The Group 1 Doncaster Mile takes place at Royal Randwick Racecourse annually in April during the Sydney Autumn Carnival and is Australia’s richest mile race.
The race always attracts a capacity field of 20 runners, and the final field and barrier draw is determined by ballot in relation to the horse's handicap.
With $3 million in prizemoney, it attracts the best mile/middle distance staying horses from Australia and New Zealand and is part of a fantastic day of racing that includes the $2 million Group 1 AJC Australian Derby (1600m) and the $2.5 million Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m).
The Doncaster Mile is run under handicap conditions over 1600m and is open to males and females. It was first run in 1866 when won by Dundee and has grown in stature to become one of Australia’s most prestigious races.
The most reliable lead-up race to the Doncaster Mile is the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) run one week earlier on Golden Slipper Day.
Since the races inception, six horses have managed to go back-to-back with Mildura (1940-41), Blue Legend (1946-47), Slogan II (1956-57), Tudor Hill (1959-60), Super Impose (1990-91) and Pharaoh (1994-95) achieving the feat.
The honour roll is exceptional with many of the Doncaster Mile winners being regarded as Australia’s greatest racehorses.
The most famous winners of the Doncaster Mile include Briseis (1876), Wakeful (1901), Chatham (1934), Tobin Bronze (1967), Gunsynd (1972), Emancipation (1983), Super Impose (1990-91), Sunline (1999 and 2002), Haradasun (2007) and More Joyous (2012).
Many of the horses that have won the Doncaster Mile have gone on to win some of the country’s most prestigious races in the following years with the Cox Plate being the most likely target.