Doncaster Mile Free Tips, Bets and Field Preview – 2021

The Doncaster Mile (1600m) makes up one of four Group 1’s on Day 1 of The Championships at Randwick on Saturday as a capacity field of gallopers step out for a share in $3 million in prize money.

All-Star Mile winner Mugatoo headlines the top of the market after drawing kindly in barrier 4, while there’s also been steady support for George Ryder Stakes winner Think It Over and last week’s Prelude winner Yao Dash.

Star Of The Seas and Funstar will fly the flag for six-time Doncaster winner Chris Waller, while defending champion Nettoyer will also take her spot in the field.

For thoughts on each horse in this year’s Doncaster Mile, we’ve got you covered below!

Mugatoo

All-Star Mile winner Mugatoo has opened as the favourite in Doncaster Mile betting in search of his first Group 1.

While trainer Kris Lees set his sights on the previously mentioned $5 million feature at The Valley last month, the champion trainer always fancied having a crack at the Doncaster given the improvement his six-year-old has shown recently.

The Irish raider capped off his spring running fourth in the Cox Plate behind last week’s Tancred winner Sir Dragonet before winning the All-Star Mile in his second run back.

After drawing barrier 4, he should be afforded a similar run from mid-field, while the added chance of rain only strengthens his claims.

Avilius

Avilius looks set to peak on Saturday after placing in back-to-back starts at this level since returning to work.

The Godolphin galloper resumed to run third to Verry Elleegant in the Chipping Norton over the mile at Randwick before achieving a similar result when half-a-length behind Think It Over and Dreamforce in the George Ryder Stakes.

Both of those runs came on rain affected going and there is no doubt he’ll appreciate any extra sting out of the track.

The awkward barrier makes things tricky for James McDonald, but with two wins to his name over the track and trip, Avilius remains one of the better each-way plays.

Samadoubt

Samadoubt is having his third run back from a spell after failing to finish off last time out in the George Ryder.

The seven-year-old son by Not A Single Doubt raced on speed and looked to have plenty left at the turn before weakening out for sixth.

Getting out to his preferred distance where he’s won three times previously is a plus, but the wide barrier and recent efforts makes him tough to recommend.

Star Of The Seas

Star Of The Seas has unfinished business to attend to after finishing half a length second to Nettoyer in last year’s Doncaster.

The son of Ocean Park has since gone on to run second in the George Main over this track and trip during the spring, while he was far from disgraced more recently running sixth in the All-Star Mile.

After struggling at the barriers in his last two starts, he should get a much kinder run off the speed this time out under Sam Clipperton.

Olmedo

Olmedo hasn’t been seen at the races since running dead last in The Gong at Kembla Grange last November.

The gelding by Declaration Of War did win the Group 1 French 2000 Guineas over this trip back in 2018, but as the price suggests, he’ll likely find this tough first-up from a spell.

Shout The Bar

Shout The Bar has been freshened between runs after failing to finish off last time out in the All-Star Mile.

The dual Group 1 winner ran out of petrol in the concluding stages after racing on speed, a tactic Tim Clark will likely have to employ again on Saturday after drawing barrier 20.

The son of Not A Single Doubt did win the Empire Rose Stakes during the spring over this trip at Flemington though and there is no doubt he is capable of bouncing back from his poor performance in the All-Star Mile.

After trailing well two weeks ago on a heavy track at Randwick, a place isn’t out of the question.

Gem Song

Mugatoo’s stablemate Gem Song will lineup on Saturday looking to stage a boil-over at big odds.

Outside of a disappointing run in the Golden Eagle last year, the son of Your Song has been thereabouts over the last six months – most notably running fourth in the Epsom before returning to work to win the Newcastle Newmarket last month.

His latest effort saw him overcome a wide position to run fifth in the George Ryder, a form line that typically stacks up well heading into the Doncaster.

Had he drawn a gate, he’d likely be much shorter in betting.

Zaaki

Zaaki will make his Australian debut on Saturday following two very impressive trials at Rosehill and Randwick last month.

Annabel Neasham’s $300,000 purchase has a pair of Group 3 wins on his resume back home in Britain and should be better for the run.

Aegon

Aegon saw his unbeaten streak come to an end in the Randwick Guineas last month after failing to overcome a wide position to finish sixth.

That said, the lightly-raced three-year-old does look one of the main dangers to the favourite Mugatoo after drawing a similar gate with some weight off his back.

The son of Sacred Falls won the New Zealand 2000 Guineas over this trip during the spring before venturing across the ditch to win the Hobartville Stakes by a comfortable margin two runs back at Rosehill.

Two of his five wins so far have come over the mile, while he also looked in great order last week winning his trial well at Warwick Farm.

With Kerrin McEvoy engaged for the first time, look for him late if the track plays to his liking.

Cascadian

Cascadian is back for another crack at a Doncaster after struggling to make up ground on the heavy track this time last year.

