Doncaster Mile 2015: Sacred Falls attempting to before first to win three Doncasters   Leave a comment

Doncaster Mile 2015: Sacred Falls attempting to before first to win three Doncasters

Can he do it again? Sacred Falls and Zac Purton combine to win the 2014 edition of the Do

Can he do it again? Sacred Falls and Zac Purton combine to win the 2014 edition of the Doncaster Mile. Picture: Simon Bullard Source: The Sunday Telegraph

THERE is a certain synergy about Sacred Falls’s attempt at a third successive win in the $3 million Doncaster Mile at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

This just happens to coincide with the 150th running of the famous race that has been won by some of the true greats of Australian racing.

But it is going to take a monumental effort by Sacred Falls to win again as since the Doncaster was first run in 1866, no horse has managed to win it three times.

And the handicap allotted Sacred Falls for his Doncaster hat-trick attempt of 58kg is also of concern. Only twice in the last 40 years has a Doncaster winner carried 58kg or more to win the race — Super Impose under 59.5kg in 1991 and Sunline with 58kg in 2002.

Dual winner Sunline holds out Shogun Lodge to claim a memorable 2002 Doncaster.

Dual winner Sunline holds out Shogun Lodge to claim a memorable 2002 Doncaster. Source: News Limited

Super Impose and Sunline are among the best-ever winners of the great race.

Both were dual Doncaster winners, Super Impose going back-to-back in 1990-91 and Sunline winning the race as a three-year-old filly in 1999 then returning three years later and holding off Shogun Lodge in one of the most memorable finishes in the race’s history.

Super Impose, trained by Hall of Famer Lee Freedman, has claims to be rated the best Randwick miler of them all.

His record over the 1600m course is extraordinary as apart from his two Doncasters, he also won successive Epsom Handicaps in 1990-91, the latter under a crushing 61kg.

But Super Impose’s weight-carrying feats don’t quite match the achievements of 1892 Doncaster winner Marvel and the champion Chatham’s 1934 victory.

Wakeful won the Doncaster at just her fifth career start.

Wakeful won the Doncaster at just her fifth career start. Source: News Corp Australia

Marvel was another mighty Randwick “miler” and followed his 1891 Epsom win under 10st 2lb (64.5kg) but shouldering a staggering 10st 4lb (65.5kg) to win the 1892 Doncaster.

This remains a Doncaster weight-carrying record to this day, equalled only by Chatham in 1934.

Chatham also won two Epsoms (1932-33) to rank with Super Impose as the most successful big-race Randwick mile winners.

In 1901, Wakeful, still regarded as without peer among the best race mares of all-time, won the Doncaster at just her fifth career start.

Wakeful had won the Oakleigh Plate and Newmarket Handicap at her two previous starts and had beaten the handicapper in the Doncaster, getting in with only 7st 10lb (49kg). It was no surprise she bolted home.

Wakeful, who trained on to win 25 races (plus 16 placings) from 44 starts, returned to the Sydney autumn carnival in 1902 and won four races in eight days over a total of 12000m (seven-and-a-half miles) including the Sydney Cup.

Tobin Bronze’s 1967 Doncaster win as another noteworthy effort with the gleaming chestnut carrying 59.5kg to tremendous win. He was a super weight-for-age galloper but some of his best wins were under handicap conditions.

The great grey Gunsynd, one of the most popular racehorses of all, completed a unique clean-sweep of the nation’s major Group 1 mile handicaps when he ran down Triton in a thrilling finish to the 1972 Doncaster.

Earlier that season, Gunsynd had won the Epsom Handicap, Toorak Handicap and George Adams Handiacp (now Emirates Stakes) but he saved the best for last, carrying 60.5kg to win the Doncaster, the highest weight carried successfully in the race over the last 80 years.

Another grey, Emancipation, who was out of Ammo Girl, herself a daughter of Gunsynd, unleashed her devastating sprint to win the 1983 Doncaster carrying 54.5kg, a record weight for a three-year-old filly.

Crowd favourite Gunsynd carried 60.5kg to win in 1972.

Crowd favourite Gunsynd carried 60.5kg to win in 1972. Source: News Corp Australia

There has been many great Doncaster-winning performances over the last 150 years and you may not agree with my top eight. It is a pity the Australian Turf Club didn’t use the race anniversary to create debate and public interest similar to the 150th Melbourne Cup celebrations five years ago.

Sacred Falls, who also won the Group 1 George Main Stakes over the Randwick 1600m course last spring, is racing for history on Saturday. If he can win an unthinkable third Doncaster, where does he rank among the great Randwick “milers” of all-time?

THE MILE-HIGH CLUB

1894: MARVEL carries a staggering 65.5kg to win, still a weight-carrying record.

1901: WAKEFUL, arguably the greatest racemare of all, scored an win at just her fifth career start.

1934: CHATHAM wins, equalling Marvel’s weight record.

1967: TOBIN BRONZE was at his magnificent best to win under 59.5kg.

1972: GUNSYND, the people’s horse, shouldered 60.5kg to win.

1983: EMANCIPATION, Gunsynd’s granddaughter, romped to an easy win.

1991: SUPER IMPOSE won his second Doncaster with a thrilling last-to-first effort.

2002: SUNLINE, burdened with 58kg, led throughout and held off Shogun Lodge in a famous finish.

Another super popular miler, Super Impose, won the Doncaster on two occasions.

Another super popular miler, Super Impose, won the Doncaster on two occasions. Source: News Limited

$3 million DONCASTER MILE (1600m)

Randwick, Saturday 5.10pm

1. SACRED FALLS (NZ) Chris Waller Zac Purton 20 58kg

2. HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara Damien Oliver 2 56.5kg

3. WORLD ACE (JPN) Yasutoshi Ikee Nicholas Hall 16 55.5kg

4. REAL IMPACT (JPN) Noriyuki Hori James McDonald 21 55kg

5. MORIARTY (IRE) Chris Waller Tye Angland 11 54.5kg

6. ROYAL DESCENT Chris Waller Joao Moreira 18 54kg

7. NINTH LEGION Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 8 52.5kg

8. PUCCINI (NZ) Peter & Jacob McKay Craig Newitt 17 52.5kg

9. COSMIC ENDEAVOUR Gai Waterhouse Tim Clark 15 52kg

10. HALLOWED CROWN Bart & James Cummings Tommy Berry 23 52kg

11. HOOKED John P Thompson Dom Tourneur 12 52kg

12. IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) John O’Shea Craig Williams 4 51.5kg

13. DIAMOND DRILLE Gai Waterhouse Thomas Huet 22 51kg

14. PORNICHET (FR) Gai Waterhouse Kerrin McEvoy 13 51kg

15. DESTINY’S KISS Joseph Pride — 9 51kg

16. ARABIAN GOLD David Vandyke Chad Schofield 5 50.5kg

17. LEEBAZ (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes — 3 50.5kg

18. RUDY Helen Page Luke Tarrant (a) 6 50.5kg

19. SUAVITO (NZ) Nigel Blackiston Corey Brown 1 50kg

20. PLUCKY BELLE Peter G Moody Ms Kathy O’Hara 10 50kg

21e. SWEYNESSE John O’Shea Sam Clipperton 7 50kg

22e. KERMADEC (NZ) Chris Waller Glen Boss 19 50kg

23e. AOMEN (IRE) Anthony Cummings — 14 50kg

24e. MALAVIO Steve Englebrecht — 24 50kg

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Posted April 2, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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