Rangirangdoo Wins 2010 Doncaster Mile

April 19th, 2010

Improving Pentire gelding Rangirangdoo won his maiden Group 1 race on Saturday, claiming a close victory in the coveted $1.5 million Group 1 Emirates Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick.

Trained by Chris Waller, Rangirangdoo started as the $6 second favourite and ran a gallant mile to defeat the Anthony Cummings-trained Road To Rock ($26) by a mere half-neck with Brilliant Light ($15) one and a half lengths further back in third.

It was a devastating finish for the brilliant Typhoon Tracy, who after going out as the hot $3.30 favourite stopped hard on the straight to finish a well-beaten 14th.

Meanwhile Chris Waller’s other runners Danleigh ($8.50) and Triple Honour ($31) ran a credible fifth and seventh respectively. Triple Honour gave Waller his first Doncaster Mile victory two years ago.

The 2010 Doncaster Mile was a race marred with drama, not only did the favourite fade to her listless finish, but a steward’s inquiry has been launched after the jockey of runner-up Road To Rock weighed in marginally over the allocated 54kg handicap.

There is a lot of debate circling whether Damien Oliver’s 55kg weight cost Road To Rock victory as the winning margin was so narrow.

Rangirangdoo was ridden by champion hoop Nash Rawiller who enjoyed dual Group 1 success at Randwick on Saturday following his sensational win aboard the Gai Waterhouse-trained Once Were Wild in the $350,000 Group 1 AJC Australian Oaks (2400m).

The Doncaster result was long-awaited as five-year-old Rangirangdoo was coming off a succession of frustrating minor placings in the Group 1 events including his last start second to Theseo in the Ranvet Stakes (2000m).

After sitting just off the pace, Rangirangdoo and Rawiller pulled out a thrilling burst of speed inside the final 200m to secure the gelding’s long awaited Group 1 victory.

Rangirangdoo has now won nine and placed in nine of his 19 career starts, with Saturday’s win elevating his total career prizemoney to an impressive $1.73 million.

This Saturday’s $350,000 Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) is a likely next start for the impressive Rangirangdoo, but Rawiller, who was at the centre of a Supreme Court Hearing to gain his ride aboard the winner in the Doncaster, will not be aboard.

As the stable jockey for Gai Waterhouse, Rawiller will be obligated to ride the talented Theseo, who finished eighth in the Doncaster, and is also backing up in the 2010 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Waller will make the decision whether or not to run his new stable star in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes very late in the week.

2010 Emirates Doncaster Mile Results:

Place

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

1
RANGIRANGDOO (NZ)
Chris Waller Nash Rawiller
2
ROAD TO ROCK
Anthony Cummings Damien Oliver
3
BRILLIANT LIGHT
Kerry Parker Jay Ford
4
DRUMBEATS
Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy
5
DANLEIGH
Chris Waller Hugh Bowman
6
SNAPY HALO (ARG)
John O’Shea Jason Maskiell
7
TRIPLE HONOUR (NZ)
Chris Waller Tim Clark
8
THESEO
Gai Waterhouse Darren Beadman
9
TOBIQUE
Allan Denham Craig Newitt
10
PALACIO DE CRISTAL
Grahame Begg Peter Wells
11
WALL STREET (NZ)
Jeff Lynds Opie Bosson
12
BLACK PIRANHA
Con Karakatsanis Jim Cassidy
13
PRIMA NOVA
Anthony Cummings Daniel Ganderton
14
TYPHOON TRACY
Peter G Moody Luke Nolen
15
CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ)
David Payne Craig Williams
16
RECOUP DE FORTUNE
Anthony Cummings Brenton Avdulla
17
MISS MARIELLE
Joseph Pride Tommy Berry
18
VISION AND POWER (NZ)
Joseph Pride Michael Rodd
19
ALLEZ WONDER
Bart Cummings Michelle Payne
20
MENTALITY
M, W & J Hawkes Tye Angland
SCRATCHED:
WALKING OR DANCING (NZ)