Doncaster Mile

The Group 1 $4 million Doncaster Mile, a 1600m handicap, is one of the feature races on The Championships Day 1 run at Royal Randwick in early April.

2024 Doncaster Mile Results

  • 1st: #19 Celestial Legend
  • 2nd: #3 Pericles
  • 3rd: #4 Militarize




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 a lucrative $4 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 and boosted to $4 million ahead of the 2023 race.

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) which is known as the Inglis Sires’.

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 $5 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 form was franked with the winner Mr Brightside going on to do the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes – Group 2 Feehan Stakes double in Melbourne that spring. He also ran third in Flemington’s Group 1 Champions Mile (1600m) over the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The Doncaster Mile form from 2022 was further franked with the runner-up I’m Thunderstruck going on to run second in a host of subsequent Group 1 races including the Cox Plate and win the Makybe Diva Stakes that spring.

Icebath meanwhile ran third in the Doncaster Mile results (after a 2nd the following year) and after a number of subsequent Group 1 placings, won that year’s Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) in Victoria.

Mr Brightside returned to 2023 on the back of his lead-up $5 million The All-Star Mile victory in Melbourne to successfully defend his Doncaster Mile title.

Mr Brightside franked the Doncaster form firmly in the spring of 2023 saluting in races including the Group 1 Memsie Stakes and Makybe Diva Stakes. He also finished runner-up in that year’s King Charles III Stakes, Cox Plate, and Champions Mile.

In 2024 the Les Bridge-trained three-year-old Celestial Legend won the Randwick Guineas – Doncaster Mile double.

The $4 million 2024 Doncaster Mile ran on Saturday April 6th, 2024 at Royal Randwick and was won in a late burst down the outside by Les Bridge’s Randwick Guineas winning colt Celestial Legend ($6.50). 

Doncaster Mile 2024
Date: Saturday April 6th, 2024
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO+ Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $4,000,000

2024 Doncaster Mile Results

  • 1st: #19 Celestial Legend
  • 2nd: #3 Pericles
  • 3rd: #4 Militarize

Les Bridge enjoyed his second success in the Doncaster Mile 2024 results 39 years on from his first as his Randwick Guineas winning three-year-old Celestial Legend ($6.50) bombed them late with a big run out wide to take out the time-honoured classic.

Click here to read more on the thrilling 2024 Doncaster Mile win by three-year-old champ Celestial Legend.

2024 Doncaster Mile Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 19 CELESTIAL LEGEND Les Bridge Tyler Schiller 4 49kg $6.50
2 3 PERICLES James Cummings Blake Shinn 0.67L 14 54.5kg $41
3 4 MILITARIZE (NZ) Chris Waller Zac Purton 0.71L 3 54kg $11
4 21e NUGGET (GB) Ciaron Maher Declan Bates 0.75L 7 51.5kg $26
5 22e HINGED Chris Waller Craig Williams 1.91L 12 50kg (cd 51kg) $21
6 8 DETONATOR JACK (NZ) Ciaron Maher Tim Clark 2.1L 1 52.5kg $12
7 18 ANOTHER WIL Ciaron Maher Ms Jamie Kah 2.38L 16 50kg $3.60F
8 13 DEMOCRACY MANIFEST Chris Waller Jay Ford 2.73L 9 51kg $18
9 7 KOVALICA (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 2.75L 10 53.5kg $20
10 10 RUSTIC STEEL Kris Lees Regan Bayliss 2.88L 5 52kg (cd 52.5kg) 1.0kg $51
11 1 THINK ABOUT IT Joseph Pride Sam Clipperton 3.22L 13 57kg $21
12 15 LOCH EAGLE Kris Lees Dylan Gibbons (a) 3.27L 18 51kg (cd 52kg) $101
13 2 OBAMBURUMAI (JPN) Keiji Yoshimura Damian Lane 3.42L 6 55kg $8
14 9 BERKSHIRE SHADOW (GB) Ciaron Maher Andrew Adkins 3.8L 11 52.5kg $101
15 16 LINDERMANN Chris Waller Zac Lloyd (a) 3.88L 17 50.5kg $16
16 24e PALMETTO (NZ) John Sargent Ms Molly Bourke (a) 3.94L 2 51kg $151
17 23e NAVAJO PEAK David Payne Ms Rachel King 8.82L 15 52.5kg $101
18 12 LADY LAGUNA Annabel Neasham Michael Dee 11.27L 8 51kg $11
19 14 PHEARSON Brad Widdup Ron Stewart 15.45L 19 51kg 1.0kg $151
17 SEMANA Ciaron Maher Andrew Adkins 0
20 SOUTHPORT TYCOON Ciaron Maher Ms Rachel King 0
5 ZOUGOTCHA Chris Waller Craig Williams 0 2.0kg
11 ATTRACTABLE Sara Ryan Reece Jones 0
6 GOLDEN MILE James Cummings Jason Collett 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Doncaster Mile Betting Odds

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 the likes of 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.

Mr Brightside returned in 2023 to salute for the punters and become the latest favourite in Doncaster Mile betting at $6 to win.

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.

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2024 Doncaster Mile Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Doncaster Mile 2024 tips and best bets on the classic this autumn to be updated below the week of the race.

