2014 Doncaster Mile Barrier Draw

April 8th, 2014

The barrier draw for the major 2014 Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Royal Randwick as part of day 1 of the inaugural The Championships has been completed and has tossed up several interesting gates for leading chances this weekend.

Early favourite Messene has been allocated the wide barrier 18 for the 2014 Doncaster Mile

Early favourite Messene has been allocated the wide barrier 18 for the 2014 Doncaster Mile. Photo: Steve Hart

Clear favourite in early betting markets for the 2014 Doncaster Mile, Messene was arguably the hardest hit of all leading chances in this evening’s barrier draw, allocated the wide and awkward barrier 18.

Having returned to the track in good condition this season, Messene claimed a comfortable victory in the Listed National Sprint (1400m) first-up on March 9th before strolling home to win the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) by nearly three lengths last time out.

Required to leave from the wide barrier 15 in the National sprint, Messene will have to find clear ground early if to justify favouritism on a likely soft surface.

Charged with carrying a race-high weight of 58kgs, talented miler Boban was also allocated a wide draw; receiving barrier 19 for the 2014 Doncaster Mile.

The standout performer of the 2013 spring, Boban was twice charged with overcoming poor draws; beating fellow Doncaster acceptor Streama (barrier 21) to the line in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) from the slightly awkward barrier 10, and the Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m) from barrier 12).

Known to break well and settle back in the pack, Boban will likely be unaffected by this evening’s wide barrier draw.

Returning to strong form to finish an unlucky second in the Group 1 George Ryder (1500m) Stakes last time out, Speediness was allocated the ideal barrier 1 and is offered a strong chance of claiming a maiden Group 1 title in the 2014 Doncaster Mile.

Producing a strong turn of foot to finish just a nose behind Irish raider Gordon Lord Byron most recently, Speediness was unable to match the late pace of Boban in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) at the close of a strong spring preparation, finishing third; a race in which he also left from the inside barrier.

Arguably the biggest winners of the 2014 Doncaster Mile barrier draw, emergency runners Malavio and Gypsy Diamond were allocated the central barriers 9 and 10 respectively; often considered prime position in soft conditions.

Having drawn barrier 11 and 12, Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) champion Dissident and Team Hawkes-trained Ninth Legion are poised to move into the central gates.

With several high chances drawing wide, substantial changes in betting markets for the 2014 Doncaster Mile are expected upon re-opening later this evening.

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No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 11111×5417 BOBAN Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 19 58kg 114
2 1112x21x00 MY KINGDOM OF FIFE (GB) Chris Waller Craig Newitt 7 57kg 112
3 32x212x566 STREAMA Guy Walter Hugh Bowman 21 56.5kg 115
4 1x47835x44 SACRED FALLS (NZ) Chris Waller Zac Purton 14 56.5kg 111
5 714570×634 HAWKSPUR Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 8 56kg 110
6 x51316x855 TOYDINI Guy Walter Blake Shinn 3 56kg 110
7 14423×6272 SPEEDINESS Colin Scott Damien Oliver 1 55.5kg 109
8 12x2011x17 MOURO (USA) Tony McEvoy Luke Nolen 5 55kg 108
9 1x23205x45 ROYAL DESCENT Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 20 54kg 110
10 x848113155 MONTON Ron Quinton Sam Clipperton (a) 4 54kg 106
11 x738320x30 DEAR DEMI Clarry Conners James McDonald 2 53.5kg 109
12 x00x80x310 FAT AL Peter G Moody 15 53kg 1.0kg 102
13 0x614143x3 SLOW PACE (USA) Kris Lees Joao Moreira 22 52.5kg 103
14 462x6983x0 HANA’S GOAL (JPN) Kazuhiro Kato Kyosuke Maruta 16 52kg 106
15 225x13x719 LIDARI (FR) Peter G Moody Chad Schofield 6 52kg 102
16 22264×2116 DISSIDENT Peter G Moody Brenton Avdulla 11 51.5kg 101
17 2111x11x11 MESSENE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Corey Brown 18 51.5kg 97
18 1125×1223 EL ROCA Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Glen Boss 17 51.5kg 92
19 x6x244x321 WEARY (FR) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 13 51.5kg 89
20 5x52101x38 NINTH LEGION Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Craig Williams 12 51.5kg 100
21e 165640×534 MALAVIO Steve Englebrecht 9 51.5kg 101
22e 376154×249 GYPSY DIAMOND John O’Shea Kerrin McEvoy 10 51.5kg 91