Doncaster Mile final field and barrier draw - ideal barriers for Waller quartet

  • Wide barriers an advantage in Doncaster.
  • Favourite Le Romain in barrier 8
Hugh Bowman riding Le Romain

Sydney trainer Chris Waller will saddle up four runners in Saturday’s Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) as he aims for his fifth consecutive victory in the Royal Randwick showpiece.

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If successful, Waller will join Gai Waterhouse and her father Tommy Smith with seven winners apiece in the $3 million iconic mile race.

Of Waller’s runners, Antonio Giuseppe and Arod have come up with barriers 6 and 7 respectively, while McCreery and Endless Drama have drawn outside gates in 17 and 20.

Seven of the past eight Doncaster winners have drawn barrier 10 or wider, while remarkably, only two horses have won from inside of barrier 5 in the last 30 years.

The Kris Lees-trained Le Romain, who is favourite for the event, has drawn barrier 8 following his impressive victory in the Canterbury Stakes (1300m) and his runner-up effort behind Winx in the George Ryder Stakes (1500m).

2017 Doncaster Mile field and barriers:

1. HAURAKI John O'Shea - James Doyle (16) 57kg
2. LE ROMAIN Kris Lees - Hugh Bowman (8) 56.5kg
3. PALENTINO Darren Weir - Mark Zahra (3) 56.5kg
4. TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) Darren Weir - Craig Williams (23) 56kg
5. HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster - Blake Shinn (2) 55.5kg
6. IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) John O'Shea - Zac Purton (9) 55kg
7. ECUADOR (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott - Adam Hyeronimus (14) 55kg
8. AROD (IRE) Chris Waller - Glyn Schofield (7) 54kg
9. DIBAYANI (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig - Damien Oliver (21) 54kg
10. REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig - Regan Bayliss (15) 53kg
11. MCCREERY (GB) Chris Waller - Kerrin McEvoy (17) 53kg
12. ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE) Chris Waller - Brenton Avdulla (20) 53kg
13. SENSE OF OCCASION Kris Lees - Corey Brown (10) 52.5kg
14. I AM A STAR (NZ) Shane Nichols - Dean Yendall (1) 52kg
15. HEY DOC Tony McEvoy - Tim Clark (19) 52kg
16. ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) Chris Waller - Tommy Berry (6) 52kg
17. SONS OF JOHN Jason Attard - TBA (5) 51.5kg
18. TESTASHADOW Gary Portelli - Ms Katelyn Mallyon (13) 51kg
19. SPECTROSCOPE (USA) John O'Shea - Joao Moreira (22) 51kg
20. EURO ANGEL (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes - Andrew Adkins (a) (11) 51kg
21e. NEW TIPPERARY Joseph Pride - Jay Ford (18) 51kg
22e. NO DOUBT Anthony & Edward Cummings – TBA (12) 51kg
23e. TOP OF MY LIST Anthony & Edward Cummings – TBA (4) 51kg


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