Doncaster Handicap 2012 – Weights Released

March 6th, 2012

Weights have been released for the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap at Royal Randwick Racecourse on April 21, 2012.

202 horses remain in the running for a place in the 2012 Doncaster Handicap final field, including top weighted horse Descarado.

Descarado has been allocated 58.5 kilograms for the 2012 Doncaster Handicap and has the number three ballot for the race.

The five-year-old gelding won his last start in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes at Caulfield on October 8, 2012.

The High Chaparral gelding has won five of his 21 race starts, including the 2010 Caulfield Cup, and has earned close to $2.5 million in prize money.

Rain Affair has been allocated 55.5 kilograms for the 2012 Doncaster Handicap after his last start win in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes.

Trainer Joseph Pride believes he has been given too much weight for a horse that is yet to win a Group 1 race.

Pride feels the weight will prevent Rain Affair running in the 2012 Doncaster Handicap at all.

“It’s pretty steep and they will give him a penalty if he wins the Newmarket so any chance he had of running in the Doncaster has gone,” Pride said.

“He hasn’t even run in a Group One race yet. It’s way too much for him.

“That’s why we are running in the Newmarket. I think it’s his one and only chance to beat the handicapper.”

Rain Affair has won ten of his 11 race starts and has earned more than $600,000 in prize money.

Gai Waterhouse will once again attempt to win the 2012 Doncaster Handicap with her talented mare More Joyous.

More Joyous is yet to have a start this autumn since finishing seventh in the Group 1 Myer Classic at Flemington on October 29, 2011.

The five-year-old mare was the short pried favourite to win last year’s Doncaster Handicap, however, failed to handle to Heavy 10-rated track and finished 11th.

More Joyous has been allocated 57.5 kilograms in the 2012 Doncaster Handicap.

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2012 Doncaster Handicap Weights