Racing analyst, SCOTT MCDONELL, breaks down the class form factors to deliver his class calculation for the Group 1 Doncaster Mile. He covers everything you need to know from trainers and jockeys to barriers and weights, as well as the key lead up races that provide the best guide to finding the winner in the grand final. Good luck, punters!
The $3 million Doncaster Mile is Group 1 handicap ran over 1600m at Rosehill Gardens racecourse.
The first Doncaster Handicap was ran in April 1866 and won by Dundee. In 1876 one of the first Australian Turf Champions in Briseis took out the Doncaster Handicap then later in the Spring went on to win the Victoria Derby, Melbourne Cup and Victoria Oaks during the Flemington carnival.
Some of Australia’s Champions of the Turf have won the Doncaster Handicap including Wakeful (1901), Hall Mark (1935), Tobin Bronze (1967), Gunsynd (1972), Super Impose (1990-91), Winx (2016).
Three year olds have a strong record in this winning the race on 39 occasions the most recent Brutal (2019).
Although the Doncaster Handicap has always been a difficult challenge for punters only two horses have won at 100/1 (Triclinium (1953), Row Of Waves (1985)).
Well in at the weights. Looks primed third-up from a spell having won two of three this stage of prep. Yet to taste defeat over the mile and more importantly is a winner this track and distance.
Forget its finishing position last start when never clear run at at any stage. Although drawn wide, if she can get better run may have last crack at these.