Doncaster Prelude 2022

Monday March 28, 2022

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.

*The 2022 Doncaster Prelude ran on Monday the 28th of March at Newcastle following the abandoned Rosehill meeting the Saturday prior. 

Offering $160,000 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 Monday the 28th of March at Newcastle after being postponed from the abandoned Rosehill meeting on Saturday and was won by the favourite Mr Mozart ($3.50F).

Doncaster Prelude Race Info

  • Date: Monday March 28, 2022
  • Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse (Newcastle in 2022)
  • Distance: 1500m
  • Conditions: Quality Handicap – 3YOs & Upwards
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $160,000
  • First Run: 1985

2022 Doncaster Prelude Results

The official Doncaster Prelude Results 2022 and race finishing order will be published below when the race is run and won on Monday March 28, 2022.

  • 1st: #14 Mr Mozart ($3.50F)
  • 2nd: #11 Our Playboy
  • 3rd: #13 Dajraan

A late Group 1 Doncaster Mile entry could be paid by connections of three-year-old Mr Mozart ($3.50F) after a strong win by the Hawkes Racing-trained youngster in the rescheduled 2022 Doncaster Prelude results at Newcastle on Monday.

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) and Mr Mozart ($3.50 in 2022) are the last favourites in Doncaster Prelude betting to salute for the punters.

2022 Doncaster Prelude Odds

The Doncaster Prelude 2022 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.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Doncaster Prelude will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

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 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 $3 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.

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

2022 Doncaster Prelude Field

The official Doncaster Prelude 2022 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.

Hawkes Racing’s Phar Lap Stakes winner Mr Mozart drawn out wide heads the 2022 Doncaster Prelude field and betting markets on the final Doncaster Mile exemption race rescheduled to run at Newcastle on Monday.


  • #1 Special Reward (9)
  • #2 Just Folk (10)
  • #3 Aramayo (13)
  • #10 Ashman (11)

2022 Doncaster Prelude Nominations

The early Doncaster Prelude 2022 Nominations close the Monday of race week and will be listed in full below once released.

Last start winners Just Folk (Group 2 Ajax Stakes) and Mr Mozart (Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes) are among the headline 2022 Doncaster Prelude nominees for this weekend in Sydney.

Last 10HorseSexAgeTrainerBallotWeightTrue WeightPenaltyHcp Rating
1183x1321x0COUNT DE RUPEEG4Robert & Luke Price159.5kg59.5kg108
24100x582x4I AM SUPERMAN (IRE)G6Peter & Paul Snowden2=58.5kg58.5kg106
39×98812135SPECIAL REWARDG6Kris Lees2=58.5kg58.5kg106
4232516×871JUST FOLKG5Josh Julius458kg58kg105
579x23299x4ARAMAYOG6Chris Waller556kg56kg101
61x03431x24BRUTALITYG5Joseph Pride6=55.5kg55.5kg100
72007x7660xIMAGING (GB)G7Chris Waller6=55.5kg55.5kg100
811918x0x69JUNIPALG6Ciaron Maher & David Eustace6=55.5kg55.5kg100
96x638x2353KIKUM4Chris Waller954kg53kg96
10184x3121x0FOURHOMETWO (GB)G4Annabel Neasham1054kg53kg95
11751x7125x4OUR PLAYBOYG4Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)1154kg53kg94
12x521324x17COASTWATCHG3Chris Waller1254kg53kg92
13246121×135DAJRAAN (GB)H4Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott1354kg53kg80
14127158×667CHATG5John Thompson1455kg55kg99
15321x28057xKUKERACHA (NZ)G4Chris Waller1554.5kg54.5kg98
165030×22440PURPLE SECTOR (NZ)G6John Thompson1654kg53.5kg96
17514710×892ASHMANG6Kim Waugh17=54kg53kg93
18x46129x781MR MOZARTC3Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes17=54kg53kg93
19387x18316xTHE FRONTMAN (NZ)G4Chris Waller17=54kg53kg93

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).

