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The Doncaster Mile is a Group 1 race for Open Class horses conducted by the Australian Turf Club at Randwick. It is always regarded the best mile race in the country from the best start.
The Doncaster Mile was first run in 1866 and was won by Dundee.
The Doncaster Mile is run over 1600m under handicap conditions.
The race is registered as the Doncaster Handicap and is one of the richest handicaps in the world not at a staying trip.
33 fillies and mares have had success in the Doncaster Mile with Winx the latest. Most recent mare – Winx (2016). Most recent filly – Sunline (1999).
There have been 32 x 3yo winners too with Brutal the most recent in 2019. The three year olds ran the trifecta in 2013 (Sacred Falls/Pierro/Norzita). In the last 25 renewals, three year olds have won nine times.
Tommy Smith and Gai Waterhouse hold the Doncaster record with seven but Chris Waller is closing fast with 6 of the last 12.
Glen Boss has tasted success the most with seven victories starting with Sprint By in 1996 all the way through to Brutal in 2019.
The WFA George Ryder Stakes is the logical lead up with 14 of the last 25 however horses can come back in distance as Sacred Falls (2013 Rosehill Guineas) and Sacred Choice/Rangirangdoo (Ranvet Stakes) have done.
Guy Walter trained the trifecta in 2005 (Patezza/Court's In Session/Danni Martine) and to better that Chris Waller trained the first four in 2014 (Sacred Falls/Royal Descent/Weary/Hawkspur).
Epsom-Doncaster double in the same season: Dundee (1865-66), Marvel (1891-92), Chatham (1933-34), Broker's Tip (1969-70), Gunsynd (1971-72), Authentic Heir (1975-76), Super Impose (1990-91), Winx (2015-16) and Happy Clapper (2017-18).
George Ryder-Doncaster double - Dame Acre (1918), Hem (1919), Dalrello (1975), Emancipation (1983), Racing To Win (2006), Haradasun (2007), Vision And Power (2009), Winx (2016).
Cox Plate-Doncaster double in same season: Tobin Bronze (1966-67), Winx (2015-16).
Weights to win: Highest - Chatham/Marvel (65.5kg). Within the last 50 years - Gunsynd (60.5kg), Tobin Bronze/Super Impose (59.5kg).
Weights to win (mares): Highest - Cuddle (59kg). Within the last 50 years - Sunline (58kg), More Joyous (57.5kg) Maybe Mahal (57kg).
Happy Clapper won his first Group 1 in the 2017 Epsom Handicap. He ran a time of 1:33.17 carrying 57kg. He'd win the Doncaster later that season in exactly the same time with exactly the same weight.
The 2019 Doncaster Mile was worth $3million.
Multiple winners of the Doncaster Mile are Mildura (1940, 1941), Blue Legend (1946, 1947), Slogan II (1956, 1957), Tudor Hill (1959, 1960), Fine And Dandy (1961, 1963), Super Impose (1990, 1991), Pharaoh (1994, 1995), Sunline (1999, 2002) and Sacred Falls (2013, 2014).
Other Notable winners of the Doncaster Mile include Briseis (1876), Wakeful (1901), Chatham (1934), Hall Mark (1935), Tobin Bronze (1967), Gunsynd (1972), Maybe Mahal (1978), Emancipation (1983), Grand Armee (2003), Private Steer (2004), Racing To Win (2006), More Joyous (2012), Winx (2016) and Happy Clapper (2018).
The 2019 Doncaster Mile was won by Brutal from Dreamforce and Hartnell.
