Doncaster Mile

Doncaster Mile Winners - Winx (2016) | Photo: Steve Hart |

Looking for early info on this year’s Doncaster Mile? The experts at Neds have put together everything you need to know on the race.

The Doncaster Mile is one of the premier Australian mile races, held at Royal Randwick Racecourse over 1600m on a Saturday in early April as part of Sydney’s lucrative ‘The Championships’ races.

A time-honoured handicap event, the race was formerly known as the Doncaster Handicap and has been run and won since 1866.

Many turf greats have won the Doncaster Mile including in recent history Super Impose (1990, 1991) who also won the Epsom Handicap in the spring twice, Sunline (1999, 2002) and the brilliant mare Winx (2016).

Popular cult horse Happy Clapper (2018) holds the current Doncaster Mile race record for his win in 1:33.17 and the legendary TJ Smith holds the trainers record having prepared seven champions.

The Doncaster Mile winner is exempt from ballot for the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) the following weekend.

Doncaster Mile 2022 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Saturday, April 2, 2022
  • Track Location: Randwick Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Right-handed
  • Race Distance: 1,600 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Handicap
  • Qualification: Three year olds and above
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 1
  • Operator: Australian Turf Club
  • Prize Purse: $3,000,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1866
  • 2022 Doncaster Mile Winner: Mr Brightside

Doncaster Mile 2022 RESULTS

The official 2022 Doncaster Mile results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday April 2, 2022. 

  1. #19 Mr Brightside
  2. #2 I’m Thunderstruck
  3. #10 Icebath

The Doncaster Mile 2022 results saw an upset win by the Ben & JD Hayes-trained four-year-old Mr Brightside ($20), the Victorian raider handling his first go in Sydney on a Heavy track thanks to a perfectly-timed ride by Craig Williams to defeat fellow The All-Star Mile graduates I’m Thunderstruck and Icebath.

Doncaster Mile Betting 2022

New Ways to Bet at neds

There are many different ways to bet on the Doncaster Mile, we’ve included some of the most popular options below:

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Doncaster Mile
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Doncaster Mile. 
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Doncaster Mile. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the Doncaster Mile, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within the Doncaster Mile, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the Doncaster Mile to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Doncaster Mile to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Doncaster Mile to win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the Doncaster Mile, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Doncaster Mile in 2022

  1. Login at
  2. Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
  3. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  4. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on Doncaster Mile Betting above).
  5. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Doncaster Mile 2022 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Doncaster Mile will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

Which Horse Will Win The Doncaster Mile?

The best way to pick which horse will win the Doncaster Mile in 2022 is to take into account their lead-up autumn racing form, assess the barriers, consider the weight the horse will carry under the handicap conditions and look for the proven Group 1 performers. 

Additional factors to consider when picking the Doncaster Mile winner include: 

  • Wide Barriers: From 2009-2022 8 of the 14 Doncaster Mile winning horses jumped from barrier 10 (or wider).
  • Waller Factor: Trainer Chris Waller has an excellent recent record in the event preparing the four winners from 2013-16. He has won the race a total of six times, one outside the Doncaster Mile training record co-held by Tommy Smith and his daughter Gai Waterhouse.
  • Group 1 Lead-Up: From 2004 – 2022 only three Doncaster Mile winners came off a non-Group 1 lead-up with Triple Honour (2008) running sixth in the Hobartville Stakes It’s Somewhat (2017) having won the Group 2 Ajax Stakes victory and Mr Brightside improving on his fourth in the $5 million The All-Star Mile in Melbourne in 2022.

Doncaster Mile Favourites 2022

Early favourites in 2022 Doncaster Mile betting include last start $5 million The All-Star Mile runner-up I’m Thunderstruck, three-year-old light-weight Converge coming off the distant second to Anamoe in the Rosehill Guineas and flying mare Forbidden Love chasing a third straight Group 1 victory. 

Doncaster Mile favourites have a poor recent record with Winx (2016) the last to salute for the punters.

Doncaster Mile 2022 Field

The official 2022 Doncaster Mile field of final acceptances is announced on the Tuesday of race week and will be published in full below. 

Canterbury Stakes – George Ryder Stakes double winning mare Forbidden Love drawn barrier 14 narrowly leads betting on the capacity Doncaster Mile 2022 final field for Sydney this weekend.


  • #9 Hungry Heart (11)
  • #14 Hilal (16)
  • #23e Ironclad (24)
  • #24e Our Playboy (13)

Doncaster Mile 2022 Tips

Favourite: #16 Forbidden Love ($4.60 at time of publish)

Best Bet: #20 Converge ($8 at time of publish)

Best Roughie: #17 Just Folk ($21 at time of publish)

Our insider 2022 Doncaster Mile tips will be detailed above the week of the race and a full betting preview published on the Neds Blog.


