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.

2022 Doncaster Mile Results

  • 1st: #19 Mr Brightside
  • 2nd: #2 I'm Thunderstruck
  • 3rd: #10 Icebath




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
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO+ Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $3,000,000

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.

Click here to read more on the upset win by Mr Brightside in the 2022 Doncaster Mile.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
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.

CLICK HERE FOR OUR FULL 2022 DONCASTER MILE BETTING TIPS

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.

Ready to lock in your Doncaster Mile best bets at the right price? Click here for the latest markets, courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

*All odds quoted are provided by Ladbrokes.com.au, correct at time of print and subject to change.

2022 Doncaster Mile Odds

All-in Doncaster Mile odds 2022 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).

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.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the Doncaster Mile 2022 field and betting markets.

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.

Click here to view the full 2022 Doncaster Mile nominations.

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.

Year Place Horse Time
2022
Doncaster Mile
1st Mr Brightside 1 minute 39.94 seconds
2nd I’m Thunderstruck
3rd Icebath
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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