The Doncaster Mile can be run with a maximum of 20 runners and the Group 1 event often attracts its capacity field. There is generally a last minute scramble to earn a start in the Doncaster Mile field and horses that win the Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) , Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m), Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m), Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m), Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m), Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m), Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) and Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1600m) earn automatic entry into the Doncaster Mile with a ballot exemption.
The Doncaster Handicap generally draws the best milers from right around Australia competing for a share in the $3 million in Doncaster Mile prize money. After running in the Doncaster Mile field horses may back-up a week later and vie for a win in the richest race of the autumn, the weight-for-age $4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).
The 2017 Doncaster Mile Field faces off on Day 1 of The Championships on Saturday April 1, 2017.
2017 Doncaster Mile Field
The final 2017 Doncaster Mile field is released by Racing NSW on the Tuesday before the race and will be published below on March 28, 2017.
2017 Doncaster Mile Nominations
The Doncaster Mile nominations close in early February, around two months before the race runs as the feature event on the opening day of The Championships race days at Royal Randwick Racecourse in April during the annual Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Every season the Doncaster Handicap early entries can attract up to 200 handicap hopefuls before the first round of acceptances helps punters narrow down what horses will eventually take to the Randwick track in the final Doncaster Handicap field.
The 2017 Doncaster Mile nominations will be listed below as soon as announced by Racing NSW around Monday February 6, 2017.
2017 Doncaster Mile First Acceptances
Around four weeks after the nominations close for the $3 million Doncaster Mile the list of possible runners is cut down by the Doncaster Mile first acceptances, which are taken in early March.
The 2017 Doncaster Mile first acceptances are set to close around Tuesday March 7, 2017 and will be listed in full below.