Doncaster Mile 2018

Saturday April 7, 2018

Ladbrokes Tip: The George Ryder Stakes is the best lead-up form going into the Doncaster Mile

The Doncaster Mile is one of the premier Group 1 races held on Day 1 of The Championships on the first Saturday in April during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

Held at Royal Randwick Racecourse it is one of four elite level features on Doncaster Mile Day and is supported by the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m), Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) and Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m).

Offering a lucrative $3 million in total prize money including $1.8 million to the winner the event is contested over 1600m under handicap conditions and is open to horses aged three-years-old and over. Each year the winners of the Flight Stakes, Villiers Stakes, Chipping Norton Stakes, Randwick Guineas, Canterbury Stakes, Coolmore Classic and George Ryder Stakes are exempt from Doncaster Mile ballot.

Of those the traditional lead-up is the George Ryder Stakes (1500m) held at Rosehill a fortnight before. The George Ryder Stakes – Doncaster Mile is a popular betting double and the latest horses to enjoy wins in both races during the same season are Vision And Power (2009) and Winx (2016).

Non-Group 1 races offering a Doncaster Mile ballot and penalty exemption are the Ajax Stakes and Doncaster Prelude. Horses coming out of the Doncaster Mile can back-up on the seven day turnaround into the autumn’s richest race – the  Group 1 $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes the following Saturday.

The latest edition of the Doncaster Mile took place on Saturday April 7, 2018 .

2018 Doncaster Mile Results

  • 1st: #3 Happy Clapper
  • 2nd: #10 Comin’ Through
  • 3rd: #13 Arbetisam

Doncaster Mile Race Info

  • Date: Saturday April 7, 2018
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: Open Handicap
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $3 million
  • First Run: 1866

2018 Doncaster Mile Results

The full 2018 Doncaster Mile results and finishing order will be published below once the classic is run and won on Saturday April 7, 2018 .

The official Doncaster Mile 2018 Results saw Happy Clapper salute by two lengths on way to a clash with Winx in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 3 HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster Blake Shinn 1 57kg $5
2 10 COMIN’ THROUGH Chris Waller Tim Clark 2L 7 51.5kg $19
3 13 ARBEITSAM Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Michael Dee 2.2L 10 50kg $26
4 16 D’ARGENTO Chris Waller Andrew Adkins 2.5L 15 49kg (cd 51kg) $8.50
5 8 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 2.6L 14 52kg $15
6 15 COOL CHAP David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 3.1L 6 50kg $41
7 11 LANCIATO (NZ) Mark Newnham Ms Rachel King (a) 3.6L 13 51kg $19
8 1 HUMIDOR (NZ) Darren Weir Mark Zahra 3.7L 4 58kg $13
9 4 ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 4L 3 53.5kg $51
10 9 KEMENTARI James Cummings Brenton Avdulla 4.1L 2 51.5kg $3.20F
11 12 EGG TART Chris Waller Craig Newitt 4.5L 9 50.5kg $31
12 6 CRACK ME UP (NZ) Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 4.7L 11 53kg $21
13 5 PRIZED ICON Kris Lees Ben Melham 6.1L 5 53.5kg $31
14 7 INVINCIBLE GEM Kris Lees Michael Walker 6.8L 12 52kg (cd 52.5kg) $31
15 2 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) Darren Weir Craig Williams 7.4L 8 57.5kg $26
16 14 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller Jay Ford 10.2L 16 50kg $81

Doncaster Mile Betting

Doncaster Mile betting markets are led by horses with proven Sydney form over the distance that ran well last time out in Group 1 company. From 2004 – 2018 just two Doncaster Mile winners didn’t run in Group 1 company last start when Triple Honour (2008)  improved on a Group 2 Hobartville Stakes sixth to win and It’s Somewhat (2017) came off a Group 2 Ajax Stakes victory.

Because of the handicap conditions of the race three-year-olds have a strong record and often feature strongly in the Doncaster Mile odds. From 2006 – 2018 five three-year-olds won the Doncaster Mile including Kermadec (2015).

Chris Waller-trained horses are always popular in Doncaster Mile betting as the Sydney horseman prepared six of the ten winners from 2008 – 2018 including four straight thanks to a double by Sacred Falls (2013-14) followed by Kermadec (2015) and Winx (2016).

2018 Doncaster Mile Odds

Our early, all-in Doncaster Mile betting odds and futures prices on the hopeful milers heading towards the April classic are listed below.

