[close]

2018 Doncaster Mile – Timeform Preview

2018 Doncaster Mile has plenty of winning chances. Gai Waterhouse and Chris Waller have won several renewals- This year have Arbeitsam and D'Argento to combat Godolphin Kementari

2018 Doncaster Mile – Timeform Preview

A crackerjack field lines up in the group one Doncaster Handicap over the metric mile at Randwick this afternoon.

Kementari rates to win
Kementari rates to win Picture:Steve Hart

Headed in the weights by multiple group one performer Humidor Horseform who gave champion mare Winx Horseform a fright in the 2017 Cox Plate, the field also includes 2017 Epsom Handicap winner Happy Clapper Horseform, Emirates Stakes winner Tosen Stardom and highly talented group one winning three-year-olds Kementari Horseform and D’Argento.

And it is the three-year-olds that make most appeal under the handicap conditions with Randwick Guineas winner Kementari foremost of interest.


The son of former crack galloper Lonhro has made significant improvement to his Timeform ratings profile this preparation winning three of his four runs thus far including an eye-catching third behind Winx in the G1 George Ryder Stakes – clearly the best lead up race for the Doncaster providing three of the last four Doncaster winners.

Last preparation Kementari was very immature throwing the Caulfield Guineas away in the final few strides, however James Cummings has turned him into a different horse this campaign lifting his Timeform rating from 116 last campaign to 125 in winning the Randwick Guineas two runs back.

Last time out Kementari took on older runners for the first time in the George Ryder and was not disgraced running to a Timeform rating of 123 finishing less than two lengths from Winx.

This afternoon Kementari returns to the scene of his biggest win to date – the Randwick Guineas over the Doncaster trip and with just 51.5kgs on his back, it is going to take a super effort by his rivals to lower his colours.

The Doncaster Handicap has been an excellent race for three-year-olds with something like 31 winning the feature since inception in 1866, but significantly seven in the last 22 years, the last Kermadec in 2015.

Of that group only Racing To Win in 2006 has come into the race with a similar Timeform rating to Kementari, the other six were Timeform rated off lower marks, yet were able to hold out their older rivals to claim the Doncaster.

Drawn low in two, the only unknown for Kementari is being so deep into a preparation, his fifth run in today – his longest previous campaign being four runs last time in work. However assuming he holds his Randwick Guineas figure, Kementari rates clearly as the horse to beat.

The only other three-year-old in the race D’Argento is also fifth run in from a spell but comes off a different form line in the form of the Rosehill Guineas over 2000m just 14 days ago.

The flashy grey is prepared by Chris Waller who is no stranger to winning Doncaster Handicaps with six trophies already in the locker, and no doubt the win by another three-year-old Sacred Falls in 2013 has paved the way for D’Argento to tackle this race in preference to the ATC Derby.

On that occasion Sacred Falls had previously placed in the Rosehill Guineas behind Dundeel before dropping back to the 1600m. However that was after a break of 21 days where he defeated the classy three-year-old Pierro.

D’Argento on the other hand faces a sterner task as he has only had a 14 day break to achieve the same feat and that is one of the concerns today.

D’Argento has raced Kementari twice and has finished behind him both times, in the Hobartville Stakes and Randwick Guineas.

Not beaten far in either race, the 1.5kgs weight swing (Corey Brown approved to ride 1kg over weight) compared to Kementari might be enough to make the finish interesting should the race unfold to suit.

Drawn wide, Brown may have no option but to go back from the barrier and ride for luck. In any case weight adjusted Timeform ratings have him as one of the leading chances.

Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott will be represented by free going Arbeitsam who also comes off a quick 7 day back up and sharp 400m drop in trip from the Neville Sellwood Stakes victory last Saturday.

On that occasion he led throughout and gave nothing else a chance in the run home but with not a lot of speed on paper engaged this afternoon, it seems the lead belongs to Arbeitsam again and with a drop of 5kgs from last Saturday he is sure to take running down.

Arbeitsam ran a new career peak Timeform rating last Saturday and when weight adjusted for the 50kgs he carries here, he looms as a value runner who will give a grand sight.

The ultra-consistent Happy Clapper and talented Comin’ Through rate well enough to stay under notice while the enigmatic Humidor could easily flash late off a hot tempo as his class should never be underestimated.

Enjoy the race.

2018 T J Smith Stakes

The race without now retired Chautauqua who has won the feature for the past three years will not seem the same, however a deep field of weight for age sprinters will still contest the race headed in race book order by Everest winner Redzel.

