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.

2018 Doncaster Mile Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD



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. 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).

The 2019 Doncaster Mile ran on Saturday April 6, 2019 at Royal Randwick and saw Happy Clapper finally win after seconds in 2016 and 2017.

Doncaster Mile 2019
Date: Saturday April 6, 2019
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO+ Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $3,000,000

2019 Doncaster Mile Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

2018 Doncaster Mile Tips

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

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.

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.

2019 Doncaster Mile Odds

All-in Doncaster Mile odds 2019 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).

2019 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 2019 Doncaster Mile field and barriers are due out on Tuesday April 2, 2019 and will be published in full below.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x24120x532 HARTNELL (GB) James Cummings Hugh Bowman 7 58kg 116
2 x17242x284 LE ROMAIN Kris Lees James McDonald 16 57kg 114
3 16041×1113 ALIZEE James Cummings Blake Shinn 12 56.5kg 117
4 21314×3246 LAND OF PLENTY Peter & Paul Snowden Michael Rodd 9 55kg 110
5 21x621x813 DREAMFORCE John Thompson Damian Lane 13 53.5kg 1.0kg 107
6 36x3637x21 DIXIE BLOSSOMS Ron Quinton Christian Reith 14 53kg 1.5kg 110
7 44415×0620 SHILLELAGH (NZ) Chris Waller Craig Williams 3 53kg 110
8 x3728x984x KLUGER (JPN) Tomokazu Takano Tommy Berry 4 53kg 106
9 123222×321 WIDGEE TURF Patrick Payne Billy Egan 17 52kg 52.5kg 104
10 1x6138x534 UNFORGOTTEN Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 18 51.5kg 107
11 6x5435233x LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller Corey Brown 10 51.5kg 103
12 951395×150 ECKSTEIN Kurt Goldman Sam Clipperton 15 51kg 52.5kg 105
13 8x83002x75 ALOISIA (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jay Ford 6 50.5kg 51kg 103
14 2717340×57 SIEGE OF QUEBEC Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Robbie Dolan (a) 22 50.5kg 101
15 x2211x6011 FIFTY STARS (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jye McNeil 24 50kg 109
16 21x2231x20 I AM SERIOUS Chris Waller Karis Teetan 1 50kg 103
17 3864129245 SO SI BON David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Lachlan King (a) 5 50kg 101
18 88223×4322 FUNDAMENTALIST David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Ben Thompson 2 49kg 104
19 3x3033x432 EL DORADO DREAMING Kris Lees Andrew Gibbons 20 49kg 50kg 103
20 111×362 BRUTAL (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Glen Boss 21 49kg 49.5kg 101
21e 00x195x180 VIOLATE Brent Stanley 19 50kg 101
22e 31x28321x6 FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) Matthew Smith 23 50kg 97
23e 18311×3047 RINGERDINGDING Chris Waller 8 49kg 95
24e 721227×110 SEAWAY (NZ) Chris Waller 11 50kg 95

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

2019 Doncaster Mile Nominations

The Doncaster Mile nominations close on a Monday 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 Doncaster Mile 2019 nominations are set to be taken around Monday February 11, 2019 and will be listed below as soon as available.

2019 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 2019 first acceptances are set to be released around Tuesday March 12, 2019 and will be published below.

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
2019
Doncaster Mile
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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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