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The Doncaster Prelude is a Group 3 3yo & upwards handicap race held each year in April at Rosehill racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres and offers $150,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 Doncaster Prelude was won by Spectroscope from No Doubt with Marenostro third.
Upgraded to Group 3 status for the 2010/2011 racing season, the Doncaster Prelude takes place on Gr1 The BMW day during the Sydney autumn racing carnival on the final day of the three-day Golden Slipper Festival.
The Doncaster Prelude provides a good lead-up race to the Gr1 Doncaster Handicap which takes place the following week at Randwick over the same distance on the first day of The Championships. This race gives horses a chance to have a final tune-up for the biggest mile race of the Sydney autumn.
Generally a big field will assemble for the Doncaster Prelude and inside barrier draws become very important, along with an ability to race on the pace, to ensure you stay out of trouble to have every chance in the run.
Earlier carnival races such as the Gr3 Newcastle Newmarket Hcp at Newcastle or the Gr2 Ajax Stakes at Rosehill are typical lead-up races to this event, as they are run under similar conditions, and offer a natural progression for gallopers heading towards this race or the upcoming Doncaster Mile.
An out of town race like the Gr3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup may be on the radar of horses contesting the Doncaster Prelude as the step up to 1600m is ideal. Leebaz (2nd in 2014) claimed the Hawkesbury Gold Gup after running second in this race.
Spectroscope (2017) took out a BM89 race over 1350m at Rosehill before winning this event and recent Doncaster Prelude winners include Havana Cooler (2016) and Excess Knowledge (2015).
2017 Doncaster Prelude result
1. $3.20 Spectroscope 53.0 Corey Brown
2. $15.00 No Doubt 53.0 Jay Ford
3. $10.00 Marenostro 55.0 Hugh Bowman
4. $7.50 Rudy 55.5 Ben Melham
5. $5.50 Echo Effect 53.0 Paul King
6. $4.00 Kenjorwood 56.0 Damian Lane
7. $15.00 Pornichet 59.5 Mark Zahra
8. $21.00 Leebaz 59.0 Christian Reith
Margins: 1 len, 1.3 len Time: 1:33.65
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