Doncaster Prelude 2024

Ladbrokes Tip: The Doncaster Prelude winner is exempt from ballot in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m).

The Doncaster Prelude is a Group 3 middle-distance race run and won over 1500m at Rosehill Gardens on Tancred Stakes Day in late March during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

2022 Doncaster Prelude winner Mr Mozart
2022 Doncaster Prelude winner Mr Mozart. Photo: Steve Hart.

Offering $250,000 in prize money, the quality handicap clash also has a ballot exemption on offer to the winner into the Doncaster Mile at Randwick on Day 1 of ‘The Championships’ in early April.

To date no horse has completed the double in a single season however the 2020 Doncaster Prelude winner Cascadian returned the following autumn to reign supreme for Godolphin in the Doncaster Mile 2021 results.

First contested in 1985 the event is officially registered as the Royal Parma Stakes in honour of the 1968 Golden Slipper winner Royal Parma.

Originally run on Golden Slipper Day and subsequently renamed the Doncaster Prelude in 2010, the event has held Group 3 status since 2011.

The latest edition of the Doncaster Prelude ran on Saturday March 30, 2024 at Rosehill as part of the Tancred Stakes Day card and was won in impressive fashion by the Doncaster Mile-bound favourite Another Wil ($1.75F).

2024 Doncaster Prelude Results

The official Doncaster Prelude Results 2024 and race finishing order will be published below when the race is run and won on Saturday March 30, 2024.

2024 Doncaster Prelude winner Another Wil

2024 Doncaster Prelude winner Another Wil. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • 1st: #17e Another Wil
  • 2nd: #5 Bandersnatch
  • 3rd: #8 Welwal

The Doncaster Mile is now on the cards for the Ciaron Maher-trained Another Wil ($1.75F) who rose in grade and easily accounted for last year’s winner Bandersnatch in a big Doncaster Prelude 2024 result for the punters.

2024 Doncaster Prelude Odds

The Doncaster Prelude 2024 betting odds will be available below the week of the race giving you access to the best autumn racing odds ahead of the Group 3 on Tancred Stakes Day at Rosehill.

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Doncaster Prelude Race Info

  • Date: Saturday March 30, 2024
  • Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse
  • Distance: 1500m
  • Conditions: Quality Handicap – 3YOs & Upwards
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $250,000
  • First Run: 1985

Doncaster Prelude Betting

Early Doncaster Prelude odds are out at bookmakers after nominations are taken the Monday of race week and firm after the final field is announced two days later.

Doncaster Prelude betting is led by in-form local Sydney-trained gallopers with form around a mile. Any Chris Waller-trained middle-distance types are often favoured in the markets as he has prepared five winners since 2006.

There has been plenty of value in Doncaster Prelude betting over the years including in 2011 when UK import My Kingdom Of Fife won at $151 when debuting down under for Waller.

Yao Dash ($3.90 in 2021), Mr Mozart ($3.50 in 2022), and Another Wil ($1.75 in 2024) are the last favourites in Doncaster Prelude betting to salute for the punters.

Doncaster Prelude Field

Doncaster Prelude Winner Cascadian (2020). Photo: Steve Hart.
2020 Doncaster Prelude winner Cascadian won the following year’s Group 1 Doncaster Mile. Photo: Steve Hart.

The Doncaster Prelude race field attracts a class line-up of in-form mile types and runners coming off earlier Sydney runs over the autumn.

The bulk of the runners in the Doncaster Prelude field are vying for the ballot exemption into the following Saturday’s Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) that now offers $4 million in prize money.

Later in the winter, Doncaster Prelude graduates may head to Brisbane and target an elite level race like the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) in May.

The Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill a fortnight earlier makes a nice potential lead-up into the Doncaster Prelude field. Brilliant Light (2010) was the last runner to complete the Ajax Stakes – Doncaster Prelude double.

In 2023 Bandersnatch improved on a lead-up fourth in the Ajax Stakes to win the Doncaster Prelude.

Bandersnatch returned to run second in the Doncaster Prelude 2024 results.

Doncaster Prelude nominations close the Monday before the race runs on the Saturday with the final field and barrier draw released on the Wednesday.

