2017 Doncaster Prelude: Nominations & Race History
There are 14 nominations for the 2017 Doncaster Prelude (Group 3) at Rosehill on Saturday as runners chase one last opportunity to make the Doncaster Mile
Nominations have been extended by a day for the 2017 Doncaster Prelude though.
Following a top debut run after arriving from France, Spectroscope will have plenty of admirers in the 2017 Doncaster Prelude (Group 3) at Rosehill on Saturday.
There is also Pornichet who could have his first run back in Sydney after racing in Perth last campaign.
2017 DONCASTER PRELUDE - NOMINATIONS
Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
Anthony & Edward Cummings
TOO GOOD TO REFUSE
2017 DONCASTER PRELUDE - RACE HISTORY AND BACKGROUND
The Doncaster Prelude is a Group 3 race conducted by the Australian Turf Club at Rosehill Gardens.
The Doncaster Prelude was first run at Rosehill in 1985 as the Royal Parma Stakes when it was named after the winner of the 1968 Golden Slipper Stakes. The race became known as the Doncaster Prelude in 2010.
The distance of the race has been run over a variety of distances. From 1985 to 2000 it was 1500 metres and has since alternated between 1400 metres (2001 to 2003; 2006; 2008-09) 1500 metres (2004-05; 2007) and 1600 metres (2010-13 when the race was run at Randwick).
The distance of the Doncaster Prelude has 1500 metres since it returned to Rosehill in 2014.
The Doncaster Prelude is run under quality handicap conditions with a maximum topweight of 61kg. The winner is exempt from the ballot for the $3 million Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick.
The Royal Parma/Doncaster Prelude was a Listed Race from 1985 to 2010. It has been Group 3 since 2011.
The 2016 Doncaster Prelude was won by Havana Cooler from Cosmic Cube with Rudy third.
Havana Cooler (2016) was resuming from a spell when he proved too good for his rivals in this event and recent Doncaster Prelude winners include Weary (2014) and Skyerush (2013).
Notable winners of the Royal Parma Stakes/Doncaster Prelude include Eastern Classic, Card Shark, Livistona Lane, Cobbora, Buzzoff, Adam, Final Fantasy, Defier, My Kingdom Of Fife, Skyerush, Weary and Excess Knowledge.
The 2016 Doncaster Prelude was won by Havana Cooler from Cosmic Cube and Rudy.
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