Late starter: Glen Boss rides Kermadec to win The Doncaster Mile.Late starter: Glen Boss rides Kermadec to win The Doncaster Mile. Photo: Getty Images

The balloting conditions for the Doncaster Mile are set to change for the third year in row after this year’s winner Kermadec only received a start due to two scratchings.

The Australian Turf Club changed the most significant condition for the ballot for its handicaps to be from highest to lowest handicap rather than on the benchmark rating as it had been in 2014. That decision nearly left Kermadec out of the race.

But both he and Sweynesse would have been promoted into the Doncaster field if it had been run under the same conditions as last year, given their lofty ratings.