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Doncaster Mile 2021 Tips, Preview & Best Bets

  • The Doncaster Mile is one of four Group One races run on the opening day of 'The Championships'
  • Worth $3 million, this major is run over 1600m at Randwick
  • The 2021 edition will be run on Saturday, April 10
  • Preview and tips can be found below
Doncaster Mile Tips
Mugatoo (blue/white/black) is the favourite for the 2021 Doncaster Mile. (Getty)
Alex Marsh 07 Apr 2021
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The Group One Doncaster Mile is one of Australia's premier handicap races and is one of the headline acts on the opening day of The Championships at Royal Randwick.

Dating back to 1866, this famous 1600 metre event has seen some of Australia's modern day greats on the honor roll and they include dual winners Super Impose and Sunline along with recent stars in More Joyous, Winx and Happy Clapper.

Mugatoo is the current $4.40 favourite with bet365 to win the 2021 Doncaster Mile.

Doncaster Mile 2021 Field & Odds

1Mugatoo (IRE)Kris LeesHugh Bowman456kg$4.40
2Avilius (GB)James CummingsJames McDonald1256kg $13
3SamadoubtBjorn BakerJoshua Parr1456kg$67
4Star Of The Seas (NZ)Chris WallerSam Clipperton954kg$34
5Olmendo (FR)Annabel NeashamTommy Berry554kg $101
6Shout The BarGai Waterhouse & Adrian BottTim Clark2053.5kg $34
7Gem SongKris LeesJason Collett1953.5kg $34
8Zaaki (GB)Annabel NeashamRegan Bayliss2253.5kg $67
9Aegon (NZ)Murray Baker & Andrew ForsmanKerrin McEvoy753kg $13
10Cascadian (GB)James CummingsJamie Kah353kg $19
11DalasanLeon MacDonald & Andrew GluyasJason Holder153kg$51
12Think It OverKerry ParkerGlen Boss1852.5kg $9
13FunstarChris WallerCraig Williams1752.5kg$17
14Best Of DaysJames CummingsRachel King1552.5kg$34
15I Am Superman (IRE)Peter & Paul SnowdenAndrew Adkins1052kg$21
16RockMichael, Wayne & John HawkesJames Innes Jnr852kg$26
17NettoyerWendy RocheMichael Poy651kg$67
18Yao DashGai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Michael Dee1150.5kg$9
19Mo'unga (NZ)Annabel Neasham Robbie Dolan2149.5kg$7
20Forbidden LoveRichard & Michael FreedmanDean Yendall1349.5kg$17
21eIcebath (NZ)Brad WiddupJay Ford250.5kg$34
22eWheelhouseChris Waller
Odds courtesy of bet365 & correct at 2pm on 07/04/2021.

2021 Doncaster Mile Tips

2021 Doncaster Mile Best Bet - Mugatoo

Although this gelding will now have to spot weight to rivals, at 56kg, he is well weighted at Handicap level as barring the three-year-old's, there isn't a great spread in the weights between the 2021 All-Star Mile winner and what look to be genuine handicapper's in this line-up.

The preparation was geared towards the All-Star Mile, where Mugatoo duly saluted, beating a host of Group One WFA winners in the process and the form is stacking up from that $5 million dollar feature, with subsequent winners in Sir Dragonet (Tancred Stakes ) and Mr Quickie (Easter Cup) being produced from that contest despite being well beaten at The Valley.

With a freshen-up following that second-up victory, there's no reason to suggest the six-year-old can't produce again being still so early into this campaign and along with having the ability to handle any surface, barrier four allows Hugh Bowman to give the class runner of the field a soft run in transit.

2021 Doncaster Mile Next Best Bet - Mo'unga

After producing the biggest of all eye-catching performances in the Randwick Guineas where after being blocked for a run early in the straight, was forced to come off the rail and switch all the way out to the middle lanes, the son of Savabeel recorded a much deserved Group One victory in the Rosehill Guineas.

While he did manage to run out the 10 furlongs last start, connections have made the right move to dodge the 2400m staying test of the Derby and instead look to cash in as a three-year-old in Doncaster Handicap where he'll carry just 49.5kg, a weight that was carried to victory in 2019 with Brutal and while lacking the tactical speed of that particular colt, Mo'unga is far more brilliant.

Despite being one of the bigger losers at the barrier draw (21), they were heading back anyway and after letting it all unfold, jockey Robbie Dolan will be looking for a back to follow in the run home and if within striking distance, he has the turn-of-foot to blow them away late.

2021 Doncaster Mile Value Bet - Forbidden Love

The main query was her finding that same level again in the Coolmore Classic off such a huge peak effort in the Surround Stakes but she really wasn't given a chance in that March 13 event and has been freshened-up as a result with a March 26 Randwick trial to keep her ticking over.

Bumped by Icebath at the 350m and briefly unbalanced as a result, Nash simply couldn't get clear from there on where he was put back in a pocket at a key stage by Subpoenaed when angling for an outside run which ended any winning chance that this filly may have had (was on heels late).

From a soft midfield run on February 27, Forbidden Love was able to explode late to bolt in with the Surround Stakes, a performance that came off a freshen-up and although a strong mile is perhaps a query, with just 49.5kg, she has the tactical versatility to settle closer under Dean Yendall, who was aboard in her Empire Rose attempt last Spring.

Doncaster Mile 2021 FAQs

When is the 2021 Doncaster Mile?

The 2021 Doncaster Mile is scheduled to run on Saturday, April 10 at 4.35pm (AEST).

It will run as Race 9 on the Randwick program.

How can I live stream the Doncaster Mile?

Visit our live streaming hub for all the information on how to live stream the Doncaster Mile and all other Australian horse races.

Who won the 2020 Doncaster Mile?

Nettoyer won the 2020 Doncaster Mile.

What is the Doncaster Mile worth?

The Doncaster Mile is worth a total of $3,000,000.

$1,740,000 of that goes to the winner.



The main play for the Doncaster Mile will be an equal stake on Mugatoo and Mo'unga.

Forbidden Love was luckless in the Coolmore Classic and we'll save on her at a big price.

Best Bet: Mugatoo To Win @340.00 at BetMGM - 4 Units
Next Best Bet: Mo'unga To Win @600.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 4 Units
Value Bet: Forbidden Love To Win @1600.0 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit

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