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.

2017 Doncaster Prelude Results

  • 1st: Spectroscope
  • 2nd: No Doubt
  • 3rd: Marenostro

Doncaster Prelude News

2017 Doncaster Mile Possible for Prelude Winner Spectroscope

2017 Doncaster Mile Possible for Prelude Winner Spectroscope

Spectroscope has continued his unbeaten run of form in Australia at Rosehill Gardens this afternoon; weaving through the field in the final straight to win the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m). The Medaglia D’Oro entire debuted for Godolphin Australia with a comfortable win on soft and over 1350m a fortnight ago, but trainer John O’Shea…

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 The BMW Day each Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, the Doncaster Prelude is a quality handicap event run over 1500m worth $150,000 in prize money. It takes place on the same day as two elite level races – the Group 1 The BMW (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 2017 ran on Saturday March 25, 2017. 

Doncaster Prelude
Date: Saturday March 25,
Track: Rosehill Racecourse
Distance: 1500m
Race Type: Quality Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $150,000

2017 Doncaster Prelude Results

See below for the full Doncaster Prelude 2017 Results & Finishing Order – the race won by the John O’Shea-trained favourite Spectroscope who is set to back-up on the seven day turnaround into the Doncaster Mile Field.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 7 SPECTROSCOPE John O’Shea Corey Brown 7 53kg $3.20
2 9 NO DOUBT Anthony & Edward Cummings Jay Ford 1L 8 53kg $15
3 5 MARENOSTRO Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 2.3L 6 55kg $10
4 4 RUDY Helen Page Ben Melham 3.1L 3 55.5kg $7.50
5 8 ECHO EFFECT Kristen Buchanan Paul King 5L 2 53kg $5.50
6 3 KENJORWOOD Darren Weir Damian Lane 5.4L 5 56kg $4
7 1 PORNICHET Ciaron Maher Mark Zahra 7.7L 4 59.5kg $15
8 2 LEEBAZ Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Christian Reith 14.7L 1 59kg $21
10 LANCIATO Mark Newnham Tim Clark 0 53kg
6 NEW TIPPERARY Joseph Pride Brenton Avdulla 0 53.5kg

2017 Doncaster Prelude Betting

The top Doncaster Prelude 2017 odds and betting markets will be available below as soon as markets on the autumn Group 3 are open at

2017 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 The BMW Stakes Day.

The official Doncaster Prelude 2017 field and barriers will be out on Wednesday March 22, 2017 and released right here.

View the full 2017 Doncaster Prelude Final Field below – following the link to read more on the top contenders led by Godolphin import Spectroscope who comes off a Rosehill win in his Australian debut and the Kristen Buchanan-trained three-year-old Echo Effect in super-consistent autumn racing form.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 63849x080x PORNICHET (FR) Ciaron Maher Mark Zahra 5 59.5kg 108
2 561019×777 LEEBAZ (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Christian Reith 1 59kg 107
3 2x05211x74 KENJORWOOD Darren Weir Damian Lane 7 56kg 101
4 140x5474x3 RUDY Helen Page Ben Melham 3 55.5kg 100
5 694132x70x MARENOSTRO (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 8 55kg 99
6 10x7111x62 NEW TIPPERARY Joseph Pride Brenton Avdulla 4 53.5kg 96
7 21x13433x1 SPECTROSCOPE (USA) John O’Shea Corey Brown 9 53kg 86
8 1117×232 ECHO EFFECT Kristen Buchanan Paul King 2 53kg 82
9 1182×535 NO DOUBT Anthony & Edward Cummings Jay Ford 10 53kg 76
10 1275235×31 LANCIATO (NZ) Mark Newnham Tim Clark 6 53kg 75

2017 Doncaster Prelude Nominations

The Doncaster Prelude 2017 nominations close on Monday March 20, 2017 and will be published below in full once out.

Check out the early 2017 Doncaster Prelude Nominations – extended until 11:00am (AEDT) on 21/03/2017 – below featuring the likes of Hobartville Stakes runner-up Echo Effect and the progressive Joe Pride-trained Ajax Stakes second placegetter New Tipperary.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 381416×3 ANCIENT HISTORY (IRE) H 4 John O’Shea 74
2 x00352x020 AROD (IRE) H 6 Chris Waller 106
3 1117×232 ECHO EFFECT G 3 Kristen Buchanan 82
4 2x05211x74 KENJORWOOD G 7 Darren Weir
5 1275235×31 LANCIATO (NZ) G 4 Mark Newnham 75
6 561019×777 LEEBAZ (NZ) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 107
7 694132x70x MARENOSTRO (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 99
8 10x7111x62 NEW TIPPERARY G 4 Joseph Pride 96
9 1182×535 NO DOUBT H 4 Anthony & Edward Cummings 76
10 63849x080x PORNICHET (FR) H 6 Ciaron Maher
11 140x5474x3 RUDY G 6 Helen Page 100
12 21x13433x1 SPECTROSCOPE (USA) H 4 John O’Shea 86
13 0x21524274 TOO GOOD TO REFUSE H 4 Desleigh Forster
14 9x549169x6 VANBRUGH H 4 Chris Waller

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).

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
Doncaster Prelude
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
Doncaster Prelude
1st Spectroscope 1 minute 33.65 seconds
2nd No Doubt
3rd Marenostro
Doncaster Prelude
1st Havana Cooler 1 minute 29.0 seconds
2nd Cosmic Cube
3rd Rudy
Doncaster Prelude
1st Excess Knowledge 1 minute 29.8 seconds
2nd Malice
3rd Leebaz
Doncaster Prelude
1st Weary 1 minute 31.4 seconds
2nd Leebaz
3rd I’m Imposing
Doncaster Prelude
1st Skyerush 1 minute 36.1 seconds
2nd Alma’s Fury
3rd Illo
Doncaster Prelude
1st Fast Clip 1 minute 35.2 seconds
2nd Speediness
3rd Alma’s Fury
Doncaster Prelude
1st My Kingdom Of Fife 1 minute 34.8 seconds
2nd Hidden Wonder
3rd Bold Glance
Doncaster Prelude
1st Brilliant Light 1 minute 35.7 seconds
2nd Gold Water
3rd Snapy Halo
Doncaster Prelude
1st Dao Dao 1 minute 24.7 seconds
2nd Musket
3rd Pins On Parade
Doncaster Prelude
1st Valedictum 1 minute 26.3 seconds
2nd Master Magic
3rd Theseo
Doncaster Prelude
1st Mr Ubiquitous 1 minute 23.8 seconds
2nd Mystery City
3rd A Country Girl
Doncaster Prelude
1st Gorgonite 1 minute 22.8 seconds
2nd Mindreader
3rd Legendary Man
Doncaster Prelude
1st Osca Warrior 1 minute 29.0 seconds
2nd Fire At Will
3rd Gabfest
Doncaster Prelude
1st Allgunadoit 1 minute 28.8 seconds
2nd Cariboo
3rd Jeremiad
Doncaster Prelude
1st Helsinborg 1 minute 23.2 seconds
2nd On A High
3rd Palladium Star
Doncaster Prelude
1st Defier 1 minute 22.0 seconds
2nd Salgado
3rd Hire
Doncaster Prelude
1st Final Fantasy 1 minute 21.5 seconds
2nd Old Man
3rd Spying
Doncaster Prelude
1st Le Zagaletta 1 minute 30.0 seconds
2nd Summa Cum Laude
3rd Roulette