The stage is set for a thrilling 2024 Doncaster Mile this Saturday as Royal Randwick kicks off the prestigious “The Championships.”

Doncaster Prelude 2024 winner Another Wil

Doncaster Prelude 2024 winner Another Wil is out to be the first to back-up and win the Group 1 Doncaster Mile in the same year. Photo: Steve Hart.

The $4 million Group 1 race (1600m) promises an exciting clash of established stars and rising talents.

Ciaron Maher‘s Another Wil sits atop the pecking order at $4 through Ladbrokes.

The in-form Street Boss gelding is riding a four-race winning streak, culminating in his dominant 2.25-length victory in last weekend’s Doncaster Prelude (1500m) at Rosehill.

He steps up in class here but carries a lighter weight (50kg) with Jamie Kah retaining the ride.

Drawn barrier 21 (potentially 17 with emergencies out), Another Wil aims for a historic feat – becoming the first horse to win both the Doncaster Prelude and Mile in the same year.

Several contenders look to challenge Another Wil.

Les Bridge‘s Celestial Legend ($5.50) seeks to become the first three-year-old winner since Brutal in 2019.

Fresh off consecutive victories in the Hobartville Stakes (1400m) and Randwick Guineas (1600m), he drops significantly in weight (from 56.5kg to 49kg) and is a major threat.

Chris Waller also boasts a strong hand with five runners and an emergency, including the talented three-time Group 1 winning colt Militarize ($10) who boasts a formidable record at Randwick.

He finished a close third in the George Ryder Stakes last start and has a great chance in gate four with Zac Purton aboard.

Waller’s recent Sky High Stakes winner Lindermann ($15) is another to consider, while Zougotcha ($17), fresh off her Coolmore Classic victory, shouldn’t be overlooked.

Japanese raider Obamburumai ($8.50), last year’s The Golden Eagle winner, brings international flair to the race.

Finally, don’t discount Lady Laguna ($13) trained by Annabel Neasham.

This mare is in peak form and boasts victories in the Canterbury Stakes and a narrow runner-up finish in the George Ryder Stakes.

Witness history in the making! The 2024 Doncaster Mile goes down at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

2024 Doncaster Mile Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 111x113x25 THINK ABOUT IT Joseph Pride Sam Clipperton 15 57kg 115
2 117x13x1x OBAMBURUMAI (JPN) Keiji Yoshimura Damian Lane 8 55kg 111
3 x1132x6257 PERICLES James Cummings Blake Shinn 16 54.5kg 108
4 1x5158x223 MILITARIZE (NZ) Chris Waller Zac Purton 4 54kg 110
5 419x646x11 ZOUGOTCHA Chris Waller Craig Williams 19 53.5kg 2.0kg 112
6 901393×784 GOLDEN MILE James Cummings Jason Collett 1 53.5kg 107
7 31x9250x40 KOVALICA (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 12 53.5kg 107
8 x4372317x3 DETONATOR JACK (NZ) Ciaron Maher Tim Clark 2 52.5kg 107
9 64x11356x5 BERKSHIRE SHADOW (GB) Ciaron Maher Declan Bates 13 52.5kg 106
10 10x7538x16 RUSTIC STEEL Kris Lees Tom Sherry 7 52kg 1.0kg 107
11 141x412x80 ATTRACTABLE Sara Ryan Reece Jones 5 51.5kg 104
12 23×2111212 LADY LAGUNA Annabel Neasham Michael Dee 10 51kg 115
13 1x01544x61 DEMOCRACY MANIFEST Chris Waller Jay Ford 11 51kg 107
14 2x02310x10 PHEARSON Brad Widdup 24 51kg 1.0kg 104
15 x993121860 LOCH EAGLE Kris Lees Dylan Gibbons (a) 23 51kg 102
16 0x0488x631 LINDERMANN Chris Waller Zac Lloyd (a) 22 50.5kg 110
17 21215×2112 SEMANA Ciaron Maher Andrew Adkins 17 50kg 107
18 213×1111 ANOTHER WIL Ciaron Maher Ms Jamie Kah 21 50kg 102
19 21x25x511 CELESTIAL LEGEND Les Bridge Tyler Schiller 6 49kg 110
20 1129×221 SOUTHPORT TYCOON Ciaron Maher Ms Rachel King 20 49kg 108
21e 553x404x73 NUGGET (GB) Ciaron Maher 9 51.5kg 104
22e x40786x255 HINGED Chris Waller 14 50kg 103
23e 2x0180x470 NAVAJO PEAK David Payne 18 52.5kg 103
24e x726177x30 PALMETTO (NZ) John Sargent Ms Molly Bourke (a) 3 51kg 102

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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