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Le Romain favourite in wide open Doncaster

Tue, Mar 28, 1:55pm by Senior Writer

Le Romain has retained his tentative hold on favouritism for Saturday’s $3 million The Star Doncaster Mile after coming up with barrier eight in the capacity 20-horse field.

Le Romain, trained by Kris Less and to be ridden by Hugh Bowman, is a dual Group 1 winner, including the recent Canterbury Stakes and is ruling favourite at $6 in a very open market.

There are only two other runners in single figures, the Epsom Handicap winner Hauraki ($9) and Chris Waller’s best hope McCreery ($9).

Waller, the dominant Group One trainer of the past few seasons, has not had a top flight winner this season outside his superstar mare Winx.

He has four horses in the race, including $13 shot Antonio Giuseppe, $17 chance Endless Drama as well as former international Arod, who is $26.

The horse which has been best backed with Sportsbet, outside of the favourite, is Redkirk Warrior, the upset winner of the Newmarket Handicap. He is $11.

“Finding the Doncaster winner is about as tough as it gets for punters. With 20 runners racing over the Randwick mile, anything can happen. At the moment the bulk of money is for Le Romain and Redkirk Warrior,’’ said’s Christian Jantzen.

The TJ Smith for $2.5 million for the sprinters is also open with two-time defending champion Chautauqua currently the $4.80 favourite, after coming up with barrier 11.

Three-year-olds Astern ($6) and Russian Revolution ($7) have their supporters having come up with barriers four and ten respectively.

Spieth, twice a Group 1 runner up in the past six months, is $8 and must overcome barrier 13 in the 15-horse field, while last year’s Darley Classic winner Malaguerra is $11 after drawing barrier 7.

The track is currently soft, but heavy rain is expected on Thursday which could result in a downgrade of the Randwick track.

More rain is likely to see the price of Australian Derby favourite Gingernuts tumble in further.  The New Zealand Derby winner is currently $3.50 for the race despite needing to overcome a potentially tricky barrier of 12.

Inference, second to Gingernuts in the recent Rosehill Guineas, is $4.60 second pick, while another Kiwi, Jon Snow, is $6 third pick. Victoria Derby winner Prized Icon is $11.

Prized Icon is trying to become the first horse since Mahogany in 1994 to win the premier staying three-year-old races in Melbourne and Sydney.

The other Group 1 at Randwick is the Inglis Sires for the two-year olds where Golden Slipper runner-up Frolic is $5 favourite, ahead of the horse who ran third in that race, Tulip, who is $6.

Menari, who was fourth in the Slipper, is $7 third pick.

It is another very open race with a capacity 16-horse field as well as four emergencies.

Sportsbet Markets

The Star Doncaster

$6.00: Le Romain

$9.00: Hauraki

$9.00: McCreery

$10: Happy Clapper

$11: Redkirk Warrior

$13: Spectroscope

$13: Palentino

$13: Antonio Giuseppe

$15: Hey Doc

$17: I Am A Star

$17: Endless Drama

$17: Heavens Above

$17: Tosen Stardom

Others quoted


T J Smith Stakes

$4.80: Chautauqua

$6.00: Astern

$7.00: Russian Revolution

$8.00: Spieth

$11: Malaguerra

$11: English

$15: Fell Swoop

$15: Tivaci

$17: Terravista

$17: Voodoo Lad

$21: Impending

$26: Rock Magic

$34: Japonisme

Others quoted


Australian Derby

$3.50: Gingernuts

$4.60: Inference

$6.00: Jon Snow

$8.00: Anaheim

$11: So Si Bon

$11: Prized Icon

$15: Impavido

$21: Hardham

$26: Ruthven

$34: Harper’s Choice

$61: Hollywood Mo

$101:  Righteous Mate

$201:  Shine Tak Star


Sires’ Produce

$5.00: Frolic

$6.00: Tulip

$7.00: Menari

$11: Gunnison

$12: Summer Passage

$15: Chauffeur

$15: Invader

$17: Astoria

$17: Diamond Tathagata

$17: Trapeze Artist

$26: Sircconi

$26: The Mission

$26: One More Honey

$26: Single Bullet

$26: Veranillo


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