2022 Doncaster Mile Field & Barrier Draw: Forbidden Love in 14

March 29, 2022

2022 Doncaster Mile Field & Barrier Draw: Forbidden Love in 14

Another wet Sydney track looks ideal for the flying Richard & Michael Freedman-trained mare Forbidden Love who is narrow favourite to secure her third straight Group 1 win in Saturday’s Doncaster Mile 2022 field.

Forbidden Love | Photo: Steve Hart | Races.com.au

Flying mare Forbidden Love is favourite to secure a third straight Group 1 win this weekend in the 2022 Doncaster Mile. Photo: Steve Hart.

A capacity field of autumn stars is gathered for this year’s Group 1 $3 million The Star Doncaster Mile (1600m), one of four elite level features set to run on a Heavy Randwick track for Day 1 of The Championships.

Drawn barrier 14, which could become 12 with emergencies out, is the current $5 favourite in Doncaster Mile betting at Ladbrokes.com.au Forbidden Love.

The bonny mare is in white-hot form coming off three straight wins this campaign, the last two seeing her secure the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes – George Ryder Stakes double at Randwick and Rosehill respectively on Heavy (9) tracks.

On Saturday Jamie Kah replaces Hugh Bowman in the saddle with Bowman booked to ride the main danger, I’m Thunderstruck, in the Doncaster Mile field.

Forbidden Love was huge in the George Ryder with 57kg and drops right back to just 50kg in the Doncaster Mile weights.

She will be airborne with that on her back, has that imposing five-from-six Heavy track record and a brilliant Randwick strike-rate (9:4-0-2).

The $2 million earner is yet to win over a mile, but is a genuine wet track specialist and hard to beat favourite looking to complete the George Ryder – Doncaster Mile double for the first time since the mighty mare Winx in 2016.

Success will also see Forbidden Love join Brutal (49.5kg in 2019) as the only Doncaster Mile winners in over 20 years to carry less than 51kg to victory.

As mentioned, the danger following closely at Doncaster Mile odds of $6 is Bowman’s mount I’m Thunderstruck set to jump from barrier eight.

The Mick Price & Michael Kent Junior-trained son of Shocking is looking to secure his first win since the $7.5 million The Golden Eagle (1500m) last October.

He has had three eye-catching runs this campaign for back-to-back fifths in the CF Orr and Futurity over 1400m at Caulfield in February before a last start second behind the champ Zaaki in Flemington’s $5 million The All-Star Mile (1600m).

The four-year-old has his first official run at Randwick in the Doncaster and presents rock-hard fit fourth-up heading north and carrying the 55.5kg second top-weight.

The other dominant player in Doncaster markets this autumn is three-year-old lightweight Converge ($8) for Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott.

Co-trainer Waterhouse holds the equal Doncaster Mile training record of seven wins with her late father Tommy Smith, her last victory being back in 2012 with More Joyous.

This weekend she chases her first in partnership with Bott and they saddle-up a livewire hope with in-form Frankel gelding Converge in gate three with just 49.5kg.

Two back he won the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) before finishing a distant second nearly seven lengths beaten by runaway winner Anamoe in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m).

He drops back to a mile, comes back from 56.5kg that run and returns to his pet Randwick track (4:2-0-2) ticking plenty of boxes.

Rachel King comes aboard for the ride and victory will see Converge become history’s 33rd three-year-old Doncaster Handicap winner and the first since the aforementioned Brutal (2019).

At the opposite end of the weight scale carrying the 56kg top-weight is the reigning champion, the James Cummings-trained Cascadian out wide in barrier 18.

The now seven-year-old son of New Approach ran ninth in 2020 before saluting narrowly in last year’s race with 53kg.

He returns now with more weight and was last seen finishing fifth in The All-Star Mile.

Saturday is Cascadian’s first run back in Sydney since his narrow fourth to Private Eye in last October’s Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) when only 1.33 lengths beaten carrying 56.5kg.

The veteran is at long odds of $26 to return to winning form and go back-to-back in the Doncaster Mile results for the first time since Sacred Falls (2013-14).

Other notable hopes in the $3 million feature include the Brad Widdup-trained Icebath with form around Forbidden Love, the spring’s Epsom Handicap winner at the track/distance Private Eye and Coolmore Classic winner last time out Lighthouse for the Maher/Eustace stable.

The 2022 Doncaster Mile is set to run as Randwick Race 9 at 5:15pm (AEDT) on Saturday with the latest markets available here.

2022 Doncaster Mile Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 45432×3155 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings James McDonald 18 56kg 112
2 311311×552 I’M THUNDERSTRUCK (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Hugh Bowman 8 55.5kg 112
3 x174185x35 PRIVATE EYE Joseph Pride Regan Bayliss 22 54kg 108
4 3x08360x66 DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Chad Schofield 5 53.5kg 105
5 5×11112221 LIGHTHOUSE (USA) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damian Lane 23 53kg 2.0kg 110
6 4518x5x573 LAWS OF INDICES (IRE) Annabel Neasham Tommy Berry 4 53kg 107
7 2x12712x12 ELLSBERG Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Tim Clark 6 52kg 1.0kg 107
8 1112x5x616 INSPIRATIONAL GIRL (NZ) Danny O’Brien William Pike 19 51.5kg 110
9 11x84837x4 HUNGRY HEART Chris Waller 11 51.5kg 107
10 354912×649 ICEBATH (NZ) Brad Widdup 9 51.5kg 107
11 x92029x145 SKY LAB Paul Perry Ms Kathy O’Hara 1 51.5kg 102
12 x216133x21 KISSONALLFORCHEEKS Daniel Morton Ms Alysha Collett 7 51kg 1.0kg 106
13 24x558x7x6 NUMERIAN (IRE) Annabel Neasham Robbie Dolan 2 51kg 102
14 53011×5237 HILAL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brock Ryan 16 50.5kg 102
15 x03431x245 BRUTALITY Joseph Pride Jay Ford 17 50.5kg 100
16 47830×2111 FORBIDDEN LOVE Richard & Michael Freedman Ms Jamie Kah 14 50kg 115
17 232516×871 JUST FOLK Josh Julius Dean Holland 10 50kg 105
18 x638x23532 KIKU Chris Waller Ms Linda Meech 20 50kg 104
19 111114×344 MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) Ben & JD Hayes Craig Williams 21 50kg 102
20 321x8x3312 CONVERGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Rachel King 3 49.5kg 108
21e 211×011154 BANKERS CHOICE (NZ) Michael Moroney Teodore Nugent (a) 15 50kg 100
22e 224251×760 KING MAGNUS Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 12 50kg 100
23e 1111x900x1 IRONCLAD (GB) Will Clarken Ms Linda Meech 24 50kg 100
24e 51x7125x42 OUR PLAYBOY Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 13 50kg 98

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