2024 Doncaster Prelude Field

The official Doncaster Prelude 2024 Field & Barriers will be released by Racing NSW the Wednesday before the race and published in full below so stay tuned to see who is in and out of the Tancred Stakes Day event.

2024 Doncaster Prelude Nominations

The early Doncaster Prelude 2024 Nominations close the Monday of race week and will be listed in full below once released.

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1129×221 SOUTHPORT TYCOON C 3 Ciaron Maher 1 59kg 59kg   108
2 610x7538x1 RUSTIC STEEL G 6 Kris Lees 2 59kg 59kg   107
3 64x11356x5 BERKSHIRE SHADOW (GB) G 5 Ciaron Maher 3 58.5kg 58.5kg   106
4 128×301765 MUNHAMEK (GB) G 8 Nick Ryan 4= 57.5kg 57.5kg   104
5 553x404x73 NUGGET (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher 4= 57.5kg 57.5kg   104
6 2x02310x10 PHEARSON G 6 Brad Widdup 4= 57.5kg 57.5kg   104
7 162x116x49 VIENNA PRINCESS M 4 Chris Waller 4= 55.5kg 55.5kg   104
8 x765824x70 BANDERSNATCH G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 8= 57kg 57kg   103
9 x018135x0x JIMI HENDRIX (IRE) G 5 Annabel Neasham 8= 57kg 57kg   103
10 009119×774 UCALLEDIT (NZ) G 6 Kris Lees 8= 57kg 57kg   103
11 95222x9x18 WELWAL (GB) G 5 Chris Waller 11 56kg 56kg   101
12 6x8241930x HOSIER (IRE) G 7 Mark Minervini 12= 55.5kg 55.5kg   100
13 417420×050 BARBIE’S FOX M 7 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 12= 54kg 53.5kg   100
14 12x1532x71 VON HAUKE (NZ) G 4 Cliff Brown 14 54.5kg 54.5kg   98
15 x1211x90x1 COIN TOSS G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 15= 54kg 53.5kg   96
16 3x429602x5 WILLIAMSBURG H 4 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 15= 54kg 53.5kg   96
17 x9631845x6 SUPERIUM G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 17 54kg 53kg   93
18 0x24133x90 CAESARS PALACE G 6 Anthony Cummings 18= 54kg 53kg   92
19 10x51731x4 SUPER HELPFUL G 5 Barbara Joseph, Paul & Matt Jones 18= 54kg 53kg   92
20 x36117x117 AMOR VICTORIOUS G 4 Bjorn Baker 20 54kg 53kg   91
21 213×111 ANOTHER WIL G 4 Ciaron Maher 21 54kg 53kg   83
22 3216x0676x HUETOR (FR) G 7 Peter & Paul Snowden 22 59kg 59kg   107
23 11179×0534 BOLD MAC (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 23 57kg 57kg   103
24 5x5123209x NEW ENDEAVOUR (IRE) G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 24 55kg 55kg   99
25 2x14200x33 SAVANNAH CLOUD (NZ) G 6 Phillip Stokes 25 54kg 54kg   97
26 1x15800x24 OLENTIA M 4 Chris Waller 26= 54kg 53kg   96
27 0270×53147 WAIHAHA FALLS (NZ) G 6 John O’Shea 26= 54kg 53.5kg   96
28 0304x98x00 BLONDEAU G 6 Chris Waller 28 54kg 53kg   92
29 702765x07x MATTHEW FLINDERS (GB) G 7 Annabel Neasham 29 54kg 53kg   90
30 30117×1171 WHINCHAT G 4 David Pfieffer 30 54kg 53kg   90
31 21742234×0 ROLLS G 7 Maddie Raymond 31 54kg 53kg   88
32 80x529029x POLITICAL DEBATE G 4 Chris Waller 32 54kg 53kg   87

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Doncaster Prelude Tips

Doncaster Prelude tips include looking for proven Group-class middle-distance performers with good records over a similar distance with form in Sydney against similar company.

Chris Waller-trained runners make a nice bet in the Doncaster Prelude, as do any in-form runners ridden by James McDonald with the hoop boasting three wins in the race since 2015.

