Comments by the Racing NSW Handicapping Panel following the release of weights for the 154th running of the $3 million The Star Doncaster Mile on Saturday, 6th April 2019.
"A total of 179 nominations have been weighted for the 154th running of The Star Doncaster Mile (1600m) (Group 1), to be staged on Day 1 of The Championships at Royal Randwick on Saturday, 6th April 2019.
Heading the weights is multiple Group 1 winner Happy Clapper [pictured left, image by Steve Hart Photographics] who has been allocated topweight of 59.0kg on a 50.0kg minimum (49.0kg for three-year-olds).
Happy Clapper is the current Doncaster Mile champion, carrying 57.0kg to victory in the 2018 edition of the race.
Happy Clapper is a previous winner of the 2018 Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) and the 2017 Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) carrying 57.0kg.
Next in line on 58.0kg is Hartnell (GB), a winner of four Group 1 races, the 2015 Group 1 THE BMW (2400m), the 2016 Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m), the 2018 Group 1 C F Orr Stakes (1400m) and is the current 2018 Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) winner carrying 57.0kg to victory.
Le Romain has been allocated 57.0kg. He is a previous winner of three Group 1 races, the 2016 Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m), the 2016 Group 1 Cantala Stakes (1600m) carrying 57.5kg and the 2017 Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m).
The highest rated mare is Alizee with 56.5kg. She is the winner of the 2017 Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m), the 2018 Group 1 Coolmore Legacy (1600m) and the 2019 Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m). Three-time Group 1 winner Shoals is next mare in the weights with 55.0kg.
Three-time Group 1 winner The Autumn Sun heads the three-year-olds and will be asked to carry 55.0kg, recognising victories in the 2018 Group 1 J J Atkins Plate (1600m), the 2018 Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m), the 2018 Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) and the recent Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m).
Heading the weights for the three-year-old fillies is Amphitrite with 50.5kg, winner of the 2018 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m), the 2018 Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) and the recent 2019 Group 3 The Vanity (1400m).
The 2018 Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) winner Oohood is exempt from ballot and will carry 49.0kg as a three-year-old. A total of 64 entries have been allocated weight above the minimum."
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