Doncaster Prelude

The Doncaster Prelude is a Group 3 race offering the winner a ballot exemption into the Doncaster Mile field during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

2020 Doncaster Prelude Results

  • 1st: #3 Cascadian
  • 2nd: #6 Mask Of Time
  • 3rd: #4 Gaulois



The Doncaster Prelude is a Group 3 race conducted at Rosehill Gardens in late March offering a spot in the year’s Doncaster Mile field to the winner.

Part of Tancred Stakes Day each Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, the Doncaster Prelude is a quality handicap event run over 1500m worth $160,000 in prize money. It takes place on the same day as two elite level races – the Group 1 Tancred Stakes (2400m) and the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m).

Horses running in the Doncaster Prelude field are usually eyeing a seven day back-up into the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Royal Randwick on Day 1 of ‘The Championships’, but the Group 3 doesn’t have a record of producing Doncaster Mile winners. In 2014 the Prelude winner Weary backed-up and finished third to Sacred Falls in that year’s Doncaster Mile trifecta. He also placed second later that month in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m).

Another next-up option for Doncaster Prelude graduates is the Group 3 JRA Plate (2000m) at Randwick a fortnight later. Gallopers also often do well if they head up to Queensland for the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival targeting events like the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) in May.

The Doncaster Prelude 2020 ran on Saturday March 28, 2020 and was won by the Godolphin-raced Cascadian. 

2020 Doncaster Prelude
Date: Saturday March 28, 2020
Track: Rosehill Racecourse
Distance: 1500m
Race Type: Quality Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2020 Doncaster Prelude Results

  • 1st: #3 Cascadian
  • 2nd: #6 Mask Of Time
  • 3rd: #4 Gaulois

Godolphin’s Group 1 placed Cascadian earned his spot in the Doncaster Mile field with a narrow victory in the Prelude on Tancred Stakes Day.

Click here to read more on the 2020 Doncaster Prelude results.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 3 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings James McDonald 13 58kg $6
2 6 MASK OF TIME (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Tom Marquand 0.2L 6 54kg (cd 54.5kg) $18
3 4 GAULOIS James Cummings Hugh Bowman 1.5L 5 58kg $8.50
4 10 RAINBOW THIEF (NZ) Michael Moroney Jay Ford 2.1L 7 54kg $14
5 9 DESERT LORD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 2.5L 1 54kg $6.50
6 14 DEALMAKER Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 2.7L 4 53kg $8.50
7 2 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 4.7L 8 58.5kg $4.20F
8 13 MASTER OF ARTS (NZ) John Thompson Robbie Dolan (a) 4.8L 11 54kg $201
9 12 MAURUS (GB) John Thompson Jason Collett 5.2L 2 54kg $26
10 7 I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 6.2L 9 54kg $17
11 15 SOMETHING FAST Anthony Cummings Jean Van Overmeire (a) 7.8L 3 53kg $15
12 8 CUBA John Thompson Sam Clipperton 8.1L 12 54kg $21
13 1 GAILO CHOP (FR) Matthew Williams Glen Boss 11.3L 10 61kg $21
SB 11 ABDON (GB) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 0 54kg
16e PURPLE SECTOR (NZ) John Thompson 0
5 UNFORGOTTEN Chris Waller Jason Collett 0

2020 Doncaster Prelude Betting

The top Doncaster Prelude 2020 odds and betting markets will be available below as soon as markets on the autumn Group 3 are open at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Doncaster Prelude Field

The Doncaster Prelude field attracts quality middle-distance gallopers eyeing a late autumn Group 1 run in a race like the Doncaster Mile or All Aged Stakes and is released by Racing NSW the Wednesday before Tancred Stakes Day.

The official Doncaster Prelude 2020 field and barriers will be out on Wednesday March 25, 2020 and released right here.

The 2020 Doncaster Prelude final field features a capacity 15 starters including the emergency Purple Sector in the outside alley who comes in for early scratching, Unforgotten, who instead lines-up as one of five for Chris Waller in the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes earlier in the day.

