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The Group 1 Doncaster Mile, a 1600m handicap, is one of the feature races on The Championships Day 1 run at Royal Randwick in early April.
2022 Doncaster Mile Results
- 1st: #19 Mr Brightside
- 2nd: #2 I'm Thunderstruck
- 3rd: #10 Icebath
Doncaster Mile Handicap News
- 2022 The Championships Day 1: Randwick Scratchings & Track Report
- Doncaster Mile 2022 Tips, Best Bets & Betting Update
- 2022 Doncaster Mile Field & Barrier Draw: Forbidden Love in 14
- Late 2022 Doncaster Mile Entry Considered For Prelude Winner Mr Mozart
- 2022 George Ryder Stakes Results: Forbidden Love Wins Again
The Group 1 Doncaster Mile is a 1600m handicap race for the best middle distance gallopers in the country. Held at Randwick Racecourse during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, the race is also known as the Doncaster Handicap and is regarded as the equivalent of the spring’s Epsom Handicap.
The Doncaster Mile offers $3 million in prize money making it one of the richest races in the autumn and is open to all horses aged three years and over. With the threat of Coronavirus shutting down Australian racing, the 2020 Doncaster Mile prizemoney was reduced to $1.5 million, with the stakes back up to $3 million for the 2021 edition.
The Doncaster Mile is now held on the opening day of The Championships at Royal Randwick on an exciting race card that also features the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m), the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) and the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m).
Key lead-up races into the Doncaster Mile field include the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) run the Saturday before at Rosehill Gardens and the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) a fortnight before. Recent winners of the George Ryder Stakes – Doncaster Mile double include Winx (2016), Vision And Power (2009), Haradasun (2007) and Racing To Win (2006).
The Doncaster Mile winner is also exempt from ballot from the autumn’s richest race – the $4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) held the following Saturday. The Doncaster Mile – Queen Elizabeth Stakes double was recently achieved by More Joyous (2012).
In 2021 the Doncaster Mile ran on the second Saturday of April with all race meetings of the autumn in Sydney from Slipper Day onwards postponed a week due to the weather.
The 2022 Doncaster Mile ran on Saturday April 2nd, 2022 at Royal Randwick and was won in an upset by the Victorian raider Mr Brightside ($20) for Ben & JD Hayes.
|Doncaster Mile 2022|
|Date:||Saturday April 2nd, 2022|
|Race Type:||3YO+ Handicap|
2022 Doncaster Mile Results
- 1st: #19 Mr Brightside ($20)
- 2nd: #2 I’m Thunderstruck
- 3rd: #10 Icebath
Ben & JD Hayes celebrated their first Group 1 win as a partnership, the Lindsay Park brothers scoring an upset 2022 Doncaster Mile result with their talented Victorian visitor Mr Brightside ($20) who outmuscled I’m Thunderstruck ($6) and last year’s runner-up Icebath ($21) to claim the classic.
|1||19||MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ)||Ben & JD Hayes||Craig Williams||21||50kg (cd 50.5kg)||$20|
|2||2||I’M THUNDERSTRUCK (NZ)||Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)||Hugh Bowman||0.58L||8||55.5kg||$6|
|3||10||ICEBATH (NZ)||Brad Widdup||Fred Kersley||0.99L||9||51.5kg (cd 52kg)||$21|
|4||16||FORBIDDEN LOVE||Richard & Michael Freedman||Ms Jamie Kah||1.61L||14||50kg||$3.20F|
|5||4||DALASAN||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Chad Schofield||2.69L||5||53.5kg||$61|
|6||21e||BANKERS CHOICE (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Teodore Nugent (a)||2.93L||15||50kg||$17|
|7||7||ELLSBERG||Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou||Tim Clark||3.23L||6||52kg||1.0kg||$16|
|8||5||LIGHTHOUSE (USA)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Damian Lane||3.8L||23||53kg||2.0kg||$21|
|9||1||CASCADIAN (GB)||James Cummings||James McDonald||3.94L||18||56kg||$26|
|10||6||LAWS OF INDICES (IRE)||Annabel Neasham||Tommy Berry||4.74L||4||53kg||$26|
|11||22e||KING MAGNUS||Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock||Brock Ryan||4.77L||12||50kg||$151|
|12||15||BRUTALITY||Joseph Pride||Jay Ford||4.82L||17||50.5kg||$41|
|13||17||JUST FOLK||Josh Julius||Dean Holland||6.25L||10||50kg||$26|
|14||8||INSPIRATIONAL GIRL (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||William Pike||6.44L||19||51.5kg||$20|
|15||13||NUMERIAN (IRE)||Annabel Neasham||Robbie Dolan||7.09L||2||51kg||$61|
|16||18||KIKU||Chris Waller||Ms Linda Meech||7.38L||20||50kg||$61|
|17||11||SKY LAB||Paul Perry||Ms Kathy O’Hara||7.57L||1||51.5kg||$101|
|18||20||CONVERGE||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Ms Rachel King||9.76L||3||49.5kg||$8.50|
|19||3||PRIVATE EYE||Joseph Pride||Regan Bayliss||14.61L||22||54kg||$21|
|20||12||KISSONALLFORCHEEKS||Daniel Morton||Ms Alysha Collett||20.05L||7||51kg||1.0kg||$31|
|23e||IRONCLAD (GB)||Will Clarken||Ms Linda Meech||0|
|24e||OUR PLAYBOY||Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)||0|
|14||HILAL||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Brock Ryan||0|
|9||HUNGRY HEART||Chris Waller||0|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
Doncaster Mile Betting
The Doncaster Mile is always one of the most popular betting events on the Australian racing calendar because of the open nature of the Group 1 event.
