Eight Chris Waller trained gallopers will line up in the capacity twenty horse field for the 2020 Group 1 $1.5m The Star Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick on Day One of The Championships on Saturday.

Kolding, above, is one of eight Chris Waller trained runners in the 2020 Doncaster Milke at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Kolding, above, is one of eight Chris Waller trained runners in the 2020 Doncaster Milke at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Waller’s Doncaster Mile runners are Kolding (barrier 17), King’s Will Dream (8), Mister Sea Wolf (9), Yulong Prince (6), Imaging (20), Star Of The Seas (16), Night’s Watch (19) and Shared Ambition (4) and Waller has also accepted with Reloaded (15) who is the third emergency.

Hugh Bowman will stick with Kolding even though the 2019 Epsom winner failed to fire last start when seventh in the $5m The All-Star Mile (1600m) at Caulfield on March 14.

Kolding has drawn awkwardly in the original draw but will move in four places to gate thirteen if all of the emergencies fail to gain a start.

Bowman has ridden Kolding on the training tracks since he has been back in his Rosehill stables and said the four year old felt a lot more comfortable running the Sydney way.

“Different horse back in Sydney,” Bowman told Racenet.

“He seems to appreciate the right-handed direction. He has no issues and is 100 percent perfect heading into Saturday.”

“It’s different this time though, he carried 50.5kg in the Epsom, now he will have 56.5kg or even 57kg and makes things a lot harder.”

Kerrin McEvoy has the job ahead of after his Doncaster Mile mount Imaging drew barrier twenty in the original draw but the top class hoop said he was happy with his build up to the famous Randwick Mile feature.

“He has the perfect Doncaster profile,” McEvoy said.

“He is a Group winner in Europe over 1400m and the mile and has shown us at home he is full of quality. He has thrived since winning the Ajax Stakes. He has a nice weight and is capable of racing anywhere in a field.”

“I don’t like to rank my horses but that said he’s definitely one of my top two chances.”

Imaging has only raced twice in Australia and the Waller trained Irish import earned his spot in the Doncaster Mile  with a win in the Group 2 $200,000 Hyland Race Colours Ajax Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on March 14.

The James Cummings trained Cascadian (barrier 18) also earned his Doncaster Mile stripes with a last start win in the Group 3 $160,000 Chandon Doncaster Prelude (1500m) at Rosehill last Saturday.

Cascadian had been unlucky at his two previous starts and Cummings was pleased to see a change of fortune for the European import.

“The tectonic plates shifted for him,” Cummings said.

“This performance was so similar to what he showed us in his first campaign in Australia.”

Final field and barrier draw for 2020 Doncaster Mile (1600m)


No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 x411112x33 MELODY BELLE (NZ) Jamie Richards Opie Bosson 14 57kg 115
2 1x5111x457 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 17 57kg 111
3 172x1260x7 HOMESMAN (USA) Anthony Freedman Nash Rawiller 22 56.5kg 110
4 x58166x320 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) Chris Waller Joshua Parr 8 56.5kg 110
5 200x6101x3 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller James McDonald 9 56kg 111
6 73803523×6 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings 21 55.5kg 108
7 131x3002x9 MR QUICKIE Phillip Stokes Glyn Schofield 23 55kg 107
8 3x1651x127 SUPER SETH Anthony Freedman Robbie Dolan (a) 2 55kg 108
9 0x79851x72 YULONG PRINCE (SAF) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 6 54.5kg 106
10 54713×2531 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings 18 54kg 105
11 x16x405x61 CON TE PARTIRO (USA) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 13 53.5kg 101
12 x112x20x81 IMAGING (GB) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 20 53.5kg 104
13 16x3121x14 QUACKERJACK Mark Newnham Ms Rachel King 1 53.5kg 102
14 1x49393x17 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 16 53kg 101
15 70x642198x TALLY James Cummings 24 53kg 103
16 59260×0751 NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) Chris Waller 19 53kg 103
17 611x111x31 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller Jay Ford 4 52.5kg 97
18 x836190x14 NETTOYER Wendy Roche 10 51.5kg 100
19 x22122x134 BRANDENBURG (NZ) John Sargent Glen Boss 7 50.5kg 99
20 311x68x072 PRINCE FAWAZ Anthony Cummings Jean Van Overmeire (a) 11 50.5kg 95
21e 12182115×3 DR DRILL (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 12 51.5kg 99
22e x185310x39 WOLFE (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 5 51.5kg 100
23e 123×8243 RELOADED Chris Waller 15 50.5kg 92
24e 511×432134 RAINBOW THIEF (NZ) Michael Moroney 3 51.5kg 67

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