And while Redzel will again provide the testing material, Timeform adjusted ratings give a slight edge to up and coming mare In Her Time.

Last start In Her Time Horseform returned a new peak Timeform rating of 121 winning fresh up in the Galaxy over 1100m notching her first group one success after coming agonisingly close a couple of times previously.

Second up today and out to 1200m does not pose any problems for her and as three time course and distance winner from as many starts, she gets every opportunity to build on her excellent record.

In the head to head stakes, In her Time has beaten every other runner in the field she has raced previously except for Redzel whom she met fresh up on a soft 7 track in the Doomben 10000 last May finishing three lengths astern.

There were plenty of excuses that day and I am expecting her to acquit herself much better on firmer footing today.

Winning rider Corey Brown returns from suspension to pilot In Her Time who maps to get a perfet run on the back of the speed which presumably will be Redzel.

Redzel Horseform has been in exceptional form for over 12 months now winning seven of his eight starts including the inaugural running of The Everest at this course and distance, the Darley Classic and Doomben 10,000.

He resumed in the Lightning Stakes down the straight 1000m at Flemington only to be nabbed late by Redkirk Warrior who then went on to frank the form by taking the Newmarket Handicap.

Bought to Sydney after that run, Redzel powered away with the Challenge Stakes over 1000m running a Timeform rating of 124, just a couple of pounds below his peak form.

That was 28 days ago, but Team Snowden has trialled him in preparation for today’s assignment.

As per normal, Redzel is expected to lead and a run close to his master Timeform rating will see him take plenty of running down.

Former Japanese galloper Brave Smash Horseform returns to Sydney after some excellent form this campaign in Melbourne where he was runner up in the G1 Orr Stakes before winning the G1 Futurity Stakes at Caulfield over 1400m two runs back.

Last start he caught the eye with an unlucky second in the Newmarket Handicap behind Redkirk Warrior after dropping back 200m in trip in 14 days. That was his highest Timeform rated effort in eight runs since coming to Australia measured at 124.

Clearly he is a better horse now than the one that ran on late in The Everest at this course and distance last October to take third spot beaten a length behind Redzel.

From his low draw, Brave Smash seems certain to play a hand in proceedings.

Runner up to Chautauqua last year English could be a value hope after she motored late in the Galaxy to take second behind In Her Time when wearing blinkers for the first time.

Back to her home track here is an advantage and she could easily erase her 399 day non-winning sequence.

2018 ATC Derby

The decision to run Rosehill Guineas winner D'Argento in the Doncaster Handicap has thrown this year's Derby wide open with the key lead up a blanket finish behind him.

Only two lengths separating the first eight across the line behind D'Argento, in what was a fairly messy affair.

The David Payne trained Ace High Horseform was one of the runs of the race, after being forced to sit three-wide throughout.

Trapped deep from the middle draw, Ace High stuck on gamely, finishing sixth, a length and three-quarters behind second placegetter Tangled.

A query going into the Rosehill Guineas [2000m] on the wet track, Ace High is sure to appreciate the firmer surface on Saturday and has been set for this race since winning the Group 1 Victoria Derby [2500m] in the Spring.

If successful he will be the first horse to win both Derbys since Mahogany in 1994.

Ace High appears to get a far more economical run in transit this time around and his effort to finish fourth in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas [1600m] leaves him as the horse to beat.

New Zealand Derby winner Vin De Dance Horseform finished second past the post in the Rosehill Guineas only to be relegated to fourth on protest.

His performance was very good dropping back in trip and he is sure to relish the step up to 2400m on Saturday.

We saw Vin De Dance in Australia during the Spring and while clearly no match for Aloisia in the Moonee Valley Vase [2040m], he has clearly gone to a new level this preparation.

The Kris Lees trained Furore was the unlucky runner out of the Guineas and has to be included in the leading chances.

Furore only began his career back in January, winning on debut at Taree over 1257m.

Winning his next three straight, Furore continued to make good improvement, before taking a good step forward in the Guineas last start.

Clearly a galloper on the rise, it may all come a bit too soon for him, however he still has to be respected.

The Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young trained Salsamor brings different form and has to be kept safe with Zac Purton in the saddle.

Salsamor finished ninth in the Group 1 Australian Guineas [1600m] before taking on the older horses in the Group 3 Sky High Stakes [2000m].

