Doncaster Handicap

Doncaster Handicap

The Championships Day 1 – Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, April 01, 2023
Location: Royal Randwick, Sydney
Prize Money: $3,000,000
Distance: 1600m

THE Doncaster Handicap is a Group 1 race held at Royal Randwick in Sydney for three-year-old horses and older held over 1600m.

Held on day one of The Championships in Sydney, the total prize pool for the race is $3 million.

A handicap race, the time-honoured Doncaster Handicap routinely draws the best horses from around the world to compete for Group 1 glory.

Sunline, Pharaoh, Winx and Super Impose are all notable winners of the race.

TJ Smith has won the most Doncaster Handicap races as a trainer after claiming seven with champion Kiwi Chris Waller just behind Smith with seven as of 2018.

2023 Doncaster Handicap betting odds

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The Doncaster Handicap is one of the feature events of the Championships in Sydney and the centerpiece race of the opening day.

The Doncaster Handicap – which is steeped in over 150 years of history – has markets that go up well in advance of the race like most of the races in The Championships, which include the Australian Oaks, ATC Chairman’s Handicap and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

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Betting guide for the Doncaster Handicap

Sydney-based trainer Chris Waller has dominated the Doncaster Handicap since 2013.

Betting on the Doncaster Handicap has been a Waller whitewash in recent times.

Punters who had followed the Waller runners into the Doncaster Handicap from 2013 to 2017 tasted success four of five times.

The George Ryder Stakes is typically a great indicator of how a horse will go in the Doncaster, and three horses in recent times – Racing To Win (2006), Haradasun (2007) and Vision And Power in 2009 – have gone on to complete the George Ryder/Doncaster double.

2022 Doncaster Handicap result

1stMr Brightside ($23.30)
2ndI’m Thunderstruck ($2.50)
3rdIcebath ($6.20)

Recent Doncaster Handicap winners

  • Having missed out on claiming the Cantala Stakes in the spring, Mr Brightside managed to get his Group 1 victory in the 2022 Doncaster Mile. Despite needing to travel wide for most of the trip, Craig Williams looked pretty confident throughout that he had a lapful of horse when he needed to ask for an effort. Despite market fancy I’m Thunderstruck overtake him on the home turn, fellow Victorian Mr Brightside managed to sprint the better inside the final furlong and handed trainers Ben & JD Hayes their first Group 1 success as a training partnership.
  • Jamie Kah has taken Melbourne racing by storm and now at Randwick, Jamie Kah brought her magic touch to Sydney to win one of Australia’s most prestigious races for one of the world’s biggest operations. A runaway leader of the Melbourne jockeys’ premiership, Kah became the first female rider anywhere in the world to clinch a Group 1 win for Godolphin when she combined with Cascadian to claim the Doncaster Mile.Icebath looked set to win the Doncaster when she surged through on the fence, only to be nabbed by a Godolphin horse for the second time in a feature race after finishing runner-up to Colette in the Golden Eagle. She was beaten a head with Dalasan another three-quarters of a length away.
  • Despite giving the leader of the race a near seven length start at the home turn, Nettoyer unleashed a devasting burst to claim her maiden Group 1 success. The win in the Doncaster Handicap came as a shock to many as the Sebring mare saluted at $41, which was justified due to her near eight length defeat in the Ranvet Stakes the start prior. Nettoyer’s win handed trainer Wedny Roche and jockey James Innes jnr both of their maiden Group 1 successes.
  • He’s the king of the Doncaster Handicap and Glen Boss again took the throne after guiding Brutal to a terrific win. From the wide gate Bossy took Brutal to the front and slowed the tempo down, which delivered the Kiwi easy sectionals, which proved the difference at the end of the race.
  • Dubbed the “People’s Horse” heading into a wide-open Doncaster Handicap, Happy Clapper came into the race as a top elect after a strong run behind Winx in the George Ryder Stakes. Under a patient ride from Blake Shinn, Happy Clapper hit the front at the latter stages and never looked in danger.
  • An extremely even betting field was presented in 2017 with Le Romain the starting favourite at $6, but it was It’s Somewhat that prevailed at massive odds of over $40. That John O’Shea-trained stayer used the front-runners bias to its advantage and it never looked like being beaten in the straight. Happy Clapper closed late, but the damage had been done mid-race when It’s Somewhat got away with a slow tempo.
  • Winx delivered an absolute masterclass to hand Chris Waller his fourth straight Doncaster Handicap. As a $1.80 favourite the mare encountered slight traffic coming into the straight but Bowman was good enough to take the inside passage to hand the horse its ninth straight win.
  • Chris Waller was looking to secure his third straight Doncaster Handicap win, but not many were predicting the run $8 chance Kermadec would put together in the group one race. Under a peach of a ride from Glen Boss, the dual group one winning horse surged from the middle of the pack to hit the front and run away with the race in the final 200m to record an impressive victory.
  • After winning the race as a $19 outsider the year before, few were giving Sacred Falls the chance of going back-to-back in the Doncaster Handicap. After being unsighted for much of the race Zac Purton produced the gun at the right time to topple Royal Descent, which looked like the winner at the 300m mark.
  • The first of Chris Waller’s four consecutive Doncaster Handicap titles came from an unexpected source as Sacred Falls saluted as a $19 chance. After settling down mid-field Sacred Falls was presented at the ideal time by Tommy Berry and they drew alongside superstar sprinter Pierro in the latter stages of the race. Sacred Falls ultimately got the better of the Waterhouse runner in stylish fashion.

