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2017 Doncaster Mile

DateSaturday, April 1, 2017
TrackRoyal Randwick
Distance1600m
ClassGroup 1
Race TypeHandicap
Prizemoney$3 million
Age3YO and upward

DONCASTER MILE BETTING SELECTIONS & TIPS

Our experts will have their pre-race predictions and Doncaster Mile betting selections available for the Group 1 race.

Some key pointers are:

  • Three-year-olds have been most successful since the millennium
  • Chris Waller has dominated the race in recent years
  • Horses drawn barrier 10 or wider have an excellent record

WHERE TO BET ON THE DONCASTER MILE

Bookmakers Ladbrokes and Sportsbet are some of the best places to bet on the Doncaster Mile and all Randwick races. They offer some of the best odds and promotions on the big race. Or take advantage of the top 5 bookmaker deals below.

For the best way to make a profit on the Doncaster Mile, read our guide on "How to make money betting online".

DONCASTER MILE HISTORY AND GUIDE

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.

Doncaster Mile Winners (Since 2000)

2000Over
2001Assertive Lad
2002Sunline
2003Grand Armee
2004Private Steer
2005Patezza
2006Racing To Win
2007Haradasun
2008Triple Honour
2009Vision And Power
2010Rangirangdoo
2011Sacred Choice
2012More Joyous
2013Sacred Falls
2014Sacred Falls
2015Kermadec
2016Winx

RANDWICK RACECOURSE TRACK DESCRIPTION

Randwick is the largest racetrack in New South Wales and all races are run in a clockwise direction. It is a sweeping track with a rise from the 300m mark to the winning post in the home straight.

As well as the main track, Randwick Racecourse contains a second track known as Kensington. Due to large rainfall in the area, Kensington has been reconstructed using the Strathayr racing surface which is similar to Moonee Valley.

Strathayr is a turf cover over a base of sand, this means it is a free draining track which can take a substantial amount of rain without affecting the rating.

RANDWICK RACECOURSE HISTORY

Originally known as the ‘Sandy Course,’ Randwick Racecourse was first used in 1833 where a private match race between two horses was held. 

In 1840 the track was abandoned as a racecourse and used for training purposes before the Australian Jockey Club (AJC) moved its headquarters to Randwick and held a meeting in 1860. 

The Queen Elizabeth II stand was opened to the public on August 4, 1969, and in 1992, Queen Elizabeth II visited Randwick and opened the new $30 million Paddock Grandstand. 

The Australian Derby (2400m) remains one of the longest standing races to be held at Randwick after its inaugural running took place in 1861.

Randwick hosts some of Australia's most iconic Group 1 races throughout the year, during both the spring and autumn carnivals in Sydney.

The Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Doncaster Mile and TJ Smith Stakes are some of the elite races taking place at Randwick during the prestigious The Championships during the autumn.

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