Doncaster Prelude

The Doncaster Prelude is a Group 3 race offering the winner a ballot exemption into the Doncaster Mile field during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

2022 Doncaster Prelude Results

  • 1st: #14 Mr Mozart
  • 2nd: #11 Our Playboy
  • 3rd: #13 Dajraan



The Doncaster Prelude is a Group 3 race conducted at Rosehill Gardens* in late March (early April in 2021) offering a spot in the year’s Doncaster Mile field to the winner.

*Note: The 2022 Doncaster Prelude ran at Newcastle Racecourse the Monday after Rosehill’s abandoned Tancred Stakes Day meeting. 

Part of Tancred Stakes Day each Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, the Doncaster Prelude is a quality handicap event run over 1500m worth $160,000 in prize money. It takes place on the same day as two elite level races – the Group 1 Tancred Stakes (2400m) and the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m).

Horses running in the Doncaster Prelude field are usually eyeing a seven day back-up into the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Royal Randwick on Day 1 of ‘The Championships’, but the Group 3 doesn’t have a record of producing Doncaster Mile winners. In 2014 the Prelude winner Weary backed-up and finished third to Sacred Falls in that year’s Doncaster Mile trifecta. He also placed second later that month in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m).

Another next-up option for Doncaster Prelude graduates is the Group 3 JRA Plate (2000m) at Randwick a fortnight later. Gallopers also often do well if they head up to Queensland for the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival targeting events like the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) in May.

The Doncaster Prelude 2022 ran on Monday the 28th of March at Newcastle after being moved from abandoned Rosehill meeting the Saturday prior due to unsuitable Heavy track conditions and was won by the Hawkes Racing-trained favourite Mr Mozart ($3.50F).

2022 Doncaster Prelude
Date: Monday March 28, 2022
Track: Rosehill Racecourse (Newcastle in 2022)
Distance: 1500m
Race Type: Quality Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2022 Doncaster Prelude Results

  • 1st: #14 Mr Mozart ($3.50F)
  • 2nd: #11 Our Playboy
  • 3rd: #13 Dajraan

Click here to read more on the good late win by Mr Mozart in the 2022 Doncaster Prelude results.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 14 MR MOZART Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes William Pike 10 53kg $3.50F
2 11 OUR PLAYBOY Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Ms Jamie Kah 0.93L 1 53kg $4.20
3 13 DAJRAAN (GB) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Rachel King 2.73L 4 53kg $16
4 9 THE FRONTMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Regan Bayliss 4.2L 3 54kg $19
5 4 BRUTALITY Joseph Pride Jay Ford 4.24L 6 55.5kg $10
6 7 KUKERACHA (NZ) Chris Waller Tim Clark 4.43L 7 54.5kg $26
7 12 COASTWATCH Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 4.98L 5 53kg $13
8 8 FOURHOMETWO (GB) Annabel Neasham Sam Clipperton 8.84L 9 54kg $26
9 6 CHAT John Thompson Brock Ryan 11.45L 2 55kg $31
10 5 IMAGING (GB) Chris Waller James McDonald 15.02L 8 55.5kg $4.60
1 SPECIAL REWARD Kris Lees Glyn Schofield 0
2 JUST FOLK Josh Julius Robbie Dolan 0
10 ASHMAN Kim Waugh Tim Clark 0
3 ARAMAYO Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2022 Doncaster Prelude Betting

The top Doncaster Prelude 2022 odds and betting markets will be available below as soon as markets on the autumn Group 3 are open at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Yao Dash ($3.90 in 2021) followed by Mr Mozart ($3.50 in 2022) are the last favourites in Doncaster Prelude betting to salute for the punters.

2022 Doncaster Prelude Field

The Doncaster Prelude field attracts quality middle-distance gallopers eyeing a late autumn Group 1 run in a race like the Doncaster Mile or All Aged Stakes and is released by Racing NSW the Wednesday before Tancred Stakes Day.

The official Doncaster Prelude 2022 field and barriers will be out on Wednesday March 23, 2022 and released right here.