Doncaster Mile Field

The Doncaster Mile field has a field limit of 20 starters and was run at capacity in 2016, 2015 and 2014 when It’s Somewhat, Kermadec and Sacred Falls saluted respectively.

Doncaster Mile betting favoured the 2016 winner Winx.

Winx (2016) was the last horse to complete the George Ryder Stakes – Doncaster Mile double. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

Gallopers come into the Doncaster Mile via a number of different autumn lead-ups but the most popular is the George Ryder Stakes run over just 100m shorter two weeks earlier at Rosehill.

The George Ryder Stakes produced eight of the Doncaster Mile winners from 2004 – 2018  including the star mare Winx (2016) who won the double. The other race producing many runners in the Doncaster Mile field is the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) on Golden Slipper Day, horses dropping back in distance for the lucrative Randwick feature.

Doncaster Mile nominations close in early February followed by first acceptances at the start of March. The final field of Doncaster Mile acceptances and barrier draw are released on the Tuesday before the race.

2018 Doncaster Mile Field

The official Doncaster Handicap 2018 Final Field will be published below when the last round of acceptances close on April 3, 2018.

  • 2018 Doncaster Mile Nominations closed on Monday February 12, 2018 and drew a bumper 181 entries
  • 2018 Doncaster Mile First Acceptances closed on Tuesday March 13, 2018 and left 80 hopefuls

The 2018 Doncaster Mile Field & Barriers are now out with 16 runners engaged in the handicap classic. Kementari is favourite in betting post the Doncaster Mile barrier draw, Godolphin’s Randwick Guineas winning Lonhro colt in barrier two. The inside alley in Saturday’s Doncaster Mile field belongs to seven-year-old Happy Clapper who has run second in the past two editions of the race. Kementari (3rd) and Happy Clapper (2nd) both come off placings behind the champion mare Winx in the George Ryder Stakes last time out.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 6813520×41 HUMIDOR (NZ) Darren Weir Mark Zahra 4 58kg 116
2 536181×025 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) Darren Weir Craig Williams 8 57.5kg 115
3 x121262x12 HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster Blake Shinn 1 57kg 114
4 x0x360x314 ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 3 53.5kg 107
5 2720×24263 PRIZED ICON Kris Lees Ben Melham 5 53.5kg 107
6 11×2141914 CRACK ME UP (NZ) Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 11 53kg (incl. 1.0kg penalty) 104
7 1112x13x35 INVINCIBLE GEM Kris Lees Michael Walker 12 52kg 108
8 22226230×2 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 14 52kg 104
9 x4320x1113 KEMENTARI James Cummings Brenton Avdulla 2 51.5kg 104
10 38x1160x31 COMIN’ THROUGH Chris Waller Tim Clark 7 51.5kg 103
11 x31x1x3111 LANCIATO (NZ) Mark Newnham Ms Rachel King (a) 13 51kg (inclu. 1.0kg penalty) 96
12 111x270x40 EGG TART Chris Waller Craig Newitt 9 50.5kg 105
13 2111×42051 ARBEITSAM Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Michael Dee 10 50kg 100
14 x128x25x23 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller Jay Ford 16 50kg 98
15 x541659x32 COOL CHAP David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 6 50kg 95
16 11×1371 D’ARGENTO Chris Waller Corey Brown 15 49kg 88

2018 Doncaster First Acceptances

The official Doncaster Mile 2018 First Acceptances feature 80 hopeful milers led by the Randwick Guineas winning three-year-old Godolphin-raced colt Kementari and Canterbury Stakes winner Happy Clapper who has had to settle for second in the past two editions of the Doncaster.2018 Doncaster Mile Nominations

The official Doncaster Mile Handicap 2018 Nominations attracted 181 autumn hopefuls including Happy Clapper who has finished runner-up to Winx (2016) and It’s Somewhat (2017) for the past two years. There is also a very strong international contingent among this year’s Doncaster Mile entries including a host of Japanese raiders.

Doncaster Mile Tips

Doncaster Mile tips favour proven milers with good autumn form throughout the carnival.

All 19 Doncaster Mile winners from 2000 – 2018 had their final lead-up at Rosehill Gardens so watching for gallopers that ran well in races including the George Ryder Stakes is always a good tip. From 2004 – 2018 five favourites saluted for the punters with the latest being Winx (4/5 in 2016).

