It’s Somewhat leads all the way to win 2017 Doncaster Mile

April 1st, 2017

A bold front running performance saw It’s Somewhat carry the famous Godolphin royal blue colours to victory in the 2017 Group 1 $3m The Star Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick on day one of ‘The Championships’ today.

It's Somewhat. above,leads all of the way to win the 2017 Doncaster Mile at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

It’s Somewhat. above,leads all of the way to win the 2017 Doncaster Mile at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Hong Kong based jockey Zac Purton took It’s Somewhat straight to the front after the six year old left the barriers cleanly and dictated the tempo for the remainder of the race.

Purton stayed close to the fence on It’s Somewhat ($31) in the straight and was able to hold off the challenge of Happy Clapper ($7) who picked up another Doncaster Mile runner’s up cheque after running second to super mare Winx last year.

The Kris Lees trained Sense Of Occasion ($61) ran a very brave race to finish a first up third.

“We were quietly confident that he would run in the first four,” trainer John O’Shea said.

“When the track played the way it was I thought we would give him a dig in the ribs. I knew he would be tough and yeah he was.”

“A great ride Zac Purton.”

“We had to ride the track the way it is playing and we knew he was a tough fit horse and he had done very well from his first up win.”

Purton admitted that he he didn’t go out to lead on It’s Somewhat but was happy to let the gelding roll along once he got there comfortably.

“It wasn’t necessarily the plan to go to the front but I had a look at his win here over 2000m last preparation and I liked the way he used his action,” Purton said.

“John said today he is very fit and to go forward. The plan wasn’t really to lead but I was happy enough to let him be there and keep rolling along.”

“At the 300m I was pretty confident because he was coming through his gears quite nicely for me and gave me a good kick but at the 100m I could feel Happy Clapper coming and I was just hoping that the winning post would get to me before it got to him.”

The Kris Lees trained Le Romain was sent out as the $5 favourite but after racing three wide midfield failed to figure in the finish to wind up fifteenth while $6 fancy Redkirik Warrior never threatened to finish eleventh.