This race was first run in 1881, making it one of the oldest races in Australia, and it is one of the oldest and most competitive mile handicaps in New South Wales. There have been a few years it was not held with minor gaps due to administrative issues between 1897 and 1903, the Second World War and its effects between 1942 and 1950, and some programming difficulties in the late sixties and again between 1997 and 2000.
It was originally run in the early Autumn following a break in racing for the hot months of summer but has been reprogrammed throughout its history and is now Hawkesbury’s Listed Winter Feature race. Because of the timing of late winter it attracts both good winter horses and middle-distance and staying type hopefuls beginning their spring campaign.
The prizemoney is enough to attract top Sydney trainers including Chris Waller, Gai Waterhouse and Bjorn Baker. Winners from the last few years like McCreery, Arbeitsam and Mister Sea Wolf have all gone on to win at Group level.
Rowley Mile Facts
Last mare to win; Savacool (2020)
Last 3YO to win: C&G – Fiery Venture (2003); Filly –
Fastest time (1600m): Mister Sea Wolf (2018) 1:34:84
Rowley Mile & Shannon Stakes: Mister Sea Wolf (2018)
Leading trainers: Gai Waterhouse has won this race five times (Arbeitsam 2017; The Offer 2015; Rabbuka 2008; Beauty Watch 2007; Fiery Venture 2003)
Interesting trivia: Chris Waller trained the trifecta in 2016.
Past winners of the Rowley Mile
Winners of past Rowley Miles include horses that go on to win Group races.