2011 Doncaster Mile Final Field, Barriers & Weight

April 12th, 2011

More Joyous will be a clear favourite for the Doncaster Mile this weekend with Rangirangdoo not backing up to defend the title he won last year.

All up 18 horses have accepted for the $2 million Group 1 which will be the last feature event on Saturday at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney.

More Joyous will carry 57kg as the top weight, jumping from barrier eight and is already odds on with online bookmaker Luxbet.

She will be gunning for her sixth Group 1 victory and has never been challenged so far in 2011.

“More Joyous is special,” Waterhouse said.

“She is right up there with the great horses I’ve trained.

“She’s only lost one race in two years. If she isn’t a champion, she is the closest thing to it.”

If betting continues as expected More Joyous could get close to the mark set by Sunline in 1999 as the shortest priced Doncaster Mile favourite in recent history.

Nash Rawiller will be the man once again given the task of jockeying her to the line and will actually be shooting for back-to-back wins in the event.

In 2010 he teamed up with the Waller stable to be a part of the emotional Rangirangoo victory.

Another Waterhouse win in the Doncaster would see Gai match her legendary father Tommy Smith with seven victories in the race.

She has two chances of doing it in 2011 with Pureness to be partnered by Corey Brown out of barrier 10.

“I will have two runners in the race and I think they will run one-two,” Waterhouse said.

“On what More Joyous has done, you say she would be winning, but I wouldn’t count the other one out from upsetting her.”

While Chris Waller has kept Rangirangdoo out of the field he is still not without a hope of winning the event for the second year in a row.

Rangirangdoo has been saved for the Group 1 All Aged Stakes next week and then the Sydney Cup on the last day of the Autumn Carnival but Danleigh , Syreon and Triple Elegance will all run.

Syreon was borderline on the order of entry but will start form barrier four on the back of the Group 3 Queen’s Cup win last start.

Triple Elegance is in gate six and comes into the race off a fast finishing third in the George Ryder Stakes.

Danleigh is in barrier 5 and will carry 56.5kg while both other Waller entries will have the 51.5kg light weight.

On the back of this Triple Elegance has been touted as Waller’s best hope and Jimmy Cassidy has jumped at the opportunity to take the ride.

“He (Triple Elegance) has the right form winning the Liverpool City Cup and his run in the George Ryder was outstanding,” Cassidy said.

Keepin’ The Dream has barrier one and Happy Hippy took gate two after a very promising early morning session which was clocked just .1 of a second slower than More Joyous over the final 200m.

Queenslander Norm Hilton scored gate three for the Toowoomba based runner Bold Glance.

2011 Doncaster Mile Final Field, Barriers & Weight

No. Horse Barrier Jockey Trainer Weight
1. MORE JOYOUS (NZ) 8 Nash Rawiller Gai Waterhouse 57kg
2. DANLEIGH 5 Hugh Bowman Chris Waller 56.5kg
3. WALL STREET (NZ) 13 Jeff Lynds 55.5kg
4. CAPTAIN SONADOR 9 Luke Nolan Roger Milne 53.5kg
5. DAO DAO 18 Dwayne Dunn Team Hawkes 53.5kg
6. CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ) 16 Glyn Schofield David Payne 53kg
7. LOVE CONQUERS ALL 7 Chris Munce Team Hawkes 52.5kg
8. SACRED CHOICE 15 Tim Clark Joseph Pride 52kg
9. ALOHA 11 Glen Boss Mick Price 51.5kg
10. ILOVETHISCITY 17 Brenton Avdulla Grahame Begg 51.5kg
11. TRIPLE ELEGANCE 6 Jim Cassidy Chris Waller 51.5kg
12. PALACIO DE CRISTAL 12 Kerrin McEvoy Grahame Begg 51.5kg
13. PURENESS 10 Corey Brown Gai Waterhouse 51.5kg
14. BOLD GLANCE 3 Scott Seamer Norm Hilton 51.5kg
15. BRILLIANT LIGHT 14 Kerry Parker 51.5kg
16. KEEPIN’ THE DREAM 1 Peter Wells Jim & Greg Lee 51.5kg
17. SYREON 4 Chris Waller 51.5kg
18. HAPPY HIPPY 2 John P. Thompson 51.5kg