Click here to read more on the Doncaster Prelude 2020 field and odds.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 42x037902x GAILO CHOP (FR) Matthew Williams Glen Boss 11 61kg 110
2 11x49393x1 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 8 58.5kg 105
3 x54713x253 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings James McDonald 16 58kg 104
4 71241×4315 GAULOIS James Cummings Hugh Bowman 5 58kg 104
5 53403x600x UNFORGOTTEN Chris Waller Jason Collett 12 55.5kg 103
6 x3246077x6 MASK OF TIME (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Tom Marquand 6 54kg 96
7 56013x0x47 I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 9 54kg 95
8 231141×681 CUBA John Thompson Sam Clipperton 14 54kg 91
9 x1x4399x57 DESERT LORD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 1 54kg 89
10 511×43213 RAINBOW THIEF (NZ) Michael Moroney Jay Ford 7 54kg 73
11 725154x60x ABDON (GB) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 10 54kg 96
12 062x00323x MAURUS (GB) John Thompson Jason Collett 2 54kg 95
13 0x6694230x MASTER OF ARTS (NZ) John Thompson Robbie Dolan (a) 13 54kg 92
14 3x346120x4 DEALMAKER Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 4 53kg 90
15 1151x211x7 SOMETHING FAST Anthony Cummings Jean Van Overmeire (a) 3 53kg 86
16e 490431x5x0 PURPLE SECTOR (NZ) John Thompson 15 54kg 86

2020 Doncaster Prelude Nominations

The Doncaster Prelude 2020 nominations close on Monday March 23, 2020 and will be published below in full once out.

The 2020 Doncaster Prelude nominations feature a bumper 29 hopefuls eyeing a Doncaster Mile run next month including Cascadian coming off a lead-up third in the Ajax Stakes and a bumper 10 entries for trainer Chris Waller led by last start Maurice McCarten Stakes winner Star Of The Seas.

Waller chases a sixth win in the Prelude and third on the trot after the recent success of Cellarman (2018) and Mister Sea Wolf (2019).

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 725154x60x ABDON (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 96
2 x54713x253 CASCADIAN (GB) G 5 James Cummings 104
3 x3206620x5 CLIFF’S EDGE H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 104
4 231141×681 CUBA G 5 John Thompson 91
5 3x346120x4 DEALMAKER G 4 Chris Waller 90
6 x114x870x4 DEBT AGENT (NZ) G 7 Jim Conlan 102
7 x1x4399x57 DESERT LORD G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 89
8 12182115×3 DR DRILL (GB) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 99
9 42x037902x GAILO CHOP (FR) G 9 Matthew Williams 110
10 71241×4315 GAULOIS G 5 James Cummings 104
11 123x13047x GIRL TUESDAY M 5 Chris Waller 102
12 56013x0x47 I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) H 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 95
13 237x042x30 INVINCIBLE GEM M 6 Kris Lees 107
14 79×0866243 KEN’S DREAM G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 88
15 x3246077x6 MASK OF TIME (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 96
16 0x6694230x MASTER OF ARTS (NZ) G 8 John Thompson 92
17 062x00323x MAURUS (GB) G 9 John Thompson 95
18 x59260x075 NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 102
19 x54565x553 NOIRE M 6 Chris Waller 102
20 355x3x03x8 OUR ABBADEAN (NZ) M 7 Chris Waller 105
21 490431x5x0 PURPLE SECTOR (NZ) H 4 John Thompson 86
22 511×43213 RAINBOW THIEF (NZ) G 4 Michael Moroney 73
23 100x6x4069 RINGERDINGDING H 4 Anthony Freedman 93
24 1151x211x7 SOMETHING FAST G 5 Anthony Cummings 86
25 11x49393x1 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 105
26 1x2335516x SURREY THUNDER (FR) H 4 Chris Waller 86
27 8x1332x645 SWEET SCANDAL M 5 Chris Waller 95
28 320x56215x TOP OF THE RANGE (NZ) G 6 Michael Moroney 101
29 53403x600x UNFORGOTTEN M 5 Chris Waller 103

