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.
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.
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 sportsbet.com.au’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.
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.
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.
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.
The Star Doncaster
$6.00: Le Romain
$10: Happy Clapper
$11: Redkirk Warrior
$13: Antonio Giuseppe
$15: Hey Doc
$17: I Am A Star
$17: Endless Drama
$17: Heavens Above
$17: Tosen Stardom
T J Smith Stakes
$7.00: Russian Revolution
$15: Fell Swoop
$17: Voodoo Lad
$26: Rock Magic
$6.00: Jon Snow
$11: So Si Bon
$11: Prized Icon
$34: Harper’s Choice
$61: Hollywood Mo
$101: Righteous Mate
$201: Shine Tak Star
$12: Summer Passage
$17: Diamond Tathagata
$17: Trapeze Artist
$26: The Mission
$26: One More Honey
$26: Single Bullet
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