A field of Doncaster Mile hopefuls face off in the rescheduled 2022 Doncaster Prelude on Monday at Newcastle with markets led by the Hawkes Racing-trained Phar Lap Stakes winner Mr Mozart drawn out wide.

Scratchings:

  • #1 Special Reward (9)
  • #2 Just Folk (10)
  • #3 Aramayo (13)
  • #10 Ashman (11)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Bascrrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 9×98812135 SPECIAL REWARD Kris Lees Glyn Schofield 9 58.5kg 106
2 232516×871 JUST FOLK Josh Julius Robbie Dolan 10 58kg 105
3 79x23299x4 ARAMAYO Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 13 56kg 101
4 1x03431x24 BRUTALITY Joseph Pride Jay Ford 6 55.5kg 100
5 2007x7660x IMAGING (GB) Chris Waller James McDonald 8 55.5kg 100
6 127158×667 CHAT John Thompson Brock Ryan 2 55kg 99
7 321x28057x KUKERACHA (NZ) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 7 54.5kg 98
8 184x3121x0 FOURHOMETWO (GB) Annabel Neasham Sam Clipperton 12 54kg 95
9 387x18316x THE FRONTMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Regan Bayliss 3 54kg 93
10 514710×892 ASHMAN Kim Waugh Tim Clark 11 53.5kg 93
11 751x7125x4 OUR PLAYBOY Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Ms Jamie Kah 1 53kg 94
12 x521324x17 COASTWATCH Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 5 53kg 92
13 246121×135 DAJRAAN (GB) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Rachel King 4 53kg 80
14 x46129x781 MR MOZART Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes William Pike 14 53kg 93

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2022 Doncaster Prelude Nominations

The Doncaster Prelude 2022 nominations close on Monday March 21, 2022 and will be published below in full once out.

The 2022 Doncaster Prelude nominations attracted 19 milers led in all-in betting by Ajax Stakes winner Just Folk, Phar Lap Stakes winning colt Mr Mozart and Our Playboy.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 183x1321x0 COUNT DE RUPEE G 4 Robert & Luke Price 1 59.5kg 59.5kg 108
2 4100x582x4 I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 2= 58.5kg 58.5kg 106
3 9×98812135 SPECIAL REWARD G 6 Kris Lees 2= 58.5kg 58.5kg 106
4 232516×871 JUST FOLK G 5 Josh Julius 4 58kg 58kg 105
5 79x23299x4 ARAMAYO G 6 Chris Waller 5 56kg 56kg 101
6 1x03431x24 BRUTALITY G 5 Joseph Pride 6= 55.5kg 55.5kg 100
7 2007x7660x IMAGING (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 6= 55.5kg 55.5kg 100
8 11918x0x69 JUNIPAL G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 6= 55.5kg 55.5kg 100
9 6x638x2353 KIKU M 4 Chris Waller 9 54kg 53kg 96
10 184x3121x0 FOURHOMETWO (GB) G 4 Annabel Neasham 10 54kg 53kg 95
11 751x7125x4 OUR PLAYBOY G 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 11 54kg 53kg 94
12 x521324x17 COASTWATCH G 3 Chris Waller 12 54kg 53kg 92
13 246121×135 DAJRAAN (GB) H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 13 54kg 53kg 80
14 127158×667 CHAT G 5 John Thompson 14 55kg 55kg 99
15 321x28057x KUKERACHA (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 15 54.5kg 54.5kg 98
16 5030×22440 PURPLE SECTOR (NZ) G 6 John Thompson 16 54kg 53.5kg 96
17 514710×892 ASHMAN G 6 Kim Waugh 17= 54kg 53kg 93
18 x46129x781 MR MOZART C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 17= 54kg 53kg 93
19 387x18316x THE FRONTMAN (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 17= 54kg 53kg 93

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Doncaster Prelude History

The Doncaster Prelude was first run in 1985 and won by Bring Home. It is officially registered as the Royal Prama – named after the 1968 Golden Slipper Stakes winner. It has been known as the Doncaster Prelude since 2010 and has been conducted over distances ranging from 1400m – 1600m. It started as a Listed race before gaining Group 3 status in 2011 and from 2010 – 2013 ran at Royal Randwick.

