR (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 13.4L 12 55kg $26
17 9 DIBAYANI (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 14.7L 19 54kg $61
18 18 TESTASHADOW Gary Portelli Ms Katelyn Mallyon 17.6L 11 51kg $61
19 8 AROD (IRE) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 17.9L 6 54kg $51
20 12 ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 24.6L 18 53kg $31
23 TOP OF MY LIST Anthony & Edward Cummings 0
22 NO DOUBT Anthony & Edward Cummings 0
4 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) Darren Weir Craig Williams 0

2017 Doncaster Mile Form Guide

Check out our official 2017 Doncaster Mile Form Guide & Betting Preview.

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.

2017 Doncaster Mile Odds

All-in Doncaster Mile odds 2017 provided by Ladbrokes.com.au at all-in pricing are listed below for you to back your early Doncaster Mile betting tips.

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.

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 Ms Kathy O’Hara 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

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

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.

Check out the official list of 81 Doncaster Mile 2017 First Acceptances .

2017 Doncaster Mile Weights

The Doncaster Mile 2017 weights on the nominated gallopers are set for release on Monday February 20, 2017 and will be announced below.

Check out the full original 2017 Doncaster Mile Handicap Weights & Ballot by following the link.

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.

Check out the official 2017 Doncaster Mile Nominations by following the link.

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 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.

Year Place Horse Time
2018
Doncaster Mile
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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