Palmerbet Racing Team is saddling up for Day One of The Championships, headlined by arguably the best mile race in Australian Racing, the Group 1 Doncaster Mile. Here’s our runner by runner preview – keep reading to see our tips!
T: Darren Weir / J: Mark Zahra
Super impressive galloper who seems to have a devastating finish irrespective of the trip. Has won at WFA Gr 1 level, and is capable of finishing brilliantly here too. Remember, this is the horse who very nearly ran down Winx in last year’s Cox Plate. Danger.
T: Darren Weir / J: Craig Williams
Has been troubled by tracks being too hard. If the real Tosen Stardom turns up, he can finish like a train and knock these over. But if he’s feeling his joints he’ll finish back at the end, as he did last start.
T: Pat Webster / J: Blake Shinn
Crowd favourite and quite possibly a superstar athlete in any era other than this. Has just had his record tarnished a bit by racing against Winx so many times. But when he avoids her, he is all business. Loves this trip here at his home track. He’s won the Gr 2 Villiers here and the Gr 1 Epsom here both over this journey. Drawn to be in the fray all the way and will be charging home powerfully – go close.
T: Chris Waller/ J: Glyn Schofield
Ran a super race first up in strong company, then franked that performance at his next start by running down Global Glamour over 1400m at Randwick. Met Happy Clapper last start at level weights where he was easily beat him. Get’s in here 3.5kg better and should be right in this.
T: Kris Lees/ J: Ben Melham
Seems to have lost his way at this level. Past few runs, since Winx gave him a bashing, have been mediocre. Not likely.
T: Bjorn Baker / J: Jason Collett
Very capable and loves the Randwick Mile. Will be steaming home if he gets a crack at them. However, the Winx factor may be in play. She crushed him last start. Has he recovered? Not many do.
T: Kris Lees/ J: Michael Walker
Same story as Crack Me Up having been smashed up by the mare. She is capable, but this trip at this level may find her out. Place at very best.
T: Chris Waller / J: Kerrin McEvoy
We know people love to hate this bloke. He seems to get you in start after start, but NEVER wins. Saying all that, his run last start when beaten a nostril by Comin’ Through was actually very good, as he covered a lot of ground over the final 500m. Don’t be surprised to see him right in this. Punters might tear the grandstand down if he lobs.
T: James Cummings/ J: Brenton Avdulla
Looks a near certainty on weights. He is the benchmark 3YO in the country, and they go well in this race. This bloke looks the real thing. He’s drawn perfectly to get a sensational run in about 5th spot all the way. Just needs room in the straight because he has run this journey in 1.33.7 in the past and on Saturday the track will support fast times. That 1.33.7 is a very fast mile at Randwick, one of the quickest ever, and he did it with 56.5kg. In this, he carries just 51.5kg – meaning he could even break the track record. Keen!
T: Chris Waller/ J: Tim Clark
He has developed into a serious Gr 1 racehorse since being gelded. Second up from a spell, he held Tom Melbourne at bay in what’s considered a key lead up race. Drawn well, he comes in perfectly at the weights and is a definite contender here.
T: Mark Newnham/ J: Rachel King
What a wondrous fairy tale story this would be if he stormed home to win. And he very well could. He has an extremely powerful finishing burst and can run super fast time late, which, when you have no weight on your back, is a key asset. He’s won his past three in weaker Group races but do not leave him out. If he wins, Rachel King will be the first female rider ever to win a Doncaster and trainer Mark Newnham will be lauded for achieving such a feat so early into his training career. His past association with Gai Waterhouse, who has won the race so many times adds another layer.
T: Chris Waller/ J: Craig Newitt
Was great first up, then thrashed in a Gr 1 mares race last start. Just isn’t the horse she was and looks to need a lot further before reproducing her best.
T: Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott/ J: Michael Dee
Good strong, reliable racehorse who is trained at this track and is in great form. Will dash to the early lead, and leaders do very well in this race. He will ensure a fast pace and with no weight on his back, could pinch a break over the rise.
T: Chris Waller / J: Jay Ford
Will find this grade tough but is improving every run and was stakes placed behind Lanciato, then Cellarman last start. Saying that, will need a lot of luck.
T: Team Hayes and Dabernig/ J: Cory Parish
If you take a line on his last start when beaten half a length by Humidor at Gr 2 level, then he’s right in this as he meets Humidor 4kgs better. But, if you take a line through his previous form… he more than likely runs last.
T: Chris Waller/ J: Corey Brown
That win at Gr 1 level over 2000m against his own group last start was stunning. And it’s a recipe that works in this race – winning over 2000m before coming back to this trip. He has no weight and can really fly home.