Doncaster Mile Handicap

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.

2021 Doncaster Mile Results

  • 1st: #10 Cascadian
  • 2nd: #21e Icebath
  • 3rd: #11 Dalasan




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 2021 Doncaster Mile ran on Saturday April 10, 2021 at Royal Randwick and was narrowly won by the Godolphin-raced Cascadian. 

Doncaster Mile 2021
Date: Saturday April 10, 2021
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO+ Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $3,000,000

2021 Doncaster Mile Results

  • 1st: #10 Cascadian
  • 2nd: #21e Icebath
  • 3rd: #11 Dalasan

Star hoop Jamie Kah celebrated her fifth Group 1 success with a perfectly-timed ride aboard the James Cummings-trained Cascadian in the 2021 Doncaster Mile results. Cascadian ($8) made a big late run to just nudge out the emergency runner Icebath ($21) for the win, while 30/1 outsider Dalasan ran third a half-length ahead of the beaten favourite Mugatoo in fourth.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 10 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Ms Jamie Kah 3 53kg $8
2 21e ICEBATH (NZ) Brad Widdup Jay Ford 0.2L 2 50.5kg $21
3 11 DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jason Holder 1L 1 53kg $31
4 1 MUGATOO (IRE) Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 1.5L 4 56kg $4.20F
5 2 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings James McDonald 3.2L 11 56kg $10
6 8 ZAAKI (GB) Annabel Neasham Regan Bayliss 3.4L 19 53.5kg $61
7 20 FORBIDDEN LOVE Richard & Michael Freedman Dean Yendall 3.6L 12 49.5kg $10
8 16 ROCK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes James Innes Jnr 4.1L 8 52kg $21
9 17 NETTOYER Wendy Roche Michael Poy 4.3L 6 51kg $31
10 19 MO’UNGA (NZ) Annabel Neasham Robbie Dolan 6.8L 18 49.5kg $7.50
11 4 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 7.1L 9 54kg $31
12 9 AEGON (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Kerrin McEvoy 7.6L 7 53kg $15
13 22e WHEELHOUSE Chris Waller Ms Alysha Collett 8.6L 15 49.5kg $51
14 18 YAO DASH Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Michael Dee 10.7L 10 50.5kg $15
15 14 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Ms Rachel King 10.9L 14 52.5kg $26
16 3 SAMADOUBT Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 17.9L 13 56kg $101
17 5 OLMEDO (FR) Annabel Neasham Tommy Berry 19.4L 5 54kg $151
18 6 SHOUT THE BAR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 20L 17 53.5kg $51
19 13 FUNSTAR Chris Waller Craig Williams 20.5L 16 52.5kg $19
15 I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) Peter & Paul Snowden Andrew Adkins 0
12 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Glen Boss 0 0.5kg
7 GEM SONG Kris Lees Jason Collett 0 1.0kg

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.

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.

2021 Doncaster Mile Odds

All-in Doncaster Mile odds 2021 provided by Ladbrokes.com.au at all-in pricing are listed below for you to back your early Doncaster Mile betting tips.

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).

2021 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 2021 Doncaster Mile field and barriers are due out on Tuesday April 6, 2021 and will be published in full below.

The Doncaster Mile 2021 final field features a capacity line-up full of last start champions including The All-Star Mile hero Mugatoo in barrier four and the widely-drawn Rosehill Guineas winning Mo’unga (21) with the second widest alley to overcome.

Click here to read more on the key chances in this year’s Doncaster Mile 2021 field and betting markets.

