The Doncaster Handicap, held at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, Australia, is the most famous mile on the Australian racing calendar. The Group One race, for three-year-olds and up, is contested over 1600 metres and has a current prize of $3,000,000.
- Race Type: Group 1 Thoroughbred
- Distance: 1,600 metres
- Track: Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales
- Date: Saturday 1 April 2017
One of the two great mile handicap races run at Randwick, the Doncaster was first staged in 1866. It is the April counterpart of the $600,000 Epsom Handicap, staged in October. Each race takes its name from a famous English racecourse.
Many great horses have won the Doncaster, including several who have also won the Epsom. Super Impose created history in 1990 and 1991 by becoming the only horse to win both races on two occasions.
Doncaster Handicap Final Field & Odds 2017
See below for the early markets for this years Doncaster Mile.‘Odds not currently available’
Doncaster Handicap Preview & Tips 2017
Track: Soft Weather: Overcast
There is a full field of 20 runners plus 3 emergencies for the $3,000,000 The Star Doncaster Mile. The betting is very open with Le Romain as favourite after winning the Canterbury Stakes before 2nd to Winx in the George Ryder. McCreery was outclassed when 5th in the George Ryder but is better suited under the handicap conditions. Happy Clapper ran 2nd in this race last year and comes off an easy win in the Newcastle Newmarket.
Hauraki won the Epsom in the Spring and goes well third-up. Palentino is drawn well and comes off a good win in the Blamey Stakes. Redkirk Warrior was an easy 30 to 1 winner of the Newmarket last outing and looks a real chance here. Spectroscope won the Doncaster Prelude last week, but has drawn very wide. Three-year-old filly I Am A Star has drawn the inside barrier and has won Group 2 races at her last 2 starts. All other runners are currently 16 to 1 or longer.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|2 Le Romain||10 Redkirk Warrior||2 Le Romain|
|10 Redkirk Warrior||2 Le Romain||16 Antonio Giuseppe|
|14 I Am A Star||16 Antonio Giuseppe||3 Palentino|
|1 Hauraki||3 Palentino||19 Spectroscope|
Past winners of the Doncaster Handicap:
Four horses have won the cup twice in recent years. Sunline won in 1999 and 2002 while Sacred Falls, Pharaoh and Super Impose won back-to-back races. Sacred Falls won in 2013 and 2014, Pharaoh won in 1994 and 1995 and Super Impose in 1990 and 1991. Chris Waller trained the first four past the post in 2014.
Except for one year, the Doncaster Handicap has been held at Randwick Racecourse every year since 1866. That was 1942 when the army took over the track just before the Easter meeting, which was moved to Rosehill Racecourse, also in Sydney.
Dundee won the first running of the race. He captured the Epsom Handicap the previous year and as a result holds a place in Australian horse racing history.
In 1871 there was the only dead heat ever in the race with Sir William and Lottery sharing the prize of what would eventually become the most sought after handicap race in the southern hemisphere.
|2017||It’s Somewhat (USA)||Happy Clapper||Sense Of Occasion|
|2015||Kermadec||Real Impact (JPN)||Royal Descent|
|2014||Sacred Falls||Royal Descent||Weary|
|2012||More Joyous||Shoot Out||Yosei|
|2011||Sacred Choice||Road To Rock||Bold Glance|
|2010||Rangirangdoo||Road To Rock||Brilliant Light|
|2009||Vision And Power||Black Piranha||Whobegotyou|
|2008||Triple Honour||Casino Prince||Pinnacles|
|2006||Racing To Win||Johan’s Toy||Bentley Biscuit|
|2005||Patezza||Court’s In Session||Danni Martine|
|2004||Private Steer||Grand Armee||Ambulance|
|2003||Grand Armee||Dash For Cash||Boreale|
|2001||Assertive Lad||Shogun Lodge||Weasel Will|