Three-year-olds have a good record and are feature in Doncaster Mile tips along with Chris Waller-trained runners and well-weighted chances with just three horses carrying more than 55.5kg to victory in the race since 2003.

2018 Doncaster Mile Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Doncaster Mile 2018 betting tips on the Group 1 1600m classic will be detailed below with the milers to back and sack this autumn so stay tuned.

  • 1st: #3 HAPPY CLAPPER ($5)
  • 2nd: #10 COMIN’ THROUGH ($17)
  • 3rd: #16 D’ARGENTO ($7)

Third time lucky for veteran seven-year-old HAPPY CLAPPER ($5) who is the value and horse to beat at the Randwick mile. Back-to-back seconds in this from 2016 and 2017, carries 57kg here but still the one to run down from barrier one after the gun lead-up winning the Canterbury Stakes before the George Ryder second to Winx. COMIN’ THROUGH ($17) the best roughie hope in the race for six-time Doncaster winning trainer Waller. Won the Ajax Stakes last start and that plus the Doncaster double was completed by It’s Somewhat just 12 months ago. Drops right back in weight to 51.5kg here and has to be a chance from barrier seven with the right run. Younger stablemate D’ARGENTO ($7) is a brilliant young grey coming off the Rosehill Guineas (2000m) win. He carries only 49kg and that alone puts him in the money despite the wide gate (15).

Doncaster Mile Form Guide

The Doncaster Mile form guide shows punters the barriers, jockeys, trainers, weights and lead-up runs of the horses in the field. Looking for Rosehill graduates that come out of autumn Group 1 races is important when doing the Doncaster Mile form.

The Doncaster Mile barrier draw hasn’t been of huge significance in the race with an even spread of winners from across all of the gates, but the most successful since 1983 producing five winners is barrier 12.

The most successful Doncaster Mile jockey with six wins since 1996 including Kermadec (2015) is Glen Boss who also rode three winners on the trot from 2006 – 2008.

Doncaster Mile Form Facts

  • Only three favourites in Doncaster Mile betting the decade from 2007 – 2018 saluted for the punters including two mares: More Joyous (2012) and Winx (2016)
  • Chris Waller has dominated the Doncaster Mile results in the past decade producing all four winners from 2013 – 2016
  • Seven of the 10 Doncaster Mile winners from 2009 – 2018 jumped from barrier 10 or wider
  • A Group 1 run at Rosehill Gardens in either the Ranvet Stakes or George Ryder Stakes is the key Doncaster Mile form line to follow into the race

2018 Doncaster Mile Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Doncaster Mile Handicap 2018 Form Guide will be provided by punters the week of the race.

Doncaster Mile Results

The Doncaster Mile results and finishing order are known on Day 1 of The Championships on the first Saturday in April each autumn. Single-figure hopes have dominated the Doncaster Mile results in the past two decades.

The longest priced winners in recent years though have been It’s Somewhat ($34 in 2017), Sacred Falls ($21 in 2013) for her first of two victories and Patezza ($21 in 2005). Other notable Doncaster Mile winners in that time include Winx (2016), More Joyous (2012), Rangirangdoo (2010) and Racing To Win (2006).

Doncaster Mile Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 Happy Clapper Comin’ Through Arbeitsam 1:33.1
2017 It’s Somewhat Happy Clapper Sense Of Occasion 1:39.1
2016 Winx Happy Clapper Azkadellia 1:35.2
2015 Kermadec Real Impact Royal Descent 1:37.6
2014 Sacred Falls Royal Descent Weary 1:39.5
2013 Sacred Falls Pierro Norzita 1:37.9
2012 More Joyous Shoot Out Yosei 1:35.5
2011 Sacred Choice Love Conquers All Bold Glance 1:39.4
2010 Rangirangdoo Road To Rock Brilliant Light 1:34.2
2009 Vision And Power Black Piranha Whobegotyou 1:36.6
2008 Triple Honour Casino Prince Pinnacles 1:38.6
2007 Haradasun Mentality Divine Madonna 1:38.0
2006 Racing To Win Johan’s Toy Bentley Biscuit 1:34.1
2005 Patezza Court’s In Session Danni Martine 1:35.9
2004 Private Steer Grand Armee Ambulance 1:35.5
2003 Grand Armee Dash For Cash Boreale 1:36.8
2002 Sunline Shogun Lodge Defier 1:35.2
2001 Assertive Lad Shogun Lodge Weasel Will 1:35.9
2000 Over Sunline Zastov 1:35.0