The Godolphin galloper has mixed his form since then, but he does look a likely improver after finishing off strongly for fourth from well back in the field in the George Ryder.

Everything about that run suggested he’ll see out the mile just fine, while the booking of Jamie Kah obviously commands respect.

With two wins to his name over this trip, the current $18.00 price at time of publish might be a touch over the odds.

Dalasan

Dalasan is having his third run back from a spell following a luckless run last time out in the George Ryder.

The Corstens-trained gelding struggled for running room in the concluding stages and failed to show his usual turn of foot finishing seventh.

Getting out over further is a big plus, but it’s tough to back him with any confidence until we see improvement.

Think It Over

Think It Over booked his spot in the Doncaster two weeks ago by causing a memorable 26-1 boil-over in the George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill.

Glen Boss timed his run to perfection aboard the son of So You Think, but he does have a little more work to do this time around after drawing out wide.

That said, the five-year-old has clearly returned a different horse this time in work, while Boss overcame an equally tricky draw only two years ago in his Doncaster win aboard Brutal.

A wet track will only add to Think It Over’s chances, and the fact he’s placed in four of his five starts over the mile leaves him at juicy odds.

Funstar

Funstar will join Star Of The Seas in flying the flag for six-time Doncaster Mile winner Chris Waller on Saturday.

The four-year-old mare has been well-supported right throughout the autumn but has so far failed to reward punters’ patience with a pair of fourths in the Apollo and the Chipping Norton prior to last fortnight’s luckless run in the George Ryder.

Her lone Group 1 win in the Flight Stakes came over this track and trip two years ago, but barrier 17 does leave Craig Williams with plenty of work to do.

Best Of Days

Best Of Days has put a difficult spring behind him so far with three consistent performances since returning to work.

The Godolphin seven-year-old won the Group 3 Clyon Cup over the mile at Caulfield in his return to the races and was very unlucky not to score his first Group 1 when second to the fast-finishing Homesman last time out in the Australia Cup.

Getting back to the mile where he’s won three times previously is a big tick and the fact he’s had a trial between runs should have him in tip top order.

Like others, where he winds up from the awkward alley remains the only query.

I Am Superman

I Am Superman has been freshened for Saturday’s run following his brilliant chase to take out the Group 2 Ajax Stakes at Rosehill last month.

The Snowden-trained five-year-old was far from disgraced when seventh in the Kennedy Cantala over this trip at Flemington during the spring and has clearly returned a much better horse for it.

He should settle somewhere towards midfield from barrier 10 and represents good value with a win to his name over the mile previously.

Rock

Rock returns on the quick backup after making up a stack of ground for fourth in last week’s Doncaster Prelude at Rosehill.

The son of Pierro opened his account in the money by running less than a length third to I Am Superman in the Ajax Stakes prior, while he was also far from disgraced running a length third to Yulong Prince in last year’s Kennedy Cantala.

He has placed only once in five starts over the mile but based on the turn of foot we witnessed week, a place inside the top five wouldn’t surprise.

Nettoyer

The defending champ is looking to become the first horse since Sacred Falls in 2013/14 to win back-to-back Doncaster’s.

The Sebring mare has seen a slight trim in the market after drawing barrier 6, but it’s hard to ignore the fact she’s failed to win a race since last year’s upset.

After failing to run on in the Ranvet two weeks ago, she’ll only find this tougher.

Yao Dash

Yao Dash is shooting for his hat-trick on Saturday after putting 3.5L between himself and his rivals in last week’s Doncaster Prelude at Rosehill.

The Smart Missile four-year-old is one of the few horses in the field unproven over the mile, but the way he finished off with plenty in reserve last week suggests he’ll see out the extra 100m in his stride.

The Waterhouse name is synonymous with the Doncaster and barrier 11 should allow Michael Dee to push forward and run the race on his terms once again.

Mo’unga

Mo’unga couldn’t have been more impressive two weeks ago when he took out the Rosehill Guineas as the short-priced favourite, but this does look a tougher assignment for him after drawing the carpark.

Robbie Dolan has been booked to ride with Tommy Berry unable to make weight, although the step back from the 2000m to the mile does look the right option for him at this stage of his prep.

If there’s one horse that has the ability to overcome a sticky draw it’s the Savabeel colt.

The current $8.00 on offer is well and truly the best value bet in the race.

Forbidden Love

Forbidden Love was simply sensational three runs back winning the Group 1 Surround Stakes by a healthy margin before a total forgive run last time out in the Coolmore.
The filly by All Too Hard struggled for running room down the straight, but she does look a good bet to bounce-back based on what we saw from her in the trials two weeks ago at Randwick.

She overcame an identical gate to run a place over this trip in the Empire Rose Stakes at Flemington during the spring and will only be helped out with any rain about.

Icebath

Icebath remains the first emergency in the 2021 Doncaster Mile field.

Wheelhouse

Wheelhouse remains the first emergency in the 2021 Doncaster Mile field.

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