Doncaster Mile final field and barrier draw - inside gates for Happy Clapper and Kementari

  • Will it be third time lucky for Happy Clapper?
  • Wide gates most successful in recent times.
Happy Clapper (L) finishes 2nd to Winx in the George Ryder Stakes

Trainers Pat Webster and James Cummings have at least two reasons to smile ahead of Saturday’s $3 million Doncaster Mile (1600m); favourable barriers for their leading chances, and no Winx.

Webster’s Happy Clapper and the Cummings-trained Kementari finished 2nd and 3rd behind the super mare Winx in the George Ryder Stakes (1500m) last start, and both get their chance on Saturday from gates 1 and 2 respectively. 

Happy Clapper finished runner-up to Winx in the 2016 Doncaster and again had to settle for 2nd place the following year when narrowly defeated by It’s Somewhat while there was a further four lengths back to 3rd.

He claimed his first Group 1 victory in the Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick during the spring taking his impressive record at the track and trip to two wins and three 2nd placing from six attempts. 

John O’Shea gave Godolphin their first win in the prestigious event last year, and on Saturday, Cummings looks to continue the trend with Kementari who meets Happy Clapper 2.5kg better at the weights. 

In recent times, outside gates have proven most successful in the Doncaster with eight of the past nine winners jumping from barrier 8 or wider. 

Darren Weir’s duo, Humidor and Tosen Stardom, are the highest rated runners in the field of 16 and will jump from gates 4 and 8 respectively.

Trainer Chris Waller has won six of the past 10 Doncasters and saddles up six chances on Saturday with Endless Drama, Tom Melbourne, Comin’ Through, Egg Tart, Mister Sea Wolf and D’argento.

Gai Waterhouse holds one more win than Waller and will be aiming for her eighth win, and her first with training partner Adrian Bott, as they saddle up last start winner Arbeitsam. 

2018 Doncaster Mile field and barriers:

1. HUMIDOR (NZ) Darren Weir - Mark Zahra (4) 58kg
2. TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) Darren Weir - Craig Williams (8) 57.5kg
3. HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster - Blake Shinn (1) 57kg
4. ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE) Chris Waller - Glyn Schofield (3) 53.5kg
5. PRIZED ICON Kris Lees - Ben Melham (5) 53.5kg
6. CRACK ME UP (NZ) Bjorn Baker - Jason Collett (11) 53kg
7. INVINCIBLE GEM Kris Lees - Michael Walker (12) 52kg
8. TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller - Kerrin McEvoy (14) 52kg
9. KEMENTARI James Cummings - Brenton Avdulla (2) 51.5kg
10. COMIN’ THROUGH Chris Waller - Tim Clark (7) 51.5kg
11. LANCIATO (NZ) Mark Newnham - Ms Rachel King (a) (13) 51kg
12. EGG TART Chris Waller - Craig Newitt (9) 50.5kg
13. ARBEITSAM Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott - Michael Dee (10) 50kg
14. MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller - Jay Ford (16) 50kg
15. COOL CHAP David & B Hayes & T Dabernig - Cory Parish (6) 50kg
16. D’ARGENTO Chris Waller - Corey Brown (15) 49kg


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Doncaster Mile final field and barrier draw - inside gates for Happy Clapper and Kementari

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