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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 prizemoney. The 2018 Doncaster Prelude was won by Cellarman from Ecuador with Mister Sea Wolf third.

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

Doncaster Prelude info

Date: Saturday 30th March 2019
Track: Rosehill racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 1600 metres
Race Type: 3yo & Up
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $150,000
2018 Winner: Cellarman

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.

Cellarman (2018) ran fourth in the Gr2 Ajax Stakes over 1500m at Rosehill before scoring an exciting victory in this event and recent Doncaster Prelude winners include Spectroscope (2017 and Havana Cooler (2016).

2018 Doncaster Prelude result

1. $5.50 Cellarman 54.5 Brenton Avdulla
2. $8.00 Ecuador 58.0 Adam Hyeronimus
3. $9.50 Mister Sea Wolf 55.5 Kerrin McEvoy

then followed
4. $4.60 Radipole 55.0 Corey Brown
5. $9.00 Kingsguard 53.0 Tim Clark
6. $20.00 Snippets Land 54.5 Christian Reith
7. $17.00 Duca Valentinois 57.5 Jason Collett
8. $5.50 Interlocuter 56.5 Tye Angland
9. $18.00 Spectroscope 56.0 Craig Williams
10. $101.00 Montauk 56.0 Michael Walker
11. $18.00 Shiraz 56.0 Andrew Adkins
12. $61.00 Sir Moments 54.5 Jay Ford
13. $31.00 Sound Proposition 59.0 Damien Oliver

Margins: 0.8 len, 0.5 len
Time: 1:29.99

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Doncaster Prelude winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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