Sacred Choice Scores Upset 2011 Doncaster Mile Win

April 18th, 2011

Joseph Pride’s quality Choisir mare Sacred Choice became a dual Group 1 winner at Randwick on Saturday scoring an upset win in the mud when defeating a crack field in the 2011 Doncaster Mile.

With the Royal Randwick track deteriorating to a Heavy (10) with a deluge or rain falling over Sydney in the 12 hours before Doncaster Day, Warwick Farm-based trainer Pride was thanking the heavens as his known mudlark Sacred Choice got ready to race against 16 rivals in the $2 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m).

Overcoming a wide barrier 14 draw, five-year-old Sacred Choice ($8) and jockey Tim Clark were able to run home two lengths clear of Love Conquers All ($8) for the Doncaster Mile win while Norm Hilton’s brave Toowoomba galloper Bold Glance ($41) finished just a further half-length back for third.

Chirs Waller’s improving galloper Syreon and the Grahame Begg-trained Ilovethiscity finished off an all Magic Millions’ graduate top five in this year’s Doncaster.

Raging favourite in the race was Gai Waterhouse’s glamour mare More Joyous who went out at $3.

On the rain-affected track carrying a hefty topweight of 57kg, however, More Joyous lost her first Sydney start in 11 outings finishing a distant eight and quarter lengths away 11th.

Sacred Choice had previously won at the highest-level when home first on another heavy track defeating Typhoon Tracy and the late Hot Danish in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington’s Derby Day last spring.

She has now won nine of her 30 career starts for over $1.9 million in prize money.

The Doncaster was one of two Group 1 wins for hoop Tim Clark on Saturday who also rode Atomic Force to victory in The Galaxy.

Pride will back Sacred Choice up this Saturday, April 30, in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick.

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2011 Doncaster Mile Results

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 8 SACRED CHOICE Joseph Pride Tim Clark 14 52kg $8
2 7 LOVE CONQUERS ALL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Chris Munce 2L 7 52.5kg $8
3 14 BOLD GLANCE Norm Hilton Scott Seamer 2.5L 3 51.5kg $41
4 17 SYREON Chris Waller Rod Quinn 3.2L 4 51.5kg $31
5 10 ILOVETHISCITY Grahame Begg Brenton Avdulla 3.3L 16 51.5kg $15
6 9 ALOHA Mick Price Glen Boss 3.6L 11 51.5kg $9
7 2 DANLEIGH Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 4.1L 5 56.5kg $26
8 16 KEEPIN’ THE DREAM (NZ) Jim & Greg Lee Peter Wells 4.9L 1 51.5kg $81
9 13 PURENESS Gai Waterhouse Corey Brown 5L 10 51.5kg $14
10 18 HAPPY HIPPY John P Thompson Christian Reith 5.4L 2 51.5kg $26
11 1 MORE JOYOUS (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 8.3L 8 57kg $3F
12 5 DAO DAO Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 9.1L 17 53.5kg $26
13 6 CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ) David Payne Glyn Schofield 9.3L 15 53kg $41
14 11 TRIPLE ELEGANCE Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 10L 6 51.5kg $7
15 3 WALL STREET (NZ) Jeff Lynds Craig Williams 11.2L 12 55.5kg $26
16 15 BRILLIANT LIGHT Kerry Parker Ms Kathy O’Hara 16.1L 13 51.5kg $81
17 4 CAPTAIN SONADOR Roger Milne Luke Nolen 17.6L 9 53.5kg $51
SCR 12 PALACIO DE CRISTAL Grahame Begg Kerrin McEvoy 0