It is also worth noting when doing the Doncaster Prelude tipping that since Fast Clip (10 in 2012) the only other Doncaster Prelude winners to salute from a double-digit barrier are Cascadian (13 in 2020) and Mr Mozart (10 in 2022).

2024 Doncaster Prelude Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Emancipation Stakes 2024 betting tips and race selections will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the gallopers to back and sack in the Doncaster Mile lead-up race.

  • To Win: #17e Another Wil ($2 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Another Wil is in the field as the first emergency now and has firmed notably into clear favouritism approaching odds-on territory to extend his winning streak. The Ciaron Maher-trained Street Boss four-year-old has won his past three on the trot in easier company and is deserving of a shot at a Group 3 now. At his latest he blitzed a BenchMark 84 field by 4.5 lengths saluting over the Flemington mile with 55.5kg at the start of the month. Given a little freshen-up he heads to Sydney looking to frank the Victorian form and looks every hope from a good gate (4) with Jamie Kah aboard on just 53kg. Wins. 

Doncaster Prelude Form Guide

The Doncaster Prelude form guide details must know facts for punters including the trainers, jockeys, barriers and lead-up form of all the runners in the race.

The form out of the Doncaster Prelude has stacked-up in tougher grade races plenty of times in recent years including in 2014 when the winner Weary went on to run third in that year’s Doncaster Mile trifecta. Weary would also place second later in the autumn in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m).

2024 Doncaster Prelude Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Doncaster Prelude 2024 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Doncaster Prelude Results

The Doncaster Prelude race results have been dominated by local Sydney gallopers targeting the upcoming Group 1 Doncaster Mile Handicap.

Notable recent Doncaster Prelude winners include Dao Dao (2009),  My Kingdom Of Fife (2011), Weary (2014), and Cascadian (2020).

Skyerush (2013) was the last Doncaster Prelude winning mare.

Mr Mozart (2022) was the last three-year-old Doncaster Prelude winner.

Past Doncaster Prelude Winners

Recent Doncaster Prelude winners and place-getters dating back to the year 1985 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner Second Third
2024 Another Wil Bandersnatch Welwal
2023 Bandersnatch Welwal Diamil
2022 Mr Mozart Our Playboy Dajraan
2021 Yao Dash Mister Sea Wolf Bottega
2020 Cascadian Mask Of Time Gaulois
2019 Mister Sea Wolf Abdon Tom Melbourne
2018 Cellarman Ecuador Mister Sea Wolf
2017 Spectroscope No Doubt Marenostro
2016 Havana Cooler Cosmic Cube Rudy
2015 Excess Knowledge Malice Leebaz
2014 Weary Leebaz I’m Imposing
2013 Skyerush Alma’s Fury Illo
2012 Fast Clip Speediness Alma’s Fury
2011 My Kingdom of Fife Hidden Wonder Bold Glance
2010 Brilliant Light Gold Water Snapy Halo
2009 Dao Dao Musket Pins On Parade
2008 Valedictum Master Magic Theseo
2007 Mr Ubiquitous Mystery City A Country Girl
2006 Gorgonite Mindreader Legendary Man
2005 Osca Warrior Fire At Will Gabfest
2004 Allgunadoit Cariboo Jeremiad
2003 Helsinborg On A High Palladium Star
2002 Defier Salgado Hire
2001 Final Fantasy Old Man Spying
2000 Le Zagaletta Summa Cum Laude Roulette
1999 Adam Fraud Zuccherino
1998 Corporate James Yacquina Bay York
1997 Ravarda Burrito Here’s The Prince
1996 Buzzoff Persian Flyer Pimpala Son
1995 Salivate Sprint By My Diamond Rouge
1994 Cobbora Zinders Rouslan
1993 Blue Boss Pharaoh Highpak
1992 Alderson Rose Road Enjoy Dancing
1991 Livistona Lane Spot The Rock Prince Trialia
1990 Painted Ocean  Prince Triala Merimbula Bay
1989 Card Shark Dancing Poet Allez Streak
1988 Tumble On Magic Gleam Sound Horizon
1987 Eastern Classic Belliho My Precocious Lad
1986 Swift Cheval Eye Of The Sky Sea Pictures
1985 Bring Home Row Of Waves Premier Flight