Previous Doncaster Mile Winners
| BRUTAL (NZ) 3C |
O'REILLY (NZ) - ALBERTON PRINCESS (NZ) GOLAN (IRE)
|G BOSS||49.5||MICHAEL & WAYNE & JOHN HAWKES||18|
| HAPPY CLAPPER (AUS) 7G |
TEOFILO (IRE) - BUSKING (AUS) ENCOSTA DE LAGO (AUS)
|B SHINN||57.0||PATRICK WEBSTER||1|
| IT'S SOMEWHAT (USA) 6G |
DYNAFORMER (USA) - SOMETIME (IRE) ROYAL ACADEMY (USA)
|Z PURTON||55.0||JOHN O'SHEA||8|
| WINX (AUS) 4M |
STREET CRY (IRE) - VEGAS SHOWGIRL (NZ) AL AKBAR (AUS)
|J BOWMAN||56.5||CHRIS WALLER||11|
| KERMADEC (NZ) 3C |
TEOFILO (IRE) - HY FUJI (AUS) FUJI KISEKI (JPN)
|G BOSS||51.0||CHRIS WALLER||16|
| SACRED FALLS (NZ) 4H |
O'REILLY (NZ) - IGUAZU'S GIRL (NZ) REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS)
|Z PURTON||56.5||CHRIS WALLER||13|
| SACRED FALLS (NZ) 3C |
O'REILLY (NZ) - IGUAZU'S GIRL (NZ) REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS)
|TOMMY BERRY||53.0||CHRIS WALLER||4|
| MORE JOYOUS (NZ) 5M |
MORE THAN READY (USA) - SUNDAY JOY (AUS) SUNDAY SILENCE (USA)
|N RAWILLER||57.5||MS G WATERHOUSE||10|
| SACRED CHOICE (AUS) 5M |
CHOISIR (AUS) - SACRED HABIT (NZ) SIR TRISTRAM (IRE)
|TIM CLARK||52.0||JOSEPH PRIDE||14|
| RANGIRANGDOO (NZ) 5G |
PENTIRE (GB) - SHE WISHES (NZ) KENFAIR (NZ)
|N RAWILLER||55.5||CHRIS WALLER||10|
| VISION AND POWER (NZ) 6G |
CARNEGIE (IRE) - ESCADA (NZ) CENTAINE (AUS)
|J CASSIDY||52.0||JOSEPH PRIDE||12|
| TRIPLE HONOUR (NZ) 3G |
HONOURS LIST (IRE) - MYRRH (NZ) NASSIPOUR (USA)
|G BOSS||51.0||CHRIS WALLER||6|
| HARADASUN (AUS) 3C |
FUSAICHI PEGASUS (USA) - CIRCLES OF GOLD (AUS) MARSCAY (AUS)
|G BOSS||53.0||TONY VASIL||1|
| RACING TO WIN (AUS) 3G |
ENCOSTA DE LAGO (AUS) - SURREALIST (AUS) KENNY'S BEST PAL (AUS)
|G BOSS||51.0||JOHN O'SHEA||12|
| PATEZZA (AUS) 6G |
RUBITON (AUS) - STARS ABOVE (AUS) STAR SHOWER (AUS)
|D NIKOLIC||54.5||G H WALTER||16|
| PRIVATE STEER (AUS) 4M |
DANEHILL DANCER (IRE) - LISHEENOWEN (AUS) SEMIPALATINSK (USA)
|G BOSS||53.0||JOHN O'SHEA||13|
| GRAND ARMEE (AUS) 4G |
HENNESSY (USA) - TAMBOUR (AUS) MARAUDING (NZ)
|D BEASLEY||51.5||MS G WATERHOUSE||5|
| SUNLINE (NZ) 6M |
DESERT SUN (GB) - SONGLINE (NZ) WESTERN SYMPHONY (USA)
|G CHILDS||58.0||TREVOR MCKEE||7|
| ASSERTIVE LAD (AUS) 3G |
ZEDITAVE (AUS) - SOMMES SOUND (USA) ASSERT (IRE)
|C MUNCE||54.0||MS G WATERHOUSE||14|
| OVER (AUS) 3C |
DR. GRACE (NZ) - TROMPER (AUS) LUNCHTIME (GB)
|D GAUCI||51.5||JOHN HAWKES||7|
Trainer Barry Baldwin is in a race against their clock to get The Candy Man ready for the Doncaster Mile.
Many a good mare has won the Futurity Stakes run at Caulfield on Saturday in recent seasons.
Many a good 3yo has had this race as part of his Derby campaign in the Hobartville Stakes run at Rosehill on Saturday.
Trainer John Thompson is looking forward to the return of stable stalwart Dreamforce who has won two trials ahead of the Apollo Stakes.
Freshen-up for Travelling Light
Popular veteran Happy Clapper heads the nominations for the Group Two Apollo Stakes at Randwick.
Trainer Mark Newnham has mapped out a four-run Sydney campaign for Shadow Hero which includes three Group One races for three-year-olds.
A strong but potentially challenging nine race program greets punters at Randwick on Saturday.
Varian hope one of 98 in mix for Doncaster.
Late entry Vegadaze is not in the Group Two Expressway Stakes to make up the numbers with trainer Anthony Cummings keen to get him up and running.
The Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Doncaster Mile are among nine Sydney races ranked among the top 100 highest-rated races in the world.
He will saddle up the rank outsider in the two-year-old race at Randwick but Anthony Cummings says Fayerra will not be out of her depth.
Happy Clapper has pleased trainer Pat Webster with a comfortable fourth in a Randwick trial behind the John Thompson-trained Sweet Deal.
Randwick trainer John O'Shea has kept his winning momentum going with a double at Warwick Farm.