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The Doncaster Handicap is a Group 1 open handicap that takes place annually each April at Randwick racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales during the autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres and offers $3,000,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 Doncaster Handicap was won by It's Somewhat from Happy Clapper with Sense Of Occasion third.

Also known as the Doncaster Mile, the race is now the feature event on the first day of the 'The Championships', the newly introduced two-day $18 Million autumn racing initiative that has completely revamped the Sydney autumn racing carnival.

As a result of the revamp, the TJ Smith Stakes, Gr1 ATC Australian Derby and Gr1 ATC Sires Produce Stakes all received prizemoney boosts and were added to the first day of The Championships to set up a huge day of feautre racing action this autumn.

2017 Doncaster Handicap info
Date: Saturday 1st April 2017
Track: Randwick racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 1600 metres
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $3,000,000
2017 Winner: It's Somewhat

The Doncaster Handicap is one of the premier mile races on the Australian racing calendar each year and the highlight of the Randwick autumn racing carnival. It is one of the toughest 1600m handicap events in Australian racing and the assembled field is typically filled with top quality gallopers, which tends to make finding the winner a tough assignment, unless there is an outstanding galloper entered.

Four-year-olds have a good record of winning this race in recent times and if they can race on the pace then they are even more suited. The race is the autumn equivalent of the other great Randwick mile race of the spring, the Gr1 Epsom Handicap, and the talented Racing To Win (2006) was the last galloper to win the Epsom Handicap & Doncaster Mile double.

Multiple horses have claimed successive Doncaster Handicap victories in recent years including Sacred Falls (2013-14), Pharoah (1994-95) and grand miler Super Impose (1990-91).

The Gr1 George Ryder Stakes, held during the Rosehill carnival, has proven a good guide to the winner of this race over the past few years, with Winx (2016), Vision And Power (2009), Haradasun (2007), Racing To Win (2006) and Grand Armee (2nd in 2003) all going on to win this race after winning the Ryder. The brilliant Winx claimed the Gr2 Apollo Stakes, Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes and George Ryder Stakes before scoring a stirring victory here.

Outstanding galloper Pierro (2nd in 2013) won the George Ryder Stakes before finishing runner-up in this event, while Love Conquers All (2nd in 2011) ran second in both races.

It's Somewhat (2017) won the Gr2 Ajax Stakes over 1500m at Rosehill on his way to victory in this event and recent Doncaster Mile winners include Winx (2016) and Kermadec (2015).

2017 Doncaster Handicap result
1. $31.00 It's Somewhat 55.0 Zac Purton
2. $7.00 Happy Clapper 55.5 Blake Shinn
3. $61.00 Sense Of Occasion 52.5 Corey Brown

then followed
4. $12.00 Palentino 56.5 Mark Zahra
5. $21.00 Hauraki 57.0 James Doyle
6. $14.00 Mccreery 53.0 Kerrin McEvoy
7. $51.00 New Tipperary 51.0 Jay Ford
8. $13.00 I Am A Star 52.0 Dean Yendall
9. $17.00 Hey Doc 52.0 Tim Clark
10. $7.50 Spectroscope 51.0 Joao Moreira
11. $6.00 Redkirk Warrior 53.0 Regan Bayliss
12. $13.00 Antonio Giuseppe 52.0 Tommy Berry
13. $101.00 Sons Of John 51.5 Ms Kathy O'Hara
14. $101.00 Euro Angel 51.0 Andrew Adkins
15. $4.80 Le Romain 56.5 Hugh Bowman
16. $26.00 Ecuador 55.0 Adam Hyeronimus
17. $61.00 Dibayani 54.0 Damien Oliver
18. $61.00 Testashadow 51.0 Ms Katelyn Mallyon
19. $51.00 Arod 54.0 Glyn Schofield
20. $31.00 Endless Drama 53.0 Brenton Avdulla

Margins: 0.5 len, 3.5 len
Time: 1:39.17

Other group races on Doncaster Day include the Gr2 Chairmans Handicap, Gr3 PJ Bell Stakes, Gr3 ATC Carbine Club Stakes, Gr3 Kindergarten Stakes and Gr3 Adrian Knox Stakes.

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Doncaster Handicap recent winners & placegetters
Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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
1999 Sunline Lease Juggler 1:36.4
1998 Catalan Opening Juggler Iron Horse 1:38.0
1997 Secret Savings All Our Mob Ravarda 1:35.5
1996 Sprint By Danasinga Juggler 1:35.4
1995 Pharaoh Aunty Mary Brave Warrior 1:38.0
1994 Pharaoh Kingston Bay Telesto 1:38.2
1993 Skating Soho Square Gifted Poet 1:34.0
1992 Soho Square Old Role Prince Sallieri 1:35.7
1991 Super Impose Royal Creation Shaftesbury Avenue 1:36.5
1990 Super Impose Shaftesbury Avenue Our Grey Invader 1:38.4
1989 Merimbula Bay Tjarra Lygon Arms 1:34.7
1988 Lygon Arms Sound Horizon Our Waverley Star 1:37.2

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