Favourites have a fair record in the Doncaster Mile with Winx (2016), More Joyous (2011), Haradasun (2007) and Racing To Win (2006) all winning as the punters elect in the last decade.
There has also been some notable upset Doncaster Mile results including back in 1985 when Row Of Waves won as a 100/1 shot and more recently the 2020 win by $41 outsider Nettoyer.
There was another upset in the 2022 Doncaster Mile with Mr Brightside saluting at 20/1.
Futures Doncaster Mile odds open months in advance of the race at online bookmakers including Ladbrokes.com.au offering punters an early chance to lock in their selections at generous all-in pricing.
2022 Doncaster Mile Tips
Stay tuned for our insider Doncaster Mile 2022 tips and best bets on the classic this autumn to be updated below the week of the race.
To Win: #16 Forbidden Love ($3.90 At Time Of Publish)
Really hard to bet against this mare who is the richest vein of form and continues to rise to the occasions thriving on these mud Sydney tracks. It’s a Heavy (10) again for the Doncaster and she will be absolutely swimming in the conditions where plenty of others might struggle. She comes off three really strong wins including a 3.22 length win on a Heavy (10) here over 1400m in the Guy Walter with 58kg. Back-to-back Group 1 victories after that with 57kg at WFA in the Canterbury and George Ryder. She is so well-weighted here coming back to just 50kg! The only question is the big field, she only beat eight rivals her latest two and there could be a bit of a scrimmage here, but if she gets a clear run, she’ll be very hard to beat late. BACK DON’T SACK.
The Danger: #20 Converge ($10 At Time Of Publish)
If you want to talk about those well-weighted, Converge has to be considered. This gun three-year-old from the Waterhouse/Bott stable gets in on only 49.5kg. A son of Frankel, he’s got a strong record at the track (4:2-0-2) including his Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) win two back over the mile when beating home Anamoe. That superstar turned the tables in a big way in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) last time out, Converge beaten over six lengths second. Back to 1600m, dropping 7.5kg and no Anamoe in sight? Surely he’s a genuine chance also proven in the wet. EACH WAY.
Best Roughie: #17 Just Folk ($19 At Time Of Publish)
If you’re not on the best three in betting there is huge value to be had in this year’s Doncaster. Of the longer-priced chances, Just Folk is ticking quite a few boxes at a nice price. The Josh Julius-trained five-year-old was very good in easier company last start coming from a mid-field position to defeat Ellsberg in Rosehill’s Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) on a Heavy (9). He trialled well at Warwick Farm late last week behind Eduardo and also carries only 50kg. This is obviously tougher, but he is three-from-three on Heavy going and can surprise a few of these. PLACE CHANCE.
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2022 Doncaster Mile Odds
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Doncaster Mile Form
The Doncaster Mile form is always tough to analyse because there are generally horses coming from a variety of different form lines to contest the Group 1 event.
The George Ryder Stakes is considered the key form race, but in recent years Doncaster Mile winners have had their final lead-up race in events like the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m), the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) and Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m).
In 2022 the upset Doncaster Mile winner Mr Brightside came off a lead-up fourth in Melbourne’s $5 million The All-Star Mile (1600m).
