The Championships Day 1 – Betting Guide
|Date:||Saturday, April 6, 2024|
|Location:||Royal Randwick Racecourse – Sydney, Australia|
THE Doncaster Mile 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 Mile 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.
2024 Doncaster Mile betting odds
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Best Doncaster Mile bookmakers
The Doncaster Mile is one of the feature events of the Championships in Sydney and the centerpiece race of the opening day.
The Doncaster Mile – 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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Latest Doncaster Handicap News
Betting guide for the Doncaster Handicap
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 has produced 6 of the last 10 winners. The Rosehill Guineas and Ranvet Stakes can produce a horse back in trip as well.
The George Ryder Stakes is typically a great indicator of how a horse will go in the Doncaster, horses to complete the George Ryder Stakes/Doncaster Mile double (8) – Dame Acre (1918), Hem (1919), Dalrello (1975), Emancipation (1983), Racing To Win (2006), Haradasun (2007), Vision And Power (2009), Winx (2016).
Guy Walter trained the trifecta in 2005 (Patezza/Court’s In Session/Danni Martine) while Chris Waller trained the first four in 2014 (Sacred Falls/Royal Descent/Weary/Hawkspur).
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).
Since 2009, double figure barriers have won the Doncaster on 9 occasions.
In 2021 the inside four barriers filled the first four placings.
Jamie Kah scored her 5th Group 1 win in taking the 2021 Doncaster Mile which at that time equalled the record for Australian female jockeys. She has since broken that.
2024 Doncaster Mile Final Field
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Previous Doncaster Mile Fields
Many a superstar has gone on to win the Doncaster Mile. Check out the 2022 & 2023 fields here.
No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight 1 Alligator Blood Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 12 57.5kg 2 Mr Brightside Ben & JD Hayes Zac Purton 2 55.5kg 3 Kirwan’s Lane John O’Shea Ben Melham 24 54kg 4 My Oberon Annabel Neasham John Allen 7 54kg 5 Fangirl Chris Waller Joao Moreira 19 53.5kg 6 Going Global Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 4 53.5kg 7 Converge Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Brett Prebble 6 52kg 8 Duke De Sessa Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Dylan Gibbons 9 52kg 9 Gentleman Roy Ben & JD Hayes Rachel King 10 52kg 10 Lion’s Roar John O’Shea Craig Newitt 17 52kg 11 Nugget Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Andrew Gibbons 22 51.5kg 12 Bandersnatch Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Taylor Marshall 5 51kg 13 Golden Mile James Cummings Zac Lloyd 11 51kg 14 Mustang Valley Andrew Forsman Robbie Dolan 3 51kg 15 Hope In Your Heart Kerry Parker Jay Ford 23 50.5kg 16 Zougotcha Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 13 50.5kg 17 Protagonist William Haggas Ben Thompson 8 50kg 18 Cepheus Matthew Dunn Dean Yendall 16 50kg 19 Communist Michael Freedman Tyler Schiller 21 49kg 20 Lindermann Chris Waller Dean Holland 18 49kg 21 Osipenko (1E) Chris Waller Michael Dee 1 49kg 22 Bankers Choice (2E) Mike Moroney Brock Ryan 15 51kg 23 Diamil (3E) John O’Shea Reece Jones 20 51kg 24 Pride Of Jenni (4E) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Robbie Dolan 14 50kg No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight 1 Cascadian James Cummings James McDonald 18 56kg 2 I’m Thunderstruck Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Hugh Bowman 8 55.5kg 3 Private Eye Joseph Pride Regan Bayliss 22 54kg 4 Dalasan Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Chad Schofield 5 53.5kg 5 Lighthouse Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damian Lane 23 53kg 6 Laws Of Indices Annabel Neasham Tommy Berry 4 53kg 7 Ellsberg Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Tim Clark 6 52kg 8 Inspirational Girl Danny O’Brien William Pike 19 51.5kg 9 Hungry Heart Chris Waller N/A 11 51.5kg 10 Icebath Brad Widdup Fred Kersley 9 51.5kg 11 Sky Lab Paul Perry Kathy O’Hara 1 51.5kg 12 Kissonallforcheeks Daniel Morton Alysha Collett 7 51kg 13 Numerian Annabel Neasham Robbie Dolan 2 51kg 14 Hilal Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brock Ryan 16 50.5kg 15 Brutality Joseph Pride Jay Ford 17 50.5kg 16 Forbidden Love Richard & Michael Freedman Jamie Kah 14 50kg 17 Just Folk Josh Julius Dean Holland 10 50kg 18 Kiku Chris Waller Linda Meech 20 50kg 19 Mr Brightside Ben & JD Hayes Craig Williams 21 50kg 20 Converge Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Rachel King 3 49.5kg 21 Bankers Choice (1E) Mike Moroney Teo Nugent 15 50kg 22 King Magnus (2E) Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Brock Ryan 12 50kg 23 Ironclad (3E) Will Clarken Linda Meech 24 50kg 24 Our Playboy (4E) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) N/A 13 50kg
2023 Doncaster Mile result
Recent Doncaster Mile winners
- Zac Purton and co-trainers Ben & JD Hayes have combined with Mr Brightside the Group 1 Doncaster Mile, after the training duo took out the 2022 edition with Craig Williams taking the reins. It comes after taking out the All-Star Mile as well, which continues to provide punters with a strong form-line moving forward. The last two year’s we’ve seen the form stack up as the trifecta of runners in the Doncaster Mile ran in behind Zaaki in the 2022 edition, the same has happened on Saturday afternoon with Mr Brightside, My Oberon and Nugget all being set for this after the Moonee Valley feature on March 18. With injury leaving Craig Williams sidelined for the All-Star Mile and now the Doncaster Mile, it was left to Hong Kong-leading hoop Zac Purton to take the reins and obliged in emphatic fashion for favourite backers. Mr Brightside was hard held turning for home and kicked clear of his rivals with My Oberon leading a late surge on the post, but to no avail. Nugget and Hope In Your Heart were the best of the chasers late outside the quinella, but Mr Brightside was able to get the head down in the shadows, pushed out by Zac Purton.
- 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 Mile winners
|Doncaster Mile Past Winners|
|2023||Mr Brightside||Zac Purton||Ben & JD Hayes|
|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||Chris Munce||Gai Waterhouse|
|2000||Over||Darren Gauci||John Hawkes|
Doncaster Mile winners pre-2000
|Doncaster Mile Past Winners Pre 2000|
|1985||Row Of Waves|
|1982||My Gold Hope|
|1965||Time And Tide|
|1963||Fine And Dandy|
|1961||Fine And Dandy|
|1871||Sir William / Lottery|