Group 1 Doncaster Mile preview, doncaster mile

The Doncaster Mile (also known as the Doncaster Handicap) is a 1,600m handicap held at Randwick Racecourse in autumn. The Doncaster is traditionally one of the highest-profile races on the Australian calendar, and at times has been called “the fifth major” of Australian racing (after the Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Golden Slipper). Total prizemoney is $3 million. While the race was traditionally held on Easter Monday, the Doncaster is now the feature event on the first day of The Championships, which is the highlight of the Sydney Autumn carnival.

Doncaster Mile: Key runners

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MUGATOO had a big win at The Valley bursting through, but he was the beneficiary of a pattern that suited where he was. Still, he’s a very classy horse who is in form. I think he’s a bit short in the market, however, and at the price (at time of writing) I am happy to bet around him with topweight here.

AVILIUS is a seven-year-old but is racing well and rating well, and though he goes back the pace will be good. Loves the Randwick mile, can win.

MOUNGA had a strong win in the Guineas and will be strong over the 1600m here as a result. Soft and dry is okay and he’s racing well. My issue with him is the gate, I’d be a lot keener if he had drawn better.

FORBIDDEN LOVE is a three-year-old with no weight who races best when she can close it out strongly on a good pace, as she did two back here over 1400m. She should get in back in the field and will appreciate the pace on here. I’d like to be on at the right price.

FUNSTAR was a bit disappointing last start but her prior form this prep was good. She goes very well here at this trip and loves it soft, so it suited. The wide draw is some issue but I map her getting in with a good run.

AEGON is a promising Kiwi runner on the up. Forget last start when he was caught wide throughout. He was very good in the Hobartville the start before and he should get a good run from the good draw. He’s trialled well since the last start wide run and gets his chance here.

DALASAN is over the odds for mine. He was okay last start and fitter for that, and has shown in Melbourne and Adelaide that he has ability. I don’t think we’ve seen his top yet. Can get a very good run from the good draw and Stubby Holder should give him every chance to show his top here.

YAO DASH is racing in career best form. He was aided by the lightning rail bias last week at Rosehill, but he won well nonetheless and did so at the start before, too. The final 1000m is his worry, but he’s in great form.

ICEBATH has no weight and is drawn well. She’s been good this prep so far and has better figures to improve to. She should appreciate the tempo and run on well.

STAR OF THE SEAS i set for this, I would presume. He is a Randwick mile specialist. He was good at Flemington three back, and back to Randwick now and the good middle draw means he gets his chance. Can win at odds.

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