2022 Doncaster Mile Field
The final Doncaster Mile field of acceptances is released by Racing NSW on the Tuesday before the race and features a capacity 20 starters.
The official 2022 Doncaster Mile field and barriers are due out on Tuesday March 29, 2022 and will be published in full below.
Check out our dedicated Doncaster Mile Field page for more on the nominations and acceptance stages of the race.
The 2022 Doncaster Mile final field has attracted a capacity line-up of hopefuls including Canterbury Stakes – George Ryder Stakes double winning mare Forbidden Love, $5 million The All-Star Mile runner-up I’m Thunderstruck and recent Randwick Guineas champ Converge getting in on just 49.5kg.
2022 Doncaster Mile Scratchings:
- #9 Hungry Heart (11)
- #14 Hilal (16)
- #23e Ironclad (24)
- #24e Our Playboy (13)
|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||TBC||11||51.5kg||107|
|10||354912×649||ICEBATH (NZ)||Brad Widdup||Fred Kersley||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||TBC||12||50kg||100|
|23e||1111x900x1||IRONCLAD (GB)||Will Clarken||Ms Linda Meech||24||50kg||100|
|24e||51x7125x42||OUR PLAYBOY||Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)||TBC||13||50kg||98|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
2022 Doncaster Mile Nominations
The Doncaster Mile nominations close on a Tuesday in early February, two months out from Doncaster Mile Day. The original Doncaster Handicap nominations can feature around 200 hopefuls hoping to make the final field for the autumn Group 1 classic.
The 2022 Doncaster Mile Nominations close at midday on Tuesday the 8th of February, 2022.
The Doncaster Mile 2022 nominations attracted 139 hopefuls including Caulfield Guineas winner Anamoe, $2 million The Invitation winning mare Icebath and the defending champion Cascadian.
2022 Doncaster Mile First Acceptances
Following the nominations the Doncaster Mile first acceptances close a month later on a Tuesday in early March. The Doncaster Handicap first acceptances narrow down the list of potential milers to take to the Randwick track over 1600m in the elite level on Day 1 of ‘The Championships’.
The Doncaster Mile 2022 first acceptances are released on Tuesday March 8, 2022.
Doncaster Mile History
First held in 1865 when Dundee took out the winning title. The race was officially changed to its current title of the Doncaster Mile in 2010 having previously been known as the Doncaster Handicap.
Many champion horses have won the classic over the years and notable Doncaster Mile winners include Wakeful (1901), Chatham (1934), Cuddle (1936), Tudor Hill (1959-1960), Gunsynd (1972), Emanciation (1983), Super Impose (1990-1991), Sunline (1999 & 2002), Grand Armee (2003), More Joyous (2012) and Winx (2016).
Recent Doncaster Mile Winners
See below for a full list of the Doncaster Mile and Doncaster Handicap winners going back to 2000.
|1st||Mr Brightside||1 minute 39.94 seconds|
|1st||Cascadian||1 minute 36.36 seconds|
|1st||Nettoyer||1 minute 37.77 seconds|
|2nd||Star Of The Seas|
|1st||Brutal||1 minute 37.65 seconds|
|1st||Happy Clapper||1 minute 33.17 seconds|
|1st||It’s Somewhat||1 minute 39.17 seconds|
|3rd||Sense Of Occasion|
|1st||Winx||1 minute 35.2 seconds|
|1st||Kermadec||1 minute 37.6 seconds|
|1st||Sacred Falls||1 minute 39.6 seconds|
|1st||Sacred Falls||1 minute 37.7 seconds|
|1st||More Joyous||1 minute 35.5 seconds|
|1st||Sacred Choice||1 minute 39.4 seconds|
|2nd||Love Conquers All|
|1st||Rangirangdoo||1 minute 34.22 seconds|
|2nd||Road To Rock|
|1st||Vision And Power||1 minute 36.6 seconds|
|1st||Triple Honour||1 minute 38.6 seconds|
|1st||Haradasun||1 minute 38 seconds|
|1st||Racing To Win||1 minute 34.1 seconds|
|1st||Patezza||1 minute 35.9 seconds|
|2nd||Court’s In Session|
|1st||Private Steer||1 minute 35.5 seconds|
|1st||Grand Armee||1 minute 36.8 seconds|
|2nd||Dash For Cash|
|1st||Sunline||1 minute 35.2 seconds|
|1st||Assertive Lad||1 minute 35.9 seconds|
|1st||Over||1 minute 35 seconds|