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.
|Date:||Saturday March 25, 2017|
|Race Type:||Quality Handicap|
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.
|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 Ladbrokes.com.au.
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|
|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||–|
|12||21x13433x1||SPECTROSCOPE (USA)||H||4||John O’Shea||86|
|13||0x21524274||TOO GOOD TO REFUSE||H||4||Desleigh Forster||–|
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.
|1st||Spectroscope||1 minute 33.65 seconds|
|1st||Havana Cooler||1 minute 29.0 seconds|
|1st||Excess Knowledge||1 minute 29.8 seconds|
|1st||Weary||1 minute 31.4 seconds|
|1st||Skyerush||1 minute 36.1 seconds|
|1st||Fast Clip||1 minute 35.2 seconds|
|1st||My Kingdom Of Fife||1 minute 34.8 seconds|
|1st||Brilliant Light||1 minute 35.7 seconds|
|1st||Dao Dao||1 minute 24.7 seconds|
|3rd||Pins On Parade|
|1st||Valedictum||1 minute 26.3 seconds|
|1st||Mr Ubiquitous||1 minute 23.8 seconds|
|3rd||A Country Girl|
|1st||Gorgonite||1 minute 22.8 seconds|
|1st||Osca Warrior||1 minute 29.0 seconds|
|2nd||Fire At Will|
|1st||Allgunadoit||1 minute 28.8 seconds|
|1st||Helsinborg||1 minute 23.2 seconds|
|2nd||On A High|
|1st||Defier||1 minute 22.0 seconds|
|1st||Final Fantasy||1 minute 21.5 seconds|
|1st||Le Zagaletta||1 minute 30.0 seconds|
|2nd||Summa Cum Laude|