CLICK HERE FOR OUR FULL 2024 DONCASTER MILE TIPS & BEST BETS

  • To Win: #12 Lady Laguna ($10 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Lady Laguna is attracting plenty of attention (market mover) and deservedly so. Trained by Annabel Neasham, this Overshare mare hasn’t won beyond 1300m yet, but her lightweight (51kg) is a major advantage for the Randwick mile (1600m). She’s a model of consistency at Randwick and rarely runs a bad race. Don’t underestimate her staying power. Her victory in the Magic Millions Fillies & Mares on the Gold Coast in January is a sign of her potential, especially considering how well that form has held up this autumn. She even captured a Group 1 win two starts back in the Canterbury Stakes here, beating Think About It by a length and a quarter carrying 57kg. Her most recent effort was a narrow second in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes over 1500m at Rosehill. With a good barrier draw, a jockey switch to Michael Dee, and a weight advantage, Lady Laguna presents excellent value and a strong chance of adding another win to her record.

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.

2024 Doncaster Mile Form Guide

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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).

Mr Brightside returned to win the 2023 The All-Star Mile at The Valley before a successful title defence saluting for the punters in the 2023 Doncaster Mile results. He became the first back-to-back Doncaster Mile winner since Sacred Falls (2013-14).

2024 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 2024 Doncaster Mile field and barriers are due out on Tuesday the 2nd of April, 2024 and will be published in full below.

The Doncaster Mile 2024 final field features a capacity line-up of hopefuls led in betting by the in-form Ciaron Maher-trained Street Boss four-year-old Another Wil coming off a win in the Prelude.

  • Doncaster Mile Scratchings: #5 Zougotcha (19), #6 Golden Mile (1), #11 Attractable (5), #17 Semana (17), #20 Southport Tycoon (20) have all been withdrawn due to the Heavy (10) track rating. 

Click here to read more on the key runners in the 2024 Doncaster Mile field and betting markets

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 111x113x25 THINK ABOUT IT Joseph Pride Sam Clipperton 15 57kg 115
2 117x13x1x OBAMBURUMAI (JPN) Keiji Yoshimura Damian Lane 8 55kg 111
3 x1132x6257 PERICLES James Cummings Blake Shinn 16 54.5kg 108
4 1x5158x223 MILITARIZE (NZ) Chris Waller Zac Purton 4 54kg 110
5 419x646x11 ZOUGOTCHA Chris Waller Craig Williams 19 53.5kg 2.0kg 112
6 901393×784 GOLDEN MILE James Cummings Jason Collett 1 53.5kg 107
7 31x9250x40 KOVALICA (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 12 53.5kg 107
8 x4372317x3 DETONATOR JACK (NZ) Ciaron Maher Tim Clark 2 52.5kg 107
9 64x11356x5 BERKSHIRE SHADOW (GB) Ciaron Maher Declan Bates 13 52.5kg 106
10 10x7538x16 RUSTIC STEEL Kris Lees Tom Sherry 7 52kg 52.5kg 1.0kg 107
11 141x412x80 ATTRACTABLE Sara Ryan Reece Jones 5 51.5kg 104
12 23×2111212 LADY LAGUNA Annabel Neasham Michael Dee 10 51kg 115
13 1x01544x61 DEMOCRACY MANIFEST Chris Waller Jay Ford 11 51kg 107
14 2x02310x10 PHEARSON Brad Widdup Ron Stewart 24 51kg 1.0kg 104
15 x993121860 LOCH EAGLE Kris Lees Dylan Gibbons (a) 23 51kg 52kg 102
16 0x0488x631 LINDERMANN Chris Waller Zac Lloyd (a) 22 50.5kg 110
17 21215×2112 SEMANA Ciaron Maher Andrew Adkins 17 50kg 107
18 213×1111 ANOTHER WIL Ciaron Maher Ms Jamie Kah 21 50kg 102
19 21x25x511 CELESTIAL LEGEND Les Bridge Tyler Schiller 6 49kg 110
20 1129×221 SOUTHPORT TYCOON Ciaron Maher Ms Rachel King 20 49kg 108
21e 553x404x73 NUGGET (GB) Ciaron Maher Declan Bates 9 51.5kg 104
22e x40786x255 HINGED Chris Waller 14 50kg 103
23e 2x0180x470 NAVAJO PEAK David Payne 18 52.5kg 103
24e x726177x30 PALMETTO (NZ) John Sargent Ms Molly Bourke (a) 3 51kg 102

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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

2024 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 2024 first acceptances are released on Tuesday March 12th, 2024.

The 2024 Doncaster Mile first acceptances attracted 93 autumn hopefuls led in all-in betting by Joe Pride’s The Everest winner from the spring Think About It.

2024 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 2024 Doncaster Mile Nominations close at midday on Tuesday the 13th of February, 2024. 

The 2024 Doncaster Mile, a true test of middle-distance champions, has drawn a cavalry charge with 185 nominations. Among the frontrunners is Chris Waller‘s versatile mare Fangirl, still basking in the glow of her King Charles III Stakes victory. She’ll square off against Joe Pride’s electric sprinter Think About It who won the $20 million The Everest last spring. Adding another layer of intrigue is the progressive four-year-old Jimmysstar, trained by the in-form Ciaron Maher. This consistent performer is ready to test his limits against established stars, potentially causing an upset.

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).

Mr Brightside (2022, 2023) was the last dual Doncaster Mile winner.

Celestial Legend (2024) was the last three-year-old Doncaster Mile winner.

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
2024
Doncaster Mile
1st Celestial Legend 1 minute 35.27 seconds
2nd Pericles
3rd Militarize
2023
Doncaster Mile
1st Mr Brightside 1 minute 38.76 seconds
2nd My Oberon
3rd Nugget
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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