  • Scratchings Update: #7 Gem Song (19) has been scratched due to lameness with first emergency Icebath (2) to gain a start in her place.
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 6x11124x51 MUGATOO (IRE) Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 4 56kg 114
2 x462605x33 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings James McDonald 12 56kg 111
3 5x11624x86 SAMADOUBT Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 14 56kg 111
4 22095×4169 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 9 54kg 108
5 0142x8x60x OLMEDO (FR) Annabel Neasham Tommy Berry 5 54kg 107
6 6x06014x30 SHOUT THE BAR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 20 53.5kg 110
7 4x3240x415 GEM SONG Kris Lees Jason Collett 19 53.5kg 1.0kg 107
8 13x8x3647x ZAAKI (GB) Annabel Neasham Regan Bayliss 22 53.5kg 106
9 111×116 AEGON (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Kerrin McEvoy 7 53kg 106
10 x440825x34 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Ms Jamie Kah 3 53kg 106
11 x235407x07 DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jason Holder 1 53kg 105
12 325103×121 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Glen Boss 18 52.5kg 0.5kg 113
13 2x6220x448 FUNSTAR Chris Waller Craig Williams 17 52.5kg 108
14 x300922142 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Ms Rachel King 15 52.5kg 105
15 70x1107x41 I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) Peter & Paul Snowden Andrew Adkins 10 52kg 107
16 3x51730x34 ROCK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 8 52kg 103
17 x002900x87 NETTOYER Wendy Roche 6 51kg 104
18 6×44214211 YAO DASH Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Michael Dee 11 50.5kg 101
19 1x117x321 MO’UNGA (NZ) Annabel Neasham Robbie Dolan 21 49.5kg 107
20 x133131910 FORBIDDEN LOVE Richard & Michael Freedman Dean Yendall 13 49.5kg 102
21e 42512×3354 ICEBATH (NZ) Brad Widdup Jay Ford 2 50.5kg 102
22e 222×1445 WHEELHOUSE Chris Waller 16 49.5kg 88
   Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Check out our dedicated Doncaster Mile Field page for more on the nominations and acceptance stages of the race.

2021 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 2021 Doncaster Mile Nominations closed at midday on Tuesday the 9th of February, 2021. 

The Doncaster Mile 2021 nominations drew 151 entries led in betting by star Kiwi mare Probabeel as well as Japanese-trained Group 1 winner Salios.

2021 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 2021 first acceptances were released on Tuesday March 9, 2021 leaving 81 potential runners including Kris Lees’ outstanding $5 million The All-Star Mile champion in Melbourne Mugatoo.

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), Emancipation (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.

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Doncaster Mile
1st Cascadian 1 minute 36.36 seconds
2nd Icebath
3rd Dalasan
2020
Doncaster Mile
1st Nettoyer 1 minute 37.77 seconds
2nd Star Of The Seas
3rd Brandenburg
2019
Doncaster Mile
1st Brutal 1 minute 37.65 seconds
2nd Dreamforce
3rd Hartnell
2018
Doncaster Mile
1st Happy Clapper 1 minute 33.17 seconds
2nd Comin’ Through
3rd Arbeitsam
2017
Doncaster Mile
1st It’s Somewhat 1 minute 39.17 seconds
2nd Happy Clapper
3rd Sense Of Occasion
2016
Doncaster Mile
1st Winx 1 minute 35.2 seconds
2nd Happy Clapper
3rd Azkadellia
2015
Doncaster Mile
1st Kermadec 1 minute 37.6 seconds
2nd Real Impact
3rd Royal Descent
2014
Doncaster Mile
1st Sacred Falls 1 minute 39.6 seconds
2nd Royal Descent
3rd Weary
2013
Doncaster Mile
1st Sacred Falls 1 minute 37.7 seconds
2nd Pierro
3rd Norzita
2012
Doncaster Mile
1st More Joyous 1 minute 35.5 seconds
2nd Shoot Out
3rd Yosei
2011
Doncaster Mile
1st Sacred Choice 1 minute 39.4 seconds
2nd Love Conquers All
3rd Bold Glance
2010
Doncaster Mile
1st Rangirangdoo 1 minute 34.22 seconds
2nd Road To Rock
3rd Brilliant Light
2009
Doncaster Handicap
1st Vision And Power 1 minute 36.6 seconds
2nd Black Piranha
3rd Whobegotyou
2008
Doncaster Handicap
1st Triple Honour 1 minute 38.6 seconds
2nd Casino Prince
3rd Pinnacles
2007
Doncaster Handicap
1st Haradasun 1 minute 38 seconds
2nd Mentality
3rd Divine Madonna
2006
Doncaster Handicap
1st Racing To Win 1 minute 34.1 seconds
2nd Johan’s Toy
3rd Bentley Biscuit
2005
Doncaster Handicap
1st Patezza 1 minute 35.9 seconds
2nd Court’s In Session
3rd Danni Martine
2004
Doncaster Handicap
1st Private Steer 1 minute 35.5 seconds
2nd Grand Armee
3rd Ambulance
2003
Doncaster Handicap
1st Grand Armee 1 minute 36.8 seconds
2nd Dash For Cash
3rd Boreale
2002
Doncaster Handicap
1st Sunline 1 minute 35.2 seconds
2nd Shogun Lodge
3rd Defier
2001
Doncaster Handicap
1st Assertive Lad 1 minute 35.9 seconds
2nd Shogun Lodge
3rd Weasel Will
2000
Doncaster Handicap
1st Over 1 minute 35 seconds
2nd Sunline
3rd Zastov

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