, Doncaster Prelude - Randwick Racecourse - Sydney Autumn Carnival
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Doncaster Prelude

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 prize money. The 2020 Doncaster Prelude was won by Cascadian from Mask Of Time with Gaulois third.

Upgraded to Group 3 status for the 2010/2011 racing season, the Doncaster Prelude takes place on Group 1 Tancred Stakes day during the Sydney autumn racing carnival on the final day of the three-day Golden Slipper Festival.

Doncaster Prelude info

Date: Saturday 27th March 2021
Track: Rosehill racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 1600 metres
Race Type: 3yo & Up
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $150,000
2020 Winner: Cascadian

The Doncaster Prelude provides a good lead-up race to the Group 1 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 Group 3 Newcastle Newmarket Hcp at Newcastle or the Group 2 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 Group 3 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.

Mister Sea Wolf (2019) resumed from a spell to win this event in exciting style for the Chris Waller stable and recent Doncaster Prelude winners include Cellarman (2018) and Spectroscope (2017).

2020 Doncaster Prelude result

1. $6.00 Cascadian 58.0 James McDonald
2. $18.00 Mask Of Time 54.5 Tom Marquand
3. $8.50 Gaulois 58.0 Hugh Bowman

then followed
4. $14.00 Rainbow Thief 54.0 Jay Ford
5. $6.50 Desert Lord 54.0 Tommy Berry
6. $8.50 Dealmaker 53.0 Kerrin McEvoy
7. $4.20 Star Of The Seas 58.5 Nash Rawiller
8. $201.00 Master Of Arts 54.0 Robbie Dolan
9. $26.00 Maurus 54.0 Jason Collett
10. $17.00 I Am Superman 54.0 Tim Clark
11. $15.00 Something Fast 53.0 Jean Van Overmeire
12. $21.00 Cuba 54.0 Sam Clipperton
13. $21.00 Gailo Chop 61.0 Glen Boss

Margins: 0.2 len, 1.3 len
Time: 1:31.66

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Doncaster Prelude winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Cascadian Mask Of Time Gaulois 1:31.6
2019 Mister Sea Wolf Abdon Tom Melbourne 1:34.4
2018 Cellarman Ecuador Mister Sea Wolf 1:29.9
2017 Spectroscope No Doubt Marenostro 1:33.6
2016 Havana Cooler Cosmic Cube Rudy 1:29.0
2015 Excess Knowledge Malice Leebaz 1:29.8
2014 Weary Leebaz I'm Imposing 1:31.4
2013 Skyerush Alma's Fury Illo 1:36.1
2012 Fast Clip Speediness Alma's Fury 1:35.2
2011 My Kingdom Of Fife Hidden Wonder Bold Glance 1:34.8
2010 Brilliant Light Gold Water Snapy Halo 1.35:7