Doncaster Prelude History

The Doncaster Prelude was first run in 1985 and won by Bring Home. It is officially registered as the Royal Prama – named after the 1968 Golden Slipper Stakes winner. It has been known as the Doncaster Prelude since 2010 and has been conducted over distances ranging from 1400m – 1600m. It started as a Listed race before gaining Group 3 status in 2011 and from 2010 – 2013 ran at Royal Randwick.

Notable Doncaster Prelude winners include Defier (2002), Helsinborg (2003), My Kingdom Of Fife (2011) and Weary (2014).

In 2019 trainer Chris Waller won his fifth Doncaster Prelude and second on the trot with Mister Sea Wolf (2019) who had ran third behind stablemate Cellarman the year before.

Recent Doncaster Prelude Winners

Below has a table of Doncaster Prelude results and winners going back to 2000 to help with betting on the current season’s race.

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Doncaster Prelude
1st Cascadian 1 minute 31.66 seconds
2nd Mask Of Time
3rd Gaulois
2019
Doncaster Prelude
1st Mister Sea Wolf 1 minute 34.47 seconds
2nd Abdon
3rd Tom Melbourne
2018
Doncaster Prelude
1st Cellarman 1 minute 29.99 seconds
2nd Ecuador
3rd Mister Sea Wolf
2017
Doncaster Prelude
1st Spectroscope 1 minute 33.65 seconds
2nd No Doubt
3rd Marenostro
2016
Doncaster Prelude
1st Havana Cooler 1 minute 29.0 seconds
2nd Cosmic Cube
3rd Rudy
2015
Doncaster Prelude
1st Excess Knowledge 1 minute 29.8 seconds
2nd Malice
3rd Leebaz
2014
Doncaster Prelude
1st Weary 1 minute 31.4 seconds
2nd Leebaz
3rd I’m Imposing
2013
Doncaster Prelude
1st Skyerush 1 minute 36.1 seconds
2nd Alma’s Fury
3rd Illo
2012
Doncaster Prelude
1st Fast Clip 1 minute 35.2 seconds
2nd Speediness
3rd Alma’s Fury
2011
Doncaster Prelude
1st My Kingdom Of Fife 1 minute 34.8 seconds
2nd Hidden Wonder
3rd Bold Glance
2010
Doncaster Prelude
1st Brilliant Light 1 minute 35.7 seconds
2nd Gold Water
3rd Snapy Halo
2009
Doncaster Prelude
1st Dao Dao 1 minute 24.7 seconds
2nd Musket
3rd Pins On Parade
2008
Doncaster Prelude
1st Valedictum 1 minute 26.3 seconds
2nd Master Magic
3rd Theseo
2007
Doncaster Prelude
1st Mr Ubiquitous 1 minute 23.8 seconds
2nd Mystery City
3rd A Country Girl
2006
Doncaster Prelude
1st Gorgonite 1 minute 22.8 seconds
2nd Mindreader
3rd Legendary Man
2005
Doncaster Prelude
1st Osca Warrior 1 minute 29.0 seconds
2nd Fire At Will
3rd Gabfest
2004
Doncaster Prelude
1st Allgunadoit 1 minute 28.8 seconds
2nd Cariboo
3rd Jeremiad
2003
Doncaster Prelude
1st Helsinborg 1 minute 23.2 seconds
2nd On A High
3rd Palladium Star
2002
Doncaster Prelude
1st Defier 1 minute 22.0 seconds
2nd Salgado
3rd Hire
2001
Doncaster Prelude
1st Final Fantasy 1 minute 21.5 seconds
2nd Old Man
3rd Spying
2000
Doncaster Prelude
1st Le Zagaletta 1 minute 30.0 seconds
2nd Summa Cum Laude
3rd Roulette

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