Notable Doncaster Prelude winners include Defier (2002), Helsinborg (2003), My Kingdom Of Fife (2011) and Weary (2014).

In 2019 trainer Chris Waller won his fifth Doncaster Prelude and second on the trot with Mister Sea Wolf (2019) who had ran third behind stablemate Cellarman the year before.

In 2022 the Doncaster Prelude was moved from Rosehill on Saturday the 26th of March to Newcastle on Monday the 28th of March due to unsafe Heavy track conditions and rainfall.

Recent Doncaster Prelude Winners

Below has a table of Doncaster Prelude results and winners going back to 2000 to help with betting on the current season’s race.

Year Place Horse Time
2022
Doncaster Prelude
1st Mr Mozart 1 minute 31.74 seconds
2nd Our Playboy
3rd Dajraan
2021
Doncaster Prelude
1st Yao Dash 1 minute 28.34 seconds
2nd Mister Sea Wolf
3rd Bottega
2020
Doncaster Prelude
1st Cascadian 1 minute 31.66 seconds
2nd Mask Of Time
3rd Gaulois
2019
Doncaster Prelude
1st Mister Sea Wolf 1 minute 34.47 seconds
2nd Abdon
3rd Tom Melbourne
2018
Doncaster Prelude
1st Cellarman 1 minute 29.99 seconds
2nd Ecuador
3rd Mister Sea Wolf
2017
Doncaster Prelude
1st Spectroscope 1 minute 33.65 seconds
2nd No Doubt
3rd Marenostro
2016
Doncaster Prelude
1st Havana Cooler 1 minute 29.0 seconds
2nd Cosmic Cube
3rd Rudy
2015
Doncaster Prelude
1st Excess Knowledge 1 minute 29.8 seconds
2nd Malice
3rd Leebaz
2014
Doncaster Prelude
1st Weary 1 minute 31.4 seconds
2nd Leebaz
3rd I’m Imposing
2013
Doncaster Prelude
1st Skyerush 1 minute 36.1 seconds
2nd Alma’s Fury
3rd Illo
2012
Doncaster Prelude
1st Fast Clip 1 minute 35.2 seconds
2nd Speediness
3rd Alma’s Fury
2011
Doncaster Prelude
1st My Kingdom Of Fife 1 minute 34.8 seconds
2nd Hidden Wonder
3rd Bold Glance
2010
Doncaster Prelude
1st Brilliant Light 1 minute 35.7 seconds
2nd Gold Water
3rd Snapy Halo
2009
Doncaster Prelude
1st Dao Dao 1 minute 24.7 seconds
2nd Musket
3rd Pins On Parade
2008
Doncaster Prelude
1st Valedictum 1 minute 26.3 seconds
2nd Master Magic
3rd Theseo
2007
Doncaster Prelude
1st Mr Ubiquitous 1 minute 23.8 seconds
2nd Mystery City
3rd A Country Girl
2006
Doncaster Prelude
1st Gorgonite 1 minute 22.8 seconds
2nd Mindreader
3rd Legendary Man
2005
Doncaster Prelude
1st Osca Warrior 1 minute 29.0 seconds
2nd Fire At Will
3rd Gabfest
2004
Doncaster Prelude
1st Allgunadoit 1 minute 28.8 seconds
2nd Cariboo
3rd Jeremiad
2003
Doncaster Prelude
1st Helsinborg 1 minute 23.2 seconds
2nd On A High
3rd Palladium Star
2002
Doncaster Prelude
1st Defier 1 minute 22.0 seconds
2nd Salgado
3rd Hire
2001
Doncaster Prelude
1st Final Fantasy 1 minute 21.5 seconds
2nd Old Man
3rd Spying
2000
Doncaster Prelude
1st Le Zagaletta 1 minute 30.0 seconds
2nd Summa Cum Laude
3rd Roulette

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