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 prize money. The 2019 Doncaster Handicap was won by Brutal from Dreamforce with Hartnell 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, Group 1 ATC Australian Derby and Group 1 ATC Sires Produce Stakes all received prize money boosts and were added to the first day of The Championships to set up a huge day of feautre racing action this autumn.
|Date:||Saturday 4th April 2020|
|Track:||Randwick racecourse, Sydney|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
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 Group 1 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 Group 1 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 Group 2 Apollo Stakes, Group 1 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.
Happy Clapper (2018) finished second in the Group 1 Ryder Stakes over 1500m at Rosehill before scoring a quality victory in this event and recent Doncaster Mile winners include It's Somewhat (2017) and Winx (2016).
1. $6.50 Brutal 49.5 Glen Boss
2. $21.00 Dreamforce 53.5 Damian Lane
3. $7.50 Hartnell 58.0 Hugh Bowman
4. $41.00 Kluger 53.0 Tommy Berry
5. $31.00 Shillelagh 53.0 Craig Williams
6. $13.00 Dixie Blossoms 53.0 Christian Reith
7. $71.00 Siege Of Quebec 50.5 Robbie Dolan
8. $101.00 Life Less Ordinary 51.5 Corey Brown
9. $16.00 Le Romain 57.0 James McDonald
10. $15.00 Widgee Turf 52.0 Billy Egan
11. $13.00 Fundamentalist 49.0 Ben Thompson
12. $6.00 Fifty Stars 50.0 Jye McNeil
13. $13.00 Unforgotten 51.5 Kerrin McEvoy
14. $201.00 Violate 50.0 Andrew Gibbons
15. $31.00 Aloisia 51.0 Jay Ford
16. $21.00 I Am Serious 50.0 Karis Teetan
17. $13.00 Alizee 56.5 Blake Shinn
18. $151.00 Eckstein 52.5 Sam Clipperton
19. $31.00 Land Of Plenty 55.0 Michael Rodd
20. $61.00 So Si Bon 50.0 Lachlan King
Margins: 1 len, 1.5 len
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|2018||Happy Clapper||Comin' Through||Arbeitsam||1:33.1|
|2017||It's Somewhat||Happy Clapper||Sense Of Occasion||1:39.1|
|2015||Kermadec||Real Impact||Royal Descent||1:37.6|
|2014||Sacred Falls||Royal Descent||Weary||1:39.5|
|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|
|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|
|2001||Assertive Lad||Shogun Lodge||Weasel Will||1:35.9|
|1998||Catalan Opening||Juggler||Iron Horse||1:38.0|
|1997||Secret Savings||All Our Mob||Ravarda||1:35.5|
|1995||Pharaoh||Aunty Mary||Brave Warrior||1:38.0|
|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|