Doncaster Mile 2017

April 1, 2017

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 $4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes the following Saturday.

The latest edition of the Doncaster Mile took place on April 1, 2017.

2017 Doncaster Mile Results

  • 1st: It’s Somewhat
  • 2nd: Happy Clapper
  • 3rd: Sense Of Occasion

Doncaster Mile Race Info

  • Date: April 1, 2017
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: Open Handicap
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $3 million
  • First Run: 1866

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 – 2017 just two Doncaster Mile winner 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 – 2017 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 – 2017 including four straight thanks to a double by Sacred Falls (2013-14) followed by Kermadec (2015) and Winx (2016).

2017 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 seven of the 13 Doncaster Mile winners from 2004 – 2017 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.

2017 Doncaster Mile Field

The Doncaster Mile Handicap 2017 field and barrier draw will be released on Tuesday March 28, 2017 and will be published below.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight (Penalty) Hcp Rating
1 2x12182x34 HAURAKI John O’Shea James Doyle 16 57kg 112
2 x22251x112 LE ROMAIN Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 8 56.5kg 116
3 51008×4461 PALENTINO Darren Weir Mark Zahra 3 56.5kg 111
4 51709x4x22 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) Darren Weir Craig Williams 23 56kg 110
5 3x56469x21 HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster Blake Shinn 2 55.5kg (1.0kg) 109
6 653x4313x1 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) John O’Shea Zac Purton 9 55kg 110
7 6116×11338 ECUADOR (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 14 55kg 108
8 x00352x020 AROD (IRE) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 7 54kg 106
9 49×2329249 DIBAYANI (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 21 54kg 105
10 120x5x21x1 REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 15 53kg (2.0kg) 109
11 6251162×15 MCCREERY (GB) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 17 53kg (1.0kg) 106
12 x3915x0x36 ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 20 53kg 104
13 641454x12x SENSE OF OCCASION Kris Lees Corey Brown 10 52.5kg 103
14 54231×2711 I AM A STAR (NZ) Shane Nichols Dean Yendall 1 52kg 108
15 x11134x311 HEY DOC Tony McEvoy Tim Clark 19 52kg 106
16 511112×124 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 6 52kg 103
17 0x05x610x7 SONS OF JOHN Jason Attard 5 51.5kg 101
18 x1782x1633 TESTASHADOW Gary Portelli Ms Katelyn Mallyon 13 51kg 101
19 1x13433x11 SPECTROSCOPE (USA) John O’Shea Joao Moreira 22 51kg 100
20 12x210x204 EURO ANGEL (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Andrew Adkins (a) 11 51kg 99
21e 10x7111x62 NEW TIPPERARY Joseph Pride Jay Ford 18 51kg 96
22e 1182×5352 NO DOUBT Anthony & Edward Cummings 12 51kg 85
23e 142×2183 TOP OF MY LIST Anthony & Edward Cummings 4 51kg 81
  • 2017 Doncaster Mile Nominations closed on February 6, 2017 and drew 150 early entries
  • 2017 Doncaster Mile First Acceptances were taken on March 7, 2017 and attracted 81 hopefuls

Doncaster Mile Tips

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

All 18 Doncaster Mile winners from 2000 – 2017 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 – 2017 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.

2017 Doncaster Mile Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Doncaster Mile 2017 betting tips on the Group 1 1600m classic will be detailed below with the milers to back and sack this autumn so stay tuned.

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 – 2017 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 nine Doncaster Mile winners from 2009 – 2017 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

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 More Joyous (2012), Rangirangdoo (2010) and Racing To Win (2006).

2017 Doncaster Mile Results

The 2017 Doncaster Mile results and finishing order will be known on Saturday April 1, 2017 and published below.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 6 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) John O’Shea Zac Purton 8 55kg $31
2 5 HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster Blake Shinn 0.5L 2 55.5kg $7
3 13 SENSE OF OCCASION Kris Lees Corey Brown 4L 9 52.5kg $61
4 3 PALENTINO Darren Weir Mark Zahra 4.5L 3 56.5kg $12
5 1 HAURAKI John O’Shea James Doyle 5.3L 14 57kg $21
6 11 MCCREERY (GB) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 5.7L 15 53kg $14
7 21 NEW TIPPERARY Joseph Pride Jay Ford 6.2L 16 51kg $51
8 14 I AM A STAR (NZ) Shane Nichols Dean Yendall 8.1L 1 52kg $13
9 15 HEY DOC Tony McEvoy Tim Clark 8.3L 17 52kg $17
10 19 SPECTROSCOPE (USA) John O’Shea Joao Moreira 9.5L 20 51kg $7.50
11 10 REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 9.7L 13 53kg $6
12 16 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 10L 5 52kg $13
13 17 SONS OF JOHN Jason Attard Ms Kathy O’Hara 10.2L 4 51.5kg $101
14 20 EURO ANGEL (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Andrew Adkins (a) 11.2L 10 51kg $101
15 2 LE ROMAIN Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 11.8L 7 56.5kg $4.80F
16 7 ECUADOR (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 13.4L 12 55kg $26
17 9 DIBAYANI (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 14.7L 19 54kg $61
18 18 TESTASHADOW Gary Portelli Ms Katelyn Mallyon 17.6L 11 51kg $61
19 8 AROD (IRE) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 17.9L 6 54kg $51
20 12 ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 24.6L 18 53kg $31
23 TOP OF MY LIST Anthony & Edward Cummings 0
22 NO DOUBT Anthony & Edward Cummings 0
4 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) Darren Weir Craig Williams 0

Doncaster Mile Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 TBD TBD TBD TBD
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