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6/4/2018 Feature Gr 1 Randwick Races: Stats and Facts

Doncaster Mile 

THE 153RD DONCASTER MILE

* The world's richest mile (1600m) handicap worth $3 million.

HISTORY

* Highlight of first day of The Championships at Randwick.

* First run in 1866 when it was won by Dundee and has since been won by many of the finest horses to grace the Australian turf.

* Named after the famous racecourse in England's north.

* Regarded as Australia's premier mile race, past winners include Wakeful (1901), Chatham (1934), Hall Mark (1935), Fine And Dandy (1961, 1963), Time And Tide (1965), Tobin Bronze (1967), Gunsynd (1972), Emancipation (1983), Super Impose (1990-91), Sunline (1999, 2002), More Joyous (2012) and Winx (2016).

* The late TJ Smith and his daughter Gai Waterhouse are the most successful trainers having each won seven times.

* Six horses have won back-to-back Doncasters: Mildura (1940-41), Blue Legend (1946-47), Slogan II (1956-57), Tudor Hill (1959-60), Super Impose (1990-91) and Pharaoh (1994-95), Sacred Falls (2013-14).

* The fastest recorded time is 1:33.7 by Belmura Lad in 1979.

* The Doncaster Mile gained its Group One status in 1980.

TALKING POINTS:

* Chris Waller is looking to join TJ Smith and Gai Waterhouse with seven wins as trainer. He has won with Winx (2016), Kermadec (2015), Sacred Falls (2013-14), Rangirangdoo (2010) and Triple Honour (2008).

* Waller has already made history with the first four home in 2014 - Sacred Falls, Royal Descent, Weary and Hawkspur.

* Waller has six runners this year - Endless Drama, Tom Melbourne, Comin' Through, Egg Tart, Mister Sea Wolf and D'Argento.

* There are two three-year-olds in the field - favourite Kementari and Rosehill Guineas winner D'Argento. Three-year-olds have a strong modern day record having won five of the past 12.

* Gai Waterhouse is aiming to become the first trainer to win eight editions with Arbeitsam.

WHAT CONNECTIONS ARE SAYING

"We'd been impressed to see the change in the horse leading into the George Ryder and after racing so well against Winx he seems to have come out of it with more energy" - Kementari's trainer James Cummings

"These quirky types ... you've got to try and trick them into winning without putting too much pressure on them too early in the race" - Tom Melbourne's jockey Kerrin McEvoy

"He'll be there for a long way. Gai is the queen of winning the Doncaster. She is going for her eighth Doncaster win on Saturday, so she certainly knows how to win one" - Michael Dee, Arbeitsam's jockey
In early betting in the Doncaster with Neds Kementari is the $3.70 favourite.

SIRES' PRODUCE STAKES

1400m, $1 million, Group One for two-year-olds at Randwick

HISTORY

* First run in 1867 when won by Glencoe

* Some greats of the Australasian turf have won the race including Furious (1921), Hall Mark (1933), Ajax (1937), Shannon (1944), Tulloch (1957), Fine And Dandy (1959), Wenona Girl (1960), Time And Tide (1963), Eskimo Prince (1964), Black Onyx (1968), Baguette (1970), Toy Show (1975), Luskin Star (1977), Snippets (1987), Octagonal (1995), Pierro (2012) and Yankee Rose (2016)

* Second leg of the Sydney two-year-old triple crown also comprising the Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) and Champagne Stakes (1600m)

* Baguette (1970), Luskin Star (1977), Tierce (1991), Burst (1992), Dance Hero (2004) and Pierro (2012) have won the triple crown

* Gai Waterhouse has trained the most winners with seven.

* Shane Dye is the most successful jockey with six wins from 13 rides.

TALKING POINTS

* There will be no triple crown winner this year with Golden Slipper winner Estijaab not running

* Three Golden Slipper runners backing up - Oohood (2nd), Seabrook (5th) and Long Leaf (6th)

* Since 2000 Gai Waterhouse has trained seven winners, including Sebring and Pierro but she does not have a runner this year

WHAT CONNECTIONS ARE SAYING

"She's been knocking on the door and hopefully she's got another big run in her for us" - Oohood's trainer Tony McEvoy

"We've been happy with how he's gone ahead since winning the Black Opal in Canberra a few weeks ago. It would be fitting to see him go well in a race his mother (Guelph) won a few years ago" - Encryption's trainer James Cummings

In early betting in the Sires Produce with Neds Oohood is the $3.50 favourite.

