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Doncaster Mile Field
The Doncaster Mile is a 1600-metre open handicap race which is held during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival at the Royal Randwick Racecourse. This race was originally slated for Easter Monday but it was rescheduled to be included in the autumn carnival. The Doncaster Mile or the Doncaster Handicap is the autumn equivalent of the Epsom Handicap which has the same race distance and rules.
The Doncaster Mile has a prize pool of $2 million and the top winner gets $1.2 million. The owner, trainer and jockey of the winning race horse will also take home trophies worth $9,500, $1,000 and 1,000 respectively. The second, third and fourth place finishers will each get $400,000, $200,000 and $100,000 respectively.
The fifth place finisher will get $40,000 while the sixth, seventh and eighth place finisher will each take home $20,000. All participants of the Doncaster Mile that did not finish in the top eight will each get a starter’s subsidy of $200. Though there are a lot of mile-long races that come before it, the 1500-metre George Ryder Stakes is the best tune-up race for the Doncaster Mile.
The winner of the George Ryder Stakes is exempted from the ballot for the Doncaster Mile. Meanwhile, the winners of the Villers Stakes, Chipping Norton Stakes, Randwick Guineas, Liverpool City Cup and the Doncaster Prelude are exempted from the Doncaster Mile ballot and possible weight penalties. Also, the Coolmore Classic winner is exempted from the ballot but not from the weight penalties.
The home turf of the Doncaster Mile, the Royal Randwick Racecourse is about five minutes away from the Central Business District of Sydney and it has the largest race track in New South Wales. The Royal Randwick track has a circumference of 2,227 metres and a home straight of 410 metres. The race track has sweeping turns and it has an uphill slope at the home straight. Races are staged counter-clockwise.
For the 2011 Doncaster Mile, 88 race horses are still vying for a place at the final field. Among these aspirants, More Joyous is the top favourite to win the race according to the betting odds by the most famous online bookmakers. Betfair gave More Joyous betting odds of 2.5 while Sporting Bet has betting odds of 2.55 for this New Zealand-bred race horse.
Centrebet gave More Joyous betting odds of 2.6 while Sportsbet assigned a 2.65 bet for this Gai Waterhouse-trained thoroughbred. So far, More Joyous has won 12 out of 16 career starts and he has collected total prize money worth $1.9 million. More Joyous has a handicap rating of 120, highest among Doncaster Mile 2011 hopefuls, and he weighs 56.5 kilograms.
Aside from More Joyous, Waterhouse has also nominated Herculian Prince, Lorne Dancer, Needs Further and Pureness, Waterhouse and her race horse have won over 75 Group 1 races. Also doing good at the betting market for the 2011 Doncaster Mile is the aspirant Aloha which has odds of 7.7 from Betfair and 8.00 from Sporting Bet, Sportsbet and IASBet. Centrebet gave Aloha betting odds of 9.00.
Aloha is trained by Mick Price and this horse has won seven of 16 career races to collect a total of $400,074. Aloha has a handicap rating of 102 and he weights 51 kilograms. Aloha’s true weight is 47.5 kilograms but the lowest handicap weight allowed for the 2011 Doncaster Mile is 51 kilograms. Aloha is slated to give More Joyous quality opposition after winning four of his five latest races.
Making its way up the betting market is Dao Dao which is trained by Michael, John and Wayne Hawkes. Dao Dao weighs 53 kilograms and he has a handicap rating of 109. This race horse has seven out of 23 career starts and it has won total prize money of about AUD$1.37 million. In its last three starts, Dao Dao has one runner-up finish and one third-place win.
At the betting market for the 2011 Doncaster Mile, Dao Dao has betting odds of 10.00 from Sporting Bet, 11.00 from IASBet and Sportsbet, 11.5 from Betfair and 13.00 from Centrebet. Aside from Dao Dao, the Hawkes have also nominated Love Conquers All and Mentality. Love Conquers All has won six out of 13 race horses while Mentality already has 50 races to its credit and career prize money of over AUD$2 million.
Punters are also keeping an eye on Ilovethiscity which right with More Joyous, Aloha and Dao Dao at the 2011 Doncaster Mile betting market. Ilovethiscity has betting odds of 10.00 from IASBet and SportsBet, 11.00 from Sporting Bet, 11.9 from Betfair and 13.00 from Centrebet. This chestnut colt has won three of his ten career races and career prize money of $443,000.
The Grahame Berg-trained Ilovethiscity has a handicap rating of 102 and weighs 49 kilograms. However, it will be given a 51-kilogram weight if it makes the 2011 Doncaster Mile final field since that is the lowest handicap weight allowed for the race. Aside from Ilovethiscity, Berg has also nominated Palacio de Cristal which has won five out of 25 career starts. Like Ilovethis city, Palacio de Cristal also weighs 49 kilograms.
Fifth on the early betting market for the 2011 Doncaster Mile is Triple Elegance which has betting odds of 14.8 from Betfair, 15.00 from IASBet, Centrebet and Sportsbet and 18.00 from Sporting Bet. Triple Elegance is trained by Chris Waller and truly weighs 46.5 kilograms. Triple Elegance has a handicap rating of 96 and has won seven of 17 career races to claim $441,980 worth of prize money.
Aside from Triple Elegance, Waller has also nominated 2010 Doncaster Mile winner Rangirangdoo, Danleigh, Triple Honour, Snow Alert, Altered Boy, Tromso, Little Surfer Girl, Syreon and Slater. Rangirangdoo won the previous Doncaster Mile with jockey Nash Rawiller and they finished in 1 minute, 34.22 seconds. Rangirangdoo has nine wins from 19 career races to collect $1.73 million in prize money.
The nominations for the 2011 Doncaster Mile also feature thoroughbreds from the following trainers: John P. Thompson, Kevin Moses, Peter Moody, Clinton McDonald, Norm Hilton, Michael Moroney, Kerry Parker, Peter Snowden, Roger Milne, David Payne, Darren Weir, Gerald Ryan, Bart Cummings, David Hayes, John O’Shea, David Pfeiffer, Paul Beshara, Kris Lees, Guy Walter, John Bary, Jim and Greg Lee and Joseph Pride.
Other nominees for the 2011 Doncaster Mile are thoroughbreds that were trained Jim Conlan, Kevin Moses, Norm Hilton, Grahame Begg, David Fromberg, Anthony Cummings, Andrew Noblet, Todd Howlett, Brett Partelle, Mark Kavanagh and Jeff Lynds. The 2011 Doncaster Mile will be held on the 23rd of April but you may check the 2011 Doncaster Mile betting odds at your trusted online bookmakers as early as now.
Doncaster Mile Odds
* Note: Odds are subject to change and correct at time of publication 9:34pm AEDST 05/04/2011. All prices are Fixed Win.
Golden Slipper Odds
* Note: Odds are subject to change and correct at time of publication 2:30pm AEDST 01/04/2011. All prices are Fixed Win.
Sydney Cup Odds
* Note: Odds are subject to change and correct at time of publication 6:00pm AEDST 22/04/2011. All prices are Fixed Win.