2022 Doncaster Prelude Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Emancipation Stakes 2022 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: #4 Brutality ($7 at time of publish)

Wide-open market and think Brutality looks a nice price fit third-up and getting up to a mile. Villiers Stakes winner over the 1600m at Randwick last prep and is a previous mile winner at Rosehill as well. Drawn ideally in gate six and lead-up fourth in the Ajax Stakes was strong enough. In well with 55.5kg and ticks plenty of boxes to earn the Group 1 ballot exemption.

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).

2022 Doncaster Prelude Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Doncaster Prelude 2022 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Doncaster Prelude Results

The Doncaster Prelude 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).

Doncaster Prelude Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2022 Doncaster Prelude 1st Mr Mozart 1 minute 31.74 seconds
2nd Our Playboy
3rd Dajraan
2021 Doncaster Prelude 1st Yao Dash 1 minute 28.34 seconds
2nd Mister Sea Wolf
3rd Bottega
2020 Doncaster Prelude 1st Cascadian 1 minute 31.66 seconds
2nd Mask Of Time
3rd Gaulois
2019 Doncaster Prelude 1st Mister Sea Wolf 1 minute 34.47 seconds
2nd Abdon
3rd Tom Melbourne
2018 Doncaster Prelude 1st Cellarman 1 minute 29.99 seconds
2nd Ecuador
3rd Mister Sea Wolf
2017 Doncaster Prelude 1st Spectroscope 1 minute 33.65 seconds
2nd No Doubt
3rd Marenostro
2016 Doncaster Prelude 1st Havana Cooler 1 minute 29.0 seconds
2nd Cosmic Cube
3rd Rudy
2015 Doncaster Prelude 1st Excess Knowledge 1 minute 29.8 seconds
2nd Malice
3rd Leebaz
2014 Doncaster Prelude 1st Weary 1 minute 31.4 seconds
2nd Leebaz
3rd I’m Imposing
2013 Doncaster Prelude 1st Skyerush 1 minute 36.1 seconds
2nd Alma’s Fury
3rd Illo
2012 Doncaster Prelude 1st Fast Clip 1 minute 35.2 seconds
2nd Speediness
3rd Alma’s Fury
2011 Doncaster Prelude 1st My Kingdom Of Fife 1 minute 34.8 seconds
2nd Hidden Wonder
3rd Bold Glance
2010 Doncaster Prelude 1st Brilliant Light 1 minute 35.7 seconds
2nd Gold Water
3rd Snapy Halo
2009 Doncaster Prelude 1st Dao Dao 1 minute 24.7 seconds
2nd Musket
3rd Pins On Parade
2008 Doncaster Prelude 1st Valedictum 1 minute 26.3 seconds
2nd Master Magic
3rd Theseo
2007 Doncaster Prelude 1st Mr Ubiquitous 1 minute 23.8 seconds
2nd Mystery City
3rd A Country Girl
2006 Doncaster Prelude 1st Gorgonite 1 minute 22.8 seconds
2nd Mindreader
3rd Legendary Man
2005 Doncaster Prelude 1st Osca Warrior 1 minute 29.0 seconds
2nd Fire At Will
3rd Gabfest
2004 Doncaster Prelude 1st Allgunadoit 1 minute 28.8 seconds
2nd Cariboo
3rd Jeremiad
2003 Doncaster Prelude 1st Helsinborg 1 minute 23.2 seconds
2nd On A High
3rd Palladium Star
2002 Doncaster Prelude 1st Defier 1 minute 22.0 seconds
2nd Salgado
3rd Hire
2001 Doncaster Prelude 1st Final Fantasy 1 minute 21.5 seconds
2nd Old Man
3rd Spying
2000 Doncaster Prelude 1st Le Zagaletta 1 minute 30.0 seconds
2nd Summa Cum Laude
3rd Roulette