TJ SMITH STAKES

1200m, $2.5 million, Group One weight-for-age at Randwick

HISTORY

* Named in honour of Randwick's most famous trainer whose daughter Gai Waterhouse has won the race with Phoenix Park in 2002, Shamekha in 2005 and Bentley Biscuit in 2007

* First run in 1997 when won by Mahogany

* Elevated to Group One status in 2005

* Some outstanding sprinters have won the race including Apache Cat (2008), Takeover Target (2009), Black Caviar (2011 and 2013) and Chautauqua (2015,16,17)

* Final race for Black Caviar before her retirement.

* The champion mare also holds the race record of 1:08.71 set in 2011

* Chautauqua is the only horse to win three TJ Smiths

TALKING POINTS

* Six favourites have won the race since its inception.

* Favourite Redzel will be aiming to win for the sixth time in a row at Randwick, with his victories including last year's inaugural The Everest and the Group Two Challenge Stakes in March.

* The race will be run without Chautauqua who has missed the chance for a fourth consecutive win after failing to jump from the gates in four barrier trials.

* Gai Waterhouse has two runners in this year's race in partnership with Adrian Bott, English and Global Glamour .

WHAT CONNECTIONS ARE SAYING

"He's always a good worker and really applies himself. He has an economic action and is so light across the ground I have to make sure he isn't going too quick," - Redzel's jockey Kerrin McEvoy

"We've drawn well and we're going to get a good surface so it's going to be a genuinely run race," - In Her Time's trainer Ben Smith

"It isn't going to be an easy task by any means but I still felt there is improvement to come from her Galaxy run" - Adrian Bott, the co-trainer of English

In early betting in the TJ Smith stakes with Neds Redzel is the $2.30 favourite.

THE ATC AUSTRALIAN DERBY

2400m, $2 million, set weights

HISTORY

* First run in 1861 and won by Kyogle, the Derby is firmly established as the No.1 three-year-old Classic in the country.

* Past winners include Grand Flaneur (1880), Poseidon (1906), Gloaming (1918), Heroic (1924), Phar Lap (1929), Peter Pan (1932), Hall Mark (1933), Tea Rose (1944), Tulloch (1957), Silver Sharpe (1970), Classic Mission (1971), Imagele (1973), Dulcify (1979), Kingston Town (1980), Strawberry Road (1983), Bonecrusher (1986), Beau Zam (1988), Research (1989), Naturalism (1992), Mahogany (1994), Octagonal (1996, Starcraft (2004), It's A Dundeel (2013), Criterion (2014).

* The late TJ Smith holds training honours with nine winners: Playboy (1949), Tulloch (1957), Summer Prince (1962), Summer Fiesta (1963), Prince Grant (1965), Silver Sharpe (1970), Imagele (1973), Great Lover (1976) and Kingston Town (1980).

* Champion jockey Tommy Hales holds the record for riding the most winners: Richmond (1875), Grand Flaneur (1880), Navigator (1882), Bargo (1884), Trident (1886) and Abercorn (1887).

TALKING POINTS

* Veteran New Zealand trainer Murray Baker has won the race four times in the past decade with Nom Du Jeu (2008), It's A Dundeel (2013), Mongolian Khan (2015) and Jon Snow (2017), his first in partnership with Andrew Forsman. The training partners have four runners this year including Vin De Dance and Mission Hill

* The race is open to fillies but few are given the challenge. The last filly to win was Shamrocker in 2011.

* Champion filly Research won both the Derby and the Australian Oaks in 1989 when they were four days apart.

* Favourite Ace High is aiming to be the first horse to win the Victoria Derby/Australian Derby double since Mahogany in 1993-94.

WHAT CONNECTIONS ARE SAYING

"This is what he's waiting for and he's on track," - David Payne, trainer of Ace High

"The way he's hit the line the last couple of runs I'm sure he'll get the 2400" - Belfast's co-trainer Natalie Young

"In his earlier runs he's shown a good turn of foot over short distances and I think all those things combined equate to a good horse that can sustain an 800 metre gallop under pressure," - Levendi's trainer Peter Gelagotis

In early betting in the ATC Derby with Neds Ace High is the $4.80 favourite. 

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