Finding the line well late to finish fourth behind Auvray, he measures right up and although drawn off the track, trust in Purton to get him in the right spot.

Racing And Sports




131524
R9 RANDWICK 7 April 2018
Doncaster Mile 3U , 1600m
Race Synopsis: Happy Clapper, winner of last year's Epsom Handicap (Gr 1, 1600m) took out his second major 1600m Randwick race in winning impressively here, his third win at Group One level. He was smartly away from his good barrier (1) and had a nice trip in fourth place on the rails. Blake Shinn got him along the inner on turning for home, he took the lead at the 300m and then went on to score decisively by two lengths and in fast time (1:33.17). Comin' Through was seventh early on, improved to fifth (wide without cover) moved up nicely rounding the home turn, challenged at the 300m and then battled on strongly under his light weight (51.5kg) for a very good second. Arbeitsam went to the front as expected, was pressured mid-stages (by Tom Melbourne) and fought back really well for third after a challenging trip in the lead. D'Argento was eased from his wide barrier (15), raced at the tail of the 16-horse field, got between runners on turning for home and kept running on really well under his limit weight (49kg) for a very good (2.5 lengths) fourth. Tom Melbourne went forward to then race a bit keenly outside the leader (Arteitsam) and did well under the circumstances in holding on for (2.6 lengths) fifth. The favourite Kementari settled in sixth place, between runners, but was in restricted room all the way in the home straight and went to the post an untested tenth, beaten just over four lengths.

FP
 
Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
3. HAPPY CLAPPER (AUS)
7yo Gelding
PATRICK WEBSTER
BLAKE SHINN
57.0
$5.00
 
TEOFILO (IRE) - BUSKING (AUS)
M W Thomas
2nd  
10. COMIN' THROUGH (AUS)
4yo Gelding
CHRIS WALLER
TIM CLARK
51.5
$21.00
 
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - MICA'S PRIDE (AUS)
Go Bloodstock (Mgr: Sir O G Glenn)
3rd  
13. ARBEITSAM (AUS)
4yo Gelding
G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT
MICHAEL DEE
51.0
$26.00
 
SNITZEL (AUS) - WORKHARD (AUS)
Dynamic Syndications Racing (Mgr: D Watt), P Roberts, Mrs M Roberts, G Timmony, H Sookias, Mrs S Halliwell, M Wolens, S Loane, D Batchelor, J Yianni, J Allen, Mrs C Read, C J R Racing (Mgr: C Deeb), R Gall, N Honey, L Seminara, Mrs R Budd, G Rassos & L Woolhouse
 Jan 15, 2015 Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Wellington NSW, $120000, Dynamic Syndications, NSW
 
4th  16. D'ARGENTO (AUS)
3yo Colt
CHRIS WALLER
ANDREW ADKINS
51.0
$8.50
5th  8. TOM MELBOURNE (IRE)
7yo Gelding
CHRIS WALLER
KERRIN MCEVOY
52.0
$15.00
6th  15. COOL CHAP (AUS)
5yo Gelding
D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG
CORY PARISH
50.0
$41.00
7th  11. LANCIATO (NZ)
5yo Gelding
MARK NEWNHAM
MS RACHEL KING
51.0
$21.00
8th  1. HUMIDOR (NZ)
5yo Gelding
DARREN WEIR
MARK ZAHRA
58.0
$13.00
9th  4. ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE)
6yo H
CHRIS WALLER
GLYN SCHOFIELD
53.5
$51.00
10th  9. KEMENTARI (AUS)
3yo Colt
JAMES CUMMINGS
BRENTON AVDULLA
51.5
$3.25
11th  12. EGG TART (AUS)
4yo Mare
CHRIS WALLER
CRAIG NEWITT
50.5
$31.00
12th  6. CRACK ME UP (NZ)
4yo Gelding
BJORN BAKER
JASON COLLETT
53.0
$21.00
13th  5. PRIZED ICON (AUS)
4yo H
KRIS LEES
BEN MELHAM
53.5
$31.00
14th  7. INVINCIBLE GEM (AUS)
4yo Mare
KRIS LEES
MICHAEL WALKER
52.5
$31.00
15th  2. TOSEN STARDOM (JPN)
7yo H
DARREN WEIR
CRAIG WILLIAMS
57.5
$26.00
16th  14. MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE)
6yo Gelding
CHRIS WALLER
JAY FORD
50.0
$81.00


Latest Stories