2010 Doncaster Handicap Preview

February 15th, 2010

As the richest race to be held at the Royal Randwick Racecourse, the 2010 Doncaster Handicap looks set to have another incredible starting line up, and will take place on the 17th of April.

This year, with 200 nominations, the Doncaster Mile will have an incredible $1.5 million prize purse on offer.

The elite Group 1 handicap sees horses at least three years of age compete over 1,600 metres for their share in the prize.

Winner of the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m), considered to be the spring equivalent to the Doncaster Handicap, was Rock Kingdom. The Gai Waterhouse-trained gelding looks set to have a strong 2010 season and will hope the 2010 Doncaster Handicap will be just one of many wins.

Waterhouse’s winner of the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m), More Joyous, showed good form at the Royal Randwick Racecourse and could provide a strong run in the 2010 Doncaster Handicap.

Allan Denham-trained Tobique is hoping to make a strong claim for the race. Coming in off a 1,600 metre win at Randwick, the four-year-old is in good form for the elite event.

The foremost Australian trainers certainly have their dominance in the nominee list, with Waterhouse having 16, John Thompson 15 and Peter Moody 13.

This year, with 200 nominations, the Doncaster Mile will have an incredible $1.5 million prize purse on offer.

Chris Waller also has 13 entrants, with Rangirangdoo one of the stronger contenders from his brood. The six-year-old gelding won the Group 2010 Expressway Stakes (1200m), beating fellow nominee for the 2010 Doncaster Handicap, Dao Dao.

The George Ryder Stakes/Doncaster Handicap double winner last year, Vision and Power, is also nominated for the 2010 Doncaster Handicap and will certainly be a threat.

Other feature races to take place at the Royal Randwick Racecourse on the 17th of April will be the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) and the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m).