Doncaster Prelude

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

Run over 1,2500 metres each year on Easter Saturday, the Doncaster Prelude is a Group 3 race taking place at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse. With a $160,000 prize purse, it attracts its an array of international talent each year.

If a horse wins this race, they are exempt from the ballot in the Doncaster Mile, taking place a week later.

From 1986 to 2010, the race was run as a Listed Race. Ever since 2011, it has maintained Group 3 status.

Doncaster Prelude 2019 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Saturday, March 30th, 2019
  • Track Location: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Right-handed
  • Race Distance: 1,500 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Quality handicap
  • Qualification: Three year olds and over
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 3
  • Operator: Australian Turf Club
  • Prize Purse: $160,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1985

Doncaster Prelude Betting

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

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Doncaster Prelude Stakes
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Doncaster Prelude.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Doncaster Prelude. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the Doncaster Prelude, 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 Prelude, 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 Prelude to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Doncaster Prelude to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Doncaster Prelude 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 Prelude, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Doncaster Prelude

  1. Join up 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 Prelude Betting above).
  5. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Doncaster Prelude 2019 Odds

Early market odds are displayed below. If you would like to know the current odds, you can check our live market for the 2019 edition of the Doncaster Prelude here.

(Please note that the odds below are from 12/03/2019, prior to nominations or acceptances).

All In Win Odds Place Odds

Doncaster Prelude 2018 Results

2018’s results are displayed in the table below:

Place No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight Spread
1 10 Cellarman Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 5 54.5 kgs $5.50
2 2 Ecuador Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 0.8 lengths 6 58 kgs $8
3 8 Mister Sea Wolf Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 1.3 lengths 8 55.5 kgs $9.50
4 9 Radipole Michael Moroney Corey Brown 1.4 lengths 12 55 kgs $4.60
5 14 Kingsguard Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tim Clark 1.9 lengths 11 53 kgs $9
6 12 Snippets Land Peter & Paul Snowden Christian Reith 2 lengths 1 54.5 kgs $20
7 3 Duca Valentinois James Cummings Jason Collett 2.2 lengths 13 57.5 kgs $17
8 4 Interlocuter James Cummings Tye Angland 2.7 lengths 3 56.5 kgs $5.50
9 7 Spectroscope James Cummings Craig Williams 2.8 lengths 9 56 kgs $18
10 5 Montauk Chris Waller Michael Walker 2.9 lengths 4 56 kgs $101
11 6 Shiraz Kim Waugh Andrew Adkins 3 lengths 2 56 kgs $18
12 11 Sir Moments Joseph Pride Jay Ford 6.1 lengths 7 54.5 kgs $61
13 1 Sound Proposition Kris Lees Damien Oliver 10.9 lengths 10 59 kgs $31
15 Invincible Knight John P Thompson Michael Dee
13 Admire Winner Chris Waller

Which Horse Will Win The Doncaster Prelude

The best way to pick who will win the Doncaster Prelude is to take into account the form, assess the barriers, consider the weight the horse will carry, among other factors.

Additional factors to take into considerations are as follows:

  • Best Lead Up – You simply can’t go past the George Ryder Stakes.
  • Top Trainer – Chris Waller has in recent years remained unbeaten for three race meets in a row.
  • Wide Barriers – The last nine winners have jumped from barrier ten or wider.

Doncaster Prelude Favourites

Early favourites include TBC #1, TBC #2, TBC #3 and TBC #4.

Doncaster Prelude 2019 Field

The field limit is 17. Once nominations have been released, we will display the most likely runners in the table below.

Horse Age Sex Past Winnings Trainer

Doncaster Prelude 2019 Tips

Favourite: TBC.

Best Bet: TBC.

Best Roughie: TBC.

Doncaster Prelude Race Day

Race day takes place on Saturday, the 30th of March, 2019.

Doncaster Prelude Barrier Draw

The 2018 Doncaster Prelude barrier draw will be released to the public a few days before the race.

Doncaster Prelude Nominations

Nominations close at 11 AM on Monday, the 25th of March, 2019.

Doncaster Prelude Weights

A quality handicap applies to this race. The minimum weight is 54 kg. Final weights are announced at 4 PM on Tuesday, the 26th of March, 2019.

Doncaster Prelude Acceptances

Acceptances must be declared before 9:00 AM on Wednesday, the 27th of March, 2019.

Doncaster Prelude Jockeys

The final riders announcement is at 12 PM on Wednesday, the 27th of March, 2019.

Doncaster Prelude Scratchings

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 30th of March, 2019.

Doncaster Prelude Prize Money

The Doncaster Prelude prize purse is worth $160,000 in total, distributed from places first through to tenth.

Place Prize Money
1st $83,000
2nd $29,400
3rd $14,200
4th $7,200
5th $5,000
6th $4,000
7th $3,500
8th $3,500
9th $3,500
10th $3,500

Doncaster Prelude Race Number

The Doncaster Prelude is race number 6 on the 30th of March, 2019. There are nine races in total that day at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse.

Doncaster Prelude Form Guide

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check our full form guide closer to race day to see if the form guide for 2019’s Doncaster Prelude has been released.

Doncaster Prelude Live

You can watch or listen to the 2019 Doncaster Prelude live, across the following mediums.

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

Radio: Radio Sport National

Doncaster Prelude Winners

Winners of the Doncaster Prelude for the past nineteen years are displayed in the table below. You can view the full list of winners here.

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Weight Time
2018 Cellarman Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 54.5 kgs 1:29.99
2017 Spectroscope John O’Shea Corey Brown 53 kgs 1:33.65
2016 Havana Cooler John O’Shea James McDonald 54.5 kgs 1:29.03
2015 Excess Knowledge Gai Waterhouse Kerrin McEvoy 55.5 kgs 1:29.85
2014 Weary Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 56.5 kgs 1:31.49
2013 Skyerush Guy Walter Blake Shinn 58 kgs 1:36.13
2012 Fast Clip Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 55 kgs 1:35.20
2011 My Kingdom Of Fife Chris Waller Dwayne Dunn 54 kgs 1:34.86
2010 Brilliant Light Kerry Parker Jay Ford 56 kgs 1:35.70
2009 Dao Dao Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Darren Beadman 57 kgs 1:24.78
2008 Valedictum Danny O’Brien Darren Beadman 58 kgs 1:26.30
2007 Mr Ubiquitous Chris Waller Damien Oliver 54 kgs 1:23.86
2006 Gorgonite Jason Deamer Danny Nikolic 53 kgs 1:22.88
2005 Osca Warrior Gwenda Markwell Justin Sheehan 58 kgs 1:29.06
2004 Allgunadoit Kevin Moses Darren Beadman 53.5 kgs 1:28.82
2003 Helsinborg John Hawkes Greg Childs 53 kgs 1:23.29
2002 Defier Guy Walter Damien Oliver 55.5 kgs 1:22.03
2001 Final Fantasy Bruce Cross Mark de Montfort 53 kgs 1:21.51
2000 Le Zagaletta Lee Freedman Danny Beasley 56.5 kgs 1:30.02