Doncaster Mile Race Day 2022

The 2022 Doncaster Mile takes place on Day 1 of ‘The Championships’ at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse on Saturday the 2nd of April, 2022. There are four Group 1 races in total held that day at the track with the Doncaster Mile supported by the:

Doncaster Mile Barrier Draw 2022

The 2022 Doncaster Mile barrier draw will be released to the public a few days before the race and published in our above Doncaster Mile Field section. 

Doncaster Mile Nominations 2022

Nominations close at midday on Tuesday the 8th of February, 2022. 

The 2022 Doncaster Mile nominations feature 139 early entries including the defending champion Cascadian, his Caulfield Guineas winning stablemate Anamoe and the spring’s $2 million The Invitation winning mare Icebath.

Doncaster Mile first acceptances 2022

First acceptances closed at midday on Tuesday the 8th of March, 2022. 

Doncaster Mile Weights 2022

The Doncaster Mile is a handicap event, with the lowest handicap weight being 50kgs, or 49kgs for three-year-olds. Weights must be declared by 4:00pm (AEST) on Tuesday the 22nd of February, 2022 with weights on the final acceptances to be published in our above Doncaster Mile Field section. 

2022 Doncaster Mile Top-Weight:

  • #1 Cascadian (56kg)

Doncaster Mile Acceptances 2022

Acceptances must be declared before 8 AM on Tuesday the 29th of March, 2022 and will be published in our above Doncaster Mile Field section. 

Doncaster Mile Jockeys 2022

The final riders announcement is at 12 PM on Wednesday the 30th of March, 2022 with jockeys to be published in our above Doncaster Mile Field section. 

  • Doncaster Mile Jockey Record: Glen Boss (7 wins) 

Doncaster Mile Scratchings 2022

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday the 2nd of April, 2022. 

2022 Doncaster Mile Scratchings: 

  • #9 Hungry Heart (11)
  • #14 Hilal (16)
  • #23e Ironclad (24)
  • #24e Our Playboy (13)

Doncaster Mile Prize Money 2022

The Doncaster Mile prize purse is worth $3,000,000 in total, distributed from places first through to tenth.

Place Prize Money
1st $1,740,000
2nd $565,000
3rd $295,000
4th $135,000
5th $75,000
6th $30,000
7th $30,000
8th $30,000
9th $20,000
10th $20,000

Doncaster Mile Race Number 2022

The 2022 Doncaster Mile is set to run as Randwick Race 9 at 5:15pm (AEDT) on Saturday the 2nd of April, 2022. There are 10 races in total that day at Randwick Racecourse.

Doncaster Mile Form Guide 2022

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2022 Doncaster Mile Form Guide following final acceptances. 


Doncaster Mile Live 2022

You can watch or listen to the 2022 Doncaster Mile live, across the following mediums.

Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)

Radio: Radio Sport National

Free-to-air television: Channel 7

Streaming: Racing NSW

Doncaster Mile Winners

Winners of the Doncaster Mile going back to the year 2000 are displayed in the table below. For a full list of winners going back to 1930, please check our Doncaster Mile winners page.

Happy Clapper is one of the most notable recent Doncaster Mile winners setting a new race record time in 2018 of 1:33.1.

2022 Mr Brightside I’m Thunderstruck Icebath 1:39.9
2021 Cascadian Icebath Dalasan 1:36.6
2020 Nettoyer Star Of The Seas Brandenburg 1:37.7
2019 Brutal Dreamforce Hartnell 1:37.6
2018 Happy Clapper Comin’ Through Arbeitsam 1:33.1
2017 It’s Somewhat Happy Clapper Sense Of Occasion 1:39.1
2016 Winx Happy Clapper Azkadellia 1:35.2
2015 Kermadec Real Impact Royal Descent 1:37.6
2014 Sacred Falls Royal Descent Weary 1:39.5
2013 Sacred Falls Pierro Norzita 1:37.9
2012 More Joyous Shoot Out Yosei 1:35.5
2011 Sacred Choice Love Conquers All Bold Glance 1:39.4
2010 Rangirangdoo Road To Rock Brilliant Light 1:34.2
2009 Vision And Power Black Piranha Whobegotyou 1:36.6
2008 Triple Honour Casino Prince Pinnacles 1:38.6
2007 Haradasun Mentality Divine Madonna 1:38.0
2006 Racing To Win Johan’s Toy Bentley Biscuit 1:34.1
2005 Patezza Court’s In Session Danni Martine 1:35.9
2004 Private Steer Grand Armee Ambulance 1:35.5
2003 Grand Armee Dash For Cash Boreale 1:36.8
2002 Sunline Shogun Lodge Defier 1:35.2
2001 Assertive Lad Shogun Lodge Weasel Will 1:35.9
2000 Over Sunline Zastov 1:35.0