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 $2,000,000.
Race Type: Group 1 Thoroughbred
Distance: 1,600 metres
Track: Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales
Date: Saturday 20 April 2013
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 2013
See below for the early markets for this years Doncaster Mile.‘Odds not currently available’
Doncaster Handicap Preview & Tips 2013
Track: Slow Weather: Fine
There is a full field of 20 plus 1 emergency for the $2,000,000 BMW Doncaster Mile. Pierro is the firm favourite with his impressive record of 11 wins and 2 places from 13 starts. Next in the market is Appearance who has won two Group 1 races at her last starts, then Norzita with 4 great runs this campaign including the latest win in the Vinery Stud Stakes.
Shoot Out came second in this race last year and has had 2 great runs this campaign. As always, there are lots of well-credentialed runners in the race. The oldest runner is nine-year-old Danleigh, while Pierro, Norzita and Sacred Falls are all three-year-olds. Red Tracer has ran 2nd at her last 2 starts, but has drawn the widest barrier here. It will be a great race.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|2 Pierro||11 Appearance||2 Pierro|
|11 Appearance||1 Shoot Out||1 Shoot Out|
|1 Shoot Out||2 Pierro||14 Norzita|
|14 Norzita||14 Norzita||11 Appearance|
Past winners of the Doncaster Handicap:
Three horses have won the cup twice in recent years. Sunline won in 1999 and 2002 while Pharaoh and Super Impose won back-to-back races. Pharaoh won in 1994 and 1995 and Super Impose in 1990 and 1991.
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.
|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|