Full list of Doncaster Handicap winners

Doncaster Handicap Past Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2022 Mr Brightside Craig Williams Ben & JD Hayes
2021 Cascadian Jamie Kah James Cummings
2020 Nettoyer James Innes jnr Wendy Roche
2019 Brutal Glen Boss Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
2018 Happy Clapper Blake Shinn Patrick Webster
2017 It’s Somewhat Zac Purton John O’Shea
2016 Winx Hugh Bowman Chris Waller
2015 Kermadec Glen Boss Chris Waller
2014 Sacred Falls Zac Purton Chris Waller
2013 Sacred Falls Tommy Berry Chris Waller
2012 More Joyous Nash Rawiller Gai Waterhouse
2011 Sacred Choice Tim Clark Joseph Pride
2010 Rangirangdoo Nash Rawiller Chris Waller
2009 Vision And Power Jim Cassidy Joseph Pride
2008 Triple Honour Glen Boss Chris Waller
2007 Haradasun Glen Boss Tony Vasil
2006 Racing To Win Glen Boss John O’Shea
2005 Patezza Danny Nikolic Guy Walter
2004 Private Steer Glen Boss John O’Shea
2003 Grand Armee Darren Beasley Gai Waterhouse
2002 Sunline Greg Childs Trevor McKee
2001 Assertive Lad Chirs Munce Gai Waterhouse
2000 Over Darren Gauci John Hawkes

Doncaster Handicap winners pre-2000

Doncaster Handicap Past Winners Pre 2000
Year Horse
1999 Sunline
1998 Catalan Opening
1997 Secret Savings
1996 Sprint By
1995 Pharaoh
1994 Pharaoh
1993 Skating
1992 Soho Square
1991 Super Impose
1990 Super Impose
1989 Merimbula Bay
1988 Lygon Arms
1987 Magic Flute
1986 Hula Chief
1985 Row Of Waves
1984 Vite Cheval
1983 Emancipation
1982 My Gold Hope
1981 Lawman
1980 Iko
1979 Belmura Lad
1978 Maybe Mahal
1977 Just Ideal
1976 Authentic Heir
1975 Dalrello
1974 Tontonan
1973 Analie
1972 Gunsynd
1971 Rajah Sahib
1970 Broker’s Tip
1969 Bye Bye
1968 Unpainted
1967 Tobin Bronze
1966 Citius
1965 Time And Tide
1964 Persian Puzzle
1963 Fine And Dandy
1962 Te Poi
1961 Fine And Dandy
1960 Tudor Hill
1959 Tudor Hill
1958 Grenoble
1957 Slogan II
1956 Slogan II
1955 Fire Dust
1954 Karendi
1953 Triclinium
1952 Prelate
1951 Oversight
1950 Grey Boots
1949 Bernbrook
1948 The Diver
1947 Blue Legend
1946 Blue Legend
1945 Abbeville
1944 Goose Boy
1943 Kingsdale
1942 Tuhitarata
1941 Mildura
1940 Mildura
1939 Gold Rod
1938 Hamurah
1937 Sarcherie
1936 Cuddle
1935 Hall Mark
1934 Chatham
1933 Winooka
1932 Jacko
1931 Sir Chrystopher
1930 Venetian Lady
1929 Karuma
1928 Simeon’s Fort
1927 Don Moon
1926 Valicare
1925 Fujisan
1924 Whittier
1923 The Epicure
1922 Julia Grey
1921 Speciality
1920 Sydney Damsel
1919 Hem
1918 Dame Acre
1917 Wedding Day
1916 Eurobin
1915 Garlin
1914 First Principle
1913 Jolly Beggar
1912 Lochano
1911 Broadsword
1910 Storey
1909 Hyman
1908 Togo
1907 Istria
1906 Little Toy
1905 Famous
1904 Chere Amie
1903 Rose Petal
1902 Sir Foote
1901 Wakeful
1900 Parapet
1899 Vigorous
1898 Syerla
1897 Superb
1896 Courallie
1895 Delaware
1894 Donizetti
1893 Cremorne
1892 Marvel
1891 Paris
1890 Sir William
1889 Russley
1888 Ben Bolt
1887 Abner
1886 Crossfire
1885 St. Lawrence
1884 Rataplan
1883 Sardonyx
1882 Stella
1881 Rapid Bay
1880 Queensland
1879 The Hook
1878 Laertes
1877 Speculation
1876 Briseis
1875 Priam
1874 Myrtle
1873 Wanderer
1872 Vixen
1871 Sir William / Lottery
1870 Barbelle
1869 Tippler
1868 Casino
1